An In Depth Look Into:Protein Spiking

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Here’s a little protein powder scam that few people know about:

Whey protein is the number one top selling protein powder in the world. There are hundreds if not thousands of whey protein powder brands to select from. One might think that since whey protein all originates from milk that all whey protein powders are relatively all the same, however this is certainly not the case. Today we are going to look at “PROTEIN SPIKING” and how it is dooping consumers into “wheysting” money on products that claim a higher protein content than they truly have.

Lab testing protein powders are a common practice these days. The average consumer usually doesn’t have a science degree or a background in biology and will trust that the manufacture is being honest about its supplements claims. Some whey protein manufactures exploit this trust by manipulating how they laboratory test their protein powder.

Protein is made up amino acids and each amino acid helps the body heal and promote muscles growth and recovery in different ways. Having the correct ratio/blend of amino acids in a protein powder is what should be determined to prove the overall quality of the powder. However, companies are simply testing for nitrogen content of their protein powder as a ‘whole powder’ and not by each individual amino acid. What this leads to is:

  • they cheat the consumer by dumping large quantities of cheap amino acids like glycine and taurine into the blend to add weight
  • Adding large quantities of cheap amino acids robs you of the ones you should be getting to build muscle


Another method of protein spiking is to add other nitrogenous acids into the mix, such as creatine and beta-alanine. These ingredients are cheap, and manufactures use them as fillers to save on production costs. Creatine for example, is a great product when used properly but regardless it is often used in protein powder blends and it is still pickpocketing the consumer of quality protein they should be consuming.


Make sure you check the following the next time you go to purchase a whey protein powder:

  • Does it have a high Leucine content? (Aim for 10% or higher)
  • If it’s super cheap, it’s probably heavily spiked
  • Check the blend ingredients online/ do your homework and research your products!
  • Look out for large quantities of glycine and taurine

Educate yourself on supplements and always take the time to do a little research on what you are putting into your body. In the highly competitive supplement and nutraceutical industry, companies will sacrifice quality for greed with little interest in your health and wellness.

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