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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!

Vince
Vince

I agree with your view on the specific vegan product listed. I’ve used it. Maybe you should also point out that Rice protein isolate has far higher quantities of arginine per gram than whey protein isolate. Furthermore when you consume adequate doses of Rice Protein Isolate (48g per serving) versus Whey isolate(48g) their are no difference in muscle/strength and recovery capabilites between the two proteins: Read this study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3698202/
Cheers mate.

Mike
Mike

Great timing Andy. A new protein supplier has just popped up in NZ, and one of the biggest attractions to them is the low cost. I’ve just checked for Leucine content, and shocked to see none.

I also noted the term, “Whey Protein concentrate.” Is that what you mean when you say proprietary blend?

Cheers Andy

Anthony Sanchez
Anthony Sanchez

Another good article but can you name some other great whey protein powders. I actually use the one you mentioned but do you think you can name a couple others for variety, there are just tons all over the place.

Sheri Aldrich
Sheri Aldrich

Andy,

Do you have a list of your top 15 choices of whey proteins, that are either 100% whey or extremely low carb, also lower in sodium? Thank you!