Which Is The Best Whey Protein Powder Supplement In India

By | January 8, 2016

Long Story Short: Ultimate Nutrition ISO SENSATION 93 Whey Protein Powder, Natural Flavour.

Ultimate Nutrition ISO SENSATION 93 Natural Flavor

Read my review about this product in this blog post.

 


Protein Powders are basically ‘stuff that builds muscle’ in the eyes of an average bodybuilder (although I believe it is highly overrated). Usually, people correlate the word ‘protein’ with ‘muscle’. So, whenever someone says the word ‘protein’, somewhere in the mind we do think of ‘muscle’! :lol: :lol: :lol: There is usually the ‘Directly Proportional Protein Muscle Theorem’ in the minds of the people that higher the amount of protein you consume, the more muscle you will build, especially in the minds of amateur and teen bodybuilders in India.

I would like to point out that such is not the case (if you already did not know that). Any person, be it a bodybuilder, a lazy bum, an athlete, a crippled person or even a baby, needs a balanced diet consisting of all the three macro nutrients – carbs, proteins and fats. And in addition, they also need micro nutrients like vitamins and minerals in order for the body to efficiently run the system.

There are many diet patterns that can be followed, but the best one in my opinion for the general population is eating high carbs, medium protein and low fat diet. Perfect carbohydrates include a combination of complex carbs filled with fibers as well as simple sugars from healthy foods. Perfect proteins include consumption of proteins throughout the day containing balanced amino acid profile. Perfect fats include consumption of unsaturated fats and avoiding saturated fat as much as possible. These are just my two cents. You may agree to disagree. :) :) :)

 


Ultimate Nutrition has been in the protein powder industry since a long time. Their products have always been trustworthy. But this product is on a whole new level! Now, I do not want to make this post unnecessarily long because this is not me trying to convince you to buy this protein powder. That is your choice. I will just lay out the facts about this protein powder and you shall decide whether you’ll shift to it or not.

 


ISO-SENSATION 93 – NATURAL FLAVOR

Ultimate Nutrition ISO SENSATION 93 Supplement Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Scoop = 32 grams.
Protein per Serving: 30 grams.
Servings per Container: Around 71.
Protein per Serving Ratio: 93/100 (which is why it is called ISO SENSATION 93).
Category: Vegetarian

 

Amount Per Serving (32 grams)
Calories: 130
Cholesterol: 2 mg (1% of daily value based on a 2000 calorie diet).
Sodium: 30 mg (2 % of daily value based on a 2000 calorie diet).
Carbohydrate: 1 g
Sugars: <1 g
Protein: 30 g
Calcium: 160 mg (16% of daily value based on a 2000 calorie diet).

Ultimate Nutrition ISO SENSATION 93 Typical Amino Acid Profile

Typical Amino Acid Profile
(mg per serving)
*Essential Amino Acids
L-Alanine . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1530
L-Arginine . . . . . . . . . . . . . 630
L-Aspartic Acid . . . . . . . . 3150
L-Cystine/Cystein . . . . . . . 720
L-Glutamic Acid . . . . . . . . 5130
L-Glycine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 480
L-Histidine . . . . . . . . . . . . . 480
L-Isoleucine* . . . . . . . . . . 1860
L-Leucine* . . . . . . . . . . . . 3210
L-Lysine* . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3330
L-Methionine* . . . . . . . . . . 660
L-Phenylalanine* . . . . . . . . 840
L-Proline . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1680
L-Serine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1320
L-Threonine* . . . . . . . . . . 1950
L-Tryptophan* . . . . . . . . . . 510
L-Tyrosine . . . . . . . . . . . . . 840
L-Valine* . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1680
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Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30000
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DIRECTIONS: Mix 1 scoop in 6 ounces (177 ml) of cold water or non-fat milk (you may mix a little bit of 100% natural unsweetened cocoa to the natural flavored protein powder for a chocolaty taste). Consume 1 to 4 servings per day (depending on your protein requirements). For best results, consume 1 serving immediately after you workout.

INGREDIENTS: IsoChill® (Double Cold-Temperature Processed Cross-Flow FullSpectrum Premium Microfiltrated Whey Protein Isolate), Colostrum, Glutamine Complex (Glutamine Peptides, Glutapure® Glutamine, N-Acetyl L-Glutamine), SI Complex (Alpha Lipoic Acid, d-Pinitol, 4-Hydroxyisoleucine), D Complex (Protease, Lactase), Lactoferrin, and Soy Lecithin.

Contains Milk, Soy and Wheat.

 


We have till now seen the supplement’s nutrition facts. Now, below we’ll discuss about the ingredients and why I consider this protein powder as the perfect choice for people living in India (this protein is awesome for people living outside India as well, but there are many trustworthy cheaper alternatives available in other countries, so this becomes one of the best protein powders outside India).

For any normal bodybuilder or athlete (these two types of people are almost the only ones who are going to supplement their diet with protein powders), staying healthy as well as fit in the long run is essential. And when I say healthy, just having a low body-fat percentage and good amount of muscle does not make you healthy. Your body should be functioning properly from the inside. When you feed your body a lot of chemicals and artificial calorie free stuffs, your body might not face any problems today or might even benefit from them temporarily in some cases, but doing so is not an ideal choice if you are planning to live a healthy and sustainable life for long. So, you must always try to avoid consuming products with shit load of ingredients which you can’t even pronounce properly. That is the main reason I recommend staying away from protein powders if possible i.e. if you can obtain good amounts of protein following a real foods diet, and if you do need to consume protein powders, then always go for the unflavored a.k.a. natural flavored ones as they are the best case scenario.

 


Ultimate Nutrition’s ISO SENSATION 93 Contains:

Let’s discuss what these ingredients actually are!

  1. Micro-filtrated Whey Protein Isolate – It is basically just the whey protein isolate powder which is obtained after undergoing a lot of ultra low temperature micro filtration processes. Nothing new here. Plain good old protein. With super low carbs. And almost no fat. :D :D :D
  2. Colostrum – This is a form of milk produced by the mammary glands of mammals (including humans) in late pregnancy. Colostrum contains antibodies to protect the newborn babies against diseases. However, the benefits of colostrum do not stop at birth! Various studies have shown that colostrum continues to exert important biological activities when given to adult as well. As our bodies age more and more, we produce less and less of the immune factors which are needed to maintain optimal health. Supplementing with colostrum can help replenish these stores. But do know that, in my honest opinion, it will hardly make a difference if you supplement colostrum or not. If you are going to fall sick, you will fall sick. :| :| :| So this ingredient is really not at all necessary in the product. I do not know why they have added it. :x :x :x
  3. Glutamine Complex – Ultimate Nutrition has added glutamine complex to this product. Basically, in times of stress (for example heavy weight training, sprinting, and so on), various parts of our body demands so much glutamine that our body cannot manufacture enough. In these times of stress, glutamine supplementation can make a difference. You can google more about glutamine if you want, but long story short, supplementation of L-glutamine causes an anti-catabolic effect by keeping muscle cell glutamine levels elevated, preserves muscle mass and improves nitrogen balance. The ‘Peptide-Bonded Glutamine’, ‘N-Acetyl L-Glutamine’ and ‘Glutapure’ enter muscle cells fast, break down to free glutamine and perform essential metabolic functions. But again, in my honest opinion, this was also really not necessary. I do not know why they added this as well. If one wants to consume glutamine, he/she will buy it seperately! Why do you gotta put it in the protein powder Ultimate Nutrition! Its not enough to make a difference anyways! :x :x :x
  4. SI Complex – Ultimate Nutrition’s SI Complex includes ‘Alpha-Lipoic Acid’, ‘d-Pinitol’ and ‘4-Hydroxyisoleucine’. Now, I did say that you should stay away from ingredients which you cannot even pronounce properly. But consider this as an exception. :D :D :D These ingredients are effective in improving insulin efficiency and sensitivity, and copying insulin’s effects on muscle with another molecule altogether. A greater uptake of blood sugar by our muscles COULD lead to enhanced glycogen synthesis and ultimately greater gains in lean muscle. Basically, these enhance muscle recovery and growth without excess sugar use. I might sound like a broken record here, but AGAIN, this is completely unnecessary! The only two ingredients ISO SENSATION should have had was Whey Protein and Soy Lecithin. But NO! They’ll add fancy sounding ingredients and say that they’ll help guys make the lean muscle gains they have always dreamed of! :evil: :evil: :evil:
  5. D Complex – D Complex is a blend of the digestive aids ‘Protease’ and ‘Lactase’ which helps in having a superior digestibility, ensuring maximum absorption and utilization of the nutrients in this product. These enzymes contribute to the health of the digestive tract and can increase the utilization of whey protein. This actually might help some people with digestive issues, but for most of us, this is pretty much useless!
  6. Soy Lecithin – This is just added in almost every whey protein powder to improve its mix-ability. Nothing else. It is kind of necessary because otherwise the protein powder would not mix properly.

Well, there you go. I discussed about all the ingredients in a very nice depth. Most of these ingredients are unnecessarily put into the whey protein powder, but at least they are not harmful at all! For more details about each ingredient in this supplement, you may choose to Google. And, if you wish to buy a whey protein powder supplement with just two ingredients – whey protein and soy lecithin, then check out the honorable mention at the end of this post.

 


Let’s now talk about other important stuff.

  • Taste – 9/10 – I advocate consuming Natural Flavor only. Natural Flavor tastes basically like unflavored stuff. If you mix it with milk, the protein shake will taste almost like milk only. The other flavors though (if you are going to go for them) taste awesome, or so I have heard.
  • Price – 9/10 – Prices vary from place to place a lot! Here in India, it is around 6500 Rs. to 7500 Rs. for 5 lbs tub. Try buying from Amazon or SnapDeal or HealthKart as you’ll find it for cheap on these websites. It is actually already very cheap. Do not compare its price with other protein powders because here you get around 70 servings containing 30 grams of protein i.e. around 2100 grams of protein, whereas in other protein powders you get a lot less even though they are 5 lbs as well. Make the smart choice! :) :) :)
  • Mix-ability – 10/10 – The Natural Flavor Protein Powder mixes very very well. And from what I have heard, the other flavored ones also mix nicely. No problem here. No lumps are formed.
  • Container – 7/10 – The 5 lbs container (or tub) of ISO SENSATION 93 is very bad. Although unlike some of the protein powder manufacturing companies, ISO SENSATION does provide you with a protein scooper, it is very hard to open the tub and I do not like wasting so much strength everyday to open and close the protein power tub every time I need to have a protein shake. So, I transferred the protein powder into Optimum Nutrition’s 5 lbs cool and easy-to-open tubs, as you can see in the image below! :P :P :P I now use the ISO SENSATION 93’s tub for purposes like watering plants, washing my vehicles, etc. which is why the pictures of that tub are a little bit dirty in this post. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Whey Protein Powder

 


That’s it I guess! Comment below if you know any other protein powder which you think is better than this one or equal to this one. I would love to hear your opinion.

HONORABLE MENTION: Now Foods – Whey Protein Isolate (contains only two ingredients: whey protein and soy lecithin; and is now available on several online shopping websites in India). ;-) ;-) ;-)

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Thank you.

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14 thoughts on “Which Is The Best Whey Protein Powder Supplement In India

  1. Sphria Choubey

    I tried lots of brand for my Gym members. But I got positive response about Sinew Whey Protein , which is effective and have no side effect.

    1. Adarsh Mehta Post author

      Dear Sphria,

      Any protein powder supplement which is not fake is effective because after all, it is just plain and simple protein and it will fulfill your protein requirements if in any case you are not getting enough through real food consumption. And about side effects, as I always recommend buying a protein supplement with least ingredients, it is not a concern. If you buy any protein powder supplement without only one or two ingredients, it will generally never have any side effects. But I appreciate your comment. :)

      Thank you.

  2. Prashant

    Any place where one can purchase either of these 2 products? So far I have looked at healthkart, amazon and snapdeal. None of them stock it.

    1. Adarsh Mehta Post author

      Hello, Prashant. It is sad to see that the market here in India is filled with flavoured proteins and there are rarely unflavoured ones available. I would advise you to go to ‘amazon.com’ instead of ‘amazon.in’ and order it from there. You will find at least one of the protein powders that I mentioned available there, if not both. Ultimately, the cost should turn out to be the almost the same as it would have been if you would have ordered from an Indian website. It’s just that it might take very long for your protein powder to ship to your home.

      But let me tell you that protein powders are not at all necessary. You should focus more on meeting your daily micro-nutrients needs first whilst keeping your saturated and trans fat levels consumption in control, as well as consuming Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. This all can be done on a whole plant foods based diet. Eat more fibrous and unprocessed foods and don’t worry about protein.

      Thank you.

      1. Prashant

        Thanks for the prompt reply. Well, I have shot off an email to Paradise Nutrition – authorized reseller of UN in India. Amazon.com will have to be the last option given the problems with customs.

        And by the way, can you please do a review for Hyp protein bar which is supposed to have no artificial preservatives/additives.

        http://www.hyprote.in

        1. Adarsh Mehta Post author

          Look Prashant, here is the thing. I wrote this blog post a few months ago when I was a lactovegetarian. But since March, I have been following a vegan diet and will mostly do the same for the rest of my life. So I won’t be consuming any milk or milk products. This is the reason I cannot review anything which is non-vegan from now on as it would be weird reviewing something that I can’t even consume.

          That being said, I surely can give my unbiased opinion on it. So here are my two cents on the “Hyp Protein Bars” (no added sugar ones).

          • I checked the macro nutrients and the ingredients of the Hyp protein bar.
          • First, lets talk about the most important thing, the ingredients.
          • Ingredients: Protein Blend (Whey Protein Concentrate, Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Hydrolysate), Oats, Almonds, Sweetener (MaItitol), Dietary Fiber (Oligofructose), Humectant (Vegetable Glycerin), Edible Vegetable Oil, Cocoa powder, Cocoa solids, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Guar Gum, Saltand Antioxidant (Viit E).
          • As you can see, they do not contain added sugars! But so what?! To make up for the lost sweetness, they have added sweetners. And please do not be fooled by the labels saying that they have used no artificial sweetners and only natural sweetners have been used. The natural sweetners are no good either. And also, as you can see, they contain so many other shitty ingredients as well. Now, I am not saying this product is bad. But surely it is not a very good product. Surely one may argue that consuming so little amounts of these ingredients would not affect anyone’s health. Yeah, that MAY be right. But its best to avoid regular consumption of such things.
          • This is not it though. Let’s talk about the macro nutrients now. Each bar contains 10 grams of protein, 20.8 grams of carbohydrates (out of which 5.2 grams are fiber; and 10.5 grams are polyols, also called sugar alcohols, which are a group of versatile, reduced-calorie carbohydrates that provide the taste and texture of sugar with about half the calories, and may have laxative effects on you!), 6 grams of fat (out of which 2 grams are saturated fat and approximately 0 grams of trans fat). Each bar contains only 90 mg of sodium, which is not bad. Also, only 2 grams are saturated fats, which is also not bad. :)
          • Now, you have to pay 300 Rs. for 6 bars. That means you have to pay 50 Rs. for 1 bar. Carbs and fats are super cheap, so basically you are paying around 40-45 Rs. for 10 grams of protein.
          • Now, you may buy this and keep it with you for rare cases where there is no food in your house and you need to consume something. But I would strongly recommend not consuming it daily or regularly.
          • What is a better option? If you can, consume some Basmati brown rice or whole wheat rotis with some legumes and beans like mung beans, chickpeas, vatana (white peas), etc. They will provide you with not only macro nutrients that you require for staying lean and building muscle, but also provide you with all kinds of micro nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and make you feel better and full.
          • I know cooking can be boring and difficult, but you have to do it if you want to have a healthy and sustainable life. It hardly takes half an hour to one hour every day, and that is if you cook all the food by yourself. If someone else cooks the food in your house, you don’t even have to worry about that! Think of this protein bar as a convenient treat that you can have once in two-three weeks, but not often.
          • You may agree to disagree with my opinion, but I hope you understand what I am trying to say. You can get 100 grams to 150 grams of protein from your foods itself if your diet if proper (more if you are a non-vegetarian), and you don’t need to take any supplements if you are a normal athelete.

          Sorry if it was too long. :D

          Thank you.

          1. Prashant

            My heartfelt thanks for this level of detail. So place for any supplements in the diet is out of the windows when we just can’t trust the purity of the end product. I am practicing taekwondo so need a proper diet. If i can manage about 90-100g of protein daily (without resorting to non-veg), i would be satisfied. But the thing also remains that i don’t want to end up consuming too much of anything.

            If it is not a lot of inconvenience to you, can you please put up your diet scheme for us newbies?

          2. Adarsh Mehta Post author

            You are welcome brother. I myself have made so many mistakes and that is the reason I am answering with so much detail, so that you can learn my from experiences. “Bas Dua Mein Yaad Rakhna…” :D

            Now, firstly let us understand one thing. A healthy diet plan consists of foods that provide you all the macro nutrients as well as all the micro nutrients that your body needs. If you research very deep and read many studies and articles on the internet, you will finally come to a conclusion that I and many people have already come to; that an optimal diet for most of the people is high carbs, medium protein and low/medium fats. This is the best diet plan in my opinion.

            The second most important thing is that you must NOT consume a lot of saturated fats as well as a lot of sodium. Stay away from these two as much as possible. Also watch out for Trans fat and hydrogenated oils if you eat some junk food sometime. Unsaturated fats are healthy but saturated fats are bad and clog your arteries, or at least that is what most people believe. Try to consume not more than 1500 mg of sodium per day and not more than 20 grams of saturated fats per day. Don’t worry about consuming too less sodium as normally you will automatically consume good enough amounts of sodium.

            Thirdly, please do not be afraid of sugar. Eating refined sugar or added sugar is not advocated by me because it has no nutritional value, but please do not worry at all about sugars from natural sources like fruits. They are very healthy and will only improve your health. Just make sure that the fruit itself is not fake aka artificially sweetened or something, which is common in Indian market. :D

            Now, here is an example diet plan:

            50 grams of almonds, raw
            25 grams of walnuts
            25 grams of cashew nuts, raw
            100 grams of mung beans, mature seeds, raw or 100 grams of chickpeas, etc. etc.
            1.5 cups of Whole wheat flour, whole-grain (i.e. around 180 grams to make around 12 rotis)
            250 mL of Soy milk, plain or original, unsweetened, not fortified, ready-to-drink (I put pin-khajoor in it and coffee beans and grind it and make awesome chilled coffee)
            3 slices of watermelon or any other similar fruit
            50 grams of Toor dal aka Pigeon Pea, raw
            25 grams of Spinach

            Of course you will not be eating All these things directly. You will cook them, add spices (with minimal salt and minimal oil and minimal refined sugar), eat some more vegetables, make mung dal and toor dal, etc. It might appear as toooooo much food, but is actually very less if you do not consume any junk food at all. And you don’t have to eat the same things every day. Keep rotating and switching the ingredients. Some day eat rotis, some day brown Basmati rice, some day Dal Baati, etc. :D I have kept this diet plan so simple that any person in India can easily follow it without any discomfort.

            This diet plan is around 2000 calories and provides you with 315 grams of carbs, 90 grams of protein and 65 grams of fat. Surely you won’t be eating just 2000 calories. You would probably need at least 2500 calories per day if you are active. Mostly around 3000 calories if you are a very active and hard working person (like me hahaha). So as you see, you will most certainly be consuming way more than 100 grams of protein per day without any supplements. ;)

            Now, I strongly urge you to go to http://www.cronometer.com, sign up for an account for free and you can actually put the things you eat there and check how you stand on your daily macro and micro nutrients needs.

            Do know that protein is over-rated. Don’t worry about it. And if you do not feel comfortable following this diet plan, please do not do it. It will make you feel bad all the time and eventually you will switch back to what you are doing right now. Rather, modify this diet plan according to your taste buds and likes. So if you don’t like soy milk, don’t drink it. Maybe substitute it with non-fat cow’s milk. You get the point, right? Do what you like and look at the broader picture. Try to consume real foods and a variety of foods. And please note that this diet plan lacks vitamin B12 (you have to take a B12 pill or consume Nutritional Yeast or consume cow’s milk), little bit of calcium (which you can fulfill by eating not 2000 calories but 3000 calories, or by drinking cow’s milk or both :D ) and vitamin D (which you can get by being exposed to the sun for 10-15 minutes)

            I spent a lot of time writing this comment. So you better learn from it. :) No need for any kind of animal cruelty for proteinnnnnn… :D

            And BTW, Taekwondo is nice. :) This diet will perfectly suit you and you will have so much energy, you can’t even imagine! And you said you do not want to consume too much of anything. Well, please don’t be afraid of carbs, especially complex carbs. I myself eat around 450 grams of carbs per day. This is not too much if you are active as your body needs easily available energy.

            Thank you.

          3. Prashant

            Thanks for that rough diet scheme! I am going to follow the new diet from Thursday onwards.

  3. Sreedhar

    Hello Adarsh,
    Thanks for the informative post. I prefer natural whey as flavoured whey leaves a after-taste for me which I dont like. Where can I buy UN natural whey online in India? I dont seem to find that and any pointers in this regard will be helpful. I have been all along using ON blended whey and it will be great if you can comment on how it stands as compared to UN whey that you are recommending

    Thanks again,
    Sreedhar

    1. Adarsh Mehta Post author

      Look Sreedhar. If you can find any reliable and trusted protein source which has the least number of ingredients, cholesterol and fats, go for it. So it does not need to be UN or ON or any brand for that matter. Just make sure it is a brand that you trust will be giving what it says on the package.

      Also, right now, I checked on Amazon, SnapDeal and Healthkart (the links are given in the post – coloured in blue), and none of them have the “Natural” or “Unflavoured” Iso Sensation protein powder available but have flavoured ones. I agree with you on the aftertaste left behind by the flavoured ones. It is a sad thing that good things are out of stock due to low demand. I have submitted your email on Healthkart and they will email you as soon as it is back in stock. Also, you may keep checking regularly on top 3-4 online selling sites.

      But I would urge you to quit worrying about protein so much. Eat a lot of whole foods and you will get sufficient protein to build muscle. Don’t think about it a lot. Eat a lot of different kinds of beans and grains, nuts and seeds, etc.

      Thank you.

  4. Tom Gray

    What I found for myself, I am suggesting you the same. Try this one Intense Whey Protein available at HealthGenie. It has a best quality of soy and protein which you can get it in various flavour.

    1. Adarsh Mehta Post author

      I appreciate your suggestion Tom. I hope the people reading this blog post might find some value in it as well.

      Thank you.

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