by Matt Weik
I recently saw at my local Sam’s Club that Quest Nutrition gave them an exclusive 18-carat case of their RTD protein shakes in three flavors. Personally, I'm used to buying Sam & # 39; s Muscle Milk or Premier Protein RTD protein shakes, but that caught my attention. Could the new Quest RTD protein shakes be the new king of Sam & # 39; s Club RTDs? Let's dig a little deeper and find out.
A head-to-head comparison
My normal look at Sam & # 39; s Club's RTD protein shakes is Muscle Milk. It is very often offered for sale, but the regular price for a 12ct case of shakes is $ 14.98 (at $ 1.25 per shake). This is by far the cheapest RTD protein shake we look at, but is it the best? Each Muscle Milk Shake (chocolate flavor) contains 160 calories, 4.5 g fat, 7 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, 0 g sugar and 25 g protein. All in all, not a bad profile with this shake.
The Premier Protein RTD Protein Shakes are next on the list. The profile is comparable to muscle milk with a few minor differences. For Premier Protein RTD protein shakes, you pay $ 17.98 per case of 12 shakes (to $ 1.50 per shake). Similar to muscle milk, Sam & # 39; s Club often offers these shakes for sale. In relation to the profile, you see (for the chocolate taste) 160 calories, 3 g fat, 5 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 1 g sugar and 30 g protein.
After all, our Battle Royale is the newcomer to the scene, the Quest Nutrition RTD Protein Shakes. Instead of the usual 12-carat cases we are used to, Quest Nutrition Sam & # 39; s Club has given an exclusive 18-carat case. The cost of the 18ct case is $ 26.88 (at $ 1.49 per shake). When checking the nutrients, the Quest Nutrition Shake (chocolate flavor) contains 160 calories, 3.5 g fat, 4 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar and 30 g protein.
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Which of the RTD protein shakes does Supreme rule?
Can you really have a clear winner based on the data above? It's a tough call. I know there has been a problem with Premier Protein labels and claims in the past and I can only assume that they have made the necessary corrections since then. That being said, I'm not going to include this in the decision.
Of all the RTD protein shakes, Muscle Milk is the only one that uses milk protein isolate in its formula (along with calcium caseinate and sodium caseinate). All others use a pure milk protein concentrate or a mixture of milk protein concentrate and calcium caseinate. If you want to compare protein source (s) and cost per gram of protein, I have to nod Muscle Milk due to the addition of an isolate in the profile. The only problem is that we don't know the amount actually used.
Do all RTD protein shakes taste good? Indeed. I haven't had a taste that I didn't like yet, so the reviews are even in terms of taste profile.
The only area I have to point out is the ingredient list. If you look at the muscle milk and premier protein shakes, you'll see a laundry list of ingredients. Just one look is enough to change your mind about whether you want to read the whole thing or not. The Quest Nutrition RTD protein shakes contain only 11 ingredients. I will give Quest Nutrition when it comes to the whole ingredients.
If you're looking for flavors, Muscle Milk has two flavors, Quest Nutrition three flavors and Premier Protein in eight. That being said, certain stores may have a limited stock and flavor selection (which I've personally experienced). So don't hold on to all these flavors.
And the winner is…
There is no winner. We are sorry. It is too close to having a winner and loser for it. All nutrients are extremely narrow, the price distribution is almost identical. Could you check the box next to muscle milk to get a cheaper price per shake? Sure, you could probably stand up for that fact and give Muscle Milk the win if you wanted to base your decision on price alone (maybe even considering the inclusion of milk protein isolates).
But overall, you can't go wrong with any of these Sam & # 39; s Club RTD protein shakes. Are they more expensive than their powder mates? Absolutely. Are people ready to pay the extra money for the extra convenience, grab a box, twist off the top, and hit the shake? Yup. And I'm one of those people.
What do you think? Do you prefer one of these RTD protein shakes over the others? Have you had some, some, or all? What were your thoughts Let us know in the comments.