I'll be honest that I don't know much about supplementing with extra protein, or really much about supplements in general. I can tell you that I jumped at the chance to sample and review some proteins by Vitacost from their new ARO line. I blame my blogging sister Joanna who got me into a special bloggers group to do some product reviews. Be aware that this is the first of a couple of posts.
I received two flavors of the whey protein, Vanilla and Chocolate. I also got the Vanilla casein. There are tons of websites out there with information on supplementing with protein. Definitely do your research and talk to people. I spoke with trainers and nutritionists to get their input on whether or not I should take extra protein or not. Ultimately, it was/is my decision.
This is what I can tell you about the proteins:
- Flavor: Both the flavors are really good! I switch back and forth between the two. Sometimes I prefer the chocolate one in the morning with my breakfast. It all depends on what kind of morning I'm having if I have a shake with breakfast or not. Neither are too sweet.
- Whey vs. Casein: I've been taught that whey is shorter acting and casein is longer acting. Many people prefer to take their casein at night before bedtime. Now, I have not tried other brands of casein, but I found the consistency of the casein to be gritty. I tried to mix it in a smoothie and it was not really good that way either. I will drink it at night, but I have to not think about the consistency. The whey is definitely my preference of the two.
- Cost: I compared to other brands and these are reasonably priced both in stores and on line.
Final verdict --- I'd use this product again. I didn't find anything that would turn me off from being a return customer. Granted, I did get all the products for free, but I would hesitate to try a new product in the same price range. I know what I'm getting from this brand right here.
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