What is the best sugar-free protein powder? 

Our unflavored protein powder is the best sugar-free protein powder. It is made with 1 simple ingredient: egg whites. You can add it to smoothies, oatmeal, and recipes for an easy protein boost. Order samples to see if our sugar-free protein powder is right for you. 

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Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

Why should you use sugar-free protein powder? 

Many people go on a high protein, low sugar diet to lose weight. These same people often use sugar-free protein powder. I bring this up because although sugar-free protein powder can help you lose weight, there is a lot of confusion around protein, sugar, and weight loss.

The first thing you should know is that protein powder helps with weight loss not because it is sugar-free, but because it contains a lot of protein per calorie. Increasing the percentage of your calories that come from protein by replacing a meal or part of a meal with a protein shake will prevent cravings and overeating. This works because protein is the most satiating (filling) macronutrient.

The second thing you should know is that sugar is not necessarily bad for you. The naturally occurring sugars in fruits and vegetables, for example, are part of a healthy diet. Added sugars, on the other hand, are a different story. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that no more than 10 percent of your daily calorie intake come from Added Sugars because eating too many Added Sugars can raise your risk for chronic disease such as heart disease and diabetes.

According to the FDA, “sugar-free” means that one serving of food contains less than 0.5 grams of Total Sugars. Just because a protein powder is sugar-free does not make it good for you, however. There are many other factors that are just as, if not more, important than sugar content.

The ingredients in your protein powder, for example, are much more important than the amount of sugar. In fact, many would argue that a protein powder with a few grams of sugar is better for you than a sugar-free protein powder sweetened with artificial sweeteners. Keep reading to learn more.

Why should you avoid sugar substitutes? 

Sugar-free does not mean healthy. In fact, in many cases, sugar-free protein powders are actually worse for you. Allow me to explain.

In order to reduce the sugar content of their products and make them appealing to health-conscious customers, many protein powder companies use sugar substitutes like artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols, and natural sweeteners. Just a pinch of these non-nutritive sweeteners can be used to achieve the same amount of sweetness as several tablespoons of sugar, which seems like a home run until you do a little research. 

Here the top 5 reasons to avoid most sugar substitutes:

1. Artificial sweeteners can increase the risk of glucose intolerance, which is a precursor for pre-diabetes and diabetes.

2. Sugar alcohols have been linked to an increased risk for heart attacks and stroke.

3. Both artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols have been shown to disrupt the composition and function of the gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms living in your gut. An unhealthy gut microbiome is a leading driver of inflammation and linked to the onset and development of many chronic diseases. It can also cause digestive issues like bloating, diarrhea, and stomach pain.

4. Some natural sweeteners like stevia are extracted from plants using chemicals like ethanol and methyl alcohol. This, one could argue, makes them barely more natural than the artificial sweeteners they seek to replace.

5. Artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols, and stevia activate bitter taste receptors, giving them an unpleasant aftertaste.

And this is only the tip of the iceberg – there are tons more side effects and drawbacks linked to sugar substitutes. If you think about it, you are better off just sticking to sugar – in moderation of course.

For the record, the only sugar substitute we feel comfortable using is monk fruit sweetener. Monk fruit, also known as luo han guo, is a melon-like fruit native to Southeast Asia. Of all the sugar substitutes, it is by far the most natural and best tasting. Learn more about why we love monk fruit.

What is the best sugar-free protein powder? 

We make the best protein powder without sugar using 1 simple ingredient: egg whites. It is unflavored and unsweetened, making it the perfect addition to smoothies, oatmeal, and other high protein recipes. If you cannot eat eggs, check out our unflavored vegan protein powder. It is made with almonds, and has only 1 gram of sugar per serving.

Our zero sugar protein powder is also dairy and additive-free, making it super easy to digest. If you have gut issues or a sensitive stomach, you are going to love how our unflavored protein powders make you feel. Now, you can boost your protein intake without sugar, extra processing, and added junk.


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“I’m diabetic and was looking for something simple to help me boost my protein. I just add it to smoothies. No glucose spikes and fills me up.” – James

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