With a million and one different protein powders on the market, it can be pretty confusing when you're figuring out which one to choose (which is one of the reasons Neat was founded, to begin with!). There’s diet proteins, lean proteins, slow-releasing proteins, proteins with too many ingredients you can’t pronounce - and simple whey and vegan protein blends too.
Most often, lean and whey protein powders are made from the same core ingredients. Sourced from milk, the curds and whey are separated and the whey is spray dried to give us a basis for whey protein powder.
Where the two differ is in what’s added next. With lean proteins, additional ingredients are included that are known to promote fat loss. Often, there is a list of many unpronounceable ingredients, but included in this is to beMatcha, Acai, L-Carnitine and maybe CLA.
If your goal is to lose weight or build lean muscle, you might think a lean protein is the best option for you. However, it's worth considering that the basis of this is the same as a whey protein, but with a heavily inflated price tag. It's likely to have much more impact on your wallet than it is on your waistline!
Yes, Matcha green tea powder contains catechins, a group of antioxidants that are known as fat burners. Some studies have shown that drinking green tea can increase thermogenesis - our body's rate of burning calories. But you could save yourself a couple extra pounds (pun intended), and still gain the benefits of both lean and whey protein by simply adding a tsp of Matcha green tea powder into your breakfast smoothie.
The bottom line? If you’re looking to gain lean muscle, your overall diet and consumption is still the most important thing. It’s best to not go overboard by paying for supplements with ingredients you don’t really understand. For us, simple is always best.