Best Whey Protein Powders

(Last Updated On: November 14, 2018)

First, we need to discover what is whey powder. It is globular proteins separated from the whey. It is used as dietary supplements on the health market. It is a well-known product because on Amazon several of the whey powder products have thousands of reviews written about it. There have been a lot of health claims made about whey powder but if they are true or not remains to be seen. We will endeavor to find out which health benefits are factual and which ones are fraudulent. Many times you can tell from the reviews written about products which health benefits are legitimate and which ones just are not true. If the person is experiencing the health benefits claimed then there is a good chance the benefits are accurate. If people are saying they are not experiencing the health benefits being claimed about the product there is a good chance these health benefits do not exist. Conversely, people may think they are experiencing health benefits that they really are not. You need to determine if their explanations ring true or not and then you can decide from there. Let us look at some whey proteins on the market today.

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Powder

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Benefits and Uses: The product consists of 24 grams of whey protein, 5.5 grams of naturally occurring BCAA ‘s, and 4 grams of naturally occurring glutamine per serving the product description states. The product whether consumed before or after a workout will support muscle recovery the company claims. The company supplies recipes as well and the company offers 21 different flavors so you will have many flavors to choose from. It is commonly purchased with other products.

Feedback: The product has received over 15,000 reviews written about it. This is a lot of reviews and hopefully, there are more positive than negative reviews. The customer says the whey powder is the best on the market. Contrary, to other reviews the taste of the flavors have not changed because the client has consumed the Double Rich Chocolate flavor for years. This flavor has not changed but this does not mean the other flavors have not changed. The consumer warns to stay away from a few flavors.

The flavors are not mentioned here because it is not vital information to know. the next customer says they have consumed the product for 10 years and the flavor, ingredients, and taste were great. The latest 5lb. package tasted so sweet the customer almost choked on it. The client forced themselves to finish the shake. The customer claims the company added sucralose, an artificial sweetener, that changed the flavor of the Vanilla Creme. The customer had diarrhea the next morning and the customer says other clients had the same reaction. The customer claims the company changed the formula and basically ruined the flavor. So the customer rated the product one-star. One customer says the formula has changed the other one says it has not.

This customer blasts the company for changing the formula in this review. The customer has been using the product for 5 years and it was their go-to whey product. The old formula tasted great and the customer has really enjoyed the old formula. The latest batch tasted different and it was awful-tasting for the customer. It made them gag and they rinsed their mouth out but they still felt sick. the customer cannot understand why the company changed the formula and ruined the drink. The customer writes that the company’s target audience are fitness people so why did you change the taste. The customer will not buy the product again and thanks to the company for turning away a lifetime customer. The company has lost a lifetime customer and the customer rated the product one-star. Is this a big surprise?

The customer says the double chocolate, according to reviews, has not changed because it does not have the artificial flavoring ( or a super sweetener as the customer puts it) to make it taste bad. The customer says they have never tasted the chocolate flavor before. They say they tried it and it tastes like burnt brownies or it tastes really bad. The customer says no matter what you add to the chocolate flavor it still tastes bad. Then the customer says in the next breath, that if you let it sit for a long time then it settles and the consistency seems to be good. The flavor tastes ok so which is it does the chocolate taste bad or o.k? The customer says on a positive note, that the shake has many good ingredients in it. The customer does not say what, if any, the benefits of the product are. The customer rated the product 4 stars which betrays the content the customer wrote in the review. This is not a clear review.

Whey Protein Powders

Another customer turned sour on this product. The customer says the product was good before the company changed the product. They added a super sweetener, some salts, and some other ingredients. The customer says the salts are not needed in the drink because we already consume enough salt in our daily diets. The customer says the sweetener makes the drink so sweet you cannot even drink it. The customer added oats and other materials to reduce the sweet taste but no avail. It still tasted too sweet and left a bad aftertaste in the customer’s mouth. The customer says the verdict is out on the sweetener, sucralose, as to whether it is good or bad for the human body. The customer says to do your own search and draw your own conclusion about sucralose. This customer has now rayed the product one-star. There have been many reviews complaining about how the company ruined the taste of this whey powder. They added the sweetener, sucralose, and it made the drink too sweet. This customer will probably not buy the product again. The customer warns don’t buy this product and they rated the product one-stars. In a previous review, they said the drink tastes good and they rated t favorably.

Isopure Zero Carb Protein Powder, 100% Whey Protein

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Benefits and Uses: The product contains 25 grams from 100% whey isolate (is a dietary supplement when things are separated from the whey ) It has zero to low carbs which really makes no sense. It has an extra blend of vitamins and minerals. It is gluten and lactose-free and the company alerts long term customers that the labels may look different. The tubs may seal differently but it is the same great product they have always made. If there is any doubt about the authenticity of the product contact the company. The company is transitioning to a modern facility.

Feedback: The product has over 5,000 reviews written on it. The customer says they auto order the product every 2 months. They consume it at breakfast with cereal and other foods. The customer says they have lost 100 lbs in 10 months. This is 10lbs, a month which is really good. The company couldn’t be happier with the product. The customer started the product 5-stars. The customer has tried many protein supplementations over time. The customer claims that many of the products are flashy, touting unbelievable results to the point that you have to be very careful which one you choose.

I do not know if this is necessarily true that it would be that hard to decide on a protein supplement as the customer claims. The customer says that most of the reviews complaining about the bad taste are rooted in unrealistic expectations from the customers. I do not know if this true either. If a product tastes bad it tastes bad plain and simple. The customer did say that the protein powder has many good proteins, enzymes, minerals in it. The customer really enjoys the whey product and rated it 5-stars. The customer does not detail any benefits the product produced for him. The customer jokingly says to ignore all the subjective reviews but pay attention to his “objective” review.

The customer says they are ordering their second batch of the product. They did not have high expectations for the product but they say it tastes very good. It has zero carbs and it is good for people on a low carb or ketogenic diet. The customer rates the product 5-stars but the client does not say how the product helped them personally. They give no insight into how the product has helped them or how it could help future customers. The review lacks pertinent information in the content. The customer is getting ready to purchase his container of the product. He bought the Vanilla flavor and he adds it to water and many other other materials. He says he likes the taste of the final product. The customer rates the product 5-stars.

The customer has tried the three flavors the company puts out. The vanilla and chocolate do not taste that good according to the customer. They taste like your typical vanilla or chocolate protein shake whatever that is supposed to mean. The customer’s favorite flavor was toasted coconut and even her husband, who hates anything coconut, liked the toasted coconut. It must taste good if the husband likes it. The customer is not picky about the taste of proteins but they are a stickler for the ingredients in the proteins are.

The customer gave the product a try and said it had a lousy taste. It tasted like powdered milk but it does contain 50 grams of protein and no carbs. The customer says the old protein they used has almost the same amount of proteins-24 grams. 24 grams does not come close to 50 grams the one she did not like has double the number of proteins compared to the old protein drink she used. She is going back to her old protein drink and rated this protein drink 2-stars. The customer is very happy with the 3 flavors of this product. The customer says they consume the product to help with their diet. They had a great weight loss and now they work out with weights to probably build muscle in the place of fat. The customer rated the product 54-stars. It is really helping this customer to lose weight. This customer rated the product 5-stars.

The customer rates the product 5-stars and they write you cannot beat this protein powder to lose weight and get back into shape. Here is why: it has low carbs, proteins, and cholesterol (is having low proteins a good thing?), it is packed with nutrients so the customer thinks it functions as a multivitamin, tastes great, blends easily, and it is reasonably priced. The customer rated the product 5-stars.

BSN SYNTHA-6 Whey Protein Powder, Micellar Casein, Milk

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Benefits and Uses: The product offers 22 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving. It has the added benefit of 10 grams of amino acids per serving. It produces a rich and creamy milkshake but it does not say it is thick. It produces protein muscle synthesis and recovery.

Feedback: The product has had over 5600 reviews written about it which is good. It says the product is well-known in health circles. The customer says that the protein shake is the best they have ever had. They like the Vanilla flavor and they have a set routine for making the shake. They will mix 3 oz. of powder with water, add lots of ice, top off with skim milk. They shake it up and drink it. They drink one milkshake every morning.

The customer says they have consumed BSN products for a long time. This particular shake has a horrible chemical taste the customer claims. The customer writes it leaves a terrible aftertaste in the mouth. The customer ordered it from another source and the same thing happened. The customer says it is the shake, not the source it is ordered from. The customer will not purchase the product until the chemical aftertaste is solved. The customer rated the product a low one-star.

The customer has been using the product for one month and they think it is great. They are lifting a lot more weight and they can work out much longer now that they are drinking the protein shake. The customer says to follow the 4 oz. scoop rule. It is not clear what the rule is. The customer implies the product tastes good and the client rated the product 5-stars.

Best Whey Protein Powders

Dymatize ISO 100 Whey Protein Powder Isolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, 5 lbs

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Benefits and Uses: The container holds 5 lbs. Of Chocolate Peanut butter and this is great if you like peanut butter. It will give 71 servings per container. It is a scientifically proven fast digesting whey protein isolate. But the tests were not noted and the results of the studies nor their links were referenced in the product description. It contains 25 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of amino acids and 2.7 grams of Leucine( it is an amino acid).

Feedback: The product has had over 3100 reviews written about the product which says the product is well-known on the health market. This is a terrible experience for the customer. I would not buy this product because this customer found bugs crawling in their chocolate protein powder. Other customers have found bugs crawling in their vanilla powder. The customer thought they just received a bad batch until they read the other reviews citing that bugs were found in the product. This is so unsanitary. The customer rated the product one star and who can blame them. It sounds like there have been too many cases of bugs being found crawling in the product’s powder.

TGS All Natural 100% Whey Protein Powder – Unflavored, Undenatured

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Benefits and Uses: This product contains only 2 ingredients keeping it a very simple formula. It contains no fillers, preservatives, artificial flavors, sweeteners, and additives. It is made for both men and women and it low in calories and carbs. It is good for use with low carb diets, general supplementation, pre workouts, meal replacements, and muscle recovery. It contains no soy, gluten, NON-GMO, and it is hormone free. The product has no flavor and it is unsweetened. It sounds like it is tasteless.

Feedback: The product has had over 1500 reviews written about which tells us that it is a fairly well known product. The first customer says they are a very active person and they do not drink this protein supplement many times a day or even once a day. They drink it when they need like when they do not get the right amount of protein intake for the day. They use it as a supplement and it was the best decision they ever made to try this product. The customer rated the product 5-stars.


The article has covered some very popular whey protein powder supplements. Most of the products reviewed have had thousands of reviews written about them. One whey protein consistently had reviews written about how bad it tasted. Another product had many complaints stating that the customers discovered bugs crawling in the product.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.