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The supplement industry is going crazy over the last few years pumping out tons of supplements knowing that people need a solution to cover the black holes, the gaps in their diet. The biggest hype has always been around protein. My opinion on supplements is always that it is to be looked as your last resort. When you’ve really cleaned up your diet and are unable to get in those few extra calories of protein and to support muscle recovery, that’s when you start looking towards supplements. I have not listed Optimum Nutrition because their quality is really low and they add aspartame/sucralose for as a sweetener and to make their products taste good.

Also, the list below is for protein supplements not BCAAs. I am not a huge advocate of BCAAs because it’s a natural process of your body to break down protein into Amino Acids and we need to let that process continue. There is no end to supplementation and it’s in the Supplement Industry’s best interest to continue to convince you that certain products are necessary by giving them fancy names.

Here’s the list

1) Bluebonnet Whey Protein

Bluebonnet has been around for a long time and the ingredients are fairly
simple and straightforward. 5 ingredients. What’s more? The Whey is sourced from grass-fed cows not treated with rBGH (BST).

Ingredients: 4/5 (I wish they used cacao instead of cocoa for their chocolate flavor)
Value for money: 4/5 ($1.4 per serving)
Taste: 4/5

2) Jay Robb Whey Protein

Very Similar to Bluebonnet in profile. Also sourced from grass-fed cows not treated with rBGH (BST). Jay Robb has more variety with respect to flavors. The Orange and Pina Colada Whey taste AMAZING!

Ingredients: 4/5 (I wish they used cocoa instead of cacao for their chocolate flavor)
Value for Money: 4/5 ($1.6 per serving)
Taste: 5/5

3) Garden of Life Organic Plant Based Protein

I like this protein because it’s organic, it has a recovery blend (Turmeric, Goji Berry) in addition to the protein blend. Garden of Life was however acquired by Nestle, a company I have zero respect for, which makes me nervous but I’ve learned that they are maintaining the same quality control, so we just have to be cognizant. For now, this tops the list.

Ingredients: 5/5 (They use cacao)
Value for Money: 5/5 ($1.25 per serving; I’ve taken 1 1/2 scoops for a 1:1 evaluation)
Taste: 4/5 (Some complain it’s chalky, that’s the nature of Vegan Protein)


4) Sunwarrior – Warrior Blend Plant Based Protein

This is another alternative for Vegan source in case Garden of Life goes rogue upon it’s merger with Nestle.

Ingredients: 4/5 (I wish they used cacao)
Value for Money: 5/5 ($1.2 per serving)
Taste: 4/5 (Some complain it’s chalky, that’s the nature of Vegan Protein)

5) Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein

This is probably a wrong listing but I wanted to write about this from a value for money perspective. Probably better than Optimum Nutrition brand and yet much more cost effective. One of the ingredients is Erythritol which can cause digestive issues. We don’t have to dwell into any research, if we keep our approach simple and avoid foods that are made in the lab, we can avoid researching and keep it simple.

Ingredients: 2/5
Value for Money: 5/5 ($1 per serving, you can buy this at Costco)
Taste: 4/5

Remember, popular doesn’t always means it’s good for you. It just means they either got in first and people didn’t have a choice but to opt for the one available in the market or simple monkey-see-monkey-do attitude.

Love and Gratitude,

– Vivek

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