Protein Powders debunked

It’s the beginning of a new year and many of us have set New Years Resolutions to “be healthier” or “eat clean” in 2019. If this is you, that’s amazing! It’s fantastic to have goals. However often times we are so busy that we just don’t have time to make fancy meals for breakfast or lunch and just end up blending up a protein shake in 2 minutes flat.

Have you ever stopped to think about the protein powder you are currently using? What’s in it? How can this powdery substance be good for you? Well, there is a lot of marketing crap out there about protein powders and their benefits, but we want to debunk what makes a good protein powder so that the next time you throw some into your smoothie you know that the one you’re using is providing all the goodness it should be.

A protein drink made from quality whole food ingredients can have so many health benefits including’ balancing your hormones assisting weight loss, boosting your immune system, and support detoxification. Protein is also a key nutrient that humans need to thrive, gain lean muscle and have beautiful glowing skin.


Protein assists us to:

  • Repair and maintain healthy skin and hair
  • Keep blood sugars stable
  • Curb our appetites
  • Sustain lean muscle mass……and the list goes on.


Some things that we need to ensure are NOT in our protein powders include:

  1. Casein + WPC
    These are high in lactose which can cause discomfort for some people


  1. Fillers
    These are used to bulk up the protein and induce cost savings for manufacturers (Coconut flour, Psyllium etc)


  1. Gluten
    Gluten causes inflammation for those who are intolerant and can also lead to a number of other health issues.


  1. Thickeners and gums
    These are manufactured from soy or corn and may end up leaving you bloated, constipated and gassy


  1. Dextrins/Maltodextrin
    These ingredients will increase the GI of your smoothie.


  1. Vegetable fats and oils
    These fats are often derived from hydrogenated sources containing trans fats.


  1. Artificial sweeteners
    (This one speaks for itself)


  1. Milk Powders
    These can often be used as bulking agents leaving you with a lower quality protein.


Happy 2019!


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