Question: I am a collegiate athlete and I use a whey isolate protein because of my lactose sensitivity. Regular whey protein does not sit well in my stomach. One of the trainers at school said I was only allowed to use the brand the school provided because it was certified by the NCAA. It kills my stomach. Is there another protein allowed by the NCAA ?
Answer: If you look at the NCAA prohibited substances list, which can be found online, and check the ingredients of the protein in question that you use, Syntrax Nectar, you’ll see that none of the ingredients are on the banned list. One thing you should look for when you are checking an ingredient list is when the manufacturer lists a “proprietary blend”. Those can be a slippery slope because they don’t completely list ingredients in the blend. So avoid those entirely. Muscle Milk may be the only ” certified approved” protein of the NCAA, which is what your coaches told you. That stays allows coaches to make a safe recommendation without doing research into ingredients listings. Sandy, at Unlimited Nutrition here in town provided more insight into the manufacturing and contacted Syntrax directly. They reiterated that their only ingredient was protein, they were indeed safe to use and within NCAA guidelines. So get your workouts in, refuel with a protein that doesn’t hurt your stomach and get stronger.
God bless and keep training,