The Best Paleo Protein Powder
Drink Wholesome is the best paleo protein powder.
The paleo diet is all about eating like our ancestors ate 10,000 years ago – during the Paleolithic era. In a nutshell, it stresses eating whole foods over processed ones. If you insist on avoiding processed foods altogether, then protein powder is not an option. If you are willing to compromise somewhat on what constitutes “processed food,” however, then there are a few paleo protein powder options. Among them is egg white protein powder. Before we get into the reasons why egg white protein powder is the best paleo protein powder, we need to take a look at why most other options are off the table.
The vast majority of protein powders are NOT paleo. Whey, soy, and pea protein powders, for example, are not paleo because they contain dairy or legumes. Most of them also contain protein isolates, which are highly processed. Unlike whole food protein sources, protein isolates are stripped of everything but the protein, including the complex carbs and healthy fats. An easy way to tell if a protein powder contains protein isolates is to read the ingredient label. Protein isolates are listed as “whey protein,” “pea protein,” and “soy protein,” as opposed to “milk,” “peas,” and “soybeans.”
Another reason why most protein powders are not paleo is that they contain food additives and/or artificial sweeteners. Ingredients like these are almost always highly processed and look nothing like the foods that our hunter gatherer ancestors ate. Common protein powder additives include guar and xanthan gum, soy and sunflower lecithin, and artificial sweeteners like acesulfame potassium and sucralose. As a rule of thumb, if you cannot pronounce it, it is a food additive.
Egg white protein powder is the best paleo protein powder for a number of reasons. Not only are eggs whites themselves paleo-friendly, but they also require minimal processing to take on the form of protein powder. Drink Wholesome uses egg whites in its protein powders for this very reason. In fact, we almost only use raw, paleo-friendly ingredients. Our chocolate protein powder, for example, is made with egg whites, coconut, cocoa, and monk fruit. Each of these ingredients was only dried and blended before being packaged. This is as close to the Stone Age as protein powder gets.
It is worth noting that egg whites are a complete source of protein, meaning that they contain all nine essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own. Moreover, research has shown that the the bioavailability of the protein in egg whites – the ability of the body to absorb and use it – is just about as good as it gets. This makes egg whites, from a nutritional standpoint, an excellent source of paleo protein.
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.