What is the best no sugar or artificial sweetener protein powder?
Drink Wholesome is the best no sugar or artificial sweetener protein powder. It is made (by hand in the USA) with 100% real foods – no chalky protein isolates, no added junk, just real foods.
A protein powder without artificial sweeteners is hard to come by. Most protein powders are full of artificial sweeteners. The two most popular are sucralose and acesulfame potassium. Other common artificial sweeteners include aspartame, erythritol, sorbitol, and xylitol. Although sweeteners like these provide sweetness without the sugar, they can have nasty side effects.
Artificial sweeteners are chemicals added to some foods and beverages to make them sweet. They appear on the ingredient list of almost every brand of protein powder and are so popular because of their intense sweetness. A pinch of artificial sweetener, for example, can be used to achieve the same amount of sweetness as several tablespoons of sugar. This allows food manufacturers to reduce both the caloric and sugar content of their products.
When put like this, the use of artificial sweeteners seems like a no brainer. Unfortunately, however, the benefits of artificial sweeteners are too good to be true.
The hype surrounding artificial sweeteners is misleading because although these ingredients offer zero calories and zero sugar, they are associated with a host of side effects. Several studies, for instance, have shown that artificial sweeteners may increase cravings toward sugary and sweet foods, which can lead to binging and feelings of withdrawal. Researchers have also associated artificial sweeteners with a higher risk of glucose intolerance, which is a precursor for pre-diabetes and diabetes.
Some artificial sweeteners are known to cause headaches and stomach pain. Recent research has shown that the latter happens because these ingredients alter the composition of gut microbiota.
It is important to understand the potential side effects of artificial sweeteners before you include them in your diet. You should also note that the long-term effects of most artificial sweeteners are still unknown.
Some companies use stevia instead of artificial sweeteners. Stevia is an inexpensive zero calorie sweetener derived from the stevia rebaudiana plant. It is over 100 times sweeter than table sugar.
Stevia is generally regarded as food-safe and is considered by many to be a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners. It is therefore no surprise that this zero calorie sweetener has found its way into protein powders looking to please health conscious consumers.
That said, stevia’s popularity is starting to dwindle because it does not taste like sugar. Stevia is sweet, but it has an unpleasant metallic aftertaste reminiscent of aluminum foil. Many protein protein powder brands are therefore working like mad to mask these flavors and it is causing them quite the headache.
Another reason why stevia is on its way out is that it is processed with nasty chemicals like ethanol. This makes it barely more natural than Splenda, Equal, Sweet, etc. A recent class action lawsuit filed in California argued that stevia should not be considered natural, owing to the “chemical processing” used to extract it from the stevia leaf. A $6.1 million final settlement was reached as it was ruled that the company in question falsely labeled and advertised its stevia sweeteners as made primarily from all-natural ingredients.
Finding a protein powder without artificial sweeteners or stevia is hard. Finding a protein powder without artificial sweeteners, stevia, or sugar is next to impossible. Fortunately for you, Drink Wholesome makes 3 sugar-free, stevia-free, artificial-free protein powders with 100% real foods, foods close to nature.
Monk fruit – also known as luo han guo – is a relative newcomer to the world of low/zero calorie sweeteners. It comes from a melon-like fruit native to Southeast Asia. The sweetener is created by removing the seeds and skin of the fruit, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice, which is then dried into a concentrated powder.
Monk fruit’s intense sweetness, which is about 200 times as strong as that of sugar, is provided by non-caloric compounds called mogrosides. It is far better tasting than artificial sweeteners or stevia. Read more about why we love monk fruit.
Very few brands of protein powder use monk fruit because it is expensive. We use monk fruit because we are not willing to compromise on taste for our bottom line.
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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.