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Muscle Gauge 100% Pure Whey Protein Isolate:

The best tasting, cheapest pure whey protein isolate product on the market. Don't settle for whey protein blends when you can get pure isolate at these prices. 14 different flavors available.

2lbs - $17.99 | 5lbs - $31.99 | 10lbs - $59.99 | 25lbs - $124.99

whey2It’s time for another visitor question here on Protein Supplement Guide! Thanks to Robert Mendelton for sending us this question in:

“What is the best type of whey protein to build muscle mass? Whey protein isolate, whey protein blends, or whey protein concentrate?”

This is a good question, a question I hear and over and over, and read constantly on bodybuilding and fitness forums. The short answer is, all of them are the same. That’s right, cheaper whey protein concentrate has exactly the same muscle building potential as pure whey protein isolate.

To date, there has been no studies showing that whey protein isolate has better bioavailablily, digestion or absorption as it’s lower quality counterpart whey protein concentrate. You’re probably thinking, why should I spend more money and get a protein blend or a protein isolate over a concentrate? We’ll, it depends on your goals.

The main advantage whey protein isolate has over concentrate is that it contains more whey per serving, and less calories. This means you get more for less. This is especially important if you want to limit your fat intake or you’re cutting down for a competition, photo shoot, or just for the summer.

Personally, I’d pay the extra few dollars for a good isolate protein supplement. The powder is finer, it mixes better (in my experience), it’s more watery and less filling, and you get about 2-5g more protein per scoop. For me, that’s worth the extra cash. But if you’re on a budget, bulking, and don’t mind the extra calories, the you’ll get the same muscle building effects from a concentrate or blend as you’d get from a pure whey protein isolate.

Any questions? Post them below and I’ll be more than happy to answer them!

13 Comments so far »

  1. by diane torchio, on May 16 2010 @ 12:41 pm


    What kind of protein would you suggest to someone who would like to add more protein to there diet. It has to taste good or I gag.

  2. by admin, on May 17 2010 @ 5:06 pm


    Any good whey protein supplement would be good for you. The best tasting products are made By Dymatize, Optimum Nutrition, Muscle Gauge Nutrition, Scivation and Gaspari. You can view them here:

  3. by Arunkumar, on June 15 2010 @ 12:34 am


    im from srilanka im doing body building since two years
    an up to now i have use creatine and ultra mass but the problem is there is no improvement at chest mussel what kind of subliment i supose to use to build my strenth and chest musel

  4. by ABHINANDAN, on October 12 2010 @ 12:04 pm


    hi i am going to gym since 9months but no use i am not getting huge mucel my body is still slim,and there is no improvement in my thies,i need huge biceps,trisips,chest&lads,so can u help me at this wat to do please

  5. by ABHINANDAN, on October 12 2010 @ 12:06 pm


    and even tel me how to take wayprotien means wen should i take with wat should i take with watre or with milk

  6. by mauricio, on November 12 2010 @ 2:01 pm


    Im 15 i weigh 125ibs and i wanna build up when and how much protine should i take im 5″4 and i wrestle and we lift sometimes in practice and what should my diet be??

  7. by Shyam, on January 3 2011 @ 6:05 am


    Hi, I am 24, weigh 62KG, height 5’8″ and I’ve been working out for the last 3 weeks. I want to start taking protein supplements. My muscle mass is low, fat is just fine. I don’t put on fat easily, whatever I eat. Digestion is good. Should I go for isolate or concentrate. I also want to keep it in budget.

  8. by Rahul, on February 7 2011 @ 8:03 am


    hi sir,
    m rahul, 25 yrs, height 5′ 7″ , weigh 56 kg.
    i have been workout for past 3 months although i do workout only for 1 hour in morning. my muscle maas is low my weight is also low according to my age.
    please suggest me which protein can give me proper nuterition and good health.

  9. by Troy, on March 6 2011 @ 6:39 am


    I appreciate you helping the newbies with this item but would like to clarify a couple of points.

    1. There are studies that show a difference between the absorption ability of some isolates over concentrate.

    2. concentrate doesn’t filter out the lactose, fat, and carbs as well as the isolates, which can cause a serious bloating effect. For those of you that have taken the multiple “mass builder” scoops like I did when I was 5 9′ and 135 lbs (65kg), you know what I’m talking about. Think of it this way, if you see the milk having chunks, it’s more likely junk. KEY POINT: you don’t want to eat fat after a workout – it is slower to digest and doesn’t allow the protein into your muscles (which is what you want, right?)

    3. There is more than just protein in the powder people are buying. You have microfractions in the isolate that are not destroyed by the processing methods in specific wheys. However, if high heat is used (cheaper process), many of the isolates are just as described here, aminos with less calories, fat, lactose, extra “junk” and carbs.

    simply put, the author is correct in many points and I like the post. But there are differences and I recommend you to do more research as I didn’t when I was a beginner to get the results without farting all day and feeling like crap.

  10. by Gopal, on March 16 2011 @ 7:49 am


    I m a vegetarian & want to have a muscular body at the moment i have a bulky body so which brand of whey protein should i use ?

  11. by Steven, on April 26 2011 @ 3:43 pm


    I’m 22 5’11 and weigh 125 pounds need more weight so can tone myself better. What should I use?

  12. by Buddy, on May 1 2011 @ 6:11 pm


    I am looking for a protein supplement specifically to take at night time. any suggestions?
    thank you

  13. by Umar, on June 13 2011 @ 9:06 pm


    Hi, i’m 18 years old , 6 feet and 60 kg weight . I have just started jym 3 weeks back i want you to suggest a good protein supplement to me so that i can gain muscle and a good physice .thanks

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