Next Proteins' Protein Water

Next Proteins’ Protein Water

Next Proteins, Inc. is the company behind Designer Whey and related products, such as Aria and Ultimate Orange. Founded by former Olympic athlete (and Dan Duchaine disciple) David Jenkins, the company’s stated goals are to “begin and end with helping people live longer, healthier, more fulfilling lives.”

Manufacturer’s Description: The first refreshing protein water. 100 Good-For-You Calories make counting calories easy and weight management a piece of cake. 20g of protein helps burn fat and build lean, strong muscles during exercise. 5g of fiber helps control hunger, while natural fruit flavors bring delicious enjoyment.

Product Label:

Serving Size 1 bottle (591 ml)
Servings per container 1
Calories 100
Total Fat 0g
Cholesterol 2mg
Sodium 30mg
Potassium 90mg
Total Carbohydrate 8g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 1g
Protein 20g

Ingredients: Purified Water, Whey Protein Isolate, Isomaltooligosaccharides (Prebiotic Fiber), Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Potassium Benzoate, Annatto (Color), Maltodextrin, Sucralose

Comments: Protein Water takes advantage of new technologies for creating heat-stable whey protein isolates that are clear in solution: although it contains 20g of protein, it could easily pass for Crystal Light or other water-based, non-juice beverages. There are three flavors: pomegranate, blue raspberry and orange-mango.

I gave the orange-mango a whirl. It was mild-flavored: sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, with a vaguely citrus-y flavor that didn’t really suggest orange or mango per se, but was pleasant enough. Overall, it was a light and modestly filling drink.

I thought it was fairly pricey: a single 20 oz. bottle cost $3.59 at the local drugstore. The best deal I found online was $29.96 for a pack of 12 bottles (approx. $2.50 per bottle). It’s a lot to pay for the equivalent of a Gatorade G2 with a scoop of protein powder.

Here’s how I rate this product (out of 5 stars):

Taste:3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Quality:3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Efficacy:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Value:2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Average:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)

Author: elissa

Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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