Protein powder is an enormously popular nutritional supplement, not only for athletes and bodybuilders, but also for people wanting a quick, easy, convenient, healthy and cheap meal.
However, since there are a countless varieties of protein powder available it is often difficult to know what features to look for and how to determine the best one for you to use.
In this review of Giant Sports’ Delicious Protein protein powder we will examine the features of the product, what benefits it offers, what makes it different to other protein powders on the market and who it is suitable for.
Giant Sports’ Delicious Protein Features
Delicious Protein offers a high protein, low carbohydrate, and low fat protein source. It contains 27g of protein, 4g of carbohydrate, and 2.5g of fat per 36g serve. It is a blend of 6 protein sources, including: whey protein concentrate (WPC), milk protein isolate, whey protein isolate (WPI), micellar casein, calcium caseinate, and whey protein hydrolysate.
It also has added taurine and branched-chain amino acids, leucine, iso-leucine, and valine as well as digestive enzymes, sugar beet extract (betaine) and creatine.
When the powder is added to water or milk it mixes instantly creating a smooth, creamy texture that looks very appealing.
Most importantly, Delicious Protein lives up to its name. It is one of the best-tasting protein powders I’ve ever had! The little biscuit pieces certainly add to the enjoyment of this protein powder too. Hence the flavour, cookies and cream,
As far as I’m concerned, taste is one of the most important features of a protein powder. Let’s face it, if you don’t like the taste of a protein powder it is unlikely that you will continue to use it on a regular basis. And using a protein powder consistently over time is the best way to ensure you get the best possible results from it.
The only criticism regarding the taste is the very slight after-taste it has. This is likely due to the artificial sweeteners it contains. Delicious Protein has two artificial sweeteners, Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium. However, these are found in almost all protein powders on the market.
Giant Sports’ Delicious Protein Benefits
Provides extra protein to your diet without the fat
Delicious Protein is perfect for anyone wanting to increase their protein intake without having to consume excess fat at the same time. This tends to happen when consuming most food sources of protein, i.e. meat, chicken, nuts, seeds, etc.
Gives your body the highest-quality protein source available
The fact that it contains whey protein, the highest quality protein source available, means that it is perfect for people wanting to build muscle. Furthermore, Delicious Protein has been fortified with the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), Leucine, Iso-leucine, and Valine, making its muscle-building potential even better still! The additional BCAAs make Delicious Protein quite unique. Very few protein powders on the market offer these.
May be used as a mid-morning/ mid-afternoon, post-exercise and/or pre-sleep meal
Delicious Protein is a great protein powder to use as a snack/ meal replacement, ideally the mid-morning or mid-afternoon meals, because it offers a sustained release of amino acids into the blood stream. This means that it may help prevent muscle breakdown during the day.
It can also be used as a post-exercise shake, but is probably better as a pre-sleep protein powder due to the combination of protein sources. Since it contains a combination of whey proteins, high-quality proteins which tend to be rapidly absorbed, along with caseins, which tend to be absorbed slowly (casein tend to form a ‘gel’ in the stomach), it offers an anti-catabolic effect (prevents the breakdown of muscle) when sleeping at night.
Most muscle growth occurs at night when you’re sleeping. Therefore, the high-quality whey proteins and the branched chain amino acids contained in Giant Sports’ Delicious Protein means that you’re supplying your body with the best possible amino acids to enhance the muscle-building process.
Probably a better post-exercise protein powder would be one that contains whey proteins exclusively. This would be absorbed into the body faster than a product containing casein proteins, like Delicious Protein does. However, when it comes to building muscle the difference between having a fast or slow-absorbing protein post-exerciser is probably only marginal.
Requires very little digestion
The addition of digestive enzymes to assist the body with the breakdown of sugars (including lactose) and protein is a definite benefit of Delicious Protein. This is another benefit that sets Delicious Protein apart from its competitors since very few protein powders contain digestive enzymes.
Provides extra muscle-building ingredients
Plus, the addition of taurine, sugar beet extract, and creatine to enhance muscle cell-volumisation (muscle size) and allow greater training volume and intensity are definitely beneficial for people who are serious about their workouts and want to get the best possible results from their training.
Since Delicious Protein contains milk, corn and soy products it is best avoided by people who have allergies to those foods.
The cost of Delicious Protein is $49.95 for 2 pounds (907g) or $89.95 for 5 pounds (2.25kg). This works out to be as little as $1.44 per serve! This makes it a very cost-effective protein source that tastes amazing!
Giant Sports’ Delicious Protein Summary
Overall, Giant Sports’ Delicious Protein would have to be one of the best protein powders on the market. Not only does it provide a high-quality, low-fat, cost-effective protein source that is sustained-release, but it also contains ingredients that very few comparable products offer. This makes it a great choice if you’re serious about your training and want to build muscle faster.