ABN Protein and Popular Brands: How They Stack Up

 In Healthy Lifestyle, Product Reviews

In this post we want to take a look at some of the more popular brands of protein powder, and how they stack up to the ABN Premium Whey Protein.

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Powder – Chocolate

High Marks:

GOLD STANDARD 100% WHEY BLEND – 24g blended protein consisting of whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, and whey peptides to support lean muscle mass.  This is THE most popular brand of protein on the market, and for good reason, it’s a quality product.  One of the better things about ON Gold Standard is the Any-Time Formula.  You can take it before or after exercise, between meals, with a meal, or any time of day where you need extra protein in your nutrition.  ABN premium whey protein has been designed the same way.  It is an extremely versatile product that can be used any time of the day

Where it Falls Short:

Price.  ON is expensive at almost $60 a bottle.  You are paying for the brand name here considering many of the highlights are consistent with other protein powders on the market.  It’s popular for a reason, unfortunately however, it isn’t too friendly on a budget.

Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein Powder, Gluten Free Chocolate

High Marks:

Unlike ON, Body Fortress is friendly to a budget.  They say they are committed to the idea that your gains should be a result of the level of your Dedication & Commitment, not the size of your budget, as such their protein are always the “highest quality” without being the highest price.  ABN follows this idea as well. Affordability is a big concern for us as we want to make sure you can get all the proper supplementation you need for your workout, without breaking the bank.

Where it Falls Short:

Body Fortress touts a Gluten Free Protein, which is nice, usually means they usually add extra sugar/flavor with sucralose.  With 4 times as many added sugars as ABN Premium Whey Protein, it makes the Body Fortress protein a poor choice for anyone watching their sugar intake. 

Pure Protein Powder Vanilla Cream

High Marks:

All the reviews of this product sing praise for its flavor and taste.  “To me this has a delicious vanilla taste with no unpleasant after tastes.  It mixes really well with water or milk and doesn’t have a weird chalky after taste”.  This is the same for ABN protein.  We recommend mixing the ABN Chocolate Whey Protein with skim milk, but we’ve had many people tell us they mix it with water, and it comes out just as rich and delicious. 

Where it Falls Short:

This protein is loaded with Carbohydrates.  Because they are low in fiber and digested quickly, consuming high amounts of carbs can cause significant changes in blood sugar levels.  The last place you need added carbs is your protein powder.  With over twice the amount of carbs in ABN Protein, this one wouldn’t be a good choice for anyone looking to stay low carb.

NitroTech Protein Powder Plus Creatine Monohydrate Milk Chocolate

High Marks:

MuscleTech NitroTech Pure Whey Protein delivers 30 grams of Whey Protein per serving, which is one of the highest doses per serving on the market.  If your workout plan and diet call for higher consumption rates of protein, then this will get you what you need without needing to drink more shake than you’d want to.  Most companies are in the low to mid 20’s in terms of grams per serving as it is well balanced, ABN follows this as well.

Where it Falls Short:

A big mistake to us, is that they have added creatine monohydrate into their protein supplement.  We believe your pre-workout should be separate from your protein. This is because protein is a universal supplement for the gym, whereas creatine is not.  A good supplementation of protein to your diet and workout regimen will almost always be beneficial.  However, the decision to use creatine in your workout is something that needs to be thought through and planned out.  If you have certain medical conditions, or don’t feel like you need the extra energy that creatine brings – then it would be best to avoid it.  As a manufacturer, keeping the protein and pre-workout separate, ensures those that do not want to consume creatine, won’t be doing so by consuming your protein. 

MusclePharm Combat 100% Whey, Muscle-Building Whey Protein Powder, Vanilla

High marks:

MusclePharm is a well-known brand, like ON, but in recent years has become a bit more affordable.  It is a very well-rounded protein powder.  25 grams of protein, low sugar, low carb – a standard whey protein.  It can be used throughout the day like some of our other proteins listed here, and in general, is just a solid protein.  We like to think ABN protein shares similar traits – a well rounded easy to use protein – and is a bit cheaper (Again, you’re paying extra money for the brand name of MP)

Where it Falls Short:

This protein is notorious for mixing poorly and not having a great taste.  Water or milk, it tends to clump up a bit (which doesn’t bother some people), but the reviews are plagued with customers commenting on the extremely sweet flavor rather than having a smooth rich chocolate flavor like the ABN Premium Whey Protein.

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