Meal replacements can be both cost and time effective methods in which to obtain a readily available source of whey protein in one’s diet. In this review I am going to discuss a whey protein bar made by BSN and the benefits of integrating it into your diet. Firstly the macronutrient breakdown each bar contains 350 calories, 44 grams of carbohydrate, 9 grams of fat, and 30 grams of protein. This follows a 40:25:35 split respectively for percentage of calories derived. Thus a bar like this is good for a pre or post workout meal and should have enough fuel to supply the average person for a good 60 minute workout.
The bar comes in 3 flavors: chocolate caramel pretzel, cookies and cream, and peanut butter chocolate. I have to say that the pretzel is probably my favorite followed by the peanut butter. Both closely resemble what the label says they should taste like. After trying numerous protein bars one will notice that trying to find a good tasting bar with over 25 grams of whey protein per serving is nearly impossible. Most taste like some variation
When going to buy whey protein you need to first determine why you are purchasing whey protein. Is it primarily for diet, fitness, health benefits, or something else entirely? Are you primarily concerned with the flavor of the whey protein you are buying, or are sugar, fat and carb content of extreme importance to you. Determining the answer to each of these is a big first step in finding what product is going to fit you and your lifestyle the best.
As noted in a previous post, there are 3 types of whey protein: isolate, concentrate and hydrolysate. Isolate and hydrolysate are the most pure; that is containing the most protein by weight and the least fat, however they also cost the most and generally the worst
tasting, unless they contain sweetener and other addititves. Concentrate is the cheapest, however contains the highest amount of fat and carbohydrates. Many of the products offered on the market today are blends, a combination of isolate and concentrate generally, to Continue reading
100% Whey Gold Standard is one of our favorite and most popular whey protein brands. It touts itself as the “standard by which other proteins are measured”, and we would in some ways agree with that assertion.
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey is exactly what the name promises: pure, high-quality whey protein. Each serving is around an ounce and contains about 24grams of protein and almost no carbohydrates or fats.
As an added bonus, it contains both glutamine and BCAAs (Branched-Chain Amino Acids). Both of these will get into more discussion on in a later post, but just for some general information, BCAAs are essential amino acids that studies have shown to aid in tissue recovery and blood sugar regulation, and glutamine is a powerful antioxidant which helps prevent cancer, heart disease, and mental deterioration.
Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard, Double Rich Chocolate, 5 Pound