Protein powder may be an excellent way to upgrade your diet, especially if you’re starting a new training program, looking to gain muscle mass, or switching to a more plant-based diet.
Here’s how to choose the right protein powder for you:
1. Think of your budget
Research the best product you can get for your budget. Tubs of protein are usually less expensive than ready-made protein shakes. It’s important that you do your research and get the highest quality product for your money.
Tip: Some zero-waste shops sell protein powders by weight.
If you can’t invest in a tub, you can purchase the amount you need. This will also help you try different flavors without committing to a huge tub you may not like.
2. Consider your goal
To increase muscle mass, choose a protein powder that has high biological value. High biological value proteins are those containing at least 50% of protein. They are also readily absorbed.
For weight loss, go for a protein powder that contains low on no sugar and no sweeteners. Don’t choose powders that contain BCAAs as they promote muscle growth and weight gain.
3. Don't forget about your dietary requirements
If you are lactose intolerant or vegan/vegetarian, don’t choose milk and egg-based protein, such as whey proteins. Go for hemp, soy, pea, or a mix of plant-based protein.