Help me choose a protein powder, please!
January 6, 2013 10:03 AM Subscribe
Please recommend a protein powder for me: the kaleidoscopic variety available is leaving me with a deer-in-the-headlights immobility when I try to choose!
posted by UniversityNomad to Food & Drink (18 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I'd appreciate some suggestions for a good protein powder: I don't have all that many demands or specifications, and I also don't have much personal experience to go on, both of which I think are part of what is leaving me confused with the immense variety available.
I don't (to my knowledge) have any dietary limitations that would impact the choice. I'm not vegetarian/vegan. I will be using it to replace a meal while on a long research trip, so would prefer something that can be mixed into water easily with a spoon (no blender) and is smooth rather than clumpy when mixed. I would also prefer something with no sugar or corn syrup etc. (artificial sweeteners may be okay, depending on which ones, and unsweetened would be excellent - I've largely weaned myself off of sweet things anyway, so a bit of bitterness doesn't bother me). Additionally, I would like something that tastes reasonably good or at least mild: I may mix in some fiber or green powder, but I won't be able to blend with fruit because I'll be on the road with no blender. I'm not going to be trying to build muscles or anything like that (lifting weights, etc.) while using it, if that matters. As a grad student, cost is something of an issue, but I can pay a bit more if it means getting something drinkable.
I'd love any specific recommendations for particular flavors and brands that you all have tried and liked. I'd also appreciate any general recommendations on the differences between different types of protein available (soy, whey, pea, egg, etc.), and which ones I should be concentrating on. Do different kinds do different things, or are processed differently by the body? I've seen previous questions asking for protein powder recommendations, but they included limitations that I don't share, so I thought I'd ask afresh. Thank you!