Sunday, May 19, 2013

Product Review: New Whey Liquid Protein

This evening I was doing some shopping and wandered over to the sports nutrition aisle to see what kind of protein selection was available.  I'm tired of shakes, and since I'm on solid food now I thought I'd scope out the bars.  I'm partial to Balance yogurt-honey-peanut bars, but a little variety never hurts, right?

As I scanned the shelves, my eye caught sight of these vials of liquid protein called "New Whey."  Each boasted 180 calories, zero fat, only 2 grams of carbohydrates, no sugar, and a whopping 42 grams of protein in each 3.8 ounce vial.  Hey!  That's just about what my stomach holds!  They were available in a variety of flavors and were sold by the single vial or in multi-packs, so I decided to try three different ones and see how I liked them before committing.  I bought grape, fruit punch, and - the one I tried first - acai berry.

I don't know why I opted to try acai berry.  Nothing I have ever consumed that is flavored like acai berry has ever appealed to me.  But bought it I did, and I decided to give it a go as I drove home from the store.

I smelled it first, and it smelled kind of grape-y, actually.  Then I tasted it.  It tasted like...well, I'm not even sure I can describe the taste.  Summed up in one word it was DISGUSTING.  It was like really thick, heavy, rancid cough syrup - if cough syrup could be rancid.  I'm not sure if I should blame it on the acai flavor or what, but good lord it was horrible. 

When I got home I thought maybe if I put it on ice it would be more tolerable.  It wasn't.  Then I figured out the problem beyond the taste was the viscosity.  It was just too damn thick.  I diluted it with ice water and threw another ice cube, and managed to drink a little more.  I couldn't get through the whole thing because I had turned 3.8 ounces into a full 8 with the water and the ice, but at least it didn't make me gag.

Come to find out, these things are essentially useless.  It's 42 grams of protein, but it's mostly collagen protein that doesn't get absorbed.   According to several different sources, much of this 42 grams just goes to waste.  So I'll be taking the other two back.

Two giant thumbs down for flavor, texture, viscosity, and nutritional value.  Don't waste your money.


  1. Ugh, I bought a grape Isopure drink at GNC soon after my surgery and it was fantastically putrid. Smelled great, tasted like grape-flavored sandy vomit.

  2. Oh, I bought an Alpine Punch one at Synergy after my last doc appointment and thought it was pretty good! Although by your description, perhaps I'll stay with the punch flavor and not bother venturing into grape!