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I came across this great article on Whey Protein powders on that reminded on a question I get asked ALL THE TIME: Should I be using protein powder?  And if yes, which one, when, and why?  They give a review of a ton of different protein powders based on your goal and your budget.  Very worth checking out.

Here’s a little snippit of the closing points:

Whey Protein Powder Infographic
Whey Protein Powder Infographic from

What Are the Benefits of Whey Protein Powder?

There are plenty of myths about whey protein powder, but here’s the main benefit: it’s a cheap, convenient source of protein.

That’s nothing to sneeze at. Typically, protein is the most expensive of the three macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fat) and most people fall far short of the protein intake that’s generally recommended for people who are regularly undertaking strenuous physical exercise: one gram per pound of bodyweight. On top of that, whey is a complete protein that contains all the essential amino acids necessary to spur muscle growth.

There’s plenty of debate as to whether or not you have to consume a protein shake after a workout — that is to say, whether a post-workout shake significantly improves recovery and muscle growth.

However as we said earlier, if you’re regularly engaging in strenuous exercise, you do need to consume a relatively large amount of protein (and calories overall) to build muscle, recover properly, and become stronger for the next workout. Whey is a fantastic way to do that.

Final Word

It wasn’t easy to land on these top protein powders; we had to weigh ingredients, effectiveness, taste, and many other factors, including the fact that different consumers value totally different qualities in their health supplements. But we’re confident that we’ve selected the best whey proteins no matter what your reasons are for turning to protein shakes. All we can say now is: bottoms up!