Whey protein is one of the primary supplements that I use pretty much everyday. Most of the time I usually stack my Shakeology with my whey protein for a post-workout shake. I’ve previously mentioned the Body Beast Supplement Stack that I currently use and the supplements recommended for a hardgainer.
I primarily stick to the whey protein from Optimum Nutrition, but recently I was asked to provide a review of another whey protein supplements. Mercola – Miracle Whey protein is not a name that I was familiar with, but I thought I would give it a try and see how it compared to what I have used in the past. Here’s my review of the Vanilla flavor of this whey protein.
When I received the product in the mail, I immediately opened up the package and noticed that it definitely had a strong vanilla smell, pretty comparable to the new Vanilla Shakeology.
I decided to give it a try first by itself, so that I could really separate it’s taste from anything else. I used a simple recipe to mix this first batch; almond milk, ice and a tablespoon of peanut butter.
It had a very sweet taste to it – much sweeter than the chocolate flavored protein I normally have. Not much of an aftertaste, which was good as I have experienced with other vanilla flavored products. The taste overall was pretty good.
This is always an area that sets some the better protein powders apart, in my opinion. There is nothing worse that a clumpy protein shake! The Miracle Whey protein mixed very well, though I almost never just simply “shake” my protein, I will use my trusty stick blender to ensure that everything is mixed up and the ice is all crushed.
The product didn’t settle after sitting, which again is another tell-tell sign of a poorer product.
Impact on Workout
I don’t normally have a pre-workout meal/protein. I typically workout on an empty stomach, so I can’t really comment on how this affected my workout.
While I didn’t have to pay for this particular tub, it is a bit on the spendy side. $32.97 is the retail price of the 1 lb. tub, with only 11 servings, thats basically $3/serving! It is claimed that it is a higher quality protein than you would typically find in other whey proteins, and while it does have a pretty decent list of natural ingredients, it seems that there is quite a bit of overlap in what is provided in a daily serving of Shakeology for just a little more per serving.
Along with the ingredients, the supplement facts are always of interest to me. The 2 things that jumped out at me almost right away is the higher # of carbs and sugar than I am accustomed to in a whey protein powder. It would appear that the majority of the carbs are coming from the Maltodextrin and the sugars from the Lou Han Gao. Though you will also notice that there is a pretty significant amount of fiber in a single serving as well! Given that, the “NET Carbs” is within a reasonable range.
A 20, the grams of protein per serving seemed a bit low for a “protein powder”, but again, since this is being sold as a more complete all-natural protein, it is a reasonable amount.
While I personally probably won’t be switching to the Mercola brand of protein anytime soon, it is definitely worth a look if you are looking for a protein powder that has fewer ingredients that the majority on the market. As I have mentioned in the past, you should not depend on supplements for the bulk of your nutrition. They are simply there to help you reach your nutritional goals more easily with convenience.
Have you tried any new protein powders that you think I should check out? If so, comment below!
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