In the supplement market, we hear about amino spiking or protein powder with bad ingredients all day long, but what exactly is amino spiking and bad protein powder?
Whey protein is not usually the most popular protein powder, but it has high Bcaa, especially Leucine, which is also the main ingredient for building muscle!
What is Amino spiking?
Some companies test protein powder for nitrogen content rather than amino acid content. This can reduce cost-effectiveness.
All amino acids do contain nitrogen, but not every amino acid is necessary for the human body. The muscle-building effect is as good as Leucine.
- So the first amino spike method is to add excessive amounts of certain amino acids, such as glycine, taurine.
- The second method is to add amino acids with high nitrogen content, such as Creatine/ beta alanine.
These two ingredients are good for sports performance, but Leucine is better for protein synthesis, and the manufacturer can list these two ingredients, making you think that one product can have two effects.
So if you buy a protein powder and the label says that it has 25g of protein and 5g of Creatine and does not list any amino acid ingredients, there is a good chance that the 5g of protein in the 25g of protein is creatine.
In addition, he can add taurine/glycine in excess to increase the nitrogen content, and the protein powder itself can get 12g of protein to 25g.
How to verify the quality of protein powder?
- Is there any indication of the Leucine content behind the protein powder? (avoid)
- Bcaa content less than 2.75g? (Avoid)
- Is the price particularly affordable? (avoid)
Because of the current rise in global prices, if a small company can produce protein powder that is cheaper than a large company, there is a good chance they are using amino spike .