Upbeat Protein Review

February 25th, 2015, by Dylan Thomas
Browsing the yogurt section of your local supermarket you will now find a selection of protein drinks which are not all aimed at athletes. One of these is a colourful little bottle from The Good Whey Co.


The little bottle is called Upbeat.

One of the things I like about this brand is that The Good Whey Co. have added a nice, simple little description of the importance of protein in your diet. It attempts to remove peoples belief that it may be just for bodybuilders and describes how it will benefit everyone. A nice touch I thought.
Upbeat not just for athletes

What I also like about this product is that it advertises that it’s made using whey from British milk, hence supporting our struggling dairy industry. Again, a nice touch and one which I would be happy to support by purchasing their products.

The drink comes in single servings of 250ml, which contain 20g of protein from whey protein concentrate.

How Does It taste?

Upbeat is available in three flavours;

  • Strawberry
  • Blueberry & Raspberry
  • Mango & Passionfruit

The drink is much more like a smoothie than a milkshake and doesn’t have that dairy after-taste from the whey protein. It’s quite smooth and doesn’t contain any bits of fruit (it appears to be made from puree rather than crushed fruit).
Upbeat consistencyA smoother smoothie with no bits

The three flavours all have a light fruit taste which is not too sweet or overpowering. There is no hint of artificial sweeteners even though the ingredients specify that it contains some sucralose. I assume this is to keep the sugar content down whilst maintaining the fruit flavour, and it works.
Upbeat ingredientsSweetened with fruit puree and a little sucralose

Overall a very tasty and refreshing fruit smoothie. The only similar protein drink I’ve tried is the CocoPro coconut water.

Nutritional Analysis

The variation in macro nutrients is only slight between the three flavours.

per 250ml bottleper 100ml
Energy145 kcals58 kcals
Protein20g8g
Carbohydrate11.5g4.6g
(sugars)11g4.4g
Fat2g0.8g
Fibre0.7g0.3g

Those macros are taken from the strawberry flavour. They give a profile of 56:32:13 (PRO:CHO:FAT). So, more than half the calories are coming from the protein with a protein to carbohydrate ratio of almost 2:1. It’s also low in fat.

This makes it a good post workout recovery drink when carbohydrate replenishment is not the primary concern, such as shorter cardio sessions (unless you add an additional carbohydrate source, such as a banana or oatcakes). It’s also a good protein snack for any time of the day except before bed.

Conclusion

It tastes good, has a good protein source, easily available in single servings and is priced well. What’s not to like?

These are drinks which I’ll be happy to pick up when on the go, or to shove in my pocket to drink after a park run. Plus you’re supporting the British dairy industry. They will also make a great alternative to smoothies for your kids lunch boxes (or your own even).

I’ve found these drinks available from most supermarkets and health food stores for about £1.75, which I think is reasonably priced in the ‘off the shelf’ protein market.
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