What is the best unflavored egg white protein powder?
There is no such thing as flavorless protein powder. All unflavored protein powders protein powders have a flavor, even if they do not contain added flavorings. Unflavored egg white protein powder, for example, tastes like egg whites. Egg whites themselves do not have much flavor at all, however, so if you add unflavored protein powder to your smoothie or favorite recipe, you will probably not notice the difference.
Why drink wholesome?
First of all, drink wholesome is made with whole egg whites. Many unflavored egg white protein powders, in contrast, are made with protein isolates, egg whites chemically or mechanically stripped of everything but the protein. They are listed on the ingredient list as “egg white protein” as opposed to “egg whites.”
The potential problem here is that your gut might not know what to do with ingredients like these. Your gut prefers the real thing, not some heavily-processed imitation, so protein isolates might be hard to digest for people with sensitive stomachs. Protein isolates also taste like chalk because they are missing the nutrients that make food taste good. They can ruin your smoothie and turn baked goods into hockey pucks.
Our egg whites, on the other hand, are simply broken, pasteurized, and dried before becoming protein powder. They have a delicious, natural aftertaste, and if you mix them with other ingredients, you cannot even tell that you are eating egg whites.
Protein powder should taste good because if consuming protein powder is a chore, it is not sustainable in the long term. A diet is not a six-week affair, it is for life. 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!”
Second, drink wholesome is additive-free. Many egg white protein powders, in contrast, contain food additives, like sunflower lecithin, that help them mix better. Although they are not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, food additives can add up quickly, especially if you drink a protein shake every day. At higher quantities, food additives can cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects.
Many food additives are hard to digest and sit in your gut for longer than they should. This gives your gut bacteria more time to ferment (eat), and as they eat, these bacteria produce gas, which causes bloating, cramps, and nausea.
In the short term, 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 disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine and trigger the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders.
Keep an eye out for artificial sweeteners too. Artificial sweeteners are poorly absorbed by the gut, which his means that they feed your hungry gut bacteria. They also alter the composition of your gut microbiota (the collection of microorganisms that help you digest food). This can lead to serious GI problems and widespread inflammation.
Finally, artificial sweeteners, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, can cause diarrhea because they draw water into your gut. Now you might 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.
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.
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.