Common Protein Powder Additives

Here is a long list of common protein powder additives. 

Food additives, including protein powder additives, are NOT real food. Instead, they highly processed derivates of real food with little to no nutritional value, and some are associated with a host of health concerns, including increased risk for chronic disease like cancer and heart disease. They may make your protein powder mix better, or last longer on the shelf, but they are not nutritious. Do not be fooled by clever marketing. If you cannot pronounce it, or find it in your kitchen, you probably should not be eating it.

So start reading ingredient labels and avoid protein powders that use additives! Not sure what to look for? Here is a list of the most common additives in protein powders: 

acacia gum, acesulfame potassium, artificial flavors, aspartame, calcium carbonate, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dextrose, dicalcium phosphate, diglycerides, disodium phosphate, erythritol, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, “natural” flavors, maltodextrin, monoglycerides, potassium chloride, rice syrup solids, sodium caseinate, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, soy lecithin, silica, silicon dioxide, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, tricalcium phosphate, xanthan gum, xylitol

To be clear, this is a non-exhaustive list of protein powder additives. There are many, many more, so do your own research before you buy. Looking for an additive free protein powder that actually tastes good? Check out Drink Wholesome. It is the best protein powder without additives. We only use real food ingredients, and list our them on the front of the package. What you see is what you get, no funny business. You can order samples online. 

You are reading an article written by Drink Wholesome, a small company from New Hampshire. Since 2020, we have taken a fundamentally different approach to protein powder by only using real food ingredients – ingredients you can pronounce and find in your kitchen. Now you can boost your protein intake without the added junk found in almost every other protein powder. Hooray! You will find that we also make the best tasting protein powder. What can I say, real foods just taste better.


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