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Martina
Martina
June 8, 2020 12:53

I have heard that amino acids have to have an L in front of the name orherwise it’s garbage. What is your thought? And is there anything organic out there?
Gave people with tons of issues in my family.
Thanks

Laura
Laura
May 29, 2020 16:16

Hi Andy, would you mind giving your opinion about bone broth protein powders and collagen powders, each listing 20g of protein per scoop… is this good enough to use instead of whey protein? Thank you!

Jay
Jay
May 14, 2020 05:28

Hi Andy – Thanks for all of the great information. I often see the 100% hydrolyzed Whey products online next to the ones I typically buy (100% Whey). From what I can gather via google, the main difference is supposedly faster and more efficient absorbtion than “normal” whey. Based on reading your guide and this article, I doubt that this would make much of a difference if I’m consuming it 30 minutes before a workout, but I wanted to get your thoughts if you don’t mind. Thank You.

Andy
Andy
April 26, 2020 00:51

I know this is an old post but I’ve just stumbled across your stuff and am loving your articles. This is really helpful and I’m using your guidelines to help choose a new protein. I’ve narrowed down to a couple that I can buy in 10lbs because I hate extra plastic tubs filling up the world. One question, I see some “blends” that fit the profile of what you describe above. They market themselves as having a blend of protein types so that you get protein absorption throughout a longer period of time. Is this valuable or just hype? Thank you.

Craig
Craig
April 25, 2020 04:32

Andy – I’ve grown to like the taste of just pure EAA mixed with lemonade. I also find it easier to drink than a full protein powder shake. Doing the math on my EAA powder, 11g (~1 tbs) provides 2.75g leucine.

Can I just drink EAA instead of whey? Can I count 11g EAA as the equivalent of 25g whey for the purposes of meeting my protein needs?

lela
lela
April 18, 2020 21:03

Hi Andy,
thanks for the info. I am looking at a product and it listed leucine per 100g as in the example. It is a whey concentrate. how did you determine that the whey was 70% of product (in your example) ? It doesn’t say on the label of product I am looking at.
also if it is slightly below the leucine threshold of 2.75g like 2.5 or 2.3 does it make a difference?

thanks

Lando
Lando
March 26, 2020 18:19

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
February 26, 2020 07:18

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
December 26, 2019 21:41

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
December 1, 2019 01:55

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
November 5, 2019 07:57

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
November 5, 2019 16:06
Reply to  Andy Morgan

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
November 7, 2019 00:04
Reply to  Andy Morgan

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

john m.
john m.
November 5, 2019 02:45

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.
November 5, 2019 10:37
Reply to  Andy Morgan

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
May 8, 2019 02:19

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
May 8, 2019 21:00
Reply to  Andy Morgan

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
February 5, 2019 03:12

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]

Francesco
Francesco
April 29, 2020 18:34
Reply to  Andy Morgan

Hi Andy, finding your info online is always like finding a treasure!
Regarding the MyPr. , I have some doubts, after reading your article:
– Leucine is not mentioned on the label
– After asking the customer service here is what they sent me:
“L-glutamine is synthetically sourced.
Amino Acid Profile: Per 100 g Valine 5,80 – Isoleucine 6,31 – Leucine 10,43 – Phenylalanine 3,10 – Threonine 6,68 – Methionine 2,01 – Lysine 9,24 – Aspartic acid 10,74 – Serine 4,55 – Glutamine acid 17,73 – Proline 6,27 – Glycine 1,75 – Alanine 4,93 – Tyrosine 2,88 – Histidine 1,89 – Arginine 2,38.

As i am not expert in evaluating the BCAA content, what you think of this?

Kind Regards

Jiman Mircea
Jiman Mircea
January 31, 2019 18:46

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

MKJ
MKJ
January 10, 2019 22:01

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
September 11, 2018 12:57

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
August 29, 2018 04:56

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
August 31, 2018 07:21
Reply to  Andy Morgan

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
August 12, 2018 00:51

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
April 22, 2018 05:01

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!

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