Protein Pills vs Protein Powder

Andrew Brewer - Intermittent Fasting Expert

Written by Andrew Brewer. Updated on January 2023.

Medically reviewed and fact checked by our team.


Protein supplements aren’t for everyone, and their intake should be carefully monitored just like any other supplements. Although generally safe, there is a limit to how much protein you should consume during a 24 hour period. Overall, though, there are many benefits to taking protein supplements.

Once you’ve made the decision, however, there is an amazingly wide variety of options you can choose from. This is an extremely popular product, and there is a huge market for it. Most companies offer an entire line of products, too, so you will not find a shortage of choices.

As studies would tell you, 9 out of 10 people go through several products before finding the the right supplement that suits them best. Probably the single biggest choice you will have to make, though, is between pills and powder. Each of them have their own set of advantages and disadvantages, and that is what we are going to talk about in this article.

First and foremost, there is one important fact you need to be aware of.

Your body will handle them both exactly the same!

That’s right! It’s true that you will mix the powdered supplements with liquids, and the pills or capsules are in solid form. However, the capsule casings begin to dissolve almost as soon as you swallow them. And once that happens, the ingredients are released into your body in much the same way if you had mixed powder with liquid and drank it.

But there are still major differences between these the two form of protein supplements that you will need to consider carefully. It’s a shame, but neither of them is 100% perfect. It’s often a very personal decision that will need to take into account your lifestyle and individual preferences.

So let’s get started. We will look at all of the factors involved, and you can choose which suits you best. Once you’ve made the choice between protein pills and powder, you will have numerous products to choose from.


Protein pills win this category hands down. In fact, it’s probably their primary reason of existence. You can easily take them with you anywhere on the go. And since you will be taking them multiple times a day, this is an enormous consideration.

Now compare this to powder. It usually comes in large containers, from which you scoop a certain amount out and dump it in liquid to dissolve so that you can drink it. Of course, it’s possible to transfer smaller portions of the protein powder to smaller containers so that you can take it with you, but it’s nowhere as easy as popping pills into your pockets.

Also, have you ever tried making Kool-Aid, or powdered lemonade? It is almost impossible for most of us to transfer powdered substances into containers of liquid without making a mess. It’s no wonder that some of that powder is going to end up on the counter.

And what about the scoop? Unless you are filling individual containers, which would be a huge pain and inconvenience, you will need some type of measuring instrument.

Plus, what are you going to carry all of that in? If you are putting the powder into bags, you may end up with powder all over your purse, briefcase, backpack, suitcase or whatever you’re transporting it in.

So, once more, score one for pills.


If the primary reason companies started offering pills was convenience, surely taste wasn’t far behind. Although there’s no end to the choice of flavors with regard to protein powders on the market, you will also find that most of them would never be called tasty.

Of course, it would be easy to make them taste good by adding large amounts of sugar to the flavorings, but that pretty much defeats the purpose. You are taking protein powder for health reasons, or maybe bodybuilding. What good would it do to spend all that time building big strong muscles, if you are going to be ingesting so much sugar that you will have to work extra hard to keep them from getting you covered in layers of fat?

So, no, you will not find drinking these liquids that contain dissolved protein powders much of a treat. In fact, a great many people dislike them, but consider it a necessary evil, just like medicine.

So isn’t this a no brainer? Isn’t there anything at all to recommend about powdered protein?

The answer to that is a resounding yes. In fact, the one thing that keeps protein powder going strong is that it is still believed by most people to be the most effective way of ingesting protein supplement. And they feel so strongly about it that the taste and inconvenience are considered to be well worth putting up with it.

So, what is this one hugely important factor?


It is just impossible to fit the same amount of protein that you will find in one serving of powder into an acceptable number of pills. Yes, it’s just that simple!

First, let’s look at the ingredients on the back of a can of protein powder, and you will notice the amount of protein that’s contained in a single serving: It’s like 20 to 30 grams. Now, consider this: in order to have a capsule that will hold just 1 gram of protein, it would have to be enormous, almost an entire inch long.

Can you even imagine taking about 20 to 30 of them? The answer is NO. No human being could take more than one capsule at a time. Even the amount of water needed to down that many huge pills is mind boggling.

But wait, it gets worse!

You would have to do this THREE TIMES A DAY!

So you have to compromise

Yes, there are pills available, a great many different pills to choose from. But every single product will contain less protein per serving than you will get in one serving of powder. So you have to choose between getting taste and convenience or getting as much protein as you are allowed to have within a 24 hour period.

Andrew Brewer

Andrew Brewer

Andrew Brewer started to give people the guidance that he never received when he was first starting. His goal is to make your goals achievable and to offer you only the best fasting apps that the internet has to offer. You're not on your own - Andrew and the entire family of reviewers at are here with you every step of the way!

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