True Strength Digs Deeper

Hang around the weight room long enough and you'll hear enough expert advice to end up totally confused about diet and training techniques. What one guy swears by another laughs off as idle newbie chatter. There's no shortage of egos or opinions, that much is certain. Here's some advice from the Protein Professionals on sifting through popular gym myths and uninformed conjecture.

Nutrition Vs. Supplement Facts
While all protein powders are considered supplemental to a well-balanced diet of nutritious whole foods, you might have noticed that some proteins are labeled with a Nutrition Facts panel while others carry a panel titled Supplement Facts. Because ON knows you want the ingredients in your protein powder to be the next best thing to whole foods, the vast majority of our proteins are labeled with a Nutrition Facts panel, just like any food from the grocery store. Since all the ingredients are GRAS approved, Nutrition Facts can be used instead of Supplement Facts. A protein label with a Nutrition Facts panel is as close to real food as it gets.

Getting The Scoop On IngredientsFor those who are now very interested to know exactly what's in their favorite protein powder, or want to prove wrong the cheapskate know-it-all who insists all proteins powders are the same, we offer a simple solution. At the bottom of the label's Facts panel (sometimes printed along the side) you'll find a list of ingredients. By law, this list must be printed in descending order of predominance. Translation: the first ingredient represents the greatest volume per serving, followed by the next, the next, and so on.
The first few ingredients listed will most likely be protein, followed by flavoring compounds, preservatives, etc. There might be digestive enzymes to enhance utilization, or added BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine) for additional muscle building support. Now these ingredients, by law, must be described in their most basic form. That makes it easier for consumers to figure out exactly what they're getting. ON proteins are described as Whey Protein Isolates or Whey Peptides. Nothing fancy or confusing. If you have questions about any protein ingredient, Google it for an explanation. You are what you eat and drink, and we encourage you to find out exactly what you're putting into your body.

Determining Protein PurityHere's a math formula to use on professor tightwad who buys the cheapest protein available and claims it's just like your favorite brand. You could easily argue taste and mixability, but let's get technical and leave no doubts about overall quality. This only works for single-source proteins, not blends or meal replacements, because they have added fiber, vitamins, minerals, etc. But if you're both using a straight whey or casein powder, check the facts label to see how much protein you get with one serving. For Gold Standard 100% Whey, it's 24 grams. Divide that number by the serving size (29.4 grams for the Vanilla Ice Cream flavor) and multiply by 100.
See how the cheapie proteins stack up against the Gold Standard! Then compare the levels of fat, sugar and carbs. With any luck, this formula will keep your myth makers quiet so you don't have to hear any nonsense about hitting the gym on an empty stomach and never doing any cardio. Knowledge is power in the quest for True Strength. Do your homework, track your progress and take pride in your new-found muscle building expertise.
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