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What are protein powders?

Protein powders are a concentrated form of dietary protein, in powder form. Common types include whey protein, egg white protein, and pea protein. Protein powders are an alternative to ready-to-drink (store-bought) protein shakes, and can be mixed with milk or water to make protein shakes.

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What are the best protein powders?

drink wholesome makes the best protein powders for 3 reasons: 1) it does not use food additives 2) it does not use dairy-based proteins and 3) it does not use protein concentrates or isolates. 99% of other protein powders fail to meet at least one of these criteria. 

Food additives and dairy-based proteins and protein concentrates and isolates can cause painful gastrointestinal (GI) side effects and long term gut health issues. Instead of making protein powders with lots of processing and added junk, we make protein powders with a short list of simple ingredients. 

Our egg white protein powders are made with pasteurized egg whites. Our vegan almond protein powders are made with roasted almonds. Instead of artificial flavors, we use ingredients like Madagascar vanilla beans. Instead of artificial sweeteners, we use maple sugar. Real ingredients make a real difference.

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Are protein powders good for you?

If you need the protein, protein powders are good for you, but not all protein powders are created equal. Most protein powders contain added ingredients like emulsifiers, thickeners, flavor, and sugar substitutes, all of which can upset your stomach. Moreover, many protein powders are made with dairy-based proteins like whey and casein, which can cause bloating, diarrhea, and other side effects. Finally, nearly all protein powders are made from protein concentrates and/or isolates, which look nothing like real food may jeopardize your gut health.

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What do protein powders do?

It is important for you to understand that protein powders are just food. They alone will not make you stronger. They alone will not make you lose weight. Do not expect protein powders to do anything for you that normal food cannot. A good protein powder can certainly help you achieve your fitness goals – like gaining muscle and losing weight – but only when paired with thoughtful exercise and nutrition.  

If you need the protein, adding protein powder to your diet supports muscle growth and recovery. Exercise, especially strength training, creates micro-tears in your muscles. Dietary protein supplies your body with the amino acids needed to repair the damaged muscle tissue, promoting muscle growth and recovery.

Protein powders can also help with weight loss, as increasing the percentage of your calories that come from protein can increase satiety (fullness) and increase thermogenesis (calorie burning). Alternatively, if you use protein powders to create a calorie surplus, they can help you gain weight.

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How to use protein powders?

Protein powders can be added to protein shakes, blended into smoothies, mixed into oatmeal, and used to make high protein recipes. Although different people use protein powder to achieve different wellness goals, they all use it for the same basic reason: to increase their protein intake. 

You should aim to get as much protein as you can from dietary protein sources like eggs, fish, and meat, and use protein powder to fill in the gaps. For example, if you are struggling to get enough protein from other protein sources, adding protein powder to your diet is a great way to meet your protein goals. Likewise, if you do not have time to cook and eat a meal, making a simple protein shake is a convenient way to make sure you are eating enough protein. Protein shakes are also great for people who have trouble swallowing or digesting solid foods.

When to use protein powders?

The best time to use protein powders is first thing in the morning. Eating lots of protein at breakfast will keep you full until lunch, discourage overeating, and reduce snacking later in the day. Higher protein intake at breakfast is also associated with higher total daily protein intake. A high protein breakfast, despite its satiating effects, allows you to maximize the amount of protein that you consume over the course of the day. 

Another good time to use protein powders is 1-2 hours after a workout. This post-exercise “window” is widely considered the most important time to eat protein if you are looking to build and repair muscles. Aim to eat about 20 grams of protein at this time to maximize results. 

A final popular time to use protein powders is 3-4 hours before going to bed. This allows time for your body to digest the food, but also keeps you from going to sleep hungry. It is also thought that eating lots of protein before bed will help you build more muscle and recover faster from exercise.

How are protein powders made?

Our egg white protein powders are made by pasteurizing and drying egg whites. Our vegan almond protein powders are made by roasting almonds, pressing them to remove some oil, and grinding what is left into a fine powder. Compared to what it takes to make protein concentrates and isolates, this is hardly processing. Simplicity is our secret to making the most gut-friendly protein powders.

What to avoid in protein powders?

Healthy protein powders are made with a short list of simple ingredients. Anything that does not look like real food (something you can find in nature) is probably not good for you. 

If you have a sensitive stomach, you should avoid the following ingredients when buying protein powders: acacia fiber, acacia gum, acesulfame potassium, artificial flavors, ascorbic acid, aspartame, calcium carbonate, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dicalcium phosphate, dipotassium phosphate, erythritol, gellan gum, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, maltodextrin, mono- and diglycerides, 'natural' flavors, rice bran extract, rice dextrin, rice hulls, rosemary extract, silica, silicon dioxide, sodium alginate, sodium bicarbonate, soluble corn fiber, soy lecithin, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, tocopherols, tricalcium phosphate, xanthan gum, xylitol, zinc oxide.

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