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whey powder variation

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 01, 2012 at 1:49 PM

The whey I've been using for months is usually light and airy (flour like), mixes easily, and has always tasted the same.

In the last tub the powder was a bit more coarse (table salt like), didn't mix quite as well, and tasted a little different, but it didn't taste so off you'd assume the stuff was bad if you'd never had the previous tubs.

Does whey powder vary slightly in consistency from batch to batch or is this a bad batch?

I always buy the same cheddar cheese and the color varies slightly ever time. Does whey powder also have the same sort of variation?

If it's bad would you blame the company (using cheaper ingredients) or the shipper (sat in a hot truck too long)?

If I switch brands (current brand is Ultimate Nutrition) does anyone have a favorite micro/cold filtered whey protein isolate?

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on March 05, 2013
at 03:16 AM

oh yeah..isoflex was my previous brand but isnt it sweetned with sucrolose..? i think thats why i changed brands.

Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

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on August 24, 2012
at 09:28 PM

I got it through amazon so they replaced it promptly. The problem was the two bad tubs were replaced, and one of the replacement tubs had the same problem (the other was fine, same lot number). I switched to Isoflex and haven't had any problems.

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on August 24, 2012
at 07:43 PM

I'm with greymouser, last week I decided not to order whey again after using it for years. I can't really be sure what I'm getting when I buy it so why mess with it at all? At least if I buy chicken at the market I can be pretty damned sure it's chicken.

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on June 15, 2012
at 02:27 PM

A lot of the guys at my gym like truenutrition.com. It's really customizable and they have a lot of variety. Haven't used it myself, though

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on June 01, 2012
at 05:00 PM

Oh, last thought - they may have changed the fillers, even for the better, which may effect texture.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on June 01, 2012
at 04:59 PM

I don't consume whey powder. I would avoid it, honestly -- it's a highly processed food stuff, and you are at the producers whims about what is quality or not. Then again, there may be a producer out there that is focused on texture (probably for mixability's sake), which sounds somewhat like what you are aiming for. In the end, you are eating an industrial by-product that has received post-processing, and while texture should always be the same as it's so highly processed, it's bound to vary (even without being spoiled).

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on June 01, 2012
at 03:13 PM

But I how do tell the difference in "they changed the processing method" and the powder has been a bit baked in the truck? You can't sniff test it like meat or fish. It smells like the other tub.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on June 01, 2012
at 02:19 PM

The biggest reason McDonald's became so popular (initially, in the 50s) wasn't because it's food products were designed by food scientists to be highly addictive: the food was the same anywhere you got it. It didn't matter what state, time of day, who heated it, or otherwise -- the food was designed to have exactly the same experience every time you ate it.

Regularity of quality -- regardless of it not being high quality -- was an exceptionally appealing reason for people to return time after time to get their fast food fix.

The more processed the product, the more likely it will be to be the exact same, regardless if the source material changed. Your whey protein probably should look the same every time -- I'd wager they changed the processing method and you noticed; they are likely getting whey from all different sources all the time.

If your whey is bad, I would probably blame the shipper or store where you got it. Heat or other exposure can alter it's texture.

For cheeses, I would hope each cheese wheel, log, or bar has different characteristics than the last. What makes cheese cheese is how it's processed -- non-uniform characteristics are usually signs of a more natural or even hand-made cheese.

Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

(2799)

on June 01, 2012
at 03:13 PM

But I how do tell the difference in "they changed the processing method" and the powder has been a bit baked in the truck? You can't sniff test it like meat or fish. It smells like the other tub.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on June 01, 2012
at 05:00 PM

Oh, last thought - they may have changed the fillers, even for the better, which may effect texture.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on June 01, 2012
at 04:59 PM

I don't consume whey powder. I would avoid it, honestly -- it's a highly processed food stuff, and you are at the producers whims about what is quality or not. Then again, there may be a producer out there that is focused on texture (probably for mixability's sake), which sounds somewhat like what you are aiming for. In the end, you are eating an industrial by-product that has received post-processing, and while texture should always be the same as it's so highly processed, it's bound to vary (even without being spoiled).

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on August 24, 2012
at 07:43 PM

I'm with greymouser, last week I decided not to order whey again after using it for years. I can't really be sure what I'm getting when I buy it so why mess with it at all? At least if I buy chicken at the market I can be pretty damned sure it's chicken.

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89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

on March 05, 2013
at 03:15 AM

ive tried several brands and this seems to taste the best and sounds pretty clean ingredient-wise in comparison to some others Benefits: •Smooth tasting with a delicious, natural flavour •Easy to digest and easy to mix •No artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners •Low in fat, low in carbohydrates •Gluten-free •No hormones, pesticides or GMOs

http://well.ca/products/kaizen-naturals-100-new-zealand_33738.html

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on March 05, 2013
at 03:16 AM

oh yeah..isoflex was my previous brand but isnt it sweetned with sucrolose..? i think thats why i changed brands.

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on August 24, 2012
at 06:22 PM

I would hold off judgment until the same problem arises on a different order. Any number of things could have happened, and you really have no way of knowing where the issue arose. Do they have a customer satisfaction number? Maybe they will be willing to exchange the container for a new one, since you have questions about its safety.

Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

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on August 24, 2012
at 09:28 PM

I got it through amazon so they replaced it promptly. The problem was the two bad tubs were replaced, and one of the replacement tubs had the same problem (the other was fine, same lot number). I switched to Isoflex and haven't had any problems.

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