Here at Myprotein we like to think we know a thing or two about protein powder. It's our bread and butter.
Because we love it so much, we’re always thinking of weird and wonderful new flavours. Our product development team is always busy. I mean, we’ve got over 40 flavours of Impact Whey alone.
If you’ve ever found yourself in a protein-picking dilemma, a good place to start is what’s the most popular. Thankfully, I’ve had a look into the data to find out what comes out on top. Here are the top 10 Impact Whey Protein and Clear Whey flavours.
- What is the best protein powder?
- Why take protein powder?
- Are protein powders safe?
- Top 10 whey protein flavours
- Best Clear Whey flavours
- Vegan protein alternatives
What is the best protein powder?
If you're looking to up your protein intake, protein powder is a great way to do it. But with so many different types available, it can be hard to know which one to choose. Here's a breakdown of some of the most popular options to help you decide.
Whey protein powder comes from milk and is the most popular type of protein powder. It's a complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids the body needs. Plus, it's quickly absorbed by the body, making it a great post-workout supplement. If you're lactose intolerant, whey protein isolate is a good option as it’s almost lactose-free.
Another milk-based option is casein protein powder. Unlike whey, casein is known for its slow digestion rate. This makes it a good option for those looking to increase protein intake throughout the day or for a bedtime snack to help with muscle repair and growth while you sleep.
If you're looking for a plant-based option, there are a few to choose from, but soy protein powder is one of the most popular choices. It's derived from soybeans and one of the few plant-based options that's a complete protein. It's a great option for both vegetarians and vegans.
Another option for people avoiding animal products is a protein blend. These blends often include pea protein, brown rice protein, and hemp protein, which together often make up a complete protein source. If you have a soy allergy, a blend may be for you.
Ultimately, the best protein powder for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. Consider things like protein quality, dietary restrictions, personal taste, and the specific benefits you're looking for when choosing a protein powder.
Why take protein powder?
There are many reasons to supplement with a protein powder. One of the main reasons is convenience. After working out, it can be beneficial to consume a high-quality protein source as soon as possible to optimise recovery before your next session. This can be difficult to do with whole foods, especially if you're on a busy schedule or following a plant-based diet. Protein powder is a convenient alternative that allows you to easily consume a complete protein source post-workout.
Another reason to supplement with a protein powder is practicality. They’re easy to take to the gym and consume post-workout, and they also tend to be more cost-effective than whole food alternatives. One serving of protein powder in a shake usually provides enough high-quality protein to promote muscle recovery, adaptation, and growth. Protein powders are also calorie-efficient, meaning you're getting the protein you need without consuming too many calories.
Are protein powders safe?
Protein powders are completely safe for most people. But if you have any allergies or food sensitivities, you need to be cautious when choosing a powder. If you’re allergic to soy, then steer clear of soy protein powder. If you have a lactose intolerance, whey protein isolate or a non-animal protein powder may be a better option.
Those with pre-existing kidney issues may also want to avoid protein powders, and be careful of their protein intake in general, due to the additional stress on the kidneys. But for healthy individuals, there’s no danger in consuming protein powders.
Does protein powder make you gain weight?
Protein powders can be a handy tool for achieving your weight goals, whether that's losing, maintaining or gaining. It all comes down to how you use it in your diet.
For instance, using a protein powder as a meal replacement can help you reduce your overall calorie intake, leading to weight loss. But you can also use protein powders to contribute to an energy surplus to gain weight, like when bulking.
Protein powders can also be helpful for maintaining weight, as they can help your body repair and adapt muscle tissue, which is helpful for working out. Overall diet, exercise routine, sleep and stress all play an important role in weight management, so bear this in mind.
What is in protein powder?
The ingredients in protein powder can vary, but all types will contain some form of protein, such as whey, casein, soy, pea or hemp. Other ingredients, like sweeteners, flavours, thickeners and emulsifiers, are often added to improve the taste, texture and overall quality.
Some of the most common ingredients found in protein powders include:
Sweeteners: such as sugar, stevia, or other artificial sweeteners
Flavours: such as chocolate, vanilla, or fruit flavours
Thickeners: such as xanthan gum or guar gum
Emulsifiers: such as lecithin or sunflower lecithin
Some protein powders may also have added vitamins and minerals, and even digestive enzymes to help with digestion.
It's important to read the label of the protein powder you're thinking of buying and make sure you understand the ingredients. Some ingredients can cause allergic reactions or interact with medication, so it's worth being aware of what's in it.
Also, don't forget to check the amount of protein per 100g. Some brands might mislead you by advertising a high protein per serving, but the overall percentage of protein in the product may be lower.
For example, one brand might say they provide 25g of protein per serving (serving being 30g), while another might say they provide 30g of protein per serving (but the serving is 50g). So, make sure you compare the amount of protein per 100g to get a true picture of how much protein you're getting.
Do I need protein powder?
Protein powders aren’t essential, but there are plenty of things you technically don't "need" that make life a whole lot easier.
This applies to protein powder. You can get all the protein you need from a well-planned whole food diet, but sometimes it doesn't offer the same benefits as a protein powder, which is practical, convenient, easy to transport and store, and a quick way to get a high-quality source of protein without feeling bloated after a workout.
So, while protein powder might not be a necessity, it can make your life easier and enhance your health, wellbeing, and performance.
Top 7 Whey Protein Flavours
Impact Whey Protein is our OG protein powder. With 21g of high-quality protein in each serving and more than 40 flavours, Impact Whey is a reliable choice for helping you build the gains you deserve.
I can’t say I was surprised to see this one come out on top.
Whoever says vanilla is boring has never tasted Vanilla-flavour Impact Whey Protein. It never disappoints, bringing ultimate creaminess and a rich vanilla flavour.
2. Chocolate Brownie
Coming in at number two is Chocolate Brownie. Another classic, this flavour is rich and chocolatey. It's no surprise it’s one of our most loved flavours.
Delivering a protein punch in a satisfying shake, we commend you for this stellar choice.
3. Chocolate Smooth
Another classic. Chocolate Smooth does exactly what it says on the tin. A smooth and creamy chocolate shake perfect for all occasions, whether that’s post-workout, pre-workout, or a before-bed snack.
Chocolate Smooth Impact Whey Protein mixes brilliantly in things like oats, makes for a great addition to a milkshake and is smooth like chocolate all on its own.
4. Cookies and Cream
Peanut butter and jam, Ant and Dec, cookies and cream. Everyone’s favourite duos. And you can add Cookies and Cream to the list.
Ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth, it delivers 21g of protein per serving as well as great flavour. To anyone who picks this flavour, I salute you.
5. Natural Chocolate
OK, I think I’m beginning to get it. You all like chocolate protein.
Coming in hot at number five is Natural Chocolate Impact Whey Protein. For those who like to stick to the classics, this is a winner.
This quintessential flavour is perfect for those who love to mix their protein with things like yoghurt, oats or milkshakes as it’s so versatile, but it also works brilliantly on its own.
6. Salted Caramel
It's clear at this point that our customers have great taste.
The sixth most popular Impact Whey Protein flavour is Salted Caramel. Let's be honest, if you see this flavour on the menu, you’re ordering it. And when it packs a protein punch too? Sold. 21g of protein, great flavour and smooth texture.
7. Strawberry Cream
Think of long summer days enjoying strawberries and cream in the garden. Now imagine that with 21g of protein, and you’ve got Strawberry Cream flavour.
It may come in at number eight, but that’s quite an achievement given we’ve got more than 40 flavours. Strawberry Cream flavour might not be for everyone, but it’s definitely a favourite of many.
Best Clear Whey Flavours
Juicy protein is a must for the summer. For those days where a creamy shake just isn’t hitting the spot, Clear Whey provides a lighter, more refreshing option. Here are the top 3 Clear Whey flavours.
1. Orange Mango
Judging from our Instagram comments, Orange Mango being crowned as the number one Clear Whey flavour is no surprise.
This flavour screams summer. Adding this flavour to your basket can only bring good things. Summer vibes and gains all round.
2. Peach Tea
One sip of Peach Tea Clear Whey and you’ll be transported to that first sip of peach tea on holiday. Yes, that one.
This irresistible flavour is refreshing, packed with 20g of protein and brings all the holiday vibes. Good choice, guys, good choice.
An Apple (flavoured Clear Whey) a day keeps the doctor away. That’s what they say, right?
This tangy flavour coming in at number seven will satisfy your tastebuds and your macros, delivering 20g of protein per serving. Shake it up for a refreshing post-workout shake or bung in the freezer to make some killer protein popsicles.
Vegan Protein Alternatives
While it might be the OG, Impact Whey protein isn’t for everyone. Whether you’re a vegan, lactose intolerant, or looking for something a little leaner to aid weight loss, there are still loads of great protein options out there.
Another protein with plenty of flavour choice, Impact Whey Isolate is ideal for those looking for a protein powder with a higher protein content. Impact Whey Isolate contains zero fat and 23g of protein per serving. They’re some macros I can get behind.
When it comes to plant-based protein, we’ve got all bases covered.
Vegan protein blend is the perfect all-rounder. Combining pea and fava bean protein isolates, this blend provides a full amino acid profile (which can be rare in vegan proteins) and 20g of high-quality plant-based protein.
Vegan Protein Blend not for you? Don’t worry, we’ve also got Soy Protein Isolate, Hemp Protein, Pea Protein Isolate and Brown Rice Protein. Whichever you pick, they all help you achieve your plant-based goals.
And of course, if you’re looking for a lighter plant-based protein shake, try Clear Vegan . You won’t be disappointed.
Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you're concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.