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Protein powder recommendations?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 10, 2010 at 5:39 PM

I know that it is always better to eat whole foods...that is a major premise of Paleo and I agree with it. However, with a desire/need to gain weight and muscle, a hard gainer, and a job that requires unscheduled hours (S.W.A.T. call outs, for one) can someone recommend a good 'bang for the buck' protein or whey powder to use in an emergency?

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on October 19, 2013
at 02:40 AM

How was this product? I looked at it, but was curious. I was thinking about making my own blend of proteins on the truenutrition site. One like the Paleo one, but also adding the grass-fed whey. And probably some MCTs. It would end up being way cheaper than buying it as the branded Paleo Protein.

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on September 25, 2013
at 03:56 PM

Happy to hear from you on this subject. I agree about supplements from the raw/vegan community can be beneficial as long as the ingredients are high quality, and of course soy/gluten free. I would rather eat non-GMO sprouted rice protein before loads of egg protein from non pastured raised chickens. Whey also does not sit too well with me. I was on the fence about Warrior food, and I'm a big fan of Plant fusion, but I like what I've learned about the Warrior Force company. Thanks for sharing your story!

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Def doesn't seem bad. I suppose you may think a bit about that artificial flavor. Sounds like MSG no?

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on June 17, 2013
at 11:28 AM

website is www.AminoMarine.com it is Hydrolyzed Fish Protein Isolate type product. Clean label and actually tastes very good - they offer a Chocolate-Hazelnut flavor - or Neutral that you can flavor with your own shake. make as shake with 1/2 banana, mix of berries/kale/spinach and then some OJ or Cranberry. if you need sweetner then add some Stevia. you will NOT know it has fish - just a typical protein shake. equal to any high quality Whey Isolate.

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on April 08, 2012
at 06:41 AM

I use myoFusion from GNC. It's gluten and aspartame free. Thanks for the hint: I found egg Optinum powder http://www.optimumnutrition.com/products/100-egg-protein-p-220.html

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on January 16, 2012
at 09:02 PM

Egg based proteins made from the egg white only should be relatively low in oxidized cholesterol, and if you're looking for a good organic egg white protein without all the additives, allergens (gluten, soy, dairy) and sweeteners, the only one I've been able to find is GEO Organic Egg White Protein http://amzn.com/B0044PAVTW: Ingredients: Organic Egg Albumen

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on December 17, 2011
at 11:51 PM

and berkhan eats insane amounts of protein

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on December 17, 2011
at 11:51 PM

berkhan > mcguff http://articles.elitefts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/martin.bmp

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on October 25, 2011
at 01:08 AM

I think McGuff is pretty buff

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on June 28, 2011
at 08:24 PM

the jarrow one linked by cave man mind is the one i use. i mix a scoop with 1/2 cup yogurt and fresh berries

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on June 23, 2011
at 12:21 AM

curiosly he is also hawking his overpriced competing shake. but then, if we really want to avoid bad things we probably should just eat eggs and not drink shakes.

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on June 18, 2011
at 04:08 AM

sisson warns that egg protein is high in oxidized cholesterol

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on May 31, 2011
at 08:59 AM

Not saying I agree one way or the other however, there are some very strong Russian powerlifters who are so poor, they eat nothing but potato soup and white bread.

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on May 31, 2011
at 05:59 AM

Define what you mean by soy. A lot of things have soy lecithin in it. This is usually a small bit to help keep the powders from clumping. Unless you're violently allergic to soy, it's not enough to cause you problems. In terms of raw eggs, personally I stay away, one session with Salmonella was enough. :) Cooking the eggs is fine (just takes a bit more time). Oh, and Agave nectar, not as good as the marketers want you to believe (highly processed and high concentration of fructose).

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on May 31, 2011
at 05:22 AM

Oh, and it's a lot cheaper!

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on May 31, 2011
at 05:22 AM

Completely legit (if you have no issues with diary). As you say whey protein comes from milk anyway. And milk as a whole food seems to promote growth better than a whey protein isolate. Go for raw milk if possible. Whey protein does horrible things to my guts where as I handle milk just fine.

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on April 27, 2011
at 06:36 PM

@futureboy: "whey protein isolate" seems to be my go to....

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on April 27, 2011
at 06:00 PM

I ordered the NOW foods 100% "Pure" Whey powder. Guess what's on the ingredients list? SOY LECITHIN. DANG IT! WHYYYYY?! Granted it's <1%, but i want to avoid any and ALL soy! And I feel like a real dummy because I opened it to smell it before looking at the ingredients. BUMMER.

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on February 08, 2011
at 06:34 PM

Man, with few exceptions, I just can't stomach Opt. Nutrition -- it tastes horrible... banana cream is the only one I can drink... bleh.

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on January 13, 2011
at 10:07 PM

Artificial flavor for the chocolate.

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on January 13, 2011
at 10:06 PM

Depends on what you mean by viable. General opinion is that it's not as good as animal based proteins because of it's amino acid profile. There's not really years of research done on it like there has been with Whey and other proteins though. It runs about 45-50% protein and a ton of fiber/oils. So you're paying a lot for non-protein. However, if you're allergic to eggs and dairy, or are vegetarian, it might be your only choice.

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on January 13, 2011
at 02:59 PM

yeah, wobur, i'd def agree that Body By Science, at least regarding the "you dont need extra protein" thing, is nonsense. Im in a gain phase of pretty heavy lifting right now and there is just no way you can increase your poundages the way we do without at least some added protein. There is too much damage inflicted on your muscle tissue.

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on October 13, 2010
at 08:50 PM

Another big fan of Now's whey isolate here. Very high protein content, very low carbs, and the only sweetener is a bit of stevia. I pay about $27 for a 1.8 pound container.

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on April 02, 2010
at 01:23 AM

ohh I mix mine with coconut milk instead of water as well.

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on April 02, 2010
at 01:21 AM

I use Optimum Nutrition 100% Egg. There are things un-paleo about it (sadly its got that ever present Soy Lecithin in it), but it helps on busy days and work out days. If you get the vanilla custard one mix it with some nutmeg and it tastes like Egg Nog.

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on March 11, 2010
at 11:33 PM

Hmmmm...custom blend sounds good....

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on March 11, 2010
at 11:32 PM

Interesting thought on BCAA/EAA....good idea! Thanks.

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on March 11, 2010
at 11:31 PM

MS is always worthwhile reading. Good links. Thanks.

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on March 11, 2010
at 11:30 PM

I'll check these out. Thanks P. Dan

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on March 11, 2010
at 11:29 PM

This looks like a good one. Thanks, Matt.

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on March 11, 2010
at 11:28 PM

Bodybuilders are about as dialed in as it gets, so all of those suggestions must be good ones. I will check them out and thanks for the help, Glenn.

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on March 11, 2010
at 02:07 PM

Rick, No offense, but that's rubbish. Do you know anyone who is actually muscular who would agree with that? I don't. Dr. McGuff certainly is no more muscular than the average jogger.

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on March 11, 2010
at 04:43 AM

Oh forgot to say it is the cleanest and flavorless I have EVER tasted!

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on March 11, 2010
at 04:42 AM

Www.biprousa.com all from USA dairy no worries of issues from importing dairy. I add to my oatmeal and OJ in am and my favorite smoothies for lunch.

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on March 11, 2010
at 04:15 AM

Well you didn't look hard enough on iHerb! http://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas-Whey-Protein-Unflavored-2-lbs-908-g/343?at=0 Ingredients: 100% Ultrafiltered Whey Protein from milk and lecithin (from soy). Contains: Milk and Soy. No wheat, no gluten, no egg, no fish/shellfish, no nuts/tree nuts. Contains NO artificial flavors or artificial sweeteners.

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on March 11, 2010
at 01:00 AM

You don't need extra protein to gain muscle mass. You might want to read "Body by Science" for more info.

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on March 10, 2010
at 06:45 PM

10g BCAA/EAA or 20g of whey (any will do) to maximize muscle protein synthesis before and after workout.

Rest of the day you should eat your food, not drink it.

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on March 11, 2010
at 11:32 PM

Interesting thought on BCAA/EAA....good idea! Thanks.

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on March 10, 2010
at 05:58 PM

Wobur, I have numerous friends who compete in natural bodybuilding, so I'll pass along some of their favorites:

Of the bigger companies: Optimum Nutrition, Scivation, and Myofusion are very well-regarded.

A smaller company called Phenom Labs has a product called Wicked Whey, which I have tried--very tasty.

Be warned that no protein powder I have seen (and I've seen quite a few) are perfectly strict paleo. Some have carb sources like oat flour, many have dextrose, maltodextrin, or sucralose.

I still take protein powder every day, and regard it as an exception I'm willing to live with. (Btw, I use an egg white protein powder because I've developed an adult dairy allergy that precludes whey.)

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on March 11, 2010
at 11:28 PM

Bodybuilders are about as dialed in as it gets, so all of those suggestions must be good ones. I will check them out and thanks for the help, Glenn.

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on April 02, 2010
at 01:23 AM

ohh I mix mine with coconut milk instead of water as well.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on April 02, 2010
at 01:21 AM

I use Optimum Nutrition 100% Egg. There are things un-paleo about it (sadly its got that ever present Soy Lecithin in it), but it helps on busy days and work out days. If you get the vanilla custard one mix it with some nutmeg and it tastes like Egg Nog.

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(224)

on February 08, 2011
at 06:34 PM

Man, with few exceptions, I just can't stomach Opt. Nutrition -- it tastes horrible... banana cream is the only one I can drink... bleh.

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on April 08, 2012
at 06:41 AM

I use myoFusion from GNC. It's gluten and aspartame free. Thanks for the hint: I found egg Optinum powder http://www.optimumnutrition.com/products/100-egg-protein-p-220.html

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691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

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on October 13, 2010
at 04:57 PM

I have an egg based protein shake mix that I combine with coconut milk and water. Since dairy may be on the no list for some paleo practitioners this might be a good option. You should be able to find it at GNC.

Gold Standard 100% Egg (rich chocolate flavor) Optimal Nutrition brand

Ingredients: Egg Albumen, Cocoa, Artificial Flavor, Lecithin, Sucralose, Aminogen (some proprietary blend of digestive enzymes or something)

Nutrition facts: 32.5 gram serving: Cals: 120 Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 5mg Sodium: 420mg Carb: 4g Fiber: 1g Protein: 24g

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Def doesn't seem bad. I suppose you may think a bit about that artificial flavor. Sounds like MSG no?

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on January 13, 2011
at 10:07 PM

Artificial flavor for the chocolate.

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on June 18, 2011
at 04:08 AM

sisson warns that egg protein is high in oxidized cholesterol

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on June 23, 2011
at 12:21 AM

curiosly he is also hawking his overpriced competing shake. but then, if we really want to avoid bad things we probably should just eat eggs and not drink shakes.

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on January 16, 2012
at 09:02 PM

Egg based proteins made from the egg white only should be relatively low in oxidized cholesterol, and if you're looking for a good organic egg white protein without all the additives, allergens (gluten, soy, dairy) and sweeteners, the only one I've been able to find is GEO Organic Egg White Protein http://amzn.com/B0044PAVTW: Ingredients: Organic Egg Albumen

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on March 11, 2010
at 07:03 AM

True Protein lets you make your own custom blend, so you could get all protein, or with low carb sweeteners, or whatever floats your boat, they do offer waxy maize starch, oatmeal starch, brown rice starch and potatoe starch if you are active enough to warrant the carb+protein Pre/peri/post mix, otherwise, just put together what works for you and sticks the closest to whatever paleo guideline you are strict on.

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on March 11, 2010
at 11:33 PM

Hmmmm...custom blend sounds good....

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on October 24, 2011
at 11:47 PM

In my opinion any highly processed protein supplement based on animal proteins (including egg) is not something i want to put in my body. For my money, the best paleo-friendly protein supplements come from the raw/vegan community. they're alkaline-forming, and most of them are organic and made from whole or minimally processed foods. One of my favorites is called Thor's Raw Power:

http://www.rawpower.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi?id=544991631751&d=single&item_id=0002&c=Supplements&sc=Protein_Products&tc=

it's made from raw hemp and raw brazil nut protein (enzymatically active, although any raw, unsprouted nuts and seeds are going to have the usual phytate and enzyme inhibitor issues) along with maca, goji berry powder and mesquite powder. It's minimally processed, very easy to digest, and the synergistic effect of the protein along with the superfoods has to be felt to be believed. the finished product is only about 38% protein by weight (on account of dilution from the superfoods), but the antioxidant nutrition from the goji berry and brazil nuts (high in selenium) along with the metabolic stimulation of the maca and the high fiber of the hemp are well worth it. FYI the same website also sells the hemp protein powder and brazil protein powder by themselves. also, Trader Joes sells a fantastic organic hemp protein powder (get the vanilla - avoid the chocolate!) if you're looking for an inexpensive option.

if you're looking for options outside of the realm of nuts and seeds you can't do better than spirulina and chlorella. each is about 60% protein by weight, and both are absolute nutritional powerhouses. if you prefer pills there are some great options at the raw power website, such as:

http://www.rawpower.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi?id=855089720296&d=single&item_id=0556&c=Supplements&sc=Thors%20Hammer&tc=

if you don't mind the flavor, a company called HealthForce Nutritionals sells (in my opinion) the highest quality spirulina and chlorella powders available, but you need to mix them with water or juice and drink them. personally i enjoy the flavor, and ever since my body learned to appreciate the nutrition and energy boost i get from them i actually have cravings for them (by the way HealthForce does make chlorelly tablets, but not spirulina). check out their website, they're an awesome company, and the quality of both their sourcing and processing methods is unequaled by any other supplement company i've ever encountered.

http://www.healthforce.com/

every single product the company makes is the best in its class and is absolutely worth taking (if you can afford it). i highly recommend poking around their website and learning what makes their supplements unique (and why i say they're the highest quality available). they make an outstanding protein powder called Warrior Food which, while not strictly paleo (it has sprouted organic brown rice protein in adition to hemp protein), is by far the easiest digesting protein powder i've ever tried. it has digestive enzymes added, along with nopal cactus (excellent stuff, naturally slows nutrient absorption and prolongs high levels of proteins in the bloodstream, also excellent for moderating blood glucose spikes) and phycocyanin for kidney support (extracted from klamath blue-green algae). also, this is just my subjective opinion, but for me personally i've found that it's the best vegan protein supplement for building muscle tissue. it's also an extraordinary 70% protein by weight, and depending on where you buy the stuff it can be had for as little as 7 cents/gram of protein. quite a bargain if you ask me.

a little bit about me: i'm 32 years old, white male, diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 28. i was vegeterian for 16 years, vegan for 7 of those years, and raw/vegan for 2. i always took my health very seriously, and i've been a supplement fanatic for about a decade. however, a little over a year ago i started eating fish and seafood again in an effort to reduce my carbohydrate intake, which helped a lot, but recently i eliminated beans, grains, legumes and dairy and began consuming a limited amount of eggs and organic, grass-fed beef. i still get about two thirds of my protein from vegeterian sources (hemp, spriulina, chlorella, soaked and sprouted almonds/brazil nuts/pumpkin seeds/chia seeds etc.), but i've never felt better (or digested better) in my entire life. i support the paleo movement 100%, and i also believe firmly that the high quantities of grains, beans and legumes that sustained my existence for over a decade contributed significantly, if not solely, to the autoimmune response that caused my diabetes.

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on September 25, 2013
at 03:56 PM

Happy to hear from you on this subject. I agree about supplements from the raw/vegan community can be beneficial as long as the ingredients are high quality, and of course soy/gluten free. I would rather eat non-GMO sprouted rice protein before loads of egg protein from non pastured raised chickens. Whey also does not sit too well with me. I was on the fence about Warrior food, and I'm a big fan of Plant fusion, but I like what I've learned about the Warrior Force company. Thanks for sharing your story!

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on October 13, 2010
at 05:44 PM

Hmm...well, if you're a hardgainer, and want to gain some mass, and are going to do some form of dairy with protein powder, might as well dive in, eh?

http://stronglifts.com/gomad-milk-squats-gallon-gain-weight/

GOMAD! It works :-)

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on May 31, 2011
at 05:22 AM

Completely legit (if you have no issues with diary). As you say whey protein comes from milk anyway. And milk as a whole food seems to promote growth better than a whey protein isolate. Go for raw milk if possible. Whey protein does horrible things to my guts where as I handle milk just fine.

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on May 31, 2011
at 05:22 AM

Oh, and it's a lot cheaper!

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on March 10, 2010
at 06:06 PM

http://www.iherb.com/Bluebonnet-Nutrition-Whey-Protein-Isolate-Natural-Chocolate-Flavor-2-lb-924-g/15912?utm_source=shc&utm_medium=c&=ppnshpng&at=0

This is the best I found. Its completely gluten, soy, and corn free. Tastes OK. Doesn't dissolve as well as GNC brand I used to use, but does not clump. The only sweetener in it is a little bit of stevia. As far as I have found, it is the cleanest power.

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on March 11, 2010
at 11:29 PM

This looks like a good one. Thanks, Matt.

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on March 11, 2010
at 04:15 AM

Well you didn't look hard enough on iHerb! http://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas-Whey-Protein-Unflavored-2-lbs-908-g/343?at=0 Ingredients: 100% Ultrafiltered Whey Protein from milk and lecithin (from soy). Contains: Milk and Soy. No wheat, no gluten, no egg, no fish/shellfish, no nuts/tree nuts. Contains NO artificial flavors or artificial sweeteners.

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on June 28, 2011
at 08:24 PM

the jarrow one linked by cave man mind is the one i use. i mix a scoop with 1/2 cup yogurt and fresh berries

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on March 10, 2010
at 05:59 PM

I really like Optimum Nutrition's 100% Whey Gold Standard (http://www.wheygoldstandard.com/). Started using it before I went paleo/primal. But it tastes great and doesn't have too bad of an ingredient list, though it is by no means perfect.

Another option, one that I have not personally tried, is BiPro (http://www.biprousa.com/bipro.html). Supposedly it has no filler, additives, or unwanted sweeteners, but I've never seen the ingredients list, so I can neither confirm nor deny that claim.

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on March 11, 2010
at 11:30 PM

I'll check these out. Thanks P. Dan

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on January 13, 2011
at 09:55 PM

Depends on how detailed and anal you want to be on the protein. Protein for body building has a ton of details that will drive you crazy. There's all sorts of marketing mumbojumbo that doesn't necessarily matter for your needs. I'm on the more anal side, while not totally crazy about it, I like to know what's in what I'm drinking/eating.

In general, things I look out for: 1) Protein content/serving. For the most part, protein's the big bang ingredient, so you want high protein content whey. You can get protein % from the ingredients by dividing protein amount by serving size. So for example on a whey I've seen at Costco. Serving = 2 scoops (35 grams total). Protein per serving = 27 grams. 27/35 = .77, so 77% protein. So you're getting 23% of non-protein in there (sugar, filler, whatever else they include). It's probably less of an issue for your since you're a hard gainer, but I prefer to control quality and ingredients by mixing myself (part of which is avoiding a bunch of empty calories).

2) Protein type (Whey vs egg vs isolate vs casein, etc). Tons and tons of details, mostly related to digestion speed. I got with an isolate, which gives the highest rapid digesting protein for my buck. Different proteins cost different amounts. Usually what you'll see in combo protein packages is high amounts of cheap protein, low amount of expensive protein, but all at the high price. You don't see the %'s in the ingredients, so you never know which is which (but you'll see the different items listed in the ingredients).

3) Taste. If you can't stomach it, you won't drink it. Some of the stuff (especially the hydrolyzed proteins) taste horrible. Body builders desperate for an edge for competitions go for that, the rest of us, not so much.

I get CFM Whey Isolate from ProteinFactory.com (with no flavoring/additions). Ultra-High fast digesting Protein content (90%), reasonable price, mixes well (no big lumps), not really any taste.

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on October 13, 2010
at 03:46 PM

One of my measures is whether a powder has ever caused me any sign or trace of upset stomach. This is one of my checks against unreal food.

I happen to use NOW 100% whey protein isolate, unflavored.

I make it with warm water so that i can drop in some ghee or coconut oil for some good fats.

Hey, it tastes good warm, and that a very good sign of lack o' junk for me.

I once ate EAS's vanilla powder, and that stuff was VILE warm, and that was years ago before Paleo boosted my sense of taste and smell.

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on October 13, 2010
at 08:50 PM

Another big fan of Now's whey isolate here. Very high protein content, very low carbs, and the only sweetener is a bit of stevia. I pay about $27 for a 1.8 pound container.

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on April 27, 2011
at 06:36 PM

@futureboy: "whey protein isolate" seems to be my go to....

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on April 27, 2011
at 06:00 PM

I ordered the NOW foods 100% "Pure" Whey powder. Guess what's on the ingredients list? SOY LECITHIN. DANG IT! WHYYYYY?! Granted it's <1%, but i want to avoid any and ALL soy! And I feel like a real dummy because I opened it to smell it before looking at the ingredients. BUMMER.

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on March 10, 2010
at 06:13 PM

Mark Sisson has two good articles on whey protein and alternatives to whey. I had ordered Mercola's Pro-Optimal Whey before I had read there that paying extra $$ for whey from grass-fed cows was pretty much a waste; the fat that would have contained any of the beneficial nutrients is pretty much extracted as part of the processing.

And like you, I know it's better to eat whole foods. But for now, a quick shake in the AM works for me to get the protein in and get to work on time. I do add some fat to my shake which may help with whey's potential insulin response. Certainly lasts me til lunch, so it seems to be okay on that front.

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on March 11, 2010
at 11:31 PM

MS is always worthwhile reading. Good links. Thanks.

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on October 19, 2013
at 03:27 AM

@Adam Crafter @Beth @Matt and others: My favorite is a specific Paleo Protein Powder made from dried egg and beef. Surprisingly, the plain flavor is completely neutral and the chocolate and vanilla flavors are delicious. It blends well with any smoothie and is great as either a meal or supplement. It's completely soy free, dairy free and gluten free. No GMOs, no artificial ingredients.

http://www.thehealthycornerstore.com/paleo-protein-powder/

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on October 19, 2013
at 03:27 AM

@Adam Crafter @Beth @Matt and others: My favorite is a specific Paleo Protein Powder made from dried egg and beef. Surprisingly, the plain flavor is completely neutral and the chocolate and vanilla flavors are delicious. It blends well with any smoothie and is great as either a meal or supplement. It's completely soy free, dairy free and gluten free. No GMOs, no artificial ingredients.

http://www.thehealthycornerstore.com/paleo-protein-powder/

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on October 19, 2013
at 02:34 AM

If looking at a whey protein, any of the Proserum processed ones are going to be better. Or there is another brand that uses that kind of Grass-Fed Whey. It's processed at a lower temperature to keep more of the enzymes intact. Many of the whey proteins available, especially at a GNC are going to be garbage in terms of the ingredients they are using, i.e.....artificial sweeteners, and flavors. I know that while working at LTF, we started selling Grass-Fed Whey that was Proserum Native Whey protein. A cool site that I heard about is True Nutrition. You can actually build your own type of protein powder. And they do have a couple different Paleo ones you can buy from them, made out of Egg protein, and Beef protein isolate. Optimum Nutrition does have an all natural line, which should be ok, it uses dried honey as a sweetener and stevia I believe. But I should personally still try to stay away from sucralose as much as possible. And that is the primary sweetener in the majority of proteins. RTD products that are good are Core Power, which is basically like a condensed milk product. It is not made out of a protein powder, they actually almost condense it down, and then add lactase to make it more digestible. Those come in 20, 26, and 42 grams of protein serving sizes. They are not grass-fed though, but if you want something in a RTD form, that is a good one. There are more companies venturing into the all-natural protein realm, but it just takes time.

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on October 19, 2013
at 12:22 AM

Great Lakes Gelatin! Paleo friendly, not chalky, and sustaining.

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on October 18, 2013
at 10:45 PM

anyone here using protein powders ever have an anger or irritability reaction and if so, did you switch to something else that didn't have that effect? I can't seem to find one that doesn't have this effect on me and have seen a few boards discussing the topic, but not really any answers per se. I can't use soy or whey - allergic. Thanks!

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on October 18, 2013
at 10:43 PM

can I ask if anyone using protein powders has had any kind or anger or irritability reaction? I haven't found one that I can use that doesn't have this effect on me and have seen a few other boards discussing this topic.

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on October 18, 2013
at 08:32 PM

I do agree with the comments that whey protein is highly processed BUT I have extreme trouble recovering just with whole food supplementation. With whey, I recover faster and put on lean muscle quicker. I won't be giving up my whey anytime soon. I'm willing to make that compromise.

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on October 18, 2013
at 08:20 PM

Go Bulletproof!

If you care enough to go Paleo, you deserve to use a protein that's based on non-denatured whey from exclusively grass-fed cow milk. This one also has high potency MCT oil and pasture-raised bovine colostrum in it (properly processed, so it's not damaged by heat or other poor practices). It boosts your immune system as well as giving you some quick, truly Paleo-friendly protein.

Get some here: http://www.upgradedself.com/upgraded-whey.html

(or here if you're in Australia: http://www.optimoz.com.au/collections/supplements/products/upgraded-whey)

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on October 17, 2013
at 05:56 PM

i use Bodylogix, it is sourced from grass fed cows. I found it at

http://shop.advantagenutrition.com/bodylogix-c587.aspx

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on October 17, 2013
at 05:54 PM

I use Bodylogix whey protein Isolate, sourced from grass fed cows. I found it at advantagenutrition.com.

http://shop.advantagenutrition.com/bodylogix-c587.aspx

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on June 17, 2013
at 11:23 AM

Fish Protein Powder is a great alternative.

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on June 17, 2013
at 11:28 AM

website is www.AminoMarine.com it is Hydrolyzed Fish Protein Isolate type product. Clean label and actually tastes very good - they offer a Chocolate-Hazelnut flavor - or Neutral that you can flavor with your own shake. make as shake with 1/2 banana, mix of berries/kale/spinach and then some OJ or Cranberry. if you need sweetner then add some Stevia. you will NOT know it has fish - just a typical protein shake. equal to any high quality Whey Isolate.

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on March 27, 2013
at 04:03 PM

I had actually been looking for an actual 'paleo' protein powder...not much out there without whey! found this site yesterday www.paleoproproducts.com - looks pretty new. I just ordered online at www.truenutrition.com but it looks like it's only egg white, whole egg, and beef protein...you can get it flavored or plain, we'll see how it goes!

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on October 19, 2013
at 02:40 AM

How was this product? I looked at it, but was curious. I was thinking about making my own blend of proteins on the truenutrition site. One like the Paleo one, but also adding the grass-fed whey. And probably some MCTs. It would end up being way cheaper than buying it as the branded Paleo Protein.

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on November 17, 2012
at 03:51 PM

I use NitroFusion... it's vegan, but not entirely Paleo. The site says 1/3 brown rice protein, the label says 1/3 quinoa powder.

Either way it's organic, dairy & soy free. So I'll take it. My only dairy is the butter in my coffee, but I just found a local raw milk source so that might be happening.

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(32)

on September 14, 2012
at 02:54 AM

I've been using Pea Protein. 28 grams of protein totally NON-GMO. Low carb, delicious..Lately I've had no apetite so I've been getting full on cucumbers. It seems like that's all I ever want to eat. So I'm drinking 4 shakes a day, mixing the pea protein with almond milk so I can get tons of protein. Also lifting and running 5days/wk. I feel great, besides getting absolutely exhausted during workouts. what the heck should I do? Or is this totally fine? ---Also-I'm sorry for asking a question on top of someone elses qestion. I just felt an overwhelming desire to ask. I apologize.

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on October 23, 2011
at 08:54 PM

BioChem has some great gluten free whey protein products.

If you're really looking to gain muscle mass but you want to take it easy on your digestive track get a whey protein that is gluten free (and soy free if you can), and literally eat it raw instead of mixing it with water or (God forbid) milk. It's easier on gut.

I actually mix two scoops protein powder, two tablespoons of raw almond butter, cinnamon, half a table spoon of flax seed, and (sometimes) a little gluten free anti-oxidant trail mix) and that makes a killer home-made, gluten free protein bar.

How else can you get 48 grams of protein in your diet for $2.00??

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on August 17, 2011
at 10:30 PM

I have a protein powder that is processed of course, but it is purely just defatted pumpkin seeds. The carbs are low and I get about 20 grams of protein per serving that I use. I mix it with water, sometimes a bit of coconut milk, cocoa powder and chunks of frozen banana and a couple of handfuls of spinach or kale. It seems to do the trick for me after a workout. its the only time I use a protein powder.

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on May 31, 2011
at 04:20 AM

I'm new to Paleo as well and have been looking for a egg protein powder without soy and artificial ingredients, but have yet to find one. Perhaps a shake with raw eggs, plain cocoa powder, agave nectar would do the trick, but I'm not sure what's more likely, it tasting good or getting salmonella.

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(8280)

on May 31, 2011
at 05:59 AM

Define what you mean by soy. A lot of things have soy lecithin in it. This is usually a small bit to help keep the powders from clumping. Unless you're violently allergic to soy, it's not enough to cause you problems. In terms of raw eggs, personally I stay away, one session with Salmonella was enough. :) Cooking the eggs is fine (just takes a bit more time). Oh, and Agave nectar, not as good as the marketers want you to believe (highly processed and high concentration of fructose).

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on January 13, 2011
at 02:01 PM

I'm sorry, I'm new to Paleo transitioning from a more vegetarian approach,so forgive my ignorance, but what about Hemp Protein? Is that a viable, non dairy source?

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on January 13, 2011
at 10:06 PM

Depends on what you mean by viable. General opinion is that it's not as good as animal based proteins because of it's amino acid profile. There's not really years of research done on it like there has been with Whey and other proteins though. It runs about 45-50% protein and a ton of fiber/oils. So you're paying a lot for non-protein. However, if you're allergic to eggs and dairy, or are vegetarian, it might be your only choice.

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on March 11, 2010
at 04:37 AM

Bipro is pure whey protein with less than .05 soy oil for helping disperse the protein. Now it it NSF sport certified - no worries about failing a drug test.

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on March 11, 2010
at 04:43 AM

Oh forgot to say it is the cleanest and flavorless I have EVER tasted!

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(0)

on March 11, 2010
at 04:42 AM

Www.biprousa.com all from USA dairy no worries of issues from importing dairy. I add to my oatmeal and OJ in am and my favorite smoothies for lunch.

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on June 28, 2011
at 07:44 PM

You could try Pea Protein, only ingredient is 100% Pure pea protein isolate from yellow peas. It contains no sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives. Here is a product link:

http://www.swansonvitamins.com/NWF264/ItemDetail

Cleanest protein powder I have ever found, hope this helps you out.

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on November 20, 2011
at 05:12 PM

A pound of ground beef has between 70 and 80 grams of protein and it's $2.50 at Trader Joes.

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