Incorporating a lot of protein into your diet is essential for good health, especially if you’re exercising regularly. The problem is that most people aren’t getting enough of it. So a good rule of thumb to follow is to aim for 1 gram of protein for each pound you weigh.
Unfortunately that’s not so easy.
Enter protein drinks. Protein powders are a great supplement to have on hand because they *should* have a generous dose of the good stuff, making your life an awful lot easier. Some are better than others though, which means you've got to pay close attention to things before whipping out your credit card. Here's what to watch for:
The actual amount of protein
A good protein powder will have at least 15 grams of protein per serving. Anything less is not worth your time or hard-earned cash.
The sugar content
Well it's gotta taste good, right? The less the better, but keep in mind that up to 5 grams per serving of anything is considered a low-sugar item. So aim for no more than that.
There is a tremendous price range when it comes to protein powders, and you get what you pay for. So make sure to check the ingredients before deciding whether or not to make the purchase. The cheaper ones usually have fillers, so it’s well worth it to spend a little more and get a high-quality item.
A lot of protein powders either don’t mix well, taste chalky, or may even be a combination of both. If it doesn’t actually taste good, chances are you’ll be less likely to actually drink it. If you can’t try before you buy, make sure your protein is returnable -- even if it’s been opened. Companies that take back open (and now unsellable) protein powders are proving their confidence in the product. And chances are, any brand that has that type of policy probably doesn’t get many returns ...a sign that you’re about to buy some really awesome protein!