What is the best heart healthy protein powder?


If you are looking for the best heart healthy protein powder, you have come to the right place. Learn how to easily and safely supplement your dietary protein intake.

This article was written by Jack Schrupp.

How to support your heart health with protein powder

Is protein powder heart healthy?


If something is heart healthy, it helps prevent or reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels. CVD is the leading cause of death in the United States, taking a life every 33 seconds.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading risk factors for CVD are high blood pressure, high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and secondhand smoke exposure, obesity, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity.

As you might imagine, research has demonstrated an intimate relationship between diet and CVD.

What you eat, or do not eat, can raise or lower your risk of developing CVD.

Given that diet is the cornerstone of CVD prevention, protein powder should be taken into consideration when talking about heart health.

Protein powder is not typically thought of as a heart healthy food, but it can be used to promote weight loss, which lowers your risk of developing CVD.

That said, many people consume protein powder every day, so protein powder ingredients that are not heart healthy should be avoided. 

What should you avoid?


Several common protein powder ingredients/nutrients may have adverse effects on heart health when consumed in excess. Here are few of the ones to avoid:

  • Added sugars: Excessive consumption of added sugars can contribute to weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. Keep an eye out for additives like maltodextrin too, as they affect your blood sugar levels like sugar.
  • Artificial sweeteners: Some studies suggest that artificial sweeteners like acesulfame potassium and sucralose may have negative effects on cardiovascular health.
  • Trans fats: Trans fats can raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and lower HDL (good) cholesterol levels, increasing the risk of heart disease.
  • Sodium: Excessive sodium intake can lead to high blood pressure.

It is important to read the ingredient list and nutrition label carefully when choosing a protein powder. If you have specific concerns about heart health or any other health condition, consult a healthcare professional or registered dietitian.

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What should you prioritize?


Certain protein powder ingredients are beneficial for heart health.

The ingredients that tend to have the most benefits are plant-based ones.

Plants contain fiber, which helps lower cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar levels. They are also rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and polyphenols that help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, two risk factors for heart disease. Some plants, like nuts and seeds, also contain healthy fats, which are associated with reduced inflammation and improved heart health.

Can protein powder cause heart problems?


Protein itself has not been associated with heart problems, but you should still be mindful of what is in your protein powder, especially if you have a pre-existing heart condition.

One thing to look out for is caffeine. Some protein powders contain caffeine, which can have adverse effects on heart health when consumed in excess.

Too much caffeine can cause:

  • Elevated heart rate and blood pressure: High doses of caffeine can temporarily raise heart rate and blood pressure, which may be concerning for individuals with certain heart conditions or hypertension
  • Disrupted sleep patterns: Consuming caffeine late in the day can interfere with sleep quality and duration, which may indirectly affect heart health as inadequate sleep is linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
  • Arrhythmias: In sensitive individuals, high doses of caffeine may trigger irregular heartbeats or arrhythmias, although this is relatively rare.

Many protein powders are naturally-caffeinated because they contain ingredients like coffee, cocoa, or matcha. These products contain low to moderate amounts of caffeine.

Some protein powders, especially metabolism-boosting or thermogenic products, are formulated with caffeine-rich ingredients like green tea extract. These products tend to contain high amounts of caffeine.

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What is the best heart healthy protein powder?


As you just learned, a heart healthy protein powder must be a) low in added sugars b) free from artificial sweeteners c) low in trans fats and d) low in sodium. It should also be made from plant-based ingredients. These are just the low hanging fruit, however.

A truly heart healthy protein powder needs to be made from a short list of simple ingredients, which means no food additives.

Avoid food additives

Regularly eating emulsifiers, thickeners, sugar substitutes, and other additives can not only upset your stomach, but also alter the composition of your gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms living in your gut. This can lead to gut dysbiosis, which has been linked to pathologies such as atherosclerosis, hypertension, and. heart failure.

Here is a list of the most common food additives in protein supplements:

  • acacia fiber
  • acacia gum
  • acesulfame potassium
  • artificial flavors
  • ascorbic acid
  • aspartame
  • calcium carbonate
  • carrageenan
  • cellulose gum
  • dextrin
  • dicalcium phosphate
  • dipotassium phosphate
  • erythritol
  • gellan gum
  • guar gum
  • gum arabic
  • inulin
  • locust bean gum
  • maltitol
  • maltodextrin
  • mono- and diglycerides
  • ‘natural’ flavors
  • rice bran extract
  • rice dextrin
  • rice hulls
  • rosemary extract
  • silica
  • silicon dioxide
  • sodium alginate
  • soluble corn fiber
  • sorbitol
  • soy lecithin
  • sucralose
  • sunflower lecithin
  • tocopherols
  • tricalcium phosphate
  • xanthan gum
  • xylitol
  • zinc oxide

Avoid dairy-based proteins

Dairy-based proteins like whey and casein, although not an issue for everyone, can cause side effects like bloating and diarrhea. This is in part because they contain lactose, a sugar most adults cannot fully digest.

Avoid protein concentrates and isolates

Most protein powders are made from protein concentrates and isolates, which have been mechanically and or chemically stripped of everything but the protein, including the enzymes, fiber, and other natural digestive aids that help you break them down. As a result, they can cause digestive issues and possibly even disruptions to your gut microbiome

Finding a protein powder free from food additives, dairy-based proteins, and protein concentrates and isolates is hard.

In fact, 99% of protein supplements contain one or more of these problematic ingredients. This is why we created drink wholesome. Keep reading to learn more about why we make the best protein powder after surgery.

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We make the best heart healthy protein powder because we use a short list of simple ingredients free from food additives, dairy-based proteins, and protein concentrates and isolates.

Our ingredients

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coconut

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vanilla

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NOT our ingredients

  • acacia gum

  • acesulfame potassium

  • artificial flavors

  • carrageenan

  • erythritol

  • guar gum

  • inulin

  • maltodextrin

  • 'natural' flavors

  • silica

  • soy lecithin

  • sucralose

  • xanthan gum

  • xylitol

Note that instead of using protein concentrates or isolates, we use whole food protein sources like collagen, egg whites, and almonds, which are easier to digest and absorb.

Whole food protein sources also have unique digestive benefits: collagen can reduce bloating and improve digestive symptoms, egg whites can help restore your mucosal intestinal barrier, and almonds can improve the composition of your gut microbiome.

It follows that our customers experience fewer digestive issues with our heart healthy protein powder than with any other type of protein supplement. Order samples to see for yourself.

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Protein powder vs meal replacement powder?

You may have noticed that we make protein powders and meal replacement powders. The difference between protein powders and meal replacement powders is the nutrition content. Protein powders are high in protein and low in everything else, whereas meal replacement powders contain fats, carbs, and protein because they are intended to replace the nutritional value of a healthy meal.

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You may have noticed that we make three types of protein powder: collagen protein powderegg white protein powder, and vegan almond protein powder. As long as you are eating a balanced diet, any type of protein powder can help you boost your protein intake. Just pick the type that best suits your dietary needs and personal preferences.

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