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11 ways to differentiate between a fake protein powder from an original one?


Varidhi Yadav

Thinking to buy a protein powder? I know its costly and on top off that you can’t trust anyone for its originality. In India there are many fake protein sellers who mix other harmful drugs and whatnot.

So become a responsible consumer and know what you should be looking for.

Let’s see how you can figure out the difference between original and fake protein powder.

Say NO!

Yes first and foremost, when your gym trainer tries to sell you a protein powder without telling you the brand name. Say NO! trust me because even he doesn’t know what he is selling.

Okay, lets get to serious part now!

1. Packaging

11 ways to identify a fake protein powder from an original one?

In case you haven’t noticed, when you buy any kind of powder, the box or the bottle is always super sealed and tight. Because if the air goes inside by any chance, it can ruin the powder.

The fake ones will have a weak sealing, not good quality plastic, and the wrapping would be crumbling because obviously they are trying to save on the cost.

2. MRP and Lot no

11 ways to identify a fake protein powder from an original one?

If you pay close attention, then all these bottles and jars have their MRP and Lot number printed on it with those little black fonts.

But the fake ones usually put on a stick be abuse it’s easier. And the Lot number, the authentic companies (famous ones) provide this so that people can verify the product and confirm its originality on its website.

3. Price

Yes, an original protein powder will always be costly. Brands like ON, Myprotein, Ultimate Nutrition and Dymatize etc put lots of many in manufacturing and then on import duties. Its no wonder they are costly.

If you get famous brand proteins for cheaper prices then its probably fake. If you get more cheaper protein powder without any brand name then its definitely fake.

4. Solubility

11 ways to identify a fake protein powder from an original one?

I think this one is the most obvious one. When people are selling fake powder, they are going to use the cheapest materials possible to keep their production cost to the minimum.

And the original protein powder will dissolve in water quite easily and quickly.

Forget about mixing with a spoon, it will take a whole lot of power and shakes to mix the fake one with a blender too.

5. Texture

11 ways to identify a fake protein powder from an original one?

The original protein powder has a particular texture to it and it never changes. No matter which brand you use, kind of soft but still separable.

And the fake ones, it will be chalky. It might feel a bit crystallized and a little rough. It is always recommended to buy a unique flavor, the common ones have the most fake copies of it. Such as vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.

6. Taste

Just like texture, the taste remains the same, constant with all protein powder. So in order to know the difference between original and fake, you should taste it, ask for a sample.

If you are buying protein powder for the first time, then take someone who uses it already to accompany you. They can try out the sample and tell you if it seems genuine or not.

7. Consumption:

11 ways to identify a fake protein powder from an original one?

As soon as you consume a original protein powder you won’t feel heavy in your stomach. Rather you won’t feel as if anything has entered your body.

When you consume a fake or cheaper brand you feel heavy because it contains other materials and taking time to digest.

8. Results

11 ways to identify a fake protein powder from an original one?

Protein is supposed to make you feel stronger and lighter and more active during the day. It is supposed to help you workout better and give better results.

But if the side effects are downhill, for example you are feeling even weaker or lethargic then you bought the wrong protein powder.

9. Side effects:

11 ways to identify a fake protein powder from an original one?

Original brands have an image to maintain unlike fake ones. There are generally no side effects whatsoever when it comes to an original protein powder.

A fake one will give you extra ordinary results initially but is severely damaging your internal organs. You will start to develop pimples on your face and back and feel a lot of heat in your body.

10. Observation:

Remember this no protein can give you extra ordinary results. It is just giving you a supplementary support for your protein intake which is not taken care of by your diet.

If you see extra ordinary results right away, just stop using it right then. Because there must have been drugs mixed to give you those results.

So there you go, these are some basic and pretty easy ways to differentiate between original and fake protein powder.

I further suggest you that if you are buying online buy it from specific niche health websites such as Healthkart, Healthxp, Nutrabay, Bodybuilding etc. And still check a YouTube review of specific brand and website to be fully satisfied.

In case you need to know what natural foods are a good source of protein? I suggest this article, “15 Natural source of protein for both veg and non vegetarians!

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Wow even whey protein are being faked nowadays? Ive never bought one and if I did Id probably didnt notice so thanks for sharing this very informative post.