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what do you look for in quality protein powder? I've been looking at several brands at several locations like the vitamin shoppe, gnc, and even walmart just because I was waiting on the wife to finish shopping. I've noticed that some have more calories than others and the ones with less calories usually cost more. while I'm not gonna say that price is no concern, I would like to get a quality product. what would you guys recommend and why? I'm new to all this stuff and I'm just trying to learn and get opinions but some supporting facts would help.

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I have been using Body Fortress for a few months now, purchased from Wal-Mart. My thought process on this is that protein is protein, and the important part is taking in the proper amount of protein to build muscle, and not brand. This week I switched over to Syntha-6 because I found a good deal for 5lb jar on a website.

I've gotten results from the Body Fortress brand, but I really can't compare to other brands yet. The whey is starting to cost alot, so I decided to switch only b/c I found better deals on other brands.
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I agree with you to some point but if I remember correctly the body fortress brand is very high in saturated fats and calories and I think the essential amino levels were low. I could be wrong though since it has been a while since I last looked into that brand.

I'll look into it again.

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oh wow, I just noticed the link in your post and I checked it out. I guess I did mistake it for another brand. impressive.

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In comparing the two brands I noticed a few differences:
  • The ratio in service size to amount of protein is off on the Wal-Mart brand. It's hard to gather the exact amount of protein in one scoop from the label.
  • The Wal-Mart brand doesn't say the blend of whey, if it's from milk or another source of protein, just that its a mix of concentrate and isolate whey blend.
I'd feel safer with the Synthia 6 product or another product based on a milk source. Kinda glad I switched at this point, just to avoid the confusion on the label.

I wonder how much better a pure isolate whey product is vs a blended whey product, and if it's worth the $$$...can anyone chime in?
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yeah, I looked up the Syntha 6 and agree with you on all accounts. I'm kinda leaning on a whey isolate due to the lower amounts of lactose. I'm think I'm border line intolerant.

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yeah, I looked up the Syntha 6 and agree with you on all accounts. I'm kinda leaning on a whey isolate due to the lower amounts of lactose. I'm think I'm border line intolerant.
Go to amazon and type in syntha 6. Sign up for subscribe and save and get it for 18 bucks.

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FTW! Hands down. A blend of casein/whey... The PB is my favorite but you just can't go wrong with any flavor they got going. I Tried ON, Myofusion, Elite, Syntha6, MuscleMilk, BodyFortess and etc.... XF and Elite is the only thing getting my money.

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Xtreme Formulations is a good one for sure. One of our best sellers and they arent one of the bigger names.

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Xtreme Formulations is a good one for sure. One of our best sellers and they arent one of the bigger names.
That's the thing I don't understand? Oh well, its a very good product. How competitive are your price? Swinging over to your site as I type.
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Xtreme Formulations is a good one for sure. One of our best sellers and they arent one of the bigger names.
WOW! Great price! I'm a little upset at myself for ordering two today at bodybuilding... You got my support.
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Optimum Nutrition brand taste to me and it seems to have a good balance of everything
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well, I went back to the vitamin shoppe and I came back with something I think I might like. I got the Syntrax Matrix 2.0 main reason I got it was for it's sustained release. I figure the sustained release would be better for recovery and since it is a blend it also has quick release properties that will help with pre-workout. I liked the fact that it only has 1g of saturated fat and only 15cal from fat. it's only 23g of protein per serv. but I don't think it's that bad considering the price. that ON stuff is really impressive but way pricey. I might give it a shot later though.

next question. am I correct in assuming that a quick release protein is better suited for pre-workout and a slow/sustained release protein is better for post-workout??

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one thing I'm concerned with is that it's NOT lactose free. I hope it doesn't screw with my stomach too much.

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Optimum Nutrition brand taste to me and it seems to have a good balance of everything
Seriously. I don't get the other guy's post. 18 g's of protein, 9 g's of fat. I guess if you're already at a satisfactory point that's fine, but if you're trying to lean out, that's not a great ratio IMO.
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Its short 6 whole grams of protein?! Oh my! 1.5-2 scoop or add milk or whatever. Its just a taste preference for me, 5-6 grams ain't gonna kill me when it taste so damn good. Beside protein should come from food first then shakes.

PS, 9gms of Fat? I wish it was 20! I don't fear fat. Fat = good.
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WOW! Great price! I'm a little upset at myself for ordering two today at bodybuilding... You got my support.
Even cheaper with the discount code DFWStangs

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Even cheaper with the discount code DFWStangs

Thanks man
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Wish I would have known that last week when I ordered! I'll try that out next order.
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Even cheaper with the discount code DFWStangs

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