With so many sports supplements companies out there, how do you pick the best quality whey protein powder to help you support your fitness goals? It can be overwhelming, what with marketing claims, empty promises and everything in between. Some whey protein powder supplements will deliver 20 grams of protein per serving while others claim they will, but really it’s just a bunch of protein spiking going on (more on that below). That’s why BPI Sports put together a four-point checklist that you can go through to see if the whey protein powder you’re interested in is worth the purchase.
Reputable and Trustworthy Company
The first factor that you should consider is whether the whey protein powder comes from a reputable and trustworthy company such as BPI Sports’ Whey HD™. Most consumers will buy from a company that they’ve heard about or have seen before. You want to look for a company that’s recognizable and consistently sells high quality products. Maybe even a brand that has been in the game for a while. While this proves that the brand is reputable, it doesn’t always mean it’s trustworthy. Do your research on the brand; see what the company stands for. You should be able to get a pretty solid understanding of a brand just by how they market themselves, what they are trying to promote, and what practices they use to make a quality product.
Good Manufacturing Practices
You want to buy a protein supplement from a company that uses cGMP (Good Manufacturing Practices): After learning about what this exactly is and how it affects the protein you consume, (cGMP are the Current Good Manufacturing Practices followed by the pharmaceutical and biotech firms to ensure that the products produced meet specific requirements for identity, strength, quality and purity**) you’ll never want to buy a protein supplement again that DOESN’T use this practice. The cGMP proves that the product is of high quality, that it’s safe for consumers, that it’s produced in a controlled environment (to prevent cross-contamination), and that the production regulations are up to code. No cGMP is like ordering food at a restaurant that hasn’t passed their sanitation test. That’s why BPI Sports works with ChromaDex®, a third party laboratory, that tests and makes sure all quality standards are met.
If you don’t like the whey protein powder you’ve purchased, you’re not going to consume it. And if you don’t take the protein, you won’t reap any of the benefits. So it’s simple, it has to be tasty. You don’t want to have to suffer through choking down a chalky shake every day. If you enjoy that Chocolate Cookie flavour Whey HD™ and you repeatedly buy it over and over again, don’t you expect your last tub to taste just as good as the first? Consistency in quality and texture plays a big factor in consistency in taste. While we typically tend to let our taste buds do the talking when selecting a whey protein powder, make sure that it’s not the ONLY factor you take into consideration.
Third-Party Verified For No Protein Spiking
When buying and regularly taking a whey protein powder, you want to make sure that there’s a third party involved to ensure quality. That’s why BPI Sports is working with ChromaDex® on our Whey HD protein formula and other protein powders we sell. When it comes to quality assurance, BPI Sports doesn’t play around. We believe it’s our responsibility to deliver the highest quality of sports supplements to all of the fitness enthusiasts we serve, from bodybuilders to weekend warriors and everyone in between.
To ensure BPI Sports quality standards are met, we’ve partnered up with ChromaDex®, the first and only company to combine science-based chemistry solutions and expertise to implement a true Quality Verification Program. ChromaDex® uses a detailed inspection program and analytical testing that covers FDA and cGMP (Good Manufacturing Processes), as well as quality assurance and quality control testing.
Protein spiking is when foreign materials are added in that hinders the true protein content of the product. Yes, you read that correctly: when a bottle says 25 grams of protein per scoop, it may not contain exactly 25 grams. Sometimes, companies will add in some lower cost “useless aminos” that somehow allow the company to slap a nice 100% whey label on the bottle…even if that’s not the truth. So how will you know if your protein has been “spiked” or not? Just select a protein that has been third-party verified for its content.