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shm_ukshm_uk Posts: 683
I've been buying protein powder from to make recovery drinks for a while on recommendation from BikeRadar members as being the best value

However, since early Feb this year the stuff I buy from has increased in price by 15%

I know everything's getting more expensive since the world all went wrong, but is myprotein still the best value, or is there somewhere else worth looking at?


  • HeadhuunterHeadhuunter Posts: 6,494
    Just had a quick whizz through a few sites on Google and Myprotein still seems competitive. This site seems a tad cheaper:

    But shipping seems expensive, it calculated shipping to London as £4.75 or something.

    Of course it depends on whether you're shopping for protein concentrate, isolate or hydrolysate. Hydrolysate is more expensive but apparently has a higher bio value/bioavailability, higher protein content and lower fat. There are some very cheap protein blends out there, but when yuo look at the nutritional content, they are high in fat and are often essentially made up of simple powdered milk...

    Differences between protein types (ripped off from a website):
    "Concentrates: that are sold for muscle building purposes will usually be up to 70%-80% protein and around 7% fat, 7% lactose and havelow cholesterol counts. They are usually processed via a process called ultrafiltration. Whey is also used in food manufacturing ie: cakes, biscuits and even crisps! Those these powders will be lower in protein. Whey powders can go as low as 30% protein.

    Isolates: are processed further to remove the fat, and lactose, they are 90%+ protein by weight. There are two main processes for producing whey protein isolates. CFM™ and ion exchange. CFM isolates are generally considered superior as they are produced under low temperature and low acidic conditions thus helping retain it's biological activity. Ion exchange isolates, while they may have a few more grams of protein than CFM isolates, the important health boosting subfractions found naturally within whey are very much reduced due to it's production process which uses hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide to seperate the proteins. As a result, ion exchange isolates usu

    ally contains 3 times the sodium of CFM isolates.

    Hydrolysates: are partially hydrolyzed,predigested, whey proteins that are therefore more easily assimilated, but their cost is usually higher. Highly-hydrolysed whey may be less allergenic than other types of whey. They are also usually very bitter in taste.

    Whey protein powder can be expensive if you just go for the one with all the marketing hype and athlete endorsements! But if you look around and compare prices you'll find it can work out cheaper per gram than most protein food sources!! Additionally the above whey proteins can usually be found in unflavoured versions which avoid all the artificial sweetners and flavourings etc and are usually cheaper too! Another point to remember is whey will generally have 18-24 months shelf life from it's production date so, like most things, it makes sense to buy it in bulk! You'll almost always get a better deal!

    And remember that slow digesting Casein?... Don't forget it! It certainly has it's place in your muscle building diet! Late in the evening is a great time to consume it as you'll ensure your muscles are fed throughout the night as you sleep! Look for Miceller casein when buying! It's casein in it's most natural state!"
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