Best Overall: Nature’s Best Zero Carb Isopure DrinkGET IT!
Pros: “I rank this as #1 on the list,” White says. Isopure is one of the top brands on the market.” Not only is this one of the best-tasting options, it’s made from whey isolate, which is a very unique protein. Plus, since it’s not a milky drink, it’s tasty even when unrefrigerated. “Whey protein, in general, increases muscle synthesis, and Isopure has no lactose, so it won’t cause any stomach upset,” White explains. It has no fat, carbs, or sugar, which is good, and 40g of protein, which isn’t too high.
Cons: It does have artificial sweeteners (sucralose), and it doesn’t have any carbs, which is important post-workout.
When to use: Have before your workout as a snack. “A study shows getting 20g of protein before your workout can increase muscle synthesis and prevent muscle breakdown,” White says. A drink like this, since it doesn’t have fiber, won’t upset your stomach, and can help curb hunger. “If you do want to drink post-workout, just be sure to eat a piece of fruit with it to get those fast-acting carbs in,” he recommends.
Main Ingredients: filtered water, ion-exchange whey (milk) protein isolate, natural and artificial flavors, coconut water concentrate, phosphoric acid, sucralose
Macros in Coconut (serving size – 1 bottle): 160 calories, 40g protein, 0g carbs, 0g fat, 0g sugar
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