Nitrogen Spiking, Protein Spiking, Amino Spiking; if you have heard any of these phrases chances are you may not have known what they meant. Well first off they are all different names for the same underlying issue. Nitrogen spiking refers to the addition of inexpensive amino acids to a protein powder to increase the products protein count (because remember that amino acids are the building blocks of protein). Protein is a long strand of amino acids strung together and processed in two steps: transcription and translation. When a company wants to test the protein content of their protein powder they will send it to a lab to perform a Nitrogen Content Test. Protein has a nitrogen-based bond, however free form amino acids also have the same nitrogen-based bond and therefore will also show up on the same test.
A good quality protein is more expensive than your typical amino acid such as leucine, taurine or creatine monohydrate. Now when I say a "good protein" I am talking about a 100% whey isolate, hydrolyzed or beef isolate protein, not a "Protein Blend" that contains the cheapest form of protein (whey protein concentrate). This goes back to what we stand for as a brand...NO PROPRIETARY BLENDS! If the company is not willing to disclose every ingredient amount in the product you are taking then why would you even want to be taking it in the first place? A company that makes a good high quality product wants the consumer to know exactly what ingredients are in their products and how much of them are used per serving. Just food for thought!