Sunday, December 27, 2009

Protein Drink Comparison

Recently, my favorite protein supplement (Essential Natural 100% Whey Protein) has ruined their taste. When I inquired about it they told me that vendor issues required re-formulation. Bummer.
I then decided to do some comparison shopping at my local Vitamin Cottage. I purchased five different protein supplements with the following criteria: no soy, no egg and no fake sugars. The products I purchased had a variety of hemp, rice and whey protein. I then decided to rate the newly purchased products by price, taste, protein content and mixability. I mixed each drink with about 3 oz. milk and 7 oz. water. Here are my results:

#1 Solgar Whey to Go (chocolate flavor):

Price: $1.49 for a single serving packet.
Taste (1-10): 9  tastes great (and it does have a tiny bit of fake sugar in it)
Protein content: 16g
Mixability: mixes well with no clumping

#2 Nutribiotic Rice Protein (vanilla flavor).

Price: $.89 for a single packet
Taste: 7 taste was great but there was a chalky after-taste and it was kind of weak.
Protein content: 12g
Mixability: mixes well with no clumping

A three-way tie for third place in no particular order:

#3 Nutiva organic hempshake (chocolate flavor)

Price: $1.25 for a single packet
Taste: 6 taste was good but left a lot of grit in your mouth after.
Protein content: 7g
Mixability: mixes ok but had to keep mixing to keep the grit suspended

#4 Biochem 100% Whey (chocolate flavor)

Price: $1.89 for a single packet
Taste: 6 taste was a bit chemical and was harder to finish.
Protein content: 20g
Mixability: had some clumping issues

#5 Spirutein Whey (vanilla flavor)

Price: $1.65 for a single packet
Taste: 6 tastes like alfalfa or something
Protein content: 14g
Mixability: had to be shaken a lot to keep it mixed
Note: This stuff has a huge amount of nutrients in it. I am pretty sure that if you drink it every day, you will be able to breathe fire and shoot lightning bolts out of your arse!

My old favorite, Essential Natural 100% Whey Protein in the old formula would have won first or second place. Here are the stats:

Price: $.75 in bulk form
Taste (old formula): 9 all flavors are good
Protein content: 22g
Mixability: mixes good with no clumping

There you have it. My hard work has paid off for me when my current supply of the old stuff runs out. I gots to have my protein!


  1. If you don't mind buying in bulk, I recommend whey protein from It has no bad taste (it is unflavored), mixes well, has 27 grams of protein per serving, and for 5 lbs it is only $.41 a serving. I've been using this protein for the past 7-8 months, and have been very happy with it.

  2. Thanks, Anonymous. I recently heard that whole chocolate milk is a great recovery drink. I think adding a scoop of unflavored whey would make it outstanding!