NOW Foods Whey Protein Isolate, Dutch Chocolate, 5-Pound Jar
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Flavor: Dutch Chocolate | Size: lb
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Whey protein, especially in the isolate form, is the most bioavailable form of protein, which means it is absorbed with little effort by the body. Bioavailability makes whey not only an excellent adjunct to the diet for weight lifters, who are at the peak of health, but at the other end of the health spectrum, it is an excellent choice for people suffering from chronic illness.
Nutritional research has indicated that whey protein acts in the body to increase glutathione levels, which has been called a "master antioxidant" because it regulates the function in the body of lesser antioxidants such as vitamins C and E. Glutathione also acts as a detoxifying agent in the body and when its levels are low, the body can be more prone to immune disorders, cardiac disease, premature aging and death.
As great as glutathione is, unfortunately, you can't take it as a pill because glutathione is a protein and is rendered inactive by the digestive process before it can reach the bloodstream. Fortunately, whey protein is what is called a glutathione "precursor." This means that when you eat whey, your body uses aspects of the whey protein to produce its own glutathione.
Two and a half scoops of this protein powder is an entire day's supply of protein. It can be added to milk or water, and has a good taste all on its own. It can also be added to smoothies--though you might prefer unflavored rather than chocolate if you decide to do that.
Importantly, this brand has no artificial sweeteners, whose regular use over time has been associated with an almost 50% increase in risk for stroke and heart disease.
The 1.8 pound jar is a bit silly, in my opinion. If your'e using two scoops a day, it will last you just under two weeks. Unless you are constantly rotating to different flavors, or don't like the feeling of being "locked in" with a larger tub, just buy the 5 or 10 pound size and save considerable cash. If you're doing Subscribe and Save, you'll want two of these 1.8 pound jars per month. A 5 pound jar should last over a month.
When it comes to product quality, this one has been consistently well-rated. Although I've not seen it at the top of any purity/potency test lists, it is always near the top -- and I think that speaks volumes. In particular, I think the repeated ranking means that it is consistent and that NOW is indeed turning out a quality product that you can trust. I'm always skeptical when a new brand suddenly appears at #1, or when something that used to rank near the bottom suddenly climbs 20 positions.
My advice is to try each of the flavors in the 1.8 pound jars before committing to the larger ones. The vanilla is decent. The chocolate is similar to YooHoo but a bit bland. Strawberry is coming in my next Amazon order so I can't comment on that. I've not tried unflavored, but I suppose it would be a nice addition to an existing smoothie or recipe you already have.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the vanilla has a strange aftertaste - i can't decide if i don't like or of if i can handle it... i guess i can handle it since i ate the whole 5lbs lol! Read morePublished 1 day ago by robert
This powder, Dutch Chicolate, mixes WITHOUT a shaker bottle. It works out to $1.00/serving. And it has the LEAST carbs of any protein powder.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Whey isolate protein has already been pre-digested which accelerates digestion and absorption. If you are looking for a post-workout protein powder, this is it! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Franco
We tried this after using the non flavored version. It's better than some of other products out there, but super sweet. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Megan
Great protein powder at an affordable price. Mixes well. The pure flavor doesn't taste like anything and is great for shakes!Published 14 days ago by soone7
i have no idea how this product has a rating that high. it does not dissolve properly no matter how much you use the shaker and it tastes really bad. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer