AllMax IsoNatural whey – should you use it? Is AllMax IsoNatural whey a good protein powder or are there better protein powders out there? I use whey at least three times a week, and have been pretty happy with Optimum and Biotest brands and have been using them for years. While their protein powders are quality products (I would rate Optimum a little higher than Biotest), they are not perfect. But what about AllMax Nutrition IsoNatural whey? I will get to it in a second.
I always wanted to find a natural protein powder without anything added – i.e., no sweeteners of any kind (even the so-called natural sweeteners), no vitamins, no fiber, no carbs, no natural or artificial colors, no flavor enhancements (even if they are natural), etc. Optimum’s Natural Casein and Optimum’s Natural Whey came close, but the former contains 7 grams of carbs from honey powder and evaporated cane juice. The latter contains 5 grams of carbs, and they both contain “natural flavors” and other ingredients.
As for Grow from Biotest, it contains 4 grams of carbs, natural and artificial flavors, sucralose and other ingredients that I do not need in my protein shake. They also have a low-carb version called Metabolic Drive, but it also contains about 4 grams of carbs and a number of artificial ingredients including sucralose, which is an artificial sweetener.
I have discovered AllMax IsoNatural whey by accident. I was searching through a huge database of protein powders and had to double check my results, because I could not believe my eyes. It was really a beautiful thing and something you rarely see today. I am talking about an unbelievably short list of ingredients. I was starring at the label for AllMax Nutrition IsoNatural whey in complete disbelief.
I was looking at only one ingredient – whey protein isolate – and nothing else. No flavors, no lecithin, no cellulose gum, no sweeteners of any kind. Nothing! Just whey protein isolate. Oh, and only 1 gram of carbohydrates, which occurs naturally in whey.
Now, while I was excited to find what I was looking for, I quickly became skeptical. It just sounded too good to be true. My main concern was the taste and how well IsoNatural would dissolves in water. To be honest, I thought it would taste like chalk and it would not mix well with other ingredients in a protein shake. I was wrong.
IsoNatural has a completely neutral taste, which is perfect. If you add some peanut butter to it, it will taste like peanut butter. If you add a banana to it, it will taste like banana. It quickly dissolves in water and mixes great with other ingredients. As I have already mentioned, one serving of IsoNatural contains only 1 gram of carbohydrates. In addition, it has 0 grams of trans fats, 0.2 grams of fat, 118 calories, and a whole bunch of amino acids, including all essential amino acids and 3 branch chain amino acids. IsoNatural is made in Canada, but it is sources from the United States, not China, which is another plus. Many protein powders are sourced from China, which explains why most companies that make protein powders do not disclose or advertise who their suppliers are.
In short, in my opinion, AllMax Nutrition IsoNatural is a perfect whey protein powder. But what about casein, right? Whey is great post-workout because it absorbs quickly. Casein, or a blend of whey and casein, is a better choice as a general protein supplement. Unfortunately, AllMax Nutrition does not make casein, but I have heard that they are working on it. I hope it will be as good as whey.