What is the best dairy free sugar free protein powder?
Drink Wholesome is the best dairy free sugar free protein powder. It is made (by hand in the USA) with 100% real foods – no chalky protein isolates, no added junk, just real foods.
What is dairy-free?
Before I can give you the scoop on the best dairy-free, sugar-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 and casein protein powder – including protein concentrate, protein isolate, and hydrolyzed 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 dairy-free whey protein.
What is sugar-free?
With so many fad diets diverse and sources of nutrition advice, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction — especially when it comes to sugar.
First of all, sugar is not necessarily bad for you. The naturally occurring sugar in fruits and vegetables, for example, is part of a healthy diet. Added sugars, on the other hand, are a different story.
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that no more than 10 percent of your daily caloric intake come from added sugars. This is because eating too many added sugars can raise your risk for chronic disease such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
In 2016, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) revised the Nutrition Facts label to include both “Total Sugars” and “Added Sugars.” Added sugars are sugars introduced to the food during processing. Total sugars refers to added sugars as well as naturally occurring sugars like those found in fruits.
Sugar-free means that one serving contains less than 0.5 grams of sugars, both natural and added. A product with zero “Added Sugars” may still contain sugar, so read the nutrition facts closely.
What is the best dairy-free, sugar-free protein powder?
Today, there are tons of dairy-free protein powders, the two most popular of which are plant-based and egg white-based. Plant-based protein powders are great, if you are willing to compromise on taste. To date, I have not found a plant based protein powder that can compete with egg white protein powder in terms of taste and texture.
This is because most plant-based protein powders are made with protein isolates, foods stripped of everything but the protein. Unlike real foods, protein isolates are missing the complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and other nutrients that make food taste good. They therefore have a chalky aftertaste.
Protein isolates are listed on the ingredient list as “whey protein,” “pea protein,” and “soy protein,” as opposed to “milk,” “peas,” and “soybeans.”
This is why I recommend egg white protein powder as the best dairy-free option. If the eggs come from free range chickens, 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 food additives. Ingredients like these add little to no nutritional value to your protein powder and can be bad for your health.
Although food additives like these are not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, they can add up quickly, especially if you drink a protein shake every day. At higher quantities, food additives can cause nasty side effects.
One of the most common side effects caused by food additives is stomach pain. Because food additives look nothing like real foods, we have trouble digesting them. As a result, the trillions of bacteria in our guts have more time to eat and more time to release gas. This gas can cause bloating and discomfort.
As a rule of thumb, avoid ingredients you cannot pronounce or find in your kitchen.
Not sure what to look for? Here is a list of the most common additives in protein powder:
acacia gum, acesulfame potassium, artificial flavors, aspartame, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dextrose, erythritol, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, “natural” flavors, maltodextrin, rice syrup solids, soy lecithin, silica, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, xanthan gum, xylitol
*Natural flavors are NOT natural.
Finding an additive-free, dairy-free protein powder is hard. Finding an additive-free, dairy-free, sugar-free protein powder is next to impossible. Fortunately for you, Drink Wholesome makes 3. Our chocolate, mocha, and unflavored protein powders all have 20 grams of sugar-free protein per serving, most of which comes from egg whites. Moreover, 100% of our ingredients are real foods, food close to nature. Protein isolates and food additives are NOT real foods.
The egg whites that we use are particularly delicious because they were broken, pasteurized, and dried less than twenty four hours from when they were laid. The result is a flavor without the saltiness or sulfur “eggy” notes typical of eggs. Order samples to see for yourself.
You are reading an article by Drink Wholesome, a small company from New Hampshire. Drink Wholesome has taken a fundamentally better approach to protein powder by using 100% real food ingredients. Research suggests that ingredients like these are better for you than the highly processed food additives found in most protein supplements. They are also far better tasting than the chalky protein isolates that you are probably used to. Order samples to see for yourself.
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider.