Is Your Protein Powder Just a Bunch of Fluff?

Protein powders aren’t just for bodybuilders and athletes anymore. These dietary supplements can be beneficial to individuals who have dietary concerns or even children who may be picky eaters by helping to increase their calorie and nutrient intake. By providing a convenient way to boost protein intake, protein powders can easily be incorporated into one’s diet through shakes and baked goods, as well as oatmeal and breakfast cereal. But are all as nutritious as they appear?

To help you better understand which protein powders are packing the most protein punch and which ones you should just leave in the dust, I cover the best and worst of protein powders on shelves in one of my recent “Love it, Like it, Hate it” segments. Check out some of my favorites and least favorites below:   

LOVE IT!

  • BQuick FUEL – all-natural whey/soy blend + flaxseed meal, digestive enzymes, & more, with Swerve Sweetener
    Per serving (two scoops): 155 calories – 11 grams carb – <1 gram sugar – 25 grams protein
  • RAW Protein  - all-natural plant-based vegan protein powder, with probiotics + digestive enzymes, with stevia
    Per serving (one scoop): 90 calories – 1 gram carb – <1 gram sugar – 17 grams protein
  • Designer Whey – blend of whey protein concentrate + isolate, naturally sweetened with stevia & erythritol
    Per serving (one scoop): 100 calories – 6 grams carb – 2 grams sugar – 18 grams protein

LIKE IT!

  • Isopure -  100% whey protein isolate, 50% DV most vitamins/minerals, artificially sweetened with sucralose
    Per serving (two scoops): 210 calories – 0 carbs – 0 sugar – 50 grams protein
  • BSN Syntha-6 – blend of whey protein concentrate & isolates + casein (slower-digesting protein), digestive enzymes, artificially sweetened with sucralose and acesulfame potassium.
    Per serving (1 rounded scoop): 190 calories – 13 grams carb – 3 grams sugar – 22 grams protein
  • Gladiator – blend of whey protein isolate, glutamine, & egg solids, + digestive enzymes, artificially sweetened with sucralose.
    Per serving (two scoops): 190 calories – 1 gram carb – 0.4 grams sugar – 45 grams protein

HATE IT!

  • Slimfast High Protein Shake Mix – sugar is first ingredient, followed by maltodextrin and sunflower oil.
    Per serving: 200 calories – 25 grams carbs – 18 grams sugar – 15 grams protein
    More sugary carbs than anything else!

For more details on this topic, watch Molly’s “Love it, Like it, Hate it” segment on WGNO New Orleans.

Molly Kimball

Molly Kimball, RD, CSSD
Molly Kimball, RD, CSSD is a Sports and Lifestyle Dietitian, Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics by the American Dietetic Association.  She... read more