With hundreds of different protein powders on the shelves it can be super confusing and difficult to pick the right one for you. I am going to share with you some important tips on protein powders that I hope will help you make the right decision.
I firstly want to mention the 2 main powders that you see in the shops right now. The first being whey protein which is by far the most common one that you will see! Whey protein is derived from dairy and is actually a by-product from the cheese production process. Some people find it agrees with their body but most people find it does not and can upset their stomach.
Personally, I choose to only use plant based protein powders. They are usually made from pea protein, hemp or rice protein and sometimes a combination of all them. You will also quite often find these plant based powders are all natural, and sometimes organic and they are just so much easier for your body to digest.
My biggest tip I want to give you is to read the ingredient list of the protein powder. Quite often they will be packed full of unnecessary chemical ingredients that are purely there to bulk it up, change the texture (such as making it thicker) or change the taste (with artificial sweeteners). All these chemicals affect your gut and cause digestive problems such as bloating and stomach pain, yuk!!
Here is a picture of the ingredient list of a protein powder just on the net and I want to point out some of the ingredients:
- Polydextrose – artificial sweetener (E1200).
- Artifical flavours – referring to over 100 possible chemical additives.
- Cellulose gum and xanthan gum – chemical thickeners
- Acesulfame potassium and sucralose – artificial sweeteners
Lots of nasty ingredients in this one that you need to watch out for. I highly recommend you check the ingredient list of all powders, both whey and the plant based before you buy them.
One protein powder or an ingredient in a powder that I recommend you always avoid is soy protein isolate. 95% of soy is all GMO and what they make it resistant to a certain chemical herbicide which is sprayed all over the crop and really is not good for your body.
There have been many animal studies that found that this chemical can cause breast and ovarian cancer. Even though they were all done on mice, I still think we should be wary of it. And this why I also recommend you always check plant based protein powders as often soy can be added to these.