I hadn’t planned on trying CytoSport 100% Whey protein until the day I signed up for Costco and noticed the section of these huge CytoSport bags of protein powder. I was browsing through their supplement section to see what they had to offer, and as most of you know Costco doesn’t give people a lot of choices for each product type (which is part of their successful business model).
I will admit I love CytoSport’s Muscle Milk. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. And Muscle Milk has never given me any stomach problems so I figured I couldn’t go wrong with their whey protein product. And of course, the price was right.
What’s In CytoSport 100% Whey?
I thought about skipping this part of the review because whey protein is whey protein, right? Actually that’s not always the case as some are pure while others have fillers or artificial flavors, or a blend of other types of proteins. At a high level overview, each serving of CytoSport 100% Whey contains 27 grams of protein, which is a few grams more than what most whey protein powders offer. With that it’s loaded with six grams of BCAAs and almost five grams of glutamine and glutamine precursors. The six pound bag contains 75 servings. To me, those are some pretty good stats for a whey protein supplement.
This next part of what’s in CytoSport 100% Whey could be considered good or bad. Each serving is 140 calories (a bit more than most whey protein supplements), and also contains over two grams of fat and three grams of sugar. If you take multiple servings throughout the day this may be mean more overall calories and sugar that you want. If the rest of your diet is fairly clean, or if you only do one shake a day, this may not be a big deal. CytoSport 100% Whey is 80% concentrated whey and 20% whey isolate. This may also be a negative as some want pure whey isolate.
My Use/Dosage of CytoSport 100% Whey
I used CytoSport 100% Whey protein the same way I use any protein powder. It’s the main ingredient in my post workout shake (two scoops). I used a scoop and a half for my mid-day shake, which is after lunch, and my shake I drink before bed. My mid-day shake is similar to my post workout shake which is mixed with milk, bananas, frozen berries, and sometimes all natural peanut butter. My bedtime shake is just whey protein with milk. I also usually take one scoop of whey pre workout as soon as I wake up.
My Experience with CytoSport 100% Whey
This is not, and should not be the most important aspect of your protein powder but CytoSport 100% Whey does taste good! It did not give me any kind of stomach problems or extra gas either. That being said, I feel like CytoSport 100% Whey is a quality protein supplement. I did notice a little weight gain and it wasn’t the good kind. Nothing else had changed with my diet either. So I backed off from two scoops to a scoop and a half for all of my shakes. This was obviously from the extra calories (CytoSport 100% Whey is about 20-30 more calories than most standard whey proteins).
Pros: Seems to be high quality protein. The extra calories is good if you’re looking to gain more weight or get stronger. It has 27 grams of protein per serving where as many protein powders only have 20-24 grams of protein per serving. It’s loaded with extra branched chain amino acids and glutamine.
Cons: The extra calories could be a negative to some and the sugar content may be high if you’re drinking multiple shakes per day, or doubling the servings for your shakes.
Is CytoSport 100% Whey protein something I will take again? Probably so. I don’t try new protein powders that often because my stomach seems to be sensitive to them. And CytoSport 100% Whey was fine for my stomach, so it’s going in the ‘good protein’ category for me. My go-to protein powder has been Dymatize Elite Whey for a while now so more than likely I’ll jump back on that (at the time of writing this review, I only have a few servings left of CytoSport 100% Whey). But I can certainly see me using CytoSport again, although I may try their Complete Whey next time. However, CytoSport 100% Whey is a solid whey protein supplement in my opinion, and is worth a try.
Train with Passion,