Updated: May 19, 2019
Protein powder is always a hot topic with my clients. Most of them have been using their favorite brand for years…..and they think it’s healthy based on the tag line or marketing campaign. What we need to focus on is the ingredients. First and most important, is it organic? Is it sweetened and if so what is it sweetened with? How is it processed? Is the company ethical?
Sadly, most protein powders are filled with highly processed ingredients, GMO proteins, preservatives, artificial flavors & colors and refined sugars. Many companies are also using low quality ingredients, which is why it so important to know the company, their ethics and where they are sourcing the ingredients.
Why is organic so important? If a protein powder is not certified organic it most likely contains GMO ingredients, GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) are organisms whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. This is a process that “does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination”. Basically these plants or vegetables are made in a lab, not by nature. They most likely are also engineered to endure being doused in chemicals like Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate. The World Health Organization’s internal agency for research on cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans”. I absolutely would not recommend consuming that, especially on a daily basis!
Even if the protein powder is labeled non-GMO, there is a huge difference between organic and non-GMO ingredients. Non-GMO ingredients can still contain synthetic pesticides and herbicides. These chemicals are absorbed into the food and then into our bodies once we eat them.
Almost every protein powder I have reviewed is sweetened. My recent reviews are all sweetened with stevia. Stevia in its most natural form of whole leaf extract is the only type I recommend. However, most products are using stevia extract which is created through a chemical-laden process that could take up to 40-steps to create. To put this in perspective, you can make stevia at home using stevia leafs and vodka in about 5 steps! On a side note, most store bought packet stevia’s first ingredient is Erythritol, Dextrose, or even Organic Agave Inulin. It should be Whole Stevia Leaf Extract and you can buy the one I use from