Choosing the right protein shake shook poses a challenge for many. What criteria should be taken into account? What do you have to pay attention to when shopping? Our checklist should serve as a small decision aid.
Check 1: Do the training goal and chosen protein supplement fit together?
The set training goal should, of course, have a direct influence on the product selection.
More muscle mass
– protein contributes significantly to muscle growth. This also applies, of course, to the protein contained in the whey. Inform yourself about your daily protein needs.
– protein supports the regeneration processes after training.
Healthy and low-calorie snack
– A protein shake in between facilitates the control of the calorie balance since the desire for sweets but does not make itself slimmer.
Weight gain – Build
mass – With the combination of protein and carbohydrates, a Weight Gainer is an ideal supplement to push the daily calorie intake.
Check 2: What distinguishes a high-quality product?
Several points deserve your attention before making a purchase decision:
Whey protein – the percentage of protein can vary considerably in different whey species. This is due to the respective manufacturing process with more or less filtering runs.
The information about protein contained is a decisive product feature, and you can expect the following protein parts for whey (=whey):
Whey Concentrate – 70-90% expected protein content
Whey isolate – 90% expected protein content
contained in protein shake BCAAs (branched-chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine – cannot be synthesized by the body itself) are absorbed very quickly by the body, are vital and important for numerous processes in the body. The label on the packaging provides information on the ratio of these three essential amino acids. The ideal mixing ratio of leucine, isoleucine and valine should be 2-1-1 (for example, 3g leucine, 1.5g isoleucine and 1.5g of valine).
– Calorie balance per shake
Checks calories, especially if your diet plan provides a certain amount of calories.
laboratory tests Even if the products generally undergo quality controls, the search for independent laboratory tests can provide information on the composition.
Check 3: Are there any other product additives?
Many want to do without additional flavorings in the whey altogether. Therefore, for example, tasteless whey is a welcome alternative. Often, the varieties with taste and the flavors contain sweeteners and other flavor enhancers to give the whey shake the different flavor notes. However, the additives are also reflected in the carbohydrate and calorie data.
Check 4: What distinguishes the variants whey concentrate, hydrolysate or isolate, and protein content?
After you have already read the names repeatedly, we do not want to withhold the basics on ingredients and use. Finally, the right choice should be made.
When Whey Concentrate?
A conventional whey product with whey protein concentrate meets the expectations of most athletes. However, we recommend the purer variants whey protein isolate or hydrolysate for those who adhere to strict discipline in calorie counting.
When Whey protein isolate?
More complex filtration processes (ion-exchanged or microfiltered) in product production cause isolate to have a higher protein level than the concentrate. Due to the special and complex manufacturing process, isolate is more expensive than conventional whey protein. Extremely nutritionally conscious athletes who follow a strict and calorie-reduced diet plan are nevertheless often recommended for this supplement, as it has few carbohydrates and fats in addition to the high protein content. The lactose content in the isolate is also low (about 1%), from which athletes with lactose intolerance can also benefit.
When Whey protein hydrolysate?
Whey protein hydrolysate has a decisive advantage. It is already strongly split by special processes during preparation and divided into smaller compounds of individual amino acids. It could be described as ‘already pre-digested’. Its production-related, somewhat bitter taste and a significantly higher price level prove to be detrimental.
Check 5: How do I choose my taste favourite?
The last check is dedicated to the right taste selection – after all, the product is used over a longer period of time. Bodylab24 does not make the selection easy for you, thanks to a wide range of flavors. To dispel any last doubts, sample packs are available, containing a selection of flavors in portions and inviting you to try them. Also, the 1kg can, which does not last as long and provides variety when ordering two or three different flavors, is recommended for undrafted people.
We hope we could give you some tips for the selection and wish you every success in choosing your personal protein shake and achieving your sporting goals! In addition to the protein content and the general calorie balance, from our point of view, the taste is the decisive criterion in the selection. After all, it should be tasty and enrich the protein supply as a means to an end. On our recipe page,, you will find numerous other uses for whey powder in addition to the use for the classic protein shake. So let it taste you!
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