The best protein powders for women, tested by GHI

Best Protein Powders for Women UK 2023: Myprotein, Innermost and Tested

<h2 class=”body-h2″><strong>Why is protein so important for women?</strong> </h2><p>Protein intake is important for everyone, but it’s particularly essential for women.</p><p>Protein supports muscle growth and repair, especially after exercise, explains dietician <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/nicsnutrition/?hl=en” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Nichola Ludlam-Raine</a>. It helps in the production of enzymes and hormones and in maintaining bone health, which is particularly important for post-menopausal women who are at a higher risk of osteoporosis.</p><p>It also supports the production of <a href=”https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/beauty/skincare/g43138026/best-collagen-supplements/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener” data-vars-ga-outbound-link=”https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/beauty/skincare/g43138026/best-collagen-supplements/”>collagen</a> and keratin, two proteins key to healthy <a href=”https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/product-reviews/fashion-and-beauty/g31804308/best-sulphate-free-shampoos-conditioners/” target=”_blank”>hair</a>, <a href=”https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/product-reviews/fashion-and-beauty/g34928132/best-moisturisers-sensitive-skin/” target=”_blank”>skin</a> and <a href=”https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/product-reviews/fashion-and-beauty/g34905321/best-home-gel-nail-kits/” target=”_blank”>nails</a>. </p><h2 class=”body-h2″><strong>How much protein do women need?</strong> </h2><p>Individual requirements vary from person to person. But <a href=”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5872778/#:~:text=2.1.&text=The%20current%20international%20Recommended%20Dietary,kg%2Fbw%20%5B30%5D” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” data-vars-ga-outbound-link=”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5872778/#:~:text=2.1.&text=The%20current%20international%20Recommended%20Dietary,kg%2Fbw%20%5B30%5D”>research</a> shows that on average, women require 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight so, for example, if you weigh 70kg, you should be eating around 56g of protein each day.</p><p>However, if you’re exercising on top of this, experts recommend upping your intake. Women who are more active or engage in strength training exercises may need 1-2g of protein per kilogram of body weight, says Ludlam-Raine.</p><p>You should be able to reach the recommended protein intake through a balanced diet, including beef, chicken, salmon, nuts, eggs, lentils and tofu. However, if you’re struggling or would like to increase your protein levels, then a supplement could help.</p><p>Menopause can also affect how our bodies process protein. According to Holland and Barrett retail health lead, <a href=”https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/the-health-hub/authors/anojan-arulananthan/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” data-affiliate=”true” data-href=”https://go.redirectingat.com/?id=127X1143637&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hollandandbarrett.com%2Fthe-health-hub%2Fauthors%2Fanojan-arulananthan%2F&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goodhousekeeping.com%2Fuk%2Fproduct-reviews%2Fhealth-leisure%2Fg46143402%2Fbest-protein-powders%2F” data-skimlinks-tracking=”[utm_source|[utm_campaign|[utm_medium|[gclid|[msclkid|[fbclid|[refdomain|[content_id|c469addb-d310-4bfd-a2d5-6d662d714978[content_product_id|[product_retailer_id|[lt|[optxid|[optvid|” data-vars-ga-axid=”11f00251-4d4f-42c7-834d-83c1aa78f769″>Anojan Arulan</a><a href=”https://go.redirectingat.com/?id=127X1143637&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hollandandbarrett.com%2Fthe-health-hub%2Fauthors%2Fanojan-arulananthan%2F&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goodhousekeeping.com%2Fuk%2Fpreview%2FeyJpZCI6ImM0NjlhZGRiLWQzMTAtNGJmZC1hMmQ1LTZkNjYyZDcxNDk3OCIsInR5cGUiOiJjb250ZW50IiwidmVyc2lvbiI6IjgxNDMwMzEyLTI1ODYtNDNiYi1hMTMyLTkxNGRiYzIwNzNjYyIsInZlcnNpb25fY3JlYXRlZF9hdCI6IjIwMjMtMTItMTdUMDE6MDA6MDcuNTE4NjA2WiJ9%2F&xcust=%5Butm_source%7C%5Butm_campaign%7C%5Butm_medium%7C%5Bgclid%7C%5Bmsclkid%7C%5Bfbclid%7C%5Brefdomain%7C%5Bcontent_id%7Cc469addb-d310-4bfd-a2d5-6d662d714978%5Bcontent_product_id%7C%5Bproduct_retailer_id%7C%5Blt%7C%5Boptxid%7C%5Boptvid%7C” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener” data-vars-ga-outbound-link=”https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/the-health-hub/authors/anojan-arulananthan/” data-affiliate=”true” data-href=”https://go.redirectingat.com/?id=127X1143637&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hollandandbarrett.com%2Fthe-health-hub%2Fauthors%2Fanojan-arulananthan%2F&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goodhousekeeping.com%2Fuk%2Fproduct-reviews%2Fhealth-leisure%2Fg46143402%2Fbest-protein-powders%2F” data-skimlinks-tracking=”[utm_source|[utm_campaign|[utm_medium|[gclid|[msclkid|[fbclid|[refdomain|[content_id|c469addb-d310-4bfd-a2d5-6d662d714978[content_product_id|[product_retailer_id|[lt|[optxid|[optvid|” data-vars-ga-axid=”489db2cd-bf12-4973-a8be-b4397b2bab16″>anthan</a>, <a href=”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7272749/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” data-vars-ga-outbound-link=”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7272749/”>research</a> indicates that post-menopausal women tend to display diminished levels of lean muscle mass in contrast to pre-menopausal women.</p><p>Combined with an increased risk of developing osteoporosis, its important to ensure youre getting sufficient protein at this stage. </p><h2 class=”body-h2″><strong>Are some protein powders better than others? </strong> </h2><p>Quality, nutritional value, flavour and price are all key elements to consider before you make your choice, and some will come down to personal preference.</p><p>Nutritionist and co-founder of <a href=”https://www.cafevolonte.co.uk/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener” data-vars-ga-outbound-link=”https://www.cafevolonte.co.uk/”>Caf Volonte</a>, <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/vidushbag/?hl=en-gb” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener” data-vars-ga-outbound-link=”https://www.instagram.com/vidushbag/?hl=en-gb”>Vidushi Binani,</a> advises avoiding ones with too many artificial sweeteners and flavours in the ingredients list, as excessive consumption could lead to adverse health risks.</p><p>She also says those using vegan protein should ensure the blend includes sufficient complete protein. This is a protein that contains all essential amino acids, as the body cannot make them on its own. </p><h2 class=”body-h2″><strong>What are the benefits of protein powders?</strong> </h2><p>When taken as part of an all-round healthy diet and lifestyle, these are some of the key benefits of protein powders. </p><ul><li> They can help to tone by increasing muscle mass and reducing fat when combined with a regular exercise routine.</li><li>They can help with muscle recovery post-workout.</li><li>They are a quick and convenient way to increase protein levels and remain fuller for longer.</li></ul><ul></ul><h2 class=”body-h2″><strong>How we test </strong> </h2><p>We asked four leading sports nutritionists <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/robhobsonnutritionist/?hl=en” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” data-vars-ga-outbound-link=”https://www.instagram.com/robhobsonnutritionist/?hl=en”>Rob Hobson</a>, <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/taitalksnutrition/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” data-vars-ga-outbound-link=”https://www.instagram.com/taitalksnutrition/”>Tai Ibitoye</a><a href=”https://www.mondaymuscle.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” data-vars-ga-outbound-link=”https://www.mondaymuscle.com”>, Lee Amico</a> and <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/sinead.feedfuelperform/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” data-vars-ga-outbound-link=”https://www.instagram.com/sinead.feedfuelperform/”>Sinead Roberts</a> to help us find the best protein powders on the market, including both whey and vegan options.</p><p>They assessed each product based on the quality of its ingredients, nutritional make-up and formulation. Judging was extremely stringent and only the ones that met their high standards were put forward for further testing.</p><p>Back at the GHI, our panel of fitness experts and food testers rated the protein powders on flavour, texture, aroma and ease of use. Based on the feedback from our nutritionists and testers, each product was then awarded a final score. </p><p>We’ve also included two protein powders from the <a href=”https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/product-reviews/health-leisure/a45996449/davina-protein-review/” target=”_blank”>foodspring x Davina McCall protein range</a>, which were approved by Ludlham-Raine and tested by the GHI experts over a two-week period.</p><p>Without further ado, these are the protein powders that are worth your time.</p>”/>

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