How much is a scoop of protein powder? 

How much is a scoop of protein powder? Most protein powder scoops are intended to hold 1 serving, or about 20 grams of protein. That said, the weight and nutritional content of a scoop of protein powder can vary a lot. Keep reading to learn more.

Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

Scooping protein powder is inaccurate!

What is a scoop of protein powder? 

This is a hard question to answer because your scoop could be half or twice the size as my scoop, and even if we are using the same scoop, we could be scooping different amounts of powder. I will therefore do my best to cover all the bases, and help you understand your protein powder scooper size. 

Many protein powder manufacturers include a scooper in their packaging to help customers measure a serving. It is often buried in the powder itself, so if you just opened a tub of protein powder, and cannot find your scoop, you may have to dig for it. Not all protein powder manufacturers provide a scoop, however. 

We do not include scoops with our protein powder because many of our customers are repeat customers. If we were to include scoops, hundreds of customers would receive 12+ scoops every year, which is a lot of wasted plastic. Instead of scoops, we list our serving size in tablespoons.

If a manufacturer includes a scoop, the serving size will be listed in scoops. 1 serving is typically 1-2 scoops. Sometimes a manufacturer uses a “heaping” scoop, which is the maximum amount of protein powder that can be scooped at once. Other manufacturers use a “level” scoop, where the powder is even with the top of the scoop. 


Why should you stop using scoops? 

Protein powder scoops can mislead you into thinking that they are getting more or less protein than you actually are. This is because the amount of powder in a scoop can vary considerably depending on how densely the powder is packed.

For an accurate serving size, you have to weigh your protein powder using a kitchen scale. The serving size is always listed in grams (g) on the Nutrition Facts panel, regardless of whether or not the manufacturer includes a scoop.

It is important to note that different manufacturers use different scoops, so you cannot use any scoop and expect an accurate serving size. You must use the scoop included in the original packaging. If you use another scoop, you risk measuring a bigger or smaller serving. If the serving size is one 30 grams and you scoop 60, you are getting twice the calories, protein, etc. than what is listed on the label.

Finally, remember that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows a margin of error of 20% for the values on the Nutrition Facts label. This means that your serving of protein powder could easily contain 5 more or less grams of protein than you think. In most cases, this is not deception, but the result of natural variations in nutrition content. 


How much protein is in a scoop of protein powder? 

Most scoops of protein powder hold 1 serving, or about 20 grams of protein. That said, some scoops only hold ½ serving, and the amount of powder in the scoop depends on how densely the powder is packed. Again, for an accurate serving size, refer to the Nutrition Facts panel for the weight in grams and use a kitchen scale. 

How many calories are in a scoop of protein powder?

The number of calories in a scoop of protein powder depends on the type and brand of protein powder that you are using, the size of the scoop, and how densely the protein powder is packed. If you want to know exactly how many calories you are consuming, read the Nutrition Facts and weigh 1 serving (1 scoop) using a kitchen scale. Remember, that the Nutrition Facts are not always exact, so you may be getting more or fewer calories than indicated on the packaging.

So, how much is one scoop of protein powder?

In summary, one scoop of protein powder, without additional context, is meaningless. Every protein powder has a different nutritional profile, and there are many different sizes of scooper. Plus, the amount of protein powder in each scooper can vary considerably depending on how densely the protein powder is packed, and the Nutrition Facts themselves can be off by as much as 20%.

If I were you, I would stop using scoops! Either weigh your protein powder using a kitchen scale, or settle for a ballpark measurement. Protein powder is just food, not medicine.

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