What is the best tasting keto protein powder?
drink wholesome is the best tasting keto protein powder. It is made with 1 simple, easy to digest ingredient. Order samples to see for yourself.
What is the keto diet?
The keto or ketogenic diet is a low carbohydrate, high fat diet that puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. It has been shown to help with weight loss and is recommended by a growing number of health and wellness professionals. The standard ketogenic diet involves significantly restricting carbohydrate consumption. In order to do so, most people have to pay close attention to what they eat.
Why use protein powder?
The most common approach to the keto diet involves sourcing 70-80 percent of calories from fat, and 5-10 percent from carbs, and 10-20 percent from protein. For a 2000-calorie diet, this translates to about 165 grams fat, 40 grams carbohydrate, and 75 grams protein. For some people, 75 grams of protein per day is a hard number to hit, which is where protein powder can come in handy.
Is protein powder keto?
Some protein powders are keto-friendly, others are not. Our vegan protein powders, for example, contain 10+ grams of carbohydrates per serving. This is too many carbs for someone on the keto diet. Our unflavored egg white protein powder, however, contains only 1 gram of carbohydrate. You can therefore add it to your smoothies and baking for a keto-friendly protein boost.
Keto diet followers are often surprised to learn that most protein powders contain carbohydrates. They also need to be reminded that a few carbs in their protein powder is not the end of the world. Simple carbohydrates from fillers and added sugars are not good for you, but complex carbohydrates might be a sign that your protein powder is minimally-processed, which is great news. All of our protein powders, for example, contain a few carbohydrates because we use minimally-processed ingredients. Other protein powders may have fewer carbs, but they made with heavily-processed protein concentrates or isolates, foods stripped of everything but the protein.
Although stripping away fats and carbohydrates might seem like a good thing for someone on the keto diet, it is not. We will not go into the details, but protein concentrates and isolates undergo heavy mechanical and chemical processing before becoming protein powder. Sometimes, manufacturers use chemical solvents like hexane to isolate (separate) the protein from the food. This means that what you end up putting into your body looks nothing like real food. The problem with ingredients that look nothing like real food is that they are hard to digest; your gut always prefers the real thing, not some heavily-processed imitation.
*Protein concentrates and isolates are listed on the ingredient list as “pea protein,” for example, as opposed to “peas.”
Instead of protein concentrates or isolates, we use egg whites and almonds. Egg whites are simply pasteurized and dried before becoming protein powder. Minimally-processed ingredients like this are an easy to digest, gut-friendly alternative to protein concentrates and isolates.
Why drink wholesome?
This is an article about the best tasting protein powder for the keto diet, not the protein powder with the fewest carbs. There are a few zero carb protein powders out there, but they all have a terrible chalky aftertaste. This is because they are made with protein isolates, which are stripped of the nutrients that make food taste good. Our egg whites, on the other hand, are simply pasteurized and dried before becoming protein powder. They therefore have a delicious, natural aftertaste and can be added to smoothies for an undetectable protein boost. Protein powder should taste good because if consuming it is a chore, it is not sustainable in the long term. A diet is not a six-week affair, it is for life, so think twice before spending your hard-earned dollars on a protein powder that tastes like chalk.
“I just finished my first bag and ordered 2 more! I Iove this stuff! I have IBS and every protein powder hurts my stomach…except drink wholesome!”
A word to the wise.
In order to mask the chalkiness of protein concentrates and isolates, many companies use food additives like xanthan gum and sunflower lecithin. You want to steer clear of products made with ingredients like these. Although not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, additives can add up quickly (especially if you drink a protein shake every day) and cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects like bloating, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and stomach pain. This is because food additives are, generally speaking, hard to digest. They sit in your gut for longer than food should, which gives your gut bacteria more time to eat. As they eat, these bacteria produce gas, which causes bloating and stomach pain. Gas also slows colonic transit (the amount of time it takes food to travel through the colon), which can lead to constipation.
In the long term, food additives can disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine, which can result in the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders. Artificial sweeteners are among the most harmful additives in the long term as they alter the composition of your gut microbiota (the collection of microorganisms that help you digest food). This can lead to serious, chronic GI problems and widespread inflammation. Some sweeteners, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, are also poorly absorbed by the gut (meaning they feed those hungry gut bacteria) and cause diarrhea because they draw water into your intestine. Now you finally have something to blame for those post-protein shake trips to the bathroom!
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
When it comes to identifying food additives, go with your gut. 😉 As a rule of thumb, they are the ingredients that you cannot pronounce.
egg whites, coconut, cocoa, monk fruit
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.
*This is the actual ingredient list of one of the best-selling protein powders in the United States.
Again, drink wholesome is the best tasting keto protein powder. It is made with 1 simple, easy to digest ingredient. Order samples to see for yourself.
Disclaimer: Some people advise against egg whites on the keto diet because egg whites are low fat. If this a concern for you, try our flavored protein powders. They contain coconut meat, which is loaded with healthy fats.
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Hi, my name is Jack. I created drink wholesome because I was sick of protein powders that upset my stomach. drink wholesome is handmade in Plymouth, MA.
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