You gulp down a shake after a tough workout. Maybe you start your morning off with a protein smoothie. Not only does it taste delicious, you have the chocolate peanut butter flavor, it also provides you with 30 grams of protein! The container even says “no added sugar.” It must means it’s good for me right?
In a way. Yes, you’re meeting half of your protein needs for the day with a quick shake, but you’re probably also adding a bunch of unnecessary junk into your system. How do you think they got your protein to taste like a Reese’s peanut butter cup?
Look at the fine print. You may notice ingredients like artificial flavors, modified food starch, acesulfame potassium, and sucralose. Sure, there are no added sugars, but it doesn’t mean they haven’t snuck in a bunch of artificial sweeteners and other ingredients that may not be the greatest to consume on a daily basis.
I must say I do enjoy myself a protein shake. I drink one at least everyday. But I finally had to admit that my current protein powder wasn’t the healthiest option. I knew there had to be a brand out there that sold “pure” protein with no added junk.
Thus began my spiral down the rabbit hole of protein powders. I was shocked to see that most protein powders on the market contained either sugar, artificial sweeteners, or worse, both.
Finally, I stumbled across Bob’s Red Mill whey protein powder. It has two ingredients whey concentrate and sunflower lecithin. No added sugar. No artificial sweeteners. It also has just as much protein per 1/4 cup as my previous powder.
As for taste. There is none. Maybe a slight milkiness, but it’s definitely not sweet like the protein powder you’re use to, which means it’s pure.
The only problem with Bob’s Red Mill is they don’t sell in bulk other than 4 pack cases. Their regular bags only contain 12 ounces.
I also found another brand of protein powder named Naked. I haven’t tried it yet but it only contains one ingredient – whey protein and sells in bulk (up to 5 lbs).
If you know of another brand of protein without the junk leave a comment below…