What's the Best Type of Protein Powder?
The ingredients should be simple, but what about the type of powder? "Whey protein is the most researched and proven source of protein for muscle protein synthesis (the building of muscle mass)," Nikki explained. "However, there is no difference in choosing whey vs. soy [protein]. As a sport dietitian, I would recommend whey protein first unless the athlete (or individual) is lactose intolerant, vegetarian, or vegan. Then, I would recommend soy or pea proteins," she said.
"We tend to favor whey protein as the most rapidly broken down and absorbed type," Jason said. This means that it gets digested and absorbed into your body and muscles faster than other types of protein, he explained. Regardless of the type of protein you choose, Jason recommends keeping the ingredients list basic.
Although whey may be the preferred choice of protein powder, both dietitians agree that the best source of protein come from food such as chocolate milk, yogurt, lean meats, legumes, and beans.