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Top Rated Protein Shakes – All You Need To Know

Top Rated Protein Shakes – All You Need To Know

I have discussed nutrition in a few of my posts, the latest one being in my pregnancy blog, and I reveal some of my favorite meals or snacks with you. Some of my snacks or meals, especially for breakfast, combine protein. I know you think about protein shakes as just being consumed as a simple shake or in a smoothie with fruits, which is of course delicious and very effective. But I love adding some delicious Greek’ Ice Cream Vanillagreek’ flavor to my plain Greek yogurt or to my oatmeal. Eating healthy does not have to be bland and adding protein, only a high quality one with great flavor, just increases protein intake and I swear, I feel like I am having dessert:) I will share with you my top rated protein shakes, and although many reviews discuss the top 5 proteins or top 10 proteins, I will make it even more simple for you to decide. I will share the best top 2 protein shakes and explain why, you can not go wrong if you purchase any one of these.

Protein Forms – The Basics

Protein is very broad term when it comes to protein powder. There are many forms, such as meat-based protein, soy-based protein, whey protein, cassien protein, hemp protein, brown rice protein, pea protein and the list goes on.

I will discuss the ones we need to be aware of in this post, so you can understand the benefits in the 2 protein powders that I will recommend.

Whey protein isolate (WPI) vs Whey protein Concentrate (WPC)

Whey is processed from milk. Before processing, 20% of the milk is whey and the remaining 80% is cassein. Both whey and cassein have all the amino acids your body needs, so they are considered high quality protein.

The whey processed from mile can be further broken down into different forms, and 2 of their most popular forms are WPI and WPC, and they are created by using different techniques and they each have different nutritional benefits. Because WPI undergoes a longer processing, it has a higher protein content.

WPI

  • It contains 90 percent protein.
  • Has no lactose and has less fat.
  • Is digested and absorbed into bloodstream quickly. (1 hour)
  • More expensive

WPC

  • Contains 70 to 80 percent protein
  • Is made of lactose and fat.
  • Is digested and absorbed into bloodstream quickly. (1 hour)
  • Less expensive

Is one better than the other?

Evidence suggest that WPC and WPI are equally effective if you consume the same amount of protein. In order to do that though, you would have to consume more WPC per day as one scoop contains much less protein. And because their is more fat, carbs and hence calories in WPC, for those trying to lose weight, WPC may not be the best option.

Fast digesting proteins have the benefit of being absorbed so quickly, the amino acids found in whey proteins speeds up recovery time so you have energy again and muscles are ready to go for a next workout in no time.

Whey also has high levels of leucine, a potent amino acid that stimulates protein synthesis meaning it rapidly speeds up muscle building process. (1)

Milk protein isolate (MPI)

  • Filtered from skim milk
  • Contains over 90% protein
  • Contains very little fat and carbohydrates
  • Contains the proteins that are naturally found in milk, hence cassein (80%) and whey (20%).
  • Cassein protein is digested very slowly (7 to 8 hours)
  • Contains lactose

Micellar casein

  • Contains 5 different cassein proteins
  • Is slow digesting
  • Slows down the breakdown of protein synthesis

Since whey speeds up protein synthesis and micellar cassein slows the break down, a protein shake that contains both of these types of protein is idea.

Cassein containing products like MPI and Micellar cassein, are often consumed by athletes before bed, so that the cassein protein is digested slowly throughout the night, keeping them full and building muscle while sleeping. This is because a lot of our muscle repair and growth happen we are resting, but within 5 hours of eating, our body usually runs out of the amino acids it needs to repair and grow muscle. So it is very beneficial to have cassein containing protein before bed time.

Egg protein isolate (EPI)

  • Eggs are a complete protein source
  • Eggs contain the 9 essential amino acids that your body can not produce naturally
  • EPI only comes in 2nd to whey, as having the highest level of leucine amino acid Greek again, the most important one for muscle health.
  • EPI is minimally processed.
  • Has very low calories.

1st Recommendation – Magnum Quattro Protein

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First of all, I love the name of this protein – Magnum Quattro sounds like something very powerful – and rightfully so because this is one of the best proteins out their in my humble opinion. Now that the different proteins I just described are fresh in your mind, you are probably wondering which protein formula Magnum Quattro uses because each of the ones described all have benefits and it is hard to choose which one is best for your right?

Well with Magnum Quattro, you do not have to make that choice because it contains ALL FOUR of the proteins just explained to you: WPI, WPC, MPI and EPI. I think this in itself is already a huge advantage of Magnum, couple with the fact that EACH SCOOP of this protein, contains 30 grams of protein which is not common.

I have bee drinking protein powders for YEARS, or I can even say over a decade, and typically, the most protein you get from one scoop is 24 to 25 grams. Now I am not saying that their are no other proteins powders that offer 30 grams of protein per scoop, but lots of them are very high in fats and carbs and in turn calories as well. They are usually geared towards men and for us women, who want to build lean muscle mass without the carbs and fats, Magnum Protein is definitely what would benefit us.

So remember, we discussed above how each type of proteins have certain benefits and magnum contains all those benefits. So let us review that here:

  1. Contains 2 types of slow digesting proteins to help with muscle repair, especially overnight and for preventing the break down of protein synthesis.
  2. Contains 2 types of proteins that are fast digesting, to increase protein synthesis, speed up muscle repair and get you back trainer faster and more often.
  3. Contains all the 9 essential amino acids your body can not produce naturally.
  4. Contains 2 proteins that contain the MASTER muscle health amino acid called leucine.
  5. Contains over 90 percent protein and very little fat and carbs.

Other Ingredients In Magnum Quattro

  • Total fat, 1 g
  • Cholesterol, 0 g
  • Total carbohydrate, 2 g: Magnum Quattro has only one gram of sugar per scoop and of this 2 g of carbohydrates, 1 gram is fiber.
  • Calcium 150 mg
  • Iron, 1 mg
  • Sodium, 60 mg
  • Potassium, 200 mg

Other Ingredients: Magnum Quattro™ 4-Stage Matrix (Whey Protein Isolate 90%+, Milk Protein Isolate 90%+, Micellar Casein 85%+, Egg Protein Isolate), Cocoa Powder, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Xanthan, Sodium Chloride, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Flaxseed, Sucralose, Bromelain (Digestive Enzyme), Conjugated Linoleic Acid

Let us review the benefits and advantages of these other ingredients:

Of these ingredients, the iron content is really not significant but that being said, protein powders are not known to provide iron supplementation, not enough anyway if you are iron deficient. If you need iron supplements, read my article  here.

Magnum Quattro is an excellent lean-muscle-building supplement with such a high level of protein and very little, to almost negligible amounts of carbohydrates and fat.

We all know that high sodium is bad for you, but we do need some sodium because it helps with recovery. 60 mg of sodium, which is under 5% per serving, is an excellent amount of sodium.

Magnum Quattro contains a great amount of calcium; 15 percent of the daily value.

Finally, Magnum Quattro contains Organic Flaxseed and is Lactose Free.

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What are the benefits of flaxseed? There are tons of great health benefits such as:

  • Has fiber, omega-3 and protein;
  • Has many vitamins such as Vitamin B, Potassium, Folate, Magnesium, Iron and more.
  • Has antioxidants;
  • May reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and reduce cancer risk.

Flavors of Magnum Quattro

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1. Chocolate Love

2. Chocolate Peanut Butter

3. Half-Baked Cookies N’ Cream

4. Pure and Simple

5. Vanilla Ice Cream

I personally have tried them all but the pure and simple. It really depends on what your preferred tastes are but reviews for all of Magnum Quattro flavors are 4 STAR or more. It is known to have the best Cookies and Cream flavor so if that is your preference, you will not be disappointed.

I stick to Vanilla Ice Cream because it is the best vanilla flavor I have ever tasted and I have tried dozens of proteins. And also because I love changing flavors often, so with the vanilla, I will rotate my flavors but adding a cup of frozen fruits, half an avocado or even some Peanut butter and Voila, I have a whole new flavor without having to buy a bunch of different proteins. T

       2nd Recommendation – Optimum Nutrition`s Gold Standard

Top-Rated-Protein-Powder-Optimum-NutritionThe name of this protein, Gold Standard is a bold name, and rightfully so, because it has earned it`s reputation as being one of the most purchased whey protein`s on the market.

Like Magnum Quattro, Optimum Nutrition`s Gold Standard (ONGS) has a protein blend of several proteins. The 3 proteins it contains are WPI, WPC, and a Whey Protein Peptide. We have yet to discuss a Whey Protein Peptide so let us do that now.

A whey peptide, also called a Hydrolyzed Whey Protein (WPI):

  • Is predigested, making it more easily absorbed by the human body.
  • Can be considered as an up-scaled version of WPI.
  • A predigested whey will typically release aminos at a faster rate and the digestion process will be quick.
  • Faster muscle protein synthesis.
  • 90 to 95% protein content
  • The most expensive type of whey
  • Is lactose free however, ONGS is NOT Lactose Free.

A scoop of ONGS, is 24 grams of protein, which is the common average among all protein powders on the market.

Like we did for Magnum Quattro, let us discuss the advantage of this combination of proteins and other ingredients in the ONGS.

  1. Contains 3 fast digesting proteins, which will increase the speed of muscle repair and get you ready for another work out in no time.
  2. Has 90% protein content and very low carbohydrate and fat.
  3. Contains the 9 essential amino acids.

Other Ingredients In ONGS

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  • Total fat, 1 g
  • Cholesterol, 30 mg
  • Total carbohydrate, 3 g: Magnum Quattro has only one gram of sugar per scoop and of this 2 g of carbohydrates, 1 gram is fiber.
  • Sugar, 1 gram
  • Calcium 150 mg
  • Iron, 1 mg
  • Sodium, 130 mg
  • Potassium, 200 mg
  • Calcium , 8%
  • Iron, 2%

Additional ingredients: cocoa, lecithin, natural and artificial flavors, acesulfame potassium (sweetener), Aminogen, and lactase.

What about these additional ingredients?

Of these ingredients, the iron content and the calcium content are lower than that of Magnum Quattro. It is important to mention though that protein powders are typically not known to provide additional vitamin supplementation. Protein powders are filled with amino acids.

Sodium levels are also a bit higher than the Magnum Quattro, but still under 15% of daily value which still makes this healthy and not excessive at all.

Flavors Of ONGS

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1. Double Rich Chocolate

2. Extreme Milk Chocolate

3. Chocolate Malt

4. Chocolate Peanut Butter,

5. Chocolate Coconut

6. White Chocolate

7. Rocky Road (chocolate and marshmallow flavor).

Overview – Which One is Best For Me

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Let me give my overall rating on these two products and my final thoughts, and I hope you will then know which is best for you. I strongly believe that both these products will give you the nutritional benefits you need to increase you protein intake, to gain lean muscle mass, to help you lose weight and to help with muscle repair.

In my opinion which is based on personal experience, articles, reviews and most importantly ingredients, Magnum Quattro is hand down the best protein powder out their. It has a better and more complete protein mixture, with is 4 protein action combination, it has more protein per saving, more vitamins per serving, organic flax seed and is lactose free.

ONGS is also a very high quality protein shake. Although it has less protein per serving, 24 grams is really the norm, making Quattro just slightly more advanced. Also, it has very low levels of fat and carbohydrates with slightly more sodium, but not a level that is close to undesirable.

Magnum Quattro

  • Effectiveness – 10/10 Stars
  • Ingredients – 10/10 Stars
  • Taste – 8/10 Stars
  • Price – 9/10 Stars

A 5 lb container typically costs $90.00 CAD or $70.00 USD.

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard

  • Effectiveness – 10/10 Stars
  • Ingredients – 8/10 Stars
  • Taste – 7.5/10 Stars
  • Price – 9/10 Stars

A 5 lb container typically costs $85.00 CAD or $60.00 USD.

I have complete confidence to say that regardless of which protein powder you decide to use, you will feel the difference, enjoy the great taste and see results if you combine protein supplementation with exercise.

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YOUR OPINION MATTERS

Share with me your comments below regarding your experience, if any with these protein powders!

 

8 thoughts on “Top Rated Protein Shakes – All You Need To Know”

  1. I do understand why your article for protein shakes points out the amount of protein and what that protein does.  The investment in your healthy bodybuilding routine is enough that you need to get the most value for your money.  Obviously, I have not been paying attention for a while, and now that my husband and I both would like to become more fit caused me to look for some information.  This is a very good description of what each product does, and why it costs what it does.  

    Have you noticed a nutrition program for people in their mid-fifties?  Is it the same as for younger people?  Most of the time, label makers and people blogging about the value of products assume I know more than I do.  While there are some readers who are serious about the bodybuilding systems, and know exactly what they want and need, I fear I am just in the learning phase.  I need to understand how and when to get the best from me.  You mentioned that we heal during sleep, which is consistent with what I have been told.  However, do mature bodies really need the same nutrition that younger bodies do? Thank you, Sami

    Reply
    • Hello Sami,

      I am glad this article shed some light on how you and your husband can implement some protein into your diet, especially if you are seeking to get healthier and start exercising. 

      Great to see you back here again. I appreciate your support on my site and the time you take to leave me your comments. 

      Yes I discuss a great article about nutrition for women in their menopause years because hormones change again for women at this time, and losing weight and staying healthier can become a huge challenge. I would highly recommend you read this, as Dr Cabeca is an expert in the field and I have done lots of research and I am confident you would see and feel results. 

      I hope this advice can really help you Sami. 

      Reply
  2. Very accurate and informative article! I’ve never purchased protein shakes but I’m really interested in the topic because they seem good integrators. So I’m trying to figure out if they could be good for me. This article is a step forward towards my knowledge about these products, so thank you for sharing this accurate info!:)

    Reply
    • Hello Rosalia,

      You are definitely right by saying that protein shakes are great to integrate into your life. They are not a replacement for food and for some, the do not require this extra protein if they are not working out and/or eating high protein meals. It really depends on your lifestyle, goals and diet.

      I am really happy you came across my article because if you are contemplating on trying a protein shake for the first time, I would really hope you decide to chose one of these:)

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  3. I am lazy so I have using Premier Protein premixed. I did not know that the proteins were so varied. What percentage of our diet should be a protein or could we live on just the proteins as found in the mix?

    All of us are trying to live healthier lives due to our knowledge of the cost of being overweight. I find using protein drinks for a good part of my day to help lose pounds, but am not sure about the health effects.l

    You have certainly hit on a hot topic. I believe that the more we learn about the building blocks of our bodies the better we will care for them.

    Think you for the information.

    Reply
    • Hello Bruce,

      I would not say you are lazy! It is normal to purchase a common protein, especially when you can easily purchase them at any grocery store.

      I do not know much about premier protein and so will not give my opinion on their quality. I do not in general, like to purchase premixes because I see this the same way as buying processed food or food containing preservatives. But again, I can not speak about premier protein specifically. 

      Yes there all a lot of disadvantages of being overweight and financial is one of them. Are you using these shakes as a meal-replacement to lose weight? Because if so, I would not recommend that because these shakes do contain protein, but not all your macro nutrients. I can suggest a meal replacement shake for weight loss if you would like and I still recommend healthy real food as snacks and at least one meal per day should be real food. 

      Thank you so much for reading and for sharing your experience. 

      Reply
  4. Thank you for this informational post. I’m trying to lose weight or at least maintain my weight during this coronavirus pandemic. All the snacking and experiment cooking while cooped up at home is wreaking havoc on my daily food intake. I wanted to incorporate protein shakes with my workout plan of walking, running, and biking. I didn’t know much about protein shakes before I read this post so I gained a lot of good info and I liked how you narrowed it down to 2 great shake options. 

    I like how you added the link to your pregnancy blog as well. I ended up reading that too. Good insights! I blog about my IVF journey – dealing with infertility issues so this was so relatable. Thank you!

    Reply
    • Hello Dana,

      I am so glad to hear that this article helped you learn a little about protein shakes. Tell me about it, I am struggling as well during this Covid, and you are not alone for sure. A great protein smoothie is an amazing alternative when tempted to reach for a salty or sugary snack, so I hope you give one of these shakes a try,

      That is very sweet of you to go look into my pregnancy blog and I would love to do the same and check out your IVF blog so please share your site with me:)

      Take care Dana. Until next time!

      Reply

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