While looking like Elle Macpherson might not be top of everyone’s agenda, the supermodel turned wellness guru knows a thing or two about staying in peak physical shape. The only award-winning protein powder on the list – it won an Australian beauty award for being the best protein powder – Welleco boasts 16g of protein per serving.
Where once protein powders were the preserve of bodybuilders aiming to pump iron, everyone from athletes and world record-holding marathoners to gymnasts now use them in their everyday diets. They’ve come a long way since they were first invented in the 1950s.
And it’s not just sports people who turn to them either. They can be used as a dietary supplement and can even be beneficial for older generations looking to fill nutritional gaps.
Protein is needed by the body to repair, maintain and build tissue. The British Nutrition Foundation recommends 0.75g of protein is consumed daily per kg of body weight so the amount needed is individual. But while protein is readily available in animal sources – from lean meats, poultry, eggs, yogurts, and cheese – it can be harder to consume enough protein if you’re vegetarian or plant-based which is where supplements and powders come in.
Whatever the use though, they’re big business. In 2021, the UK protein supplements and powder market stood at £463 million and shows no signs of slowing down.
But with hundreds on the market, all promising a whack of protein amongst other things, how do you know one is right for you? We’ve done the hard work for you and found the eight best protein powders on the market right now.
How we tested
While regular use of protein powder can take anywhere between six and 12 weeks to make a difference to muscle tone, we looked at how much protein per 100g each powder offers. We compared flavour, taste, ease of use and cost per serving. Each powder was made up as per the packet instructions with water, semi skimmed milk and oat milk on separate occasions to see both how easily it blended and how it affected taste. These were the powders that really packed a punch...
The best protein powders for 2023 are:
- Best protein powder overall – Welle Co nourishing protein chocolate flavour: £29, Welleco.co.uk
- Best protein powder for beginners – MyProtein impact whey: £22.21, Myprotein.com
- Best protein powder for athletes – Ringana sport ultimate strength protein powder: £50.81, Ringana.com
- Best protein powder for busy types – Arbonne feelfit pea protein shake coffee flavour: £74, Arbonne.com