All protein powders are not created equal. In fact, most of the protein powders on the market are made with low quality ingredients and full of sweeteners, fillers and preservatives. Remember, you are what you eat. I say this all the time. We sometimes forget that we are part of a food chain. If the animal was fed bad, pumped with hormones and antibiotics, you will absorb the same stuff. This is why I always suggest a higher quality protein that you can trust. The cheap protein manufacturers never brag about the quality of their product. They instead play on your emotions and suggest you will lose weight and get a six pack from there product. Muscle milk has been shown to have arsenic and lead in the product. They leave that part out. I have researched this subject for over 10 years and the brands that I recommend are ones that you can trust. They are made from a grass fed cow source that was not given hormones and drugs. They cold filter process the protein to ensure that nutrients are not lost. The cheap proteins pasteurize their products and essentially burn out most of the good nutrients. This gives it a long shelf life but does not give you good nutrition.
Read this article about muscle milk, a cheap protein powder that you should never use.
Over the past 7 years I have recommended Jay Robb protein. I sold it here at my gym so that it was convenient for my clients and boot campers. I have great confidence in this product. It is from a grass fed source, it is cold filtered process, and it is sweetened with stevia, a natural sweetener that does not spike your insulin. Jay Robb is perfect for a post workout shake due to the fact that it is a protein isolate. This version of protein hits your system quick. This is ideal for the hour that follows your workout. So on the diet that I created, this is the one I recommend for post workout. Follow the amount of protein based on your body weight.
I came across the Warrior Whey protein about a year ago after reading the Warrior Diet. Ori Hofmekler, the author of the Warrior Diet makes his own protein powder. After learning more about it, I decided to incorporated it into my diet. This protein meets all of the criteria of the Jay Robb has but it is even better when used as a meal replacement. The reason for this is that it is made as a concentrate. A concentrate will break down slower. This protein has good fat added back to it and is high in fiber. High fiber and a slower digesting protein will keep you satisfied longer. This is why I suggest this protein as a breakfast shake. Using Warrior Whey protein along with an apple is the perfect breakfast for fat loss or muscle gain.
I recently did a post about another protein powder that I came across. You could read it below. Dr. Mercola took Ori Hofmekler's protein powder and added a few things to it. I know this to be the case because they work together in coming up with health products. The added benefits to Pure Power Protein is that he put 15 billion cfu probiotics and chia seeds into the processing of this powder. This powder is an alternative to the Warrior Whey as a meal replacement. It is your choice.
Recap on the powders.
Jay Robb-( Protein Isolate)
Used as a post workout shake. Just mix with cold water and follow the serving based on your weight. Try and drink it within an hour of your workout. You can buy it at Vitamin shoppe and Lassen's or online.
Warrior Whey- (Protein Concentrate)
Best used as a meal replacement. On the X-Treme Fat Loss diet I recommend this as a breakfast with the apple or in the afternoon if you crave protein. This can be purchased online through our website. Just click the banner on our shop.
Pure Protein Powder- (protein concentrate with probiotics and chia seeds added)
This can be used a meal replacement just like the warrior whey. This can be purchased at http://proteinpowder.mercola.com/pure-protein.html
Keep in mind, if I see an improvement on something that I recommend, protein powder, fish oil, etc. I will tell you about it. To ignore improvements is to be stuck in the mud. We are and have always looked to be cutting edge with exercise and nutrition.