PVL Whey Gourmet Review – Is This Really The World’s Best Tasting Protein Shake?

If you consume a lot of protein supplements (and let’s face it: it’s not like most bodybuilders don’t…), then you’re probably not indifferent to the taste of these products. In that regard, protein powder users today should consider themselves extremely lucky compared to those who roamed the supplement stores in the eighties: overall, these products taste much, much better today than they used to. They are usually also much easier to mix, and just plain better in terms of nutritional values. And if you wanted a short version of this product it would be that it is a fine example of all of that.

We’ve reviewed a number of great tasting protein supplements on this site, like Protein Delite and Jay Robb Whey Protein (which we reviewed here and here respectively), and had great expectations for PVL’s Whey Gourmet as well. Now that we’ve been using it for a few weeks, do we think it’s the best tasting whey protein powder in the world?Hm, I’m not sure about that. Is it a really good tasting protein powder, though? Yes, it is. And it scores quite well overall too, as you can see below.

Nutritional Contents

With each 30 gram serving of Whey Gourmet, you’ll get 120 calories, 2 grams of fat, 21 grams of protein and 4 grams of carbohydrates. Those are good numbers, and better than most of the “gourmet tasting” protein supplements on the market today, as many of these types of products are filled to the brim with carbs and fats in order to taste as good as they do (check out our review of BSN’s popular Syntha-6 for an example of that).

With each serving you also get 110 mgs of sodium, 230 mgs of Potassium and a little calcium and vitamin C.

Bottom line: nutritionally speaking, this is one of the best of its class.

Whey Gourmet Ingredients:

Whey Gourmet Protein (micro and ultra filtered whey protein isolates & concentrates), gourmet natural and artificial flavours, drum dried raspberry powder, malic acid, red beet powder, carboxymethyl cellulose, modified starch, soya lecithin, sodium chloride, silicon dioxide, sucralose (24mg/30g), ascorbic acid, acesulfame-potassium (20mg/30g).

Taste and Mixability

Mixability was GREAT. This stuff dissolves so easily in milk that I just need a glass and a spoon (or a fork) to mix a nice, lump-free protein drink. Most powders are not this easy to mix, so that was a really pleasant surprise.

The taste is also very good, although referring to this as “the world’s best protein shake might be a bit of a stretch.” The taste is just too artificial for me. If you’re into a really candy-like taste, then this product is probably the right one for you be for you, but if you prefer a more natural tasting protein drink you might want to look elsewhere. Now, stuff like Scitec’s Protein Delite might not taste 100% natural either, but I’ve got to be honest here and say that I prefer the taste of that product over PVL’s offering. And while I do enjoy the taste of Whey Gourmet mixed with milk according to PVL’s guidelines, I can’t make the really thick, yoghurt like protein shakes with this product like I can with Protein Delite – they taste is just too strong and sweet for me. To compare the two products is a tad unfair, though: check out the nutritional profile of Scitec’s offering, and it’s no contest. Whey Gourmet is a solid, low carb, low fat product that you can have on an everyday basis, while I tend to think of Protein Delite as more of a treat to enjoy here and there.

I’ve tried this product in my fruit smoothies too (which are quite milkshake-like as I usually mix them with yoghurt and milk and not juice) and it works great. Not to brag, but I make the tastiest fruit smoothies known to man – I should open up a smoothie bar or something, no joke. I should probably post my recipes here one day, but then I might want to keep them a secret. There’s more money in selling the best tasting smoothies ever than blogging about it, after all.

Verdict time!

But I digress. Bottom line? This is a high quality product that you may or may not find to be the best tasting protein shake in the world. While I personally have other favorites, I think this is a very good product that is easy to recommend. It’s got lots of the stuff you want in  whey protein powder – namely whey protein – and very little of what you do not want (fats and carbs). For anti-aspartame people it’s also a good choice as it contains no aspartame, but it does contain two artificial sweeteners, namely sucralose and aceculfame-potassium. If you’re okay with that (they are considered to be utterly safe to use), then check this product out. You might flat out  love it.

Whey Protein Improves Blood Sugar Control and Decreases Appetite

Here’s a useful tip for controlling both food intake and blood sugar when you’re looking to lose some body fat: Use a whey protein supplement. You see, a study conducted at the university of Toronto last year found that taking whey protein before a meal both decreased food intake and reduced post-meal blood sugar and release of insulin from the pancreas. For many people, this will translate to easier fat loss.

The study was conducted by feeding people 10-40 grams of whey protein half an hour before and all-you-can-eat pizza lunch. The researchers found that all dosages increased food intake, but the more whey protein the study participants had, the less pizza they ate.

Considering how whey protein reduces appetite and controls blood sugar, I’d happily recommend using a whey protein supplement to any non-vegan looking to lose weight, and it may also be a useful supplement when working to reverse insulin resistance (although – as always – you will have to talk to your doctor about that, as we really do not give medical advice on this site!)

If you’re new to whey protein supplementation and looking for a high quality, great tasting and healthy whey protein product, consider the popular Jay Robb Whey Protein, which we use ourselves from time to time. If you’re looking for something more cost effective, Ultimate Nutrition’s Prostar Whey is easy to recommend. Also make sure you read our guide on how to pick a good whey protein powder.

Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 91:966-75, 2010

Ultimate Nutrition Prostar Whey Protein Review

I’m on a new can of whey protein powder – Ultimate Nutrition’s Prostar Whey, and I’m liking it. This is a quality whey protein product, and the price is right.

As a first time buyer of Prostar Whey, I thought I’d check out what the banana flavor was like, and I’m quite impressed by it.I’ve always had a soft spot for fruit and berry flavored protein supplements, but many of them are downright awful. This certainly does not fall into that category. Mixed with milk, I’ve found this to be quite a tasty protein drink, and the taste is also more natural than many others. Some would perhaps find it even better if it had a hint of the “candy taste” that some other proteins offer, but I really like this, and look forward to each serving. I’ll buy it again, but I’ll also check out the other flavors, starting with chocolate  (and I’ll update this review then). Mixing is easy if you’re equipped with a fork, a glass and some liquid (I use milk), even though the recommendations on the can include the words “blender” and “shaker.” I haven’t used a blender or shaker yet, but still: no chunks! Two thumbs up for that.

As far as ingredients go, this products scores pretty good. It contains cold micro and ultra-filtered whey protein concentrate and isolate, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavors, and artificial sweeteners acesulfame potassium and sucralose. I like the combination of two different sweeteners, as that tends to give a product a rounder, more natural sweetness than the sharp, artificial taste that you often get if you use only one.

A serving of Ultimate Nutrition Prostar Whey Protein gives you 23 grams of protein, 3 grams of carbs, and 1,5 grams of fat. Those are good numbers, and I have no complaints about them. For those who want to throw a fit because a product like Prostar Whey contains 3 grams of carbohydrates per serving and not two, consider the fact that even if you take three servings of this a day, that translates to an grand total of three more grams of carbohydrates, or calories. You’d have to be a serious no carb nut to have an issue with that.

What about the company?

Ultimate Nutrition is certainly not a new kid on the block. The company has been serving bodybuilders and athletes with nutritional supplements since 1979, and is still owned by the family of the founder, the late Victor Rubino, who sadly passed away in 2003 at only 48 years old.

To me, family ownership is a good thing.  I honestly put a lot more trust in a well established family owned business than a public company owned by shareholders who only see the numbers and might for that reason be willing to cut more corners to help the bottom line.  This is certainly not the first product I buy from Ultimate Nutrition, and I can’t see it being the last either (so you’re likely to see more reviews here as well).

Bottom line, then?

I’m happy, and adding Ultimate Nutrition Prostar Whey Protein to our list of recommended products! Easily!