Tom Brady’s TB12 Protein Powder Review: Health, Nutrition and Taste

Regardless of your personal feelings about Tom Brady, there is no question that the man is a legend. With seven Super Bowl wins over two different teams, it’s fair to say he just might be the greatest quarterback ever. At the age of 44, he is also the oldest currently active player in the NFL.

Given his goat status and longevity in such a stressful sport, it’s no surprise that Tom Bray’s diet was followed just as well as his performance on the field. According to his personal chef, about 80 percent of what he eats are vegetables, as well as whole grains, lean meats, and fish.

Another prop on Brady’s list? Smoothie. Brady said previously men’s health He starts his morning with two smoothies: one containing blueberries, bananas, nuts and seeds, and the other a post-workout protein shake made (probably) with his TB12 protein powder.

As part of the growing TB12 supplement line, there are two types of TB12 protein powders currently on offer: one made with whey isolate and one with pea protein. But just because they’re backed by a world-class athlete, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best for the common man.

Before trying any supplement, including protein powder, it’s important to know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not formally regulate it. To make sure you’re getting what’s on the label, choose supplements that are labeled from third parties, such as the US Pharmacopoeia (USP) or the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF). This ensures that the supplement has been tested and free of banned substances and its ingredients have been verified.

“TB12 protein powders are NSF certified, which means they have been tested to ensure their quality, purity, and safety,” says Taylor Dixon, MSRD, a dietitian in Atlanta who works with athletes.

To help you make an informed decision about whether or not these are a good option for you, I taste-tested the things and asked a couple of registered dietitians for their thoughts on ingredients and nutrition facts.

Here is our honest review of TB12 protein powder.

TB12 Whey Protein Isolate Review

If you prefer a no-frills, unflavored protein powder, TB12’s Whey Protein Isolate meets the mark.

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TB12 Whey Protein Isolate

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Like all whey protein isolates, TB12 Whey Protein Isolate is derived from milk but does not contain lactose, so it is easy to digest. It contains all nine essential amino acids (those your body cannot produce on its own) and is therefore considered a “complete” protein.

What is the nutritional information for TB12 Whey Protein Powder?

One 22-gram scoop of TB12 Whey Protein Isolate contains 80 calories, 20 grams of protein and zero carbs. There are trace amounts of fat from sunflower lecithin (more on specific ingredients later).

Whey protein contains all the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAS) — leucine, isoleucine, and valine — which can help increase muscle growth.

Whey protein also gets an optimal degree of digestion, says Sharon Poellow, RD, a registered dietitian and diabetes care and education specialist in Yonkers, New York. This is based on the corrected protein-digestion amino acid (PDCAAS) score, which is a measure of how much protein in a food your body can actually use.

It’s best to stick to 30 grams of whey protein or less in one sitting, Dixon says, to prevent potential side effects like gas, bloating and stomach cramps. But since the optimal amount of protein for post-workout muscle synthesis is between 25 and 35 grams, you may want to use a full scoop of this stuff for optimal recovery and strength gains.

What ingredients are in TB12 whey protein powder?

TB12 Whey Protein Isolate consists of just two ingredients: whey protein isolate and a small amount (less than 1.5 percent of the powder) of sunflower lecithin, a vegetable fat that acts as an emulsifier and helps the powder mix easily with water.

“Whey protein is one of the highest quality and most bioavailable forms of protein available as a dietary supplement,” says Dixon.

There is very little sunflower lecithin in the product, and you can rest assured that vegetable fats will not do any harm. 2017 review published in EFSA . Magazine It was found that there are no negative side effects associated with the consumption of lecithin as a food additive.

What does TB12 whey protein isolate taste like?

I’ve tasted whey protein isolate mixed with water and mixed into a banana smoothie. Because it’s flavorless and unsweetened, TB12 Whey Protein Isolate works best when mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit in a smoothie.

TB12 Vegan Protein Powder Review

TB12 Vegan Protein is an alternative to whey protein powders. Unlike other plant-based powders that contain a blend of protein from different ingredients, such as soybeans and brown rice, this one is derived entirely from peas, and is one of the only plant-based protein sources containing all nine essential amino acids.

Vegan Protein Powder (Vanilla) TB12

What is the nutritional information for TB12 Vegan Protein Powder?

A plant-based protein powder has a completely different nutritional profile than its whey-based counterpart.

For starters, it has 20 percent more protein. However, the amount of protein that is digested and used by your body will likely be similar. “While casein and whey get an ideal digestibility score (1.0), pea protein concentrate/isolate gets a score of 0.893, which means our bodies are able to use less pea protein than whey and casein,” says Boelow. However, the fact that pea protein contains all the essential amino acids is a definite plus.

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TB12 Vegan Protein (Mixed Berry)

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Vegan Protein (Vanilla) TB12

One scoop of 32 grams of vegetable protein (vanilla) contains 130 calories, 24 grams of protein, 3 grams of carbohydrates (one of which is fiber), and 2 grams of fat.

TB12 Vegan Protein (Mixed Berry)

One 32-gram scoop of TB12 Vegan Protein (Mixed Berry) contains 130 calories, 24 grams of protein, 1 gram of carbohydrates (1 gram of fiber), and 2 grams of fat.

In addition to protein, plant-based powders also provide 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of fat, which is negligible but can help with feelings of fullness and texture.

What ingredients are in TB12 Vegan Protein Powder?

TB12 (Vanilla) Vegetable Protein contains: Pea protein, salt, guar gum, Rib A (stevia), natural flavors and monk fruit extract.

TB12 (Mixed Berry) Vegetable Protein contains: Pea protein, natural raspberry flavor, salt, stevia extract, red beet powder, organic guar gum and monk fruit extract.

As mentioned earlier, pea protein is what high-quality plant sources get. It contains all nine essential amino acids, including the three branched chain amino acids, and is relatively easy to digest.

Stevia and Monk Fruit Extract Two vegan sweeteners that contain no calories and are up to 200 times sweeter than sugar. Both are considered generally safe (GRAS) by the Food and Drug Administration.

Guar gum, which is used as a thickener and emulsifier to help this powder blend seamlessly with the liquid, is a safe choice from a health perspective, with no known side effects.

TB12 . Vegetable Protein Taste Test

Although I was concerned about tasting these herbal vegan protein powders, they were really great. Sure, there’s a bit of a chalky aftertaste, but even if they’re just mixed with water, these powders taste a bit like old-school flavor Quaker instant oatmeal packets, which is a good thing. Shake them a few times and they will also foam and thicken, making it a pleasure to drink.

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