What is the best carnivore protein powder?

drink wholesome is the best carnivore protein powder. It is made with a short list of simple ingredients, so you can boost your protein intake without the extra processing and added junk. Order samples to see if our protein powder is right for you. 


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drink wholesome is the best carnivore protein powder.

Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

What is the carnivore diet?

The carnivore diet is a restrictive diet that, in its extreme form, limits food to meat, fish, and eggs. It excludes all other food groups including vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.

The carnivore diet claims to help with weight loss, sleep, mood, and blood sugar regulation, and was founded on the belief that diets high in carbohydrates are the leading cause of chronic disease. A recent survey from over 2,000 individuals who self-reported their experience with the carnivore diet produced overwhelmingly positive results, with 93% of participants improving or resolving obesity, 93% improving or resolving hypertension, 98% improving or resolving diabetes or insulin resistance, 97% improving or resolving gastrointestinal symptoms, and 96% improving or resolving psychiatric symptoms.

Although the data quality is poor given the high risk for selection bias with self-reported outcomes, this study does suggest that the carnivore diet, in some form, leads to positive health outcomes. That said, there are several drawbacks to eating only animal products.

For starters, cutting carbohydrates out of your diet completely can lead to micronutrient deficiencies and damage to your gut microbiome. Cutting fiber out your diet specifically can also cause constipation, which can have serious complications. The carnivore diet, at least in its most extreme form, is thus likely not a long-term solution to health problems like those described above.

Is protein powder allowed on the carnivore diet?

Some protein supplements are compatible with the carnivore diet, others are not. First of all, whether or not a protein supplement is allowed on the carnivore diet depends on how strictly you follow the diet. If you are truly limiting your food to only meat, fish, and eggs, then you can use only protein supplements made with these food groups. Protein supplements made with whey, casein, peas, and other plant proteins are strictly prohibited. Protein supplements that contain additives and sweeteners are also prohibited. \

That said, if you are taking a more balanced approach to the carnivore diet – simply increasing the proportion of your calories that come from animal products – then the number of protein supplements that you can use is greater. The main ingredient still needs to be meat, fish, or egg, however, and the number of added ingredients should be small.


Why egg white protein?

You can buy carnivore protein powders made with beef, chicken, and fish, but they are all made with protein isolates, not whole foods. Egg white protein is the only carnivore protein source that does not have to be isolated before becoming a protein supplement.

A dried egg white is 80% protein, whereas dried beef (ex. beef jerky) is only 33% protein. Beef therefore has to be mechanically or chemically stripped of its non-protein nutrients (fats, carbs. etc.) before it can be used as an effective protein supplement. There are two reasons why this is less than desirable.

First of all, protein concentrates and isolates are so heavily-processed (sometimes manufacturers use solvents like hexane to extract the protein) that what you eat looks nothing like real food. Your body is designed to break down minimally or unprocessed or real foods, not protein concentrates or isolates, so this is a potential problem.  

Moreover, because they have been stripped of everything but the protein, protein concentrates and isolates taste like chalk. Egg whites, on the other hand, taste like real food, which makes them a great addition to protein shakes and other high protein dishes. 

What is the best carnivore diet protein powder?

If you are strictly carnivore (only eating meat, fish and eggs), then unflavored protein powder is the way to go. It is usually made with 1 ingredient, so you do not have to worry about extra carbs and added junk. If you are taking a more balanced approach to the carnivore diet (allowing yourself to eat small amounts of plant-based foods), however, then a flavored protein powder may be a better choice. Just be wary though, because many flavored protein powders contain nasty food additives.

Take for example, MuscleMed’s Carnivor Beef Protein Isolate Powder, one of the most popular brands of carnivore protein powder. It contains added ingredients like acesulfame potassium, xanthan gum, sunflower lecithin, and sucralose. Not only are these ingredients not technically allowed on the carnivore diet, but many of them are known to cause painful side effects and long-term gut health problems. Keep reading to learn more.

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Why drink wholesome

drink wholesome is additive-free.

One of the reasons why we make the best carnivore protein powder is that we do not use food additives. This includes emulsifiers, thickeners, flavorings, artificial sweeteners, and sugar alcohols. Even in small amounts, added ingredients like these can cause painful side effects.

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

To put it bluntly, food additives do not look like real food, which makes them hard to digest. They consequently linger in your gut, feeding your hungry gut bacteria. Gut bacteria produce gas as they eat, causing bloating, flatulence, and stomach pain. Gas can also slow colonic transit – the amount of time it takes food to travel through the colon – leading to constipation. In some cases, partially digested food additives even cause your colon to absorb too much water. This is called osmotic diarrhea, and may be the reason why protein shakes make you run to the bathroom. 

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Worst of all, eating lots of food additives can disturb regulatory pathways in your intestines, triggering the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other systemic inflammatory conditions. Food additives, especially artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols, can also alter the composition and function of your gut microbiome. An altered gut microbiome is a leading cause of inflammation in the body, and linked to the onset and progression of several chronic diseases.

the alternative:

Carnivor BPI [hydrolyzed beef protein isolate, creatine monohydrate, BCAAs (l-leucine, l-valine, l-isoleucine), anabolic nitrogen retention technology™ intermediates: GKG (glutamine-alpha-ketoglutarate), OKG (ornithine-alpha-ketoglutarate), AKG (alpha-ketoglutarate) and KIC (alpha-ketoisocaproate)], maltodextrin, cocoa, natural and artificial flavors, salt, silica, acesulfame potassium, xanthan gum, sunflower lecithin, sucralose, antifoam (propylene glycol mono – and diesters of fats and fatty acids, mono glyceride of fatty acid, polyglycerol oleate, RDB soybean oil, dimethylpolysiloxane, hydrophobic silica, polysorbate 60k, sorbitan monostearate, contains less than 2% of paraffin.)


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