What is the best pregnancy safe protein powder?
Drink Wholesome is the best pregnancy safe protein powder. It is made by hand in the USA with 100% real foods – no chalky protein isolates, no added junk, just real foods.
Is protein powder safe during pregnancy?
Yes, you can absolutely use protein powder while pregnant. That said, some protein powders are better for you than others. What makes a pregnancy safe protein powder has more to do with the ingredients than the type or amount of protein, so read the ingredient label!
What you eat during pregnancy is important and can affect your baby’s growth and development. Pregnant women should be consuming between 75 and 100 grams of protein per day – about 20% of your calories – which is a lot of protein. Remember that you are eating for two!
If you are struggling to get enough protein in your diet, you may want to consider using a protein powder. Protein powders are a convenient way to boost your protein intake and are easy to stomach. That said, not all protein powders are created equal.
Many protein powders have added ingredients and hidden chemicals that are not safe to eat during pregnancy — or ever for that matter. Among the junk ingredients to avoid are artificial sweeteners, artificial and “natural” flavors, colors, preservatives, anti-caking and gelling agents, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and thickeners. None of these ingredients are real food, not even close.
Those of us who are not dietitians or nutritionists may not be able to understand the ingredients in our protein powder. If this is the case for you, do not despair. As a rule of thumb, if you cannot pronounce it, or find it in your kitchen, it should not be in your protein powder. This is because protein powder is just food and should look like food. Anyone who tells you otherwise is just trying to sell you something that you do not need.
Here is an article in which we identify the most common additives in protein powder.
The number of different protein powders is overwhelming. When in doubt, my advice to you is to reach for real foods. Real foods are foods that can be found in nature, like almonds and eggs. They are minimally processed and are almost always safe to eat during pregnancy. Food additives like sunflower lecithin, xanthan gum, and sucralose, on the other hand, cannot be found in nature. They are not real foods and should not be in your protein powder.
Health, wellness, and performance are informed both by what we eat and what we do not. Although food additives are not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, they can add up quickly, especially if you eat a lot of processed foods or 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 stomach pain.
Look out for protein isolates! Your protein powder is probably made with protein isolates – ingredients stripped of everything but the protein. Protein isolates not real food. Unlike food additives, they are not known to cause nasty side effects, but they do not taste good. If you have ever had a chalky, gritty protein shake, you know exactly what I am talking about.
Protein isolates taste bad because they are missing the healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and other nutrients that make food taste good. They are listed on the ingredients list as “whey protein,” “pea protein,” and “soy protein,” as opposed to “milk,” “peas,” and “soybeans.” If you want a protein powder that ACTUALLY tastes good, reach for one made with real foods.
Drink Wholesome makes the best protein powder for pregnancy with 100% real foods. Our chocolate protein powder, for example, is made with egg whites, coconut, cocoa, and monk fruit. These ingredients are better for you and better tasting. Order samples to see for yourself.
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.