Promera Sports, the makers of Con-Cret Creatine HCl, just released a new protein on the market. It contains just whey protein concentrate (WPC), but don’t shrug it off yet not all whey protein concentrates are inferior. In all actuality WPC is not inferior at all to whey protein isolate, its the grade of the protein that matters. If you have tried WPC in the past and if you’re like me I am very sensitive to inferior proteins. I would develop bad stomach cramps and bloating followed by the most fowl smelling gas that could gag a… well you know.
Apprehensively I gave the Con-Cret Whey a try to see if what they say about how the whey they used was superior to most other brands out there. I tried both flavors, Chocolate S’mores and Vanilla Cake Batter and have to say the taste is on point. The Chocolate flavor is a little different since it has that marshmallow sweetness added in, but the Vanilla is great! I just used water and the consistency was a bit creamier compared to other protein powders I have tried. If you used almond milk that would make it outstanding! What’s better yet there wasn’t any tinge of stomach cramping or bloating afterwords. Each serving contains 24 grams of protein, 2 grams of carbohydrates and 1.5 grams of fat which looks very similar to whey isolate formula’s on the market.
Now lets dive into the technical aspects. Promera uses Non-GMO Cold Processed Whey Protein Concentrate 80 for the protein source. This translates to a single sourced protein that’s free of growth hormone’s (rBGH) and obtained from the highest grade of WPC. The lowest “allowable” grade of Whey Protein Concentrate is 34. This scale measures the purity,potency and nutritional value. When other manufacturers use this inferior protein many add amino acids “amino spiking” to bring the protein content up. This is what leads to the digestive issues most people experience when using WPC. Since the grade is not disclosed, you have no idea how much quality protein you are getting. Since 80 is the highest value available the protein doesn’t have to be altered to improve the protein content or amino profile. It contains the highest value of probiotics, peptides and amino acids and the lowest amount of lactose.
Now that Promera has let the cat out of the bag per say, I think other companies out there will start following suit and up their game. Con-Crete Whey has definitely set the bar for being one the highest grade WPC on the market today. If you are unsure if the protein you are using now is good quality or if you think the bloating and gas is normal you need to check your label.