Natural whey protein powders are a category of protein powders that have rapidly expanded in recent times. This is in line with the increasing popularity of the ‘natural’ health movement. Naturally (excuse the pun!) one of the questions supplement users have is "which is the best natural whey protein powder?". This article will review some of the recent additions to the natural whey protein powder category and give our verdict on the best.
Natural Whey Protein Powder Ingredients
Natural protein powder consumers are very picky when it comes to ingredients in their natural whey protein powder. Typically, they want to know the exact type of sweeteners, flavours, colours and instantising agents used in the protein powder. Ideally speaking, each of these ingredients need to be natural or derived naturally.
Reflex Nutrition is UK’s leading sports nutrition brand and carry an extensive range of high quality sports nutrition supplements that cater to the needs of all types of athletes. Their product Natural Whey is one of the original natural whey protein powders. Despite this, the product is top quality. As you would expect from a natural protein, it is free of artificial flavours, sweeteners and colours. Natural Whey contains a form of whey protein called 'Native Whey' Reflex claim that Natural Whey is produced by taking fresh skimmed milk and processing it at low temperature via complex ultra and membrane filtration capturing virtually every single highly valuable and biologically active protein fraction in its native form. As a result Reflex claim Natural Whey contains up to 166% more bioavailble cystine and16% more leucine than other forms of whey. So if you want to be absolutely sure about the quality of your natural whey protein, then Reflex's Natural Whey is an ideal option.
Naturals Hydrolysed Whey comes in at number 4 not because of its especially high protein content, but more so because of the superior effectiveness of hydrolysed whey for muscle growth and recovery. However, with an impressive 78g of protein per 100g, Naturals Hydrolysed Whey still has more protein than some of the leading natural whey proteins; making it a great choice for the more hardcore trainers who demand a natural protein powder that won’t compromise on quality muscle gains. The other great feature about International Protein’s Naturals Hydrolysed Whey is that it comes in an unflavoured form as well as naturally flavoured versions. If you want super high protein, then your best off with the unflavoured powder, but if you just can’t stand the taste, you made need to opt for the flavoured varieties.
Strongbody WPI from BSc Naturals come in a ‘strong’ third with its high protein concentration that includes a blend of whey protein isolate and hydrolysate. While it doesn’t boast the lowest fat and carbohydrate content on the market, the levels are still reasonably low at 0.8g and 1.8g respectively per serve. One of the drawbacks however is the relatively high price of Strongbody WPI. With an RRP of over $200, the protein powder is largely inaccessible to many would be buyers. The high price probably derives partly from the sophisticated design of its ‘natural’ looking packaging. On the shelf, however, the product easliy stands out as a ‘natural’ protein with its distinct brown and white natural colouring and organic/minimalist design.
Naturals WPI boasts one of the highest protein concentrations on the market. As a bonus it also comes with a certification of being gluten free. It turns out that a significant number of individuals seeking natural whey proteins also have a requirement that their protein be gluten free. Just like their hydrolysed offering, WPI, comes in unflavoured and flavoured options (i.e. vanilla and chocolate). Naturally, the unflavoured version comes with the highest protein content. Like most other natural whey proteins, the flavoure
d versions of International Protein Naturals WPI are sweetened with stevia. With just over 90g of quality protein per 100
g of powder and with a very reasonable price, Naturals WPI is one of the new heavyweight natural wheys on the market. It comes in a strong second on our list.
#1 NHS Whey Protein Isolate
Known as the original Australian ‘natural’ protein powder brand, NHS Whey Protein Isolate gets top spot in our Best of Natural Whey Proteins simply by virtue of pure protein power! To add to this, it only contains 1% fat and 0.3% carbs, making it an ultra lean whey protein with unmatched protein levels. The only downer to the product is the taste. You really do have to be all about the protein when your using this powder or simply try and be creative with how you prepare it.