Protein Questions and Answers


What is the easiest way to make protein shakes?

Protein shakes are a staple of a high-protein diet. While I like to make recipes with protein powder (both to avoid protein farts and to keep from getting sick of shakes) it’s still my go-to when I need more protein in my day but I don’t have much time. I’ve tried whisking, stirring, putting the…


Which pea protein tastes the best?

I’ve bought and cooked with over a hundred different types of protein. Pea protein is great for baking, since it tends to absorb more water than whey protein. Here are my favorite pea proteins: Naturade’s pea protein is the best-tasting vanilla I’ve used. Artificial vanilla flavoring is hard to get right, but this is great. You…


What is the best tasting egg protein powder?

Egg protein is unique as protein supplements go. It’s a complete protein (meaning it has all 20 amino acids that are needed for a protein to fulfill all of its biological functions) but it’s not as easy to find or as cheap as whey protein or pea protein. It’s made from egg whites (as opposed…


Which Optimum Nutrition whey protein tastes best?

The Optimum Nutrition whey protein powders are the cheapest decent-tasting protein powders available today. They pack 24 grams of protein per scoop, and while some others may have slightly more protein, fewer carbs, or taste slightly better, it’s hard to beat the price on these. I’ve compiled a list of my favorites below. Optimum Nutrition…


What causes protein farts?

When you drink protein shakes (as opposed to making a solid-food protein recipe like our HPLC Almond Cookies or HPLC Mango-Peach Jello) your stomach will tend to disgorge its contents into your large intestine faster than if you ate solid food. This means the enzymes in your stomach digest the food less, giving your gut…


What is whey protein made of?

I’m glad you asked. It’s made of cow’s milk. The end. No, it’s more complicated than that, I’m just kidding! After the cow’s milk is collected, rennet, or other enzymes, are added to curdle the milk. The solid component of the curdled milk is called curds, and the liquid component is whey. (Miss Muffet ate both,…


Can I drink whey protein if I’m lactose intolerant?

The short answer: Yes! The long answer: Whey protein isolate (as opposed to concentrate – I wrote an article about the difference here) contains less than 1% of the lactose that milk does. This means that, although it’s made from milk, it contains so little lactose that you will not have the typical lactose-intolerance symptoms…


Which protein shakes are the worst?

This list is by no means complete, but it’s my attempt to sum up the protein supplements I’ve liked the least over the past few years of buying and tmany high-protein products as I can find. Not only does this “Spiru-Tein” protein taste chalky, with a vitamin-y aftertaste (barf), but it’s sweetened with fructose, which…


How to clean protein shakes from a blender/shaker bottle.

Have you ever forgotten a protein shake (or a batter mix, like for protein pancakes) in your shaker bottle? The smell is ungodly, and can permeate your bottle even after soaking and washing. But I’ve found a great way to clean them. Cleaning Blender Bottles I use Blender Bottles to make my protein shakes (no…