I ignored the buzz thinking it was just hype that would die down after a while and stuck with my expensive Maximuscle product instead.
Some time later the forums were still buzzing about this new brand with lots of positive feedback being posted. This coupled with the fact that their prices were cheaper than what I was paying already had me intrigued.
I wanted to see what all the fuss was about!
So thats what I did and as I write this, some years later Ive tried all the flavours and think Im qualified to review this fully and fairly.
My Protein True Whey Review
The ingredients in this product are solid, lets look at the key ingredients in more detail:
True Whey uses two types of protein, whey protein concentrate (WPC80) which is a premium quality whey protein with a protein content of 80% and Whey Protein Isolate which is 90-98%% protein and is the best protein available. Whey protein isolate has a higher biological value (BV) as it has less fat and lactose and more protein per serving.
None of the cheap filler proteins like soya protein, this means the protein is fast digesting and perfect for after a tough workout.
Another thing I love about True Whey is the fact that there are very low carbs and sugar per serving (1.8g carbs, 1.5g sugars). This is great as you can add your own carb source such as dextrose or maltodextrin but also have a whey only shake for times when you dont want the extra carbs, this makes it versatile as you can choose depending on what you need at the time.
Cheaper protein powders pack the tub with sugars and list them as carbohydrates, this product doesnt do that and its better for it. The only sweetener is sucralose and also another plus point for me is the fact it is an aspartame free protein powder.
Other Key Ingredients
An interesting feature of True Whey that I havent seen elsewhere is the inclusion of Lactospore probiotics and digezyme. There are actually 100 million spores per serving!
They are ingredients designed to prevent bloating or bad wind that some people suffer from with their protein supplement. I have to say I dont know if they make much difference to anything else but I have never had any bloating or flatulence with True Whey so they must make a difference.
True Whey is loaded with Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) which are the building blocks of muscle. This means you dont need a separate BCAA supplement.
Full Ingredient List
Protein Blend (Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC80)*, Whey Protein Isolate*, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder (chocolate flavours only), Flavouring, Citric Acid (berry flavours only), Thickener (Xanthan Gum), Colours (Curcumin [banana flavour only], Beetroot Red [berry flavours only]), Digezyme® (Amylase, Protease, Cellulase, Beta-D-Galactosidase, Lipase), Sweetener (Sucralose), Lactospore® Pro-biotics, (Bacillus Coagulans). * From Milk
Full Nutritional Information
Per 25g (1 serving):
Protein (as-is): 19.0g
of which sugars: 1.5g
of which saturates: nil
Dietary Fibre: 0.3g
The nutritional information is where the truth in any product lies, looking at this label its clear that True Whey has a solid nutritional profile. Low calorie, high protein, low carb and low fat, this makes it a perfect choice if you are on a restricted diet such as a Ketogenic diet or a very low calorie diet (VLCD).
A common complaint about protein shakes is poor mixability, no one wants lumps and chunks in a shake and any product that leaves these undesirable traces is doomed. Luckily, True Whey doesnt have this problem.
I usually mix my shakes with water (as I dont want the additional calories from milk) and it mixes with no lumps, I can even mix three servings in one shaker with water and it still mixes well.
With milk it thickens the shake so you have to shake it well but even with two servings in one shaker I had no lumps or chunks (plus it tastes exactly like a milkshake!!).
Price/Value For Money:
At £32.49 for a 5lb tub True Whey is one of the best priced whey proteins on the market. The best thing about it is that its cheap in price, but not quality which probably explains its popularity.
You get 90 servings per tub which works out to roughly 30p per serving and gives you 19g of protein. If you drink 2-3 shakes the tub lasts about a month.
There are a range of flavours available as follows:
Cookies & Cream
Ive had the chance to taste all of the flavours, heres my review of each flavour.
This is probably my favourite of all the flavours and I have repeatedly ordered this again and again. If you like the taste of after eight mints then its quite similar, I find it refreshing and sweet enough without be sickly sweet.
I also really enjoyed the banana cream flavour, its sweet without being overpowering and tastes good.
Its divine with milk and still nice with water, this is in my top 3 flavours without a doubt!
I tried a sample of chocolate orange and I think Im going to invest in a whole tub once I get through the tub Im on now. It smells like chocolate orange (think hot chocolate with a twist of orange) and tastes like Terrys Chocolate Orange!
Strawberry Delight is probably my second favourite flavour, with milk it tastes like a strawberry milkshake (think Nesquik) and with water its still one of the nicest.
I dont get sick of this flavour by the end of the tub and Ive even since ordered Strawberry Instant Milk Protein (Casein) from myprotein.co.uk too.
Toffee Fudge is another really good flavour, its quite sweet so probably not one for the people who dont like rich food. This flavour was a nice departure from the typical strawberry, vanilla, chocolate flavours but by the end of the tub I was struggling as the flavour got sickly after 2-3 a day! That said it was very nice with milk and pretty good still with water.
Chocolate smooth was a nice change from chocolate mint, I found it fine with both milk and water and no mixing problems at all. Did it taste like chocolate? Not really it tasted like cocoa powder which is its main ingredient. It was fine though and I used the whole tub, although personally the chocolate mint is better as it tastes nicer that this.
Cookies & Cream
Cookies & Cream was a better flavour if you dont like the sweeter flavours, it actually tasted like cookies and cream even with water. The flavour was not overpowering and was just right, this was pleasant enough although I wonder if a whole tub would be too much to take.
Im not particularly a fan of vanilla but I was pleasantly surprised by this flavour and enjoyed my shakes every time. The vanilla wasnt overpowering it was just right and I had no problem drinking a few of these each day. I personally preferred this with water than milk, probably because it was a little rich for me when mixed with milk.
I love this flavour! When I ordered it I was thinking of raspberry ripple ice cream and while it wasnt exactly like that I really enjoyed this one. The flavour is fresh and fruity and it tasted good with water and awesome with milk! I looked forward to this shake every time I went to the gym!
The best thing about myprotein.co.uk in my opinion is that they offer samples for £1.49, this means you get to try their products before buying a big tub.
Ive purchased lots of samples in the past and sometimes saved myself wasting money on a supplement I didnt like the taste of.
Take advantage of this,
True Whey samples are a great way to try before you buy!
Click the link or the picture of my samples above (this opens a new window).
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When you buy something from them they give you your own referrer code so your friends can get a discount if they decide to order something too.
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If youve read many of the articles on this site you will know I generally don’t recommend many supplements because most of them dont work or are simply marketing hype!
Whey protein has been proven time and again to do what it claims so I recommend you invest in a good whey protein shake.
Even if you decide True Whey isnt for you, I hope this article has shown you what to look for in a good protein shake!