What is The Best Value Protein Powder in 2017?

For every fitness fanatic out there, the post workout protein shake is not just a ritual, it’s a necessity. Buying protein powder monthly is almost as essential as paying the gas bill. It just has to be done, no questions asked.

Not all protein powder was made equal, be it whey or casein, with vitamins or BCAAs, that monthly supplement bill can start to rack up a hefty price tag.

We can’t all take out a second job to pay for protein! So for my more frugal friends, I want to look at the best value protein powder on the shelves.

What is Protein Powder?

If, like most of humanity, you were once a small child, you may remember a certain little miss Muffet who sat on a tuffet, eating her curds and whey. If miss Muffet had committed to that whey she would have had the lean muscle to bat away the spider when it sat down beside her, instead of letting it frighten her away. Nursery rhymes really do provide life long lessons!

When milk is acidified, you’re left with two things. Curd is solid and whey is liquid. Whey can then be turned into a powder by removing all of the water. It’s then sold on to the masses of people looking to get gains.

There are numerous types of protein powder including speciality brands designed for lactose and dairy free users. However when someone talks about protein powder generally, it is safe to assume the majority are talking about whey protein.

Whey protein is one of the most convenient and easily absorbed forms of protein. This is why it’s perfect after a workout. It can be absorbed into the body as quickly as within 15 minutes, making it a number one favorite with gym goers across the globe.

What Does Protein Powder Do?

Protein powder is usually taken in the form of a post-workout shake. It’s used by those aiming to reach fitness goals such as weight loss or muscle building.

Protein Powder Aids Weight Loss by Maintaining Lean Muscle Mass

To lose weight you must be in a caloric deficit. In other words, you need to take in less calories from food than you use. This is when your body taps into your fat stores for energy, making you lose weight.

The thing is your body tries to hang onto those fat stores, and instead breaks down muscle. This is where protein powder steps in.

Drinking whey protein after a workout can help you preserve that lean muscle mass and therefore burn more calories.

Protein Powder Leaves You Feeling Fuller for Longer

According to recent research, drinking a post workout shake with 50 grams of whey protein can reduce the hormones which tell the brain you’re hungry for as long as four hours. This means you can fight hunger pangs and stay fuller for longer.

Protein May Fight Cancer

Believe it or not, numerous studies have shown using whey protein could actually help fight against some of the more common cancers. These include both prostate and colon cancer.

The Cost Of Protein Powder

The price tag attached to your standard tub of whey protein varies from brand to brand. It depends whether you are going for a plain and simple protein powder or one with added extras like multivitamins and BCAAs.

If you’re into fitness, it’s quite easy for your monthly supplement bill to start racking up towards the $300 mark. Honestly, unless you are involved in fitness or bodybuilding at a competitive level, this isn’t necessary.

Plus, most people who use protein powder are using it on a long term basis. Using brands with such a large price tag can be impossible to maintain for many people.

There are lots of brands now (even bigger, well known brands) offering quality products suitable which are also excellent value for gym goers on a budget.

I’ve looked at some of the best value protein powder options on the market and have picked five products I think would be great for any protein powder lover.

Quality

Price

Our rating

Our first protein powder comes in at a really excellent price for a 1.6 pound tub. It’s a combination of whey protein and BCAAs to support lean muscle mass and strength. Each serving only offers 23 grams of protein. This may be good for someone just starting to use whey protein. For the seasoned user, a brand with a much larger protein content would probably be better.

Pros


  • All natural whey protein
  • BCAAs
  • Excellent price

Cons


  • Low level of protein per serving

Quality

Price

Our rating

This product from Body Fortress offers one of the largest doses of protein of all the products I looked at. The label recommends a serving of 2 scoops which includes 60 grams of protein. It also includes BCAAs and a number of essential vitamins and minerals.

There are two major points which I feel are letting the product down. Firstly, the calorie and fat content is quite high. If you are aiming to use protein powder to help with weight loss, this probably isn’t going to do the trick. Also, if using the recommended 2 scoops, there are only 9 servings per tub. The tubs are very reasonably priced, but that won’t make much difference if you are buying four a month.

Pros


  • Natural whey protein
  • 60 grams of protein per serving
  • BCAAs
  • Added multivitamins
  • Excellent price

Cons


  • High fat content
  • 420 calories per serving
  • Only 9 servings per container

Quality

Price

Our rating

This is an unflavored whey protein option, meaning it can be used in meals like soup as well as just shakes. It’s gluten and lactose free and contains zero carbs or sugar.

Pros


  • 100% pure whey protein
  • Zero carbohydrates
  • No sugar
  • Unflavored
  • Gluten free
  • Lactose free

Cons


  • Only 26 grams of protein per serving
  • Only 16 scoops per package

Quality

Price

Our rating

This whey protein powder offers 30 grams of protein per serving and is a blend of whey protein, BCAAs and digestive enzymes. The product is made in the USA.

The only downfall of this product is that it’s not suitable for those with allergies to wheat, soy, eggs or nuts.

Pros


  • Whey protein
  • Added vitamins
  • Includes BCAAs
  • Has a digestive enzyme blend
  • 30 grams of protein per serving
  • 21 scoops per container
  • Made in the USA

Cons


  • Contains a number of allergens

Quality

Price

Our rating

This protein powder is another blend of protein and BCAAs that comes in at an excellent price. It offers 30 grams of protein per serving and is made in the USA under good manufacturing practices (GMP). The contents are tested and certified by the National Science Foundation.

The only slight downfall of this product is that many people found the taste hard to stomach. However, that’s down to personal preference.

Pros


  • Whey protein
  • 30 grams protein per serving
  • Includes BCAAs
  • Added essential nutrients
  • 21 servings per container
  • Made in the USA
  • Contents verified by the NSF
  • Excellent price

Cons


  • Some users don’t like the taste

Our Choice

For me the best product was the EAS brand of whey protein powder. Each serving offers a good dose of protein, it is both made in the USA and certified by the NSF both of which instills confidence in the quality of the products.

Helen Sanders
 

Chief editor here at Health Ambition, I'm a proud mother of two passionate about nutrition and ways to live healthier with more energy!

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