What is the best seed oil-free protein powder? 

drink wholesome makes the best seed oil-free protein powder with a short list of simple ingredients. It is perfect for people with sensitive stomachs, and for people who want a protein boost without the extra processing and added junk. Order samples to see if our protein powders without seed oils are right for you. 

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drink wholesome makes the best seed oil-free protein powder.

Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

What are seed oils? 

Seed oils, also known as vegetable oils, are oils that are extracted from the seeds of various plants. They are commonly used in processed foods to improve texture and shelf-stability. Some examples of seed oils include canola (rapeseed), corn, cottonseed, grapeseed, rice bran, safflower, soy, and sunflower.

Are seed oils bad for you? 

Manufacturers use solvents, such as hexane, to extract the oil from seeds. Some argue that this process introduces dangerous chemicals to our food, which may or may not be true. Hexane poses a risk to the environment and to workers if they inhale it, but it is less clear whether the trace amounts in seed oils can cause health problems.

Another concern with seed oils is that when you heat them up repeatedly, you cause a buildup of harmful chemicals. This is really only an issue in restaurant and factory deep-fryers, however, where oils get changed only once or twice a week. Cooking with seed oils at home does not cause this problem.

The real reason to avoid seed oils is the simple fact that they look nothing like real food. Your body was designed to break down and absorb minimally or unprocessed foods, foods that can be found in nature. Examples include fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, meat, eggs, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

Note that this list includes seeds, not seed oils. Seeds can be found in nature. Seed oils cannot. In fact, canola oil looks more like a science experiment than food. It is extracted from the seeds of the canola plant using either a chemical solvent or oil mill. It is then purified, refined, and sometimes chemically altered. You do not need a degree in nutrition to know intuitively that foods like this are probably not supposed to be part of a human’s diet.


What is the best protein powder without seed oils? 

Seed oils make great emulsifiers and thickeners, and are used in many protein powders. In some cases, they are also used to prevent foaming.

At this point, you are probably wondering how manufacturers turn liquid oils into powders. The answer is by spray-drying them onto a carrier like maltodextrin or gum arabic. This is important to understand because it means that a protein powder with seed oils also contains added carriers. Carriers, like most food additives, are not good for you.

If you are looking for a seed oil-free protein powder, you probably want to avoid food additives altogether. Emulsifiers, thickeners, sugar substitutes, and flavorings are as bad, if not worse for you than seed oils, causing painful side effects and long-term gut health problems. This is why it is so important to read the ingredient list. 


Why drink wholesome

drink wholesome is additive-free.

One of the reasons why we make the best seed oil-free protein powder is that we do not use any food additives whatsoever. Even tiny amounts of added ingredients like these can lead to digestive discomfort, especially if you have a sensitive stomach.

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

acacia gum, acesulfame potassium, artificial flavors, aspartame, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dextrose, erythritol, gellan gum, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, “natural” flavors, maltodextrin, rice syrup solids, soy lecithin, silica, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, xanthan gum, xylitol

Food additives do not resemble real food, which makes them tough to digest. As a result, they hang around in your gut longer than they should, giving your gut bacteria extra time to feast. When they munch on additives, gut bacteria produce gas, leading to bloating, flatulence, and stomach pain. Gas can also slow down food as it moves through your colon, potentially causing constipation.

Sometimes, partially digested additives can make your colon take in too much water or block it from absorbing water properly. This can lead to a condition called osmotic diarrhea, which might explain why protein shakes send you rushing to the bathroom.

Consuming food additives regularly can mess with the regulatory pathways in your intestines, leading to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other inflammation-related issues. Certain additives, particularly artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols, can also mess with your gut microbiome. A disrupted gut microbiome is linked to the onset and progression of several chronic diseases.

the alternative:

Protein Matrix Comprised of (Whey Protein Concentrate,  Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Caseinate, Micellar Casein, Milk Protein Isolate, Egg Albumen, Glutamine Peptides), Polydextrose, Sunflower Creamer (Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup Solids,  Sodium Caseinate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Tocopherols), Natural and Artificial Flavor, MCT Powder (Medium Chain Triglycerides, Nonfat Dry Milk, Disodium Phosphate, Silicon Dioxide), Lecithin, Cellulose Gum, Salt, Yellow 5, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Papain, Bromelain

drink wholesome is dairy-free.

Another reason why we make the best protein powder without seed oils is that we do not use dairy-based proteins like whey and casein. Whey and casein, which come from making cheese and yogurt, contain lactose. Lactose is known for causing discomfort, especially for those with lactose intolerance. Most adults have some level of lactose intolerance, which means they do not have the enzymes to fully digest lactose (the sugar in dairy). As you just read, the incomplete digestion of food can lead to various digestive issues.

drink wholesome is made with real foods.

A final reason why we make the best seed oil-free protein powder is that we do not use protein concentrates or isolates. Nearly every other protein powder is made from these protein sources. Concentrates and isolates are foods stripped of everything except the protein. They go through intense mechanical and chemical processing, sometimes using solvents like hexane (like seed oils), which makes them look nothing like real food.

Your gut is built to handle minimally or unprocessed foods, not these highly processed protein concentrates or isolates. Hence, research is discovering that regularly consuming these ingredients can change the makeup of your gut microbiome. As you now know, having a dysbiotic gut microbiome is a serious matter.

Instead of using protein concentrates or isolates, we make the best protein powder without seed oils with egg whites and almonds. Choosing minimally-processed ingredients like these is a gut-friendly alternative to protein concentrates and isolates.

Unlike those isolates and concentrates, egg whites and almonds come with enzymes that make them easier to digest. Plus, egg whites have qualities like being low in fiber, low in FODMAPs, alkaline (for a healthy gut pH), and bioactive (good for good gut bacteria growth). Many customers have told us they experience fewer digestive problems with our egg white protein powder than with any other protein supplement.

For those who cannot have eggs, our vegan almond protein powder is the top plant-based choice. Almonds are prebiotic, meaning they support a more diverse gut microbiome. They also help with regular and healthy bowel movements. In short, our protein powders, free from seed oils, additives and dairy, and made from real foods, are the best protein powders for people looking to clean up their diet. 


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“I use and love your protein powder! I love that its made from real and wholesome ingredients with none of the icky stuff like additives, gums, artificial sweeteners/ flavors, etc.” – Julie

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