How to pick the right protein powder for you
How to choose protein powders - Dos and Don'ts
Choosing your protein powder can be a minefield! It can get so confusing knowing what is the right protein product for you. So here are my top tips for choosing the best one:
Tip 1: What type of protein?
The first question you have to ask yourself is what type of protein are you going to choose from? Plant-based or animal protein? Whey protein is usually recommended for post-workout shakes because it’s an incredibly high-quality protein that’s fast-digesting and rich in BCAAs. Whey protein contains all of the essential amino acids making it a complete protein. But it’s not for everyone because some people can’t digest whey very well because of the lactase.
So if you’re choosing a vegan protein powder, I recommend going for a blend of powders such as pea and hemp in one product. Rice, pea and hemp protein powders are not complete proteins so mixing them means that it creates more of a robust amino acid profile.
Tip 2: How much protein?
When choosing your protein powder make sure you are getting at least 20-30 grams of protein per day (usually 1-2 scoops). Luckily all of the protein powders from KIN Nutrition provide 23-25 grams of protein per serving.
Tip 3: Watch out for the added sugars!
Make sure your protein powder is not packed with refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. High fructose corn syrup and sucrose are refined sugars that can cause diabetes if taken too much. And try to avoid the sweeteners such as aspartame and saccharin -these are carcinogenic. Instead opt for ones that use stevia, honey, brown rice syrup or coconut sugar because they don’t raise blood glucose so massively. All of KIN's products contain stevia.
Tip 4: Additional Nutrients
I love protein powders that include additional nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and probiotics. That way you are adding value to your nutritional needs. The whey powders by KIN nutrition contain the probiotic strain Lactobacillus acidophilus which has been clinically proven to support digestion.
Tip 5: What’s the difference between concentrates and isolates
Concentrates: The protein is extracted with a high heat or enzymes which is considered the least processed and can be between 35-80% protein by weight. A protein percentage of 70-80% is generally the most common (though this can be lower in plant proteins in particular).
Isolates are much more processed. They go through an additional filtration process, which reduces the amount of fat and carbohydrates, leaving 90% or more protein by weight.