How many scoops of protein powder?
How many scoops of protein powder? The number of scoops depends on the protein powder and on your personal protein needs. Keep reading to learn more.
How many scoops of protein powder per serving?
The serving size for most protein powders is 1-2 “scoops.” You can find the serving size on the Nutrition Facts label. Sometimes it is listed as 1-2 “heaping” scoops, which is the maximum amount of protein powder that can be scooped at once.
How much is a scoop of protein powder?
Scoops are often included in the packaging and scoop sizes vary. In other words, different manufacturers use different scoops. You therefore cannot use any scoop and expect an accurate serving size. You must use the scoop included in the original packaging.
Not all manufacturers use scoops. drink wholesome, for instance, does not include scoops in its packaging. A scoop is by no means necessary for an accurate serving size, and we feel that the convenience of having a scoop does not justify the plastic waste it generates. Many of our customers are subscribers, meaning that they buy one or more bags a month. If we were to include scoops, hundreds of customers would receive 12 + scoops each year, which is a lot of wasted plastic. Instead of scoops, we list our serving size in tablespoons. One serving of our chocolate protein powder, for instance, is “about 6 tbsp.”
Weigh your scoop for an accurate serving.
Scoops, especially heaping scoops, are not always accurate measures of a serving size. This matters because the Nutrition Facts are based on the serving size. If the serving size is one 30 grams and you scoop 60, you are getting twice the calories, protein, etc. than what is listed on the label. For an accurate serving size, refer to the metric measure on the Nutrition Facts label. Servings sizes are always listed in grams (g), and can be measured using a kitchen scale. As a consumer, you should also know that the FDA allows a margin of error of 20% for the values on the Nutrition Facts label. That means that a 100 calorie serving of protein powder could contain up to 120 calories without violating the law.
How many scoops of protein powder a day?
As a rule of thumb, two servings (2-4 scoops) of protein powder per day is enough. That said, the recommended number of scoops of protein powder per day depends on the protein powder and on the scoop size. It also depends on who you are and on your nutritional goals. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. This roughly amounts to 56 grams per day for men and 46 grams per day for women. That said, the protein needs of some people are much higher. Athletes, for example, can need as much as 2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day.
Can I take too much protein powder?
It would be difficult to consume too much protein. In other words, you would have to eat an ungodly amount of protein powder to overdo it. You can overdo other ingredients in protein powder, however. Here are a few of the top ingredients to avoid when choosing a protein powder.
Avoid food additives.
Many protein powders are full of food additives. Although not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, additives can add up quickly (especially if you drink a protein shake every day) and cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects like bloating, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and stomach pain. This is because food additives are, generally speaking, hard to digest. They sit in your gut for longer than food should, which gives your gut bacteria more time to eat. As they eat, these bacteria produce gas, which causes bloating and stomach pain. Gas also slows colonic transit (the amount of time it takes food to travel through the colon), which can lead to constipation.
In the long term, food additives can disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine, which can result in the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders. Artificial sweeteners are among the most harmful additives in the long term as they alter the composition of your gut microbiota (the collection of microorganisms that help you digest food). This can lead to serious, chronic GI problems and widespread inflammation. Some sweeteners, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, are also poorly absorbed by the gut (meaning they feed those hungry gut bacteria) and cause diarrhea because they draw water into your intestine. Now you finally have something to blame for those post-protein shake trips to the bathroom!
Here is a list of the most common food additives in protein powder:
acacia gum, acesulfame potassium, artificial flavors, aspartame, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dextrose, erythritol, gellan gum, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, “natural” flavors*, maltodextrin, rice syrup solids, soy lecithin, silica, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, xanthan gum, xylitol
When it comes to identifying food additives, go with your gut. 😉 As a rule of thumb, they are the ingredients that you cannot pronounce. Food additives are not the only thing to look out for when buying protein powder, however. There are several other ingredients that can upset your stomach.
egg whites, coconut, cocoa, monk fruit
Protein Matrix Comprised of (Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Caseinate, Micellar Casein, Milk Protein Isolate, Egg Albumen, Glutamine Peptides), Polydextrose, Sunflower Creamer (Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup Solids, Sodium Caseinate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Tocopherols), Natural and Artificial Flavor, MCT Powder (Medium Chain Triglycerides, Nonfat Dry Milk, Disodium Phosphate, Silicon Dioxide), Lecithin, Cellulose Gum, Salt, Yellow 5, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Papain, Bromelain.
*This is the actual ingredient list of one of the best-selling protein powders in the United States.
Dairy-based proteins like whey and casein, which are byproducts of cheese and yogurt production, are known to cause digestive issues, especially for people with lactose intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Over one in three Americans are lactose intolerant, and the prevalence of IBS is somewhere between 10 and 15 percent in the United States. It follows that you may be lactose intolerant or have IBS and not even know it. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a poorly understood condition, and it is unclear why dairy triggers symptoms. Lactose intolerance, on the other hand, is clearly understood. People with lactose intolerance are unable to fully digest lactose, the sugar in dairy. As you just learned, partially digested food feeds the bacteria in your gut, which produce gas.
Avoid protein concentrates and isolates.
Finding an additive-free, dairy-free protein powder is hard. Finding an additive-free, dairy-free protein powder made with real foods is next to impossible. Why? Most protein powders are made with protein concentrates and isolates, foods stripped of everything but the protein. They are listed on the ingredient list as “pea protein,” for example, as opposed to “peas.” We will not go into the details, but protein concentrates and isolates undergo heavy mechanical and chemical processing before becoming protein powder. Sometimes, manufacturers use chemical solvents like hexane to isolate (separate) the protein from the food. This means that what you end up putting into your body looks nothing like real food. The potential problem here is that your gut might not know what to do with ingredients like these. Your gut prefers the real thing, not some heavily-processed imitation, so protein concentrates and isolates might be hard to digest for people with sensitive stomachs.
Instead of protein concentrates or isolates, we use egg whites and almonds. Egg whites are simply pasteurized and dried before becoming protein powder. Almonds are just roasted, pressed, and ground. Minimally-processed ingredients like these are easy to digest and a stomach and gut-friendly alternative to protein concentrates and isolates.
Unless you have a sensitivity or allergy to eggs, egg white protein is the best protein for people with sensitive stomachs. Egg whites are low in fiber, low-FODMAP, and have the highest protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS) of any whole food. Our customers have experienced fewer digestive issues with egg white protein than with any other type of protein.
If you cannot eat eggs, try our almond protein powder. Unlike protein concentrates or isolates, almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, and other nutrients like calcium and vitamin E. We prefer almonds to other minimally-processed plant protein sources because they are more gut-friendly. Research suggests that almonds can improve the diversity and composition of the gut microbiome. Research also suggests that almonds possess prebiotic properties, meaning they stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.
“I just finished my first bag and ordered 2 more! I Iove this stuff! I have IBS and every protein powder hurts my stomach…except drink wholesome!”
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.