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Lando
Lando

Just wanted to say thank you for helping me out with this post. I’ve been trying for a long time to figure out the protein powder game and thought I found one I liked but ALWAYS wondered why it didn’t have anywhere on the tub or website the amount of leucine. And NOW I know why. ISO 100 here I come. Thanks again…

Marce
Marce

Hi Andy! I’m having trouble eating as much as I should (I weight 98kg and do concurrent training with Sprint Tristhlon and the Novice Bodybuilding program as shown in the book). I lost 2kg in 3 weeks, but I’m not having trouble with recovery or progression (at least yet). Do you have any thougths about weight gainers? Do you have any idea for a homemade one? Couldn’t find any article talking about gainers, neither in the books in the supplement section. Thank you very much! Best regards, Marce

Uzi
Uzi

Hi
Labdoor lists Acesulfame-K and Sucralose in their “Watchlist items”. Acesulfame-K is a controversial artificial sweetener linked to a negative influence on taste preference. Pending research is testing hypotheses regarding Ace K’s negative effects on cognitive function, prenatal development, and carcinogenicity.
what’s your take on that as all Dymatize Elite flavors contain Acesulfame-K ??

George Mess
George Mess

I have an isolate powder that lists 9.158g of leucine per 100g of powder, giving me 13%. Is a higher than 11% amount of leucine also a red flag?

ANDREW
ANDREW

Hi Andy,

this is a great article and really helpful, the protein I am currently using is one of the cheapest on the market and does provide amino breakdown. Would you be able to help me understand if it is a quality protein.

Thank you.

Andrew
Andrew

Actually I have tried to look into it in a way you mentioned in the article, it only list’s about 18 of the amino’s out of 21 and also they are way cheaper than most other brands I can find

(30g serve –> approx 27g protein with ~3.5g Leucine (roughly 12% so it falls within the range you mentioned)

My concerns
– I am OVO-vegetarian (so I already find it difficult to complete the complete amino chain just through whole food diet and if I am missing important amino’s from my protein powder too Ill have to look for other sources…- (should there be more than 18 amino’s?)
Thanks

Andrew
Andrew

Thank you, Andy… I really appreciate the information you provide…Thank you.

john m.
john m.

hi there is a company(perfect sports) that is doing something strange tell me what you think. they have whey isolates and the list their amino acid profile. but when it comes to their concentrate there is no list yet the website says BCAA 6g EAA 7G non essential 11G for a total of 24G of protein from 1 35g scoop.
they breakdown the bioactive fractions in %. when i asked them to tell me the amino acid profile of their whey concentrate they said “Hi, We’ve yet to do an analysis on the specific amino acid breakdown on the product. So, we unfortunately, can not provide the amino acid profile at this time.” does that make sense or are they hiding something?

john m.
john m.

yeah i’m going with something else. i have bought 3 or four different protein supplements and i would have to say getting a response to a question via telephone is impossible they have no number and email is rarely responded too. i emailed one company dec 2018 and contacted them on facebook and still almost a year later no response to the question about their amino acid profile. as a general rule i believe if something was good about the product they would have it on the container if it’s not there it’s cause it’s not good.

Ted Deptula
Ted Deptula

Hi Andy,
Thank you for managing this thorough website dedicated to helping people for FREE! What are your thoughts on protoleyic enzymes and the science claiming we can only absorb a small amount of protein per hour?

Ted Deptula
Ted Deptula

Thank you for the quick response, that article speaks slightly over my head but I tried to understand it as best I could. I was asking about the supplements or consuming enzymes from fresh food sources such as papaya/kiwi/pineapple. For now I plan to avoid the supplements until an authority on the subject confirms its usefulness. Ultimately I want to avoid over spending hard earned money on expensive protein if it is just wasted through excrement. Your reply suggests that’s not the case.

Hassan
Hassan

Thank you for the post. Sometimes it’s hard to teach a man to fish, tho. For those who are curious about MyProtein, here’s the profile for all Impact whey protein (isolate, blend, etc): [Deleted]

Jiman Mircea
Jiman Mircea

Hi Andy, Great article! Do you still use The Dymatize Elite Whey ? Hope you will answer, Ty 🙂

MKJ
MKJ

Hello, Andy
What do you think of Rule 1 protein products? They use a “nutrition facts” rather than a “supplement facts” label. They also include lecithin as an ingredient.

Sarah Gordon
Sarah Gordon

Hi Andy,

Thanks for all your great content I was really interested to read the information about protein powders but I have some questions I wonder if you could help with.

I started looking around for a casein protein powder without sweeteners or flavours – just plain casein protein that fits the leucine profile you suggest (+/- 2.75 gms leucine per 25 gms protein) but I am finding it impossible so far. So I started to wonder does casein protein have a different leucine profile to whey ? Looked at whey to compare but this seems to be a similar situation. I just don’t need & don’t particularly like the additives in these powders but surely there must be a product on the market that is additive free but meets the profile?

Then I happened upon bulk supplements companies that sell leucine powder on its own & I wondered if this might be an option to buy the cheapest plain casein powder on the market which is the closest to the leucine profile you suggest & boost it with some pure leucine powder.

Appreciate any comments you have about above.

Maxy
Maxy

Hi Andy! What a great read was this, thank you so much! In my country whey is affordable but casein is high priced and hard to find. Is egg protein powder a good substitute? i would love to mix egg and whey protein whenever i have little time to eat. I dont know if im right but i think egg+whey would last longer to be digested. Do you recommend only whey or whey+egg in this case?

Thank you so much andy, your site is pure gold, i cant thank you enough. A big hug from Argentina!

Maxy
Maxy

Thank you so much Andy! Every time i have asked you something you give me a good answer and that is really means a lot in this “internet-coach-era” so thank you so so much

James
James

Around when IF/LG was reaching its peak popularity, [X] also started to gain a lot of popularity. Somewhat surprised it’s not mentioned..
– decent price (~$3.8-$4.4 USD/100g Protein, depending what you get/where you buy)
– has proper bcaa content (~23-24% of total protein, and ~10-11% of total protein is leucine)
– plenty of flavors taste great, macro friendly, and even has fiber

Alex
Alex

Hi Andy,
great article.
I am struggling with dumping my default protein powder when I compare its amino acid profile with your reccomendation. Maybe you can help me with a short rating from your side 🙂
It is listed that L-Glycin is added additionally to the soy/whey/mil-mix resulting in 7,55% of Leucine and 13,47% of Glycin. So Leucine is below your reccomendation of 11% but Glycine is not above the 22,8% of the Beef Protein Isolate you have analyzed above.

I would like to read from you whether you consider this Leucine/Glycine ratio as a good or a bad protein powder. And may be you can tell me what it is best to look for; either high Leucine (x>=11%) or low Glycine (x<=15% or similar) when I meet a powder that cannot fullfill both requirements.

Thanks a lot!

G
G

Hi Andy,
I was wondering what your opinion would be on Huel’s amino acid profile, and whether you would recommend supplementing BCAAs (or an excuse to eat a steak more often)? (see here: https://uk.huel.com/pages/nutritional-information-and-ingredients#amino)

It’s ~30g of protein per 100g of huel thus the amino acid profile is based off around that. While the leucine amount seems reasonable the general volume of BCAAs is quite poor. I’m not sure about the other stuff.

I have approx 3 shakes a day throughout work (I have work very busy 12 hour shifts) alongside lunch and dinner. Try to avoid whey as it’s detrimental to my bulk (satiates for too long + bloating).

Cheers.

Michael Stanton
Michael Stanton

Hi Andy,

The Protein I have been using is a 37g scoop, claims 30g of protein. L-Leucine content is 3.056 grams, but the total amino acid profile adds up to 30.117 grams (Per scoop, 37G serving)

Does this mean I am getting almost no protein?

Marcel
Marcel

Hello Andy,

First of all thanks for all the information on the website, I’ve been reading it for years.

In May of last year I decided to start working out with the big 3 routine and then added some tricep dips and chin-ups (3x a week). But I’m thinking about stopping since I realized too much hair was falling from my head and I don’t have genetics for AGA (I’m 30 though). I don’t know if it has something to do with the protein powder I was having (WPI from Alpron and Big casein from Bulksports ) or with the weightlifting itself (high levels of testosterone produces more DHT). So I stopped having the powders for a week and continued weightlifting, and didn’t change anything. What do you think about it? Do you know any similar cases?

Best regards

Marcel

JB
JB

Andy,

Long time, no message. When last we exchanged emails I was abroad in Asia, but I’m now permanently back in Japan, Tokyo to be exact. While following your Instagram feed I realized we share a second common interest: fast cars. Anyway, I digress.

You mention you have an affordable source for Dymatize. Where are you buying from? My protein in Japan has come from Amazon and Costco so far.

Ilmari
Ilmari

I use Myprotein brand Impact whey protein. I have read good reviews about it but discovered there is no listed leucine content on the packaging.

Is this a warning sign?

Elise
Elise

Pinned this article immediately. Thoughts on Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard whey? It lists 5.5 grams of BCAAs but not a specific gram count for leucine. I’ve been using it for years now, but would love your feedback. Thank you!

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