How many times have you found yourself either at the grocery store, gym or vitamin shop grasping two products trying to decode the label? How do you make the choice of what to take home? This is an important decision as you are going to put this into your body after all. Today we will use the help of LabDoor stats to look at the top rated Protein Supplements based on actual ingredients listed on the label. We will focus on the top 5 for just product make up. We will do a post in the future on the top 5 for value. There is a difference and not much overlap. These are the top 5 out of 73 reviewed and tested.
LabDoor analyzed 73 best-selling protein supplements in the United States. The analysis quantified protein, fat, sugar, cholesterol, calcium, sodium, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and mercury content and recorded presence/absence data for 63 inactive ingredients.
The scientists recorded 13 variations of protein sources, featuring the fast-digesting whey varieties (indicated for exercise recovery), protein blends (indicated for meal replacement), and soy and casein sources (indicated for sustained protein supplementation). Source LabDoor
This means that what you read on the label is not what the labs found for 100% content or mix of product percentages. Does that surprise any of you? Let’s dive into the top 5 for highest quality per advertised ingredient.
5. Spiru- Tein: Recorded 77.8g of bound protein per 100g of product and totaled 21.8g of protein per serving. Summary Grade A: Full Report HERE
4. Garden of Life Raw Protein: Recorded 71.1g of bound protein per 100g of product and totaled 16.4g of protein per serving. Summary Grade A: FULL REPORT HERE
3. Jay Robb’s Whey Protein: Recorded 81.0g of bound protein per 100g of product and totaled 24.3g of protein per serving. Summary Grade A: FULL REPORT HERE
2. NOW Foods Whey Protein Isolate: Recorded 78.8g of bound protein per 100g of product and totaled 22.1g of protein per serving. Summary Grade A: FULL REPORT HERE
1. Integrated Supplements Whey Protein Isolate: Recorded 83.4g of bound protein per 100g of product and totaled 19.2g of protein per serving. Summary Grade A: FULL REPORT HERE
There is a ton of great data on why any one product is the best. Yet how many non biased side by side reviews are done? The answer is very few. This site has a great run down of various products with product composition. When doing any research you should always go out and test for yourself. I have found the team over at LabDoor to be best in class.
How the do it?
LabDoor buys dietary supplements and energy drinks off retail shelves and sites. Then, we send each product to an FDA-registered laboratory for a detailed chemical analysis. Our technical team then collects the laboratory results and builds algorithms to translate this data into simple grades and rankings.
Full details on how Labdoor tests: HERE
Disclaimer: DOES LABDOOR HAVE ANY MANUFACTURE AFFILIATIONS?
No. LabDoor is an independent scientific and technology startup. LabDoor’s investors and partners include Rock Health and Mayo Clinic, two top healthcare not-for-profit organizations, along with investments from angel investors like Mark Cuban and leading venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and Aberdare Ventures. Details HERE
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