The Best Protein Powder Without Artificial Sweeteners
Drink Wholesome is the best protein powder without artificial sweeteners.
A protein powder without artificial sweeteners is hard to come by. Most protein powders, including vegan options, 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 ingredients like these are a great way to achieve sweetness without increasing sugar content, they have potentially harmful effects. In this post we take a look at artificial sweeteners, their side effects, and a healthier alternative.
Artificial sweeteners are everywhere, and appear on the ingredient list of almost every brand of protein powder. They 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, these health claims are too good to be true.
The marketing of artificial sweeteners is misleading, because although these ingredients offer zero calories and zero sugar, they are associated with a host of dangerous 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. Others have associated artificial sweeteners with a higher risk of glucose intolerance, which is a precursor for pre-diabetes and diabetes. Some studies have even shown a positive correlation between artificial sweeteners and weight gain. Moreover, many artificial sweeteners are known to cause symptoms such as headaches and digestive distress. It is therefore important to understand the potential effects of artificial sweeteners, before you include them in your diet. You should also note that the long-term health effects of most artificial sweeteners are still unknown.
If you are struggling to find a protein powder without artificial sweeteners, especially one that actually tastes good, you should consider Drink Wholesome. We make protein powders without artificial sweeteners or stevia. For the vegans out there, we make a plant based protein powder without artificial sweeteners too. Instead, we use a natural sweetener called monk fruit – also known as luo han guo – which comes from a round, green fruit native to Southeast Asia. Monk fruit’s intense sweetness, which is about 200 times as strong as that of sugar, is provided by non-caloric compounds called mogrosides.
You probably have not encountered many products containing monk fruit because it is very expensive. Very few brands of protein powder use it for that reason. We at Drink Wholesome, however, believe that monk fruit’s proximity to nature – as close to nature as a non-sugar sweetener gets – justifies its cost. We also love how it tastes. Order samples to try it for yourself. You will not be disappointed!
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.