How can you check if the protein powder is fake or not?
THE LOGO TEST
One can’t import or distribute supplements unless they have a license to do so. This license number should always be there on the supplement. Very few distributors have the license to sell supplements in India. The license is a sticker on the supplement containing vital information such as the date of manufacture, import date, rate. You can check the authenticity of the distributor by checking the list of Authorized Supplement Dealers in India at https://www. strengthupgrade.com/authorisedsupplement-dealers-in-india/.
THE SEAL TEST
If there is no seal on your container, it’s a fake. Also check the seal on the inner side of the lid — the fake ones are loosely sealed and are of poor quality. If the product is authentic, the seal on the bottle should have proper edges and should be uniformly attached. Seals usually have the brand name endorsed on them, if it is plain you’re holding a fake product.
THE MIXING TEST
Add a scoop of your protein powder to some water at normal temperature. Now, shake in a shaker for 30 seconds. If you notice any lumps, clumps or residue, your supplement is fake.
THE TASTE TEST
Always read reviews on various bodybuilding forums online, before finalising on the one. Read up about what it would taste like. If the taste doesn’t match, you’ve bought a fake. If you have used the same brand before, but get a different taste this time, it’s not authentic. Unless, the change came from the manufacturer, and that’s something you must enquire.
THE BARCODE/QR CODE TEST
The bar code and the QR code should provide the correct URL link to the product information. You can also use the QR scanner in your phone to get the correct product details.
THE MRP STICKER TEST
Lastly, remember that even fake products have a fake sticker for the MRP on the container. If you notice anything off about the sticker, you can assume it’s fake.
Go ahead and make a wise choice, you guys!