The Best Dairy Free Protein Powder

The Best Dairy Free Protein Powder

Drink Wholesome is the best dairy free protein powder. 

Before I can give you the scoop on the best dairy free protein powder, I have to define some terminology. Not to be confused with lactose free, dairy free means that a product does not contain milk or ingredients derived from milk. A dairy free diet excludes all dairy products, including butter, cheese, and yogurt. Whey protein powder, including whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, and hydrolyzed whey protein, are all byproducts of cheese production, and therefore not dairy free. There are a few lactose free whey protein powders, but there is no such thing as a dairy free whey protein. 

There are many ethical reasons to go dairy free. For starters, the dairy industry is notorious for animal cruelty. Many dairy cows are not permitted to graze outdoors, and are subjected to less than ideal living conditions. The dairy industry is also notorious for its environmental impact. Dairy cows contribute substantial amounts of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, which in turn has a demonstrable effect on climate change. 

In some places dairy operations can also be significant contributors to water pollution and soil degradation, and can contribute to the conversion of natural habitat to agricultural land for feed crops. With these externalities in mind, it is hard for some people to justify buying milk and other dairy products. 

There are other, health related reasons to go dairy free. The first is acne. Although there is no clinical data that suggests that dairy causes acne, many people find that eliminating dairy from their diet improves their skin. For this reason, dermatologists often recommend a dairy-free diet as a first step in treating acne. The second health related reason to go dairy free is indigestion. The vast majority of adults suffer from some degree of lactose intolerance, and experience indigestion – bloating, stomach pain, etc. –when they consume dairy products. By eliminating dairy from their diet, they find that they feel better. Finally, many people have found that eliminating dairy from their diet helps with weight loss. If the rest of your diet stays the same, you will almost certainly lose weight by going dairy free. This is because you will be eating less sugar – yes, dairy contains sugar – and calories than you used to.

What is the best dairy free protein powder? 

Fortunately, eating dairy-free is easier than ever. This is especially true for protein powders. Today, there are hundreds of dairy free options, the two most popular of which are plant based and egg white based. Plant based protein powders are great…if you are willing to sacrifice taste. To date, I have not found a plant based protein powder that can compete with a whey (or casein) protein powder in terms of taste and texture. Egg white protein powder, on the other hands, matches, if not surpasses, whey protein powder in these categories. This is why I recommend egg white protein powder. If the eggs come from free range chickens (ours do), there are few downsides to boosting your protein with egg whites. That said, all egg white protein powders are not the same. Many are loaded with additives and artificial or highly processed ingredients. Ingredients like these add little to no nutritional value to your diet, and may be bad for your health. Drink Wholesome, unlike the competition, makes (free range) egg white protein powder with only real foods – foods you can pronounce and find in your kitchen. Order samples to see what real foods are all about! If you are vegan, do not despair. We also make a delicious vegan protein powder, which is dairy free of course. 


You are reading an article written by Drink Wholesome, a small, local company from New Hampshire. Drink Wholesome has taken a fundamentally different approach to protein powder. We use 100% real food ingredients. Research suggests that these ingredients are better for you than the highly processed additives and protein isolates found in most protein powders. They are also far better tasting as they contain the complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and other nutrients that make food taste good. Order samples to see for yourself.

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