After publishing our extremely popular article on protein spiking, several readers asked us who we could trust.
Until recently, our generic answer was “Optimum Nutrition, Dymatize, PES, Cellucor, Muscle Elements…”, but we weren’t ever 100% sure, since we didn’t have third party lab tests.
Thanks to the Stack3d Certified program, we now know that PES Select Protein is actually better than promised, registering more protein than expected in lab tests.
The American Muscle Whey Protein Lab Tests
- 31.7g serving size:
- No free form amino acids, which includes alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, cystine, glutamine, glycine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, serine, threonine, tyrosine, valine, beta alanine, citrulline, norvaline, taurine, or creatine.
- 22.5g protein was measured, “as is”. This rounds up to the 23g spec, and is within tolerance.
Note that 23.7g of protein were found using dry basis analysis, but the as is protein is what we’re concerned with, since we as consumers must accept some of the moisture that comes with the product.
Our social media followers can download the full analysis PDF below, which was provided by Genysis Labs:
A bit about American Muscle
American Muscle is a brand that focuses mainly on brick-and-mortar retail space, and not so much online, so we don’t talk about it much on PricePlow. Because of that, their prices are far higher, and the only PricePlow retailer that has them is usually Amazon, as you can see below.
But we also can’t ignore them as an option for 100% certified, trusted protein.
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Is this worth it?
As you can see, the online prices are quite high. At the time of writing, it’s $90 for a 5lb tub. Put honestly, if you’re on an online shopper, that’s still a worse deal (in terms of grams of protein per dollar) than some of the most egregiously spiked protein powders.
It’s also possible that your local retailer has this product for much less than we see online, and if that’s the case, then by all means go get it!
Either way, it’s worth knowing about if you’re still interested in a 100% trusted product, but until the prices drop, our recommendations will stay with PES Select and any others verified by the Stack3d Certified program that are more reasonable deals.
Stay tuned to our post on amino acid spiking for more news and information!
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