As part of recommending a new protein powder, I am trying everything – egg, whey, soy, hemp. I am looking for not only high quality protein that is appropriate for bodybuilders but products that are natural and/or organic. Part of the reason I no longer recommend Optimum Nutrition products is that their “100% Natural” product is not 100% natural in my book anymore.
After trying pure protein powders (no sweeteners, flavors, or anything else added), a universal truth has developed – all protein powders taste pretty bad in their natural state but each has its own quirks. None of them taste good if you dont doctor them up. My preference is to buy the natural product and doctor it up myself with things like banana rather than let them do it at the factory with Stevia and other “natural” things.
As I write this I’m eating a very green bowl of oatmeal. Oatmeal with hemp protein in it. Without sugar, I could barely hold it down. Amazingly with a very small amount of something sweet (fruit or jam) it tasted OK. Chalk and algae is what hemp tastes like in its raw form.
Soy protein has its own unique problems. The worst of which is that it turns to glue. It really reminds me of that child safe glue that they use in kindergarten which kids are not supposed to eat but they always do. Dont ask me how I know this but to me soy protein tastes very similar to that kindergarten construction paste. Again, with a little doctoring it becomes quite palatable.
Isolated whey protein we have all had but few of us has had the real deal. If you get it without any sweetener and without any flavor, it is a different beast. Of all the types of protein powder, plain isolated whey has the most neutral flavor but nobody would call it good tasting. Because of its neutral flavor, its the easiest to doctor up.
Egg protein I have real problems with. I have a cast iron stomach but I have a real hard time with egg protein, I can barely keep it down. Not only that I seem to have problems digesting it. Because of my incredible fiber and bean consumption I have a lot of gas but egg protein turns me into a Pratt & Whitney turbojet. I’m going to have trouble doing an egg protein justice in my reviews.
Bear in mind, this is just my initial impressions on TASTE. I’m making no judgements on protein quality nor have I factored in cost yet.