When looking for a whey good protein powder to use post workout or as a meal replacement, there a few things to consider. Since there are many differences in ingredients, taste, and macros, you want to be sure you choose the right one for you. Some whey protein powders have more protein, carbs or sugar than others and there can be wide differences in calories. You may also find that certain whey protein powders have creatine, amino acids, and other things that are added for strength, recovery, or preformance.
Depending on why you are taking whey protein, you might prefer some products over others. If you are taking your protein after strength training and you are trying to gain strength and size, creatine or amino acids might be something you want to have in the powder. If on the other hand, you are taking protein as a meal replacement and you don’t want to gain size, you probably wouldn’t want to take creatine. The comparison being made in this post is between two really good whey proteins, MuscleTech’s Nitro Tech and Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard.
Each of these supplements has strengths and weaknesses. Let’s break them down to decide which one is the best overall mass gainer
Nitro tech has very good for anyone who wants to add some extra protein to their diet. This whey protein has 150 calories, 2.5g of fat, 30g of protein, and 3 carbs in one serving. These are good numbers if you are trying to put on lean muscle. This product also contains 270mg of Calcium and 150mg of Sodium. The macros in this product are about what you would expect when buying whey protein.
There are some added ingredients to this whey protein to help build muscle. The first one is creatine and each serving contains 3g. Secondly, there are three different amino acids that make up a matrix that helps with muscle recovery. The amino acids included are L-leucine (3.3g), L-isoleucine (1.8g), and L-valine (1.7g). These ingredients are one of the things that make this whey protein so great.
Nitro tech is a really good tasting protein powder. It comes in 6 different flavors including Cookies & Cream, Milk Chocolate, Moca Cappuccino, Strawberry, and Vanilla. Cookies & Cream is the best of the bunch. If you have taken a few different protein powders, you will notice immediately that this one is on the top tier when it comes to taste.
This is a great whey protein for recovery and performance because of the amino acid matrix and the creatine. The 3g of creatine is going to increase, size, strength, and endurance in the gym. The daily recommended dose of creatine is 5g so you are almost getting all of it in just one serving of whey protein. The 6.8g of BCAA’s in Nitro Tech are very strong. That is approaching the level of what you will find in some intra workouts which are specifically designed for muscle recovery. The fact that you get 3g of creatine and almost 7g of BCAA’s in a whey protein is amazing.
Gold Standard is one of the top selling whey protein products on the market. One of the reasons why it is so popular is because it only has 120 calories and 3g carbs, and 1.5g of fats. You get 24g of protein in each serving which is 1 scoop. It has 50mg of Sodium and 130mg of Calcium.
The added ingredients that you get Gold Standard are BCAA’s (5.5g) and Glutamine (4g). This whey protein does not have creatine in it which is important to a lot of people. If you want to take creatine, you probably already bought it separately and you can just take it with your pre workout or mix it with the protein. By not having it included in the powder, this product becomes available to people who don’t want to take creatine.
Gold Standard is a good tasting whey protein but sometimes it can seem like their is an aftertaste. You can get this protein in quite a few different flavors. It isn’t anything you can’t manage but it the taste isn’t as pure as Nitro Tech. They have Chocolate Malt, French Vanilla, Cake Batter, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Double Rich Chocolate, and White Chocolate.
Gold Standard Whey will give you performance in the sense that it will help your muscles recover so you can work hard in the gym without soreness. You don’t get any added benefits from creatine or other ingredients that help with strength and endurance.
Each of these supplements has its own advantages and disadvantages. The fact that Nitro Tech has 30g of protein instead of 24g and also includes creatine makes it a better option for people trying to gain strength and size. The taste is also better for Nitro Tech although Gold Standard doesn’t taste bad. Gold Standard is usable by a wider group of people however because not everyone wants creatine in their whey protein. At the same time, someone who wants to take creatine can take Gold Standard and just add creatine to it.
As far as pricing is concerned, Gold Standard is the better option. You get 74 servings for $58 whereas with Nitro Tech, you get 40 servings for $45 depending on the flavor. Some servings such as Cookies & Cream can be a little more expensive. Which whey protein you think is better will depend a lot on what your goals. From our perspective, Nitro Tech is the better overall option because it has more protein and creatine is a great supplement that has proven to be safe and outstanding for training performance.
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