Searching for a new whey protein powder can be both challenging and overwhelming nowadays due to the large selection available to us. Aside from selecting a trusted brand, what flavor do you get? Should you get chocolate? Vanilla? Strawberry? What if it's too sweet? What other ingredients does it contain? What if...I know, I know, it's tough, we've been there.
This conundrum has opened up the doors to a new more versatile option that can not only save you time but save you money - unflavored whey protein powder
Unflavored or flavorless whey protein powder has grown in popularity over the last few years and we are not surprised. We're all unique in our own way. We all have different goals, health standards, taste, allergies but we're all looking for the same thing - a great protein supplement.
Before we get into the advantages, what does unflavored whey or flavorless whey taste like?
The terms unflavored, flavorless, plain and tasteless to describe whey are used interchangeably, they basically mean the same thing, no flavor is added. It's important to note that this doesn't mean it taste like nothing. Everything has a natural taste including water.
Since whey is derived from milk, the natural flavor and smell of unflavored whey protein is best described as light powdered milk. When you drink it plain in water is tastes like watered down milk. The great thing about it's light plain flavor is it can easily be masked by anything you add to it -Making flavorless whey protein powder the most versatile option available.
Here are the reasons why unflavored, flavorless, plain whey is the way to go:
1. You Won't Be Limited to a Single Flavor
Instead of having to decide between chocolate, vanilla, strawberry or whatever other flavors out there, why not have them all? You see, with unflavored whey protein powder you can easily create a chocolate flavor by adding cacao powder or chocolate syrup, create a vanilla flavor by adding vanilla bean powder or vanilla extract and create strawberry flavor by adding strawberry powder or simply blend fresh strawberries into your shake.
Other than simple flavors you can get creative and make an endless number of other flavors like: peanut butter banana, mocha, vanilla latte, snickerdoodle, oatmeal cookie, cookies and cream, etc. You can literally have a different flavor ever day of the week!
2. You Won't Consume Unwanted Ingredients
When flavors are added to protein powder they usually come with low quality ingredients like: natural flavors, artificial flavors, sucralose, additives and so on. Finding a flavored whey protein powder without unwanted ingredients with great texture can be difficult to find.
A high quality flavorless whey protein powder on the other hand will contain 1-3 ingredients. You no longer have to worry about unnecessary ingredients.
3. You Will Save Money
Whaaat? Yes, you can save money by going unflavored. For starters, like we mentioned in reason #1 going with unflavored whey is like having EVERY flavor. This can save you not only from deciding on a new flavor every time you run out but what if you choose a flavor and you don't like it? What if you get tired of the flavor you have and want to try a new one? You might end up buying a couple different flavors at a time and that can get pricey real fast.
4. You Can Add It to Food
Drinking whey protein powder isn't the only way to consume it. The natural taste of unflavored whey is easy to mask making it ideal for cooking and baking. You can make pasta sauce, bread, pudding, oatmeal, cookies, eggs, pancakes, crepes, burgers, protein bars and so much more. Your imagination is the limit.
5. You Can Sweeten to YOUR Taste
A common problem with flavored whey protein powder is most are just too sweet. The opposite is also true. You'll find some natural protein powders that are just not sweet enough. It's understandable, everyone has unique taste and companies have to come up with a one-size-fits-all sweetness level. But not all of us like our protein powder that sweet.
Another common issue is the type of sweetener used in flavored protein powder. Some of the healthier brands offer products sweetened with stevia but many of us don't like the taste of stevia. With unflavored whey you can sweeten it with whatever you like: cane sugar, stevia, honey, syrup, coconut sugar and so on.
It's clear that unflavored whey has some enticing advantages. In the end, it's up to your preference and needs. If you only like one flavor and like the convenience having it pre-flavored then by all means go for your favorite flavor protein powder. If you want to take control of what you put in your body, want flavor variety and want a level of sweetness you can enjoy then unflavored whey protein powder is the way to go.
We hope this article has opened up your mind to the versatile world of flavorless whey - the Swiss army knife of protein powders.
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