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The Truth About Protein Supplements

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It seems like many companies will do just about anything to get you to buy their product. This includes making claims that are simply untrue. This is something BioPlex will not do. We all know that 95% of the supplements out there can't do what they claim they can. Other companies sell you something, but then if you do your homework, you find out you didn't buy what you thought you did yet they are legally within bounds. Let's debunk some of these trickeries.


Many companies will tout Hydrolyzed protein as the greatest thing since the wheel. Hydrolyzing is a form of predigesting the protein to make it more absorbable when eaten. The problem is that the micro fractions, which are so valuable in protein, are often times damaged when hydrolyzing it. Not only that, but hydrolysis makes the protein taste bitter. Most of the time, pure hydrolyzed protein is so bitter that it's almost impossible to make it taste good without putting so much flavoring into it that it now resembles a meal replacement formula more than pure protein, due to all the added carbohydrates for the flavoring. Chances are that only a very small percentage of the mix is actually hydrolyzed protein (check your label.) Hydrolysis also increases cost so why would you want to pay more for something that tastes bad and gets damaged during the process?


If you're going to buy somebody else's protein, be sure to look at the label. If you are buying Whey Protein Isolate (WPI), make sure that WPI is the only protein type listed in the ingredients. You see, a lot (I mean a LOT) of companies will call their product a WPI, but if you look at the label, you might see something like: Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Isolate, L-Glutamine..etc, etc. That's because in the above example, they are using Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) as the main ingredient and must list that first. There might only be a pinch of the WPI in the container while you thought you were getting pure Isolate.


Another gimmick many companies use is to claim some kind of proprietary blend for their protein. This allows them to skate around the whole label game. So, you buy some Whey Protein (or meal replacement pack or food bar, etc.) but the ingredient label might start with: MYCOGEN (A unique blend of Caseinate, Egg protein and Whey Protein Concentrate.) Notice that the Whey is the last one listed. That's because by law, ingredients must be listed in order of total percentage of product. So although you may think you are buying pure Whey protein, in the above example, the most abundant product is cheap caseinate protein while the smallest percentage of protein is the Whey Protein.


For the small handful of great whey manufacturers out there selling high-end 'supplement worthy' whey protein, there are a dozen of more that sell very low quality proteins. Any Company can buy a whey protein concentrate that only contain 35% protein (the rest being fat, carbs, ash, etc.), and sell that in a bottle as Whey Protein Concentrate. Unless you ran a analysis on it or really know your proteins, you probably wouldn't even know you were using this cheap form of WPC until you started gaining body fat, started felling bloated, getting gas, etc., and not getting the results you wanted from using this stuff. You would be surprised at how many companies do this! They do it because they can get this type of protein at a fraction of the cost of good protein, so their profit margin is maximized. At BioPlex, we use only the highest quality proteins and highest purity percentages.

There are also whey manufacturers that use processing methods that destroy or damage much of the micro fractions in the whey (usually through heat processes), making it useless. This protein is also cheap to buy and is abundant in products on the market today. Be sure you're buying a quality whey product so you don't get ripped off! Our whey isolate protein is the purest form of protein you can buy, and no heat processing is used, so all the important micro-fractions are preserved.


You'll often times see one product offering 20 grams of "Substance A" per serving, and then you'll see another company offering the same product, but each of their servings contain 30 grams of the substance. At first glance, it seems like the second product is a better deal. I mean 30 grams per serving is better than 20 grams, right? However, closer inspection reveals that the serving size of the first product is 25 grams (one scoop), and the serving size of the second product is 50 grams, (two scoops.) Mathematically, this means that 8 out of 10 grams of the first product is the substance you want. In the second product only half or 5 out of 10 grams is the substance. As you can see, it is now obvious that the first product is a better buy. It is important to look at the nutrition labels and see how many grams are in a serving before determining that a product is better than another product. The formula is simple, but for the sake of simplicity we'll spell it out: (Lets assume we're talking about protein) Take the number of grams of protein in a serving (20 grams for example) and divide that by the number of grams in a serving size (28 grams lets say). This leaves you with 0.7142. Move the decimal to the right two places and you get 71.42% of each serving is protein - the rest of it generally being carbs or fat. Armed with this knowledge, you can make better purchasing decisions.
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Bioplex Nutrition 150 W. Axton Rd., Suite 1, Bellingham, WA 98226 360-398-1933/FAX 360-398-9363/

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