What is the best animal-based protein powder?
What is animal-based protein powder?
Animal proteins, such as meat, eggs, and milk, are complete proteins, meaning they provide all of the essential amino acids that your body needs but cannot produce on its own. There are several types of animal-based protein powders, the most common being whey, casein, and egg white. Whey and casein are byproducts of cheese and yogurt making. Egg whites come from pasteurized chicken eggs. Other types of animal based protein powder include collagen and meat (beef, chicken, etc.), but they are considerably less popular and therefore not included in this discussion.
I could spend days comparing the amino acid profile and bioavailability of each type of animal-based protein powder, but the truth is that any type of protein powder can help you meet your fitness and nutrition goals. In other words, from a nutritional standpoint, no one type of animal protein is better than another; there are differences, but they are worth losing sleep over. What makes egg white protein powder the best animal-based protein powder is the fact that it does not cause side effects.
Egg white protein does not cause stomach pain.
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.
Egg white protein does not cause acne.
Casein and whey protein can also cause acne. Dairy indirectly stimulates insulin production, which regulates sebum production. Sebum, an oily, waxy substance produced by your body’s sebaceous glands, can clog your pores and cause pimples. Dairy can also hinder your ability to process blood sugar efficiently, which can cause inflammation, especially in your skin.
Egg white protein does not destroy the environment.
The environmental impact of egg production is considerably lower than that of dairy production. Although whey protein, a byproduct, does offer a way for farmers to reduce waste, it is a lucrative part of an industry that has an enormous environmental footprint. Dairy cows and their manure produce tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the poor handling of manure and fertilizers pollutes local water resources, and feed production leads to the loss of ecologically important areas such as prairies, wetlands, and forests.
Egg whites also taste good.
Most animal protein powders have a chalky aftertaste because they are made with protein isolates, foods stripped of everything but the protein. Protein concentrates and isolates, which are listed on the ingredients list as “whey protein” as opposed to “whey,” are missing the nutrients that make food taste good. Egg whites, on the other hand, are simply pasteurized and dried before becoming protein powder. They therefore have a delicious, natural flavor. Our eggs are also broken less than twenty four hours from when they were laid. Other eggs sit for days, sometimes weeks before being processed. As a result, they begin to decay and release a chemical called hydrogen sulfide, which has a potent sulfur odor. Remember, protein powder should taste good because if consuming protein powder is a chore, it is not sustainable in the long term. A diet is not a six-week affair, it is for life, so think twice before spending your hard-earned dollars on a protein powder that tastes like chalk.
Avoid food additives.
In order to mask the chalkiness of protein isolates, many companies use food additives like xanthan gum and sunflower lecithin. You want to steer clear of products made with ingredients like these. 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) and 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, widespread inflammation, and permanent damage to the gut microbiome. 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.
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.
Why drink wholesome?
Our egg white protein powders are additive-free, dairy-free, and made with real foods, not protein isolates – 99% of supplements fail to meet at least one of these criteria. They are perfect for people with gut issues and sensitive stomachs, as well as for people just looking to boost their protein intake without the processing and added junk.
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