When it comes to the Intek Evolution Whey Isolate we are torn - we really want to love this blend but there are far too many question marks to make a solid recommendation for it. The taste is great and the ingredient blend is as pure as they come but the negative reviews from past users and outrageously high price point makes this one a tough blend to root for.
The supplement market is completely saturated with products, with some coming around for a bit before falling off the map, and some never even coming on the radar.
Usually the ones that stick around are those that stand the test of time because, well, they’re actually good products!
It’s so surprising to us that companies rely so heavily on marketing to hustle you on a subpar product.
Either these companies are looking to make a quick buck, or they’re not thinking long term business. Either way, we don’t like these companies.
So how do you tell fact from fiction? You come here to get your dose of reality, and of course, some of the greatest reviews around.
Today we’re going to review the Intek Protein Powder. You might recognize it as the protein that comes in the bright green bottle.
It’s interesting because you might think that the product is packaged like that just to get your attention, but according to them, they’re making a statement.
Intek’s unique selling proposition is its “commitment to being a green company” by. “using only manufacturers that carry U.S. EPA Licenses and hold U.S. Organic Trade Association memberships.”
Remember what we said just now about marketing fluff? While we’re not going to call anyone out directly, but just keep that in mind…
Here’s the low down:
- Special ultra-filtered, non-denatured ultra-high-quality whey protein isolate
- Hydrolyzed whey protein isolate
- Whey protein concentrate
- Non dairy creamer (soy)
Wow. So maybe that first ingredient is overdoing it just a bit. Not sure what makes it so “special” or “high quality” but that’s what it says, pulled right from the label on their website. It doesn’t get any more legible either. Their online description uses other terms like “cutting-edge” and “high-grade” but no real description as to what makes it so special.
Did you lose track of the term “marketing fluff” yet? Good, keep it fresh.
All those special ingredients translate beautifully into these nutrition facts:
- 140 Calories
- 2g total fat
- 2g carbs
- 0g sugar
- 29g protein
Pretty average for an isolate.
Slightly higher protein content, thus slightly higher calorie count, but average overall.
Obviously it’s great for low-carb diets because of the 0g sugar and 2g carbs, thanks to being sweetened by stevia. But if you look at the ingredients again, you’ll notice something interesting: they added a non-dairy creamer.
Why they decided on a non-dairy creamer, we don’t know, as both blends of their protein contain lactose. BUT the real reason behind the creamer—we assume—is to aid in mixability and give the protein a creamier blend.
And that’s what most reviews we’ve found online have to say, using that exact word: creamy. However, the taste reviews aren’t very high. In fact they hover around a 6 on a 1-10 scale (we hear good things about the chocolate as opposed to the vanilla).
It is very important to note that older reviews claim a higher protein count than what’s on the label now, and online communities such as Reddit and BodyBuilding.com are rife with users who claim that the Intek protein was apparently spiked (using fillers to claim a higher protein count than what was actually in the mix).
We weren’t able to turn up any actual proof of lab studies, or records of lawsuits, but it’s kind of fishy that content is almost non-existent for Intek’s isolate.
There also isn’t a recognized LabDoor.com entry for them, and you cannot purchase them via online retailers such as Amazon, GNC, or Bodybuilding. This, coupled with the ridiculous verbiage used to describe their products (see “special” and “ultra high-quality”), only adds to the foggy story behind this product.
- 0g sugar, 2g carbs
- Priced at $60.99 USD via their website
- Not available at major retailers
- Sketchy reviews (or lack thereof)
- Unsubstantiated claims, with no studies being referenced to back up their “ultra high-quality” labeling
At the end of the day we choose to align our mission with those of established supplement companies. We try hard to help you get the most out what you want. Maybe that’s the most bang for your buck. Maybe money isn’t an issue and you just want to very best. Or maybe you’re looking for the purest, non-GMO, all organic product you can find.
That being said we try to give every product the benefit of the doubt, because we’re optimists and we hope that the companies we review hold themselves to the same standards we do.
Unfortunately it doesn’t look like Intek holds the same ideals. If you’d like to stick with cold, hard facts here, then yes this is a whey protein isolate with 0g sugar and 2g carbs. These alone should be of use to anyone taking a gander at this protein.
However, the odd claims made by the company like “has antioxidant properties” (um, how?) and “strengthens the immune system” (wait, seriously, how?), mixed with the sketchy void of reviews, and their not being sold at major retailers makes us scratch our heads about this one.
You’re welcome to reach out to Intek yourself, and/or try out the protein, but we’ll leave that choice up to you.
Check out this review that we found on YouTube: