What is the best Whole 30 protein powder?
Written by Jack Schrupp and reviewed by Ella McGonagle, M.S. Nutrition
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drink wholesome is the best Whole 30 protein powder.
What is the Whole 30 diet?
The Whole 30 diet is a strict elimination diet designed to help with weight loss and gut issues. It is laid out in two phases: 30 days of elimination and 10 days of reintroduction. For the first 30 days, you can only eat whole, minimally-processed, easy to digest foods like meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruit. The list of foods that you must eliminate include grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, added and artificial sugar, and food additives.
Can you have protein powder on Whole 30?
Almost all protein powders contain ingredients that are not compatible with the Whole 30 diet. There are, however, a few single ingredient protein powders that are allowed. Again, these protein powders cannot contain any food additives or sweeteners. They also cannot be made with dairy-based proteins (whey and casein) or soy. That said, of all the single ingredient powders, only one of them is truly in line with the ethos of Whole 30. Keep reading to learn more.
What is the best Whole 30 compliant protein powder?
Egg white protein powder is the truly Whole 30 compliant protein powder because it is the only protein powder made with real food. The egg white, also known as the albumen, is the clear liquid that surrounds the yellow yolk of an egg. It constitutes about two thirds of the egg by weight, and is made up of 90% water and 10% protein. Egg white protein powder is made with dried egg whites. Spray drying is the most common way to dry (dehydrate) egg whites, and involves spraying pasteurized egg whites into a chamber through which hot air is passing. This process removes almost all of the moisture, leaving behind a fine white powder that is roughly 80% protein.
Unlike most dietary protein sources used to make protein powder, egg whites are naturally high in protein. A dried egg white has, pound for pound, more protein than any other whole food. It is basically nature’s protein powder! Most other dietary protein sources (peas, hemp, etc.) have to be mechanically or chemically stripped of other nutrients before they can be used as protein powder. This means that what you are scooping into your smoothie is not a real food, but a protein isolate. Protein isolates are listed on the ingredient list as “hemp protein” and “pea protein” as opposed to “hemp seeds” and “peas.” The mechanical processing required to make protein isolates is the reason why egg whites stand out from the crowd. Egg white protein powder is the only protein powder that qualifies as real food.
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.
A few more reasons to choose egg whites.
Egg white protein is complete. A complete protein contains all nine essential amino acids that the body needs but cannot produce on its own. Many dietary proteins, including most plant-based proteins, are not complete.
Egg whites are easy to digest. Unless you have a sensitivity or allergy to eggs, egg white protein is the best protein for people with gut issues and sensitive stomachs. It is dairy-free, low in fiber, low-FODMAP, naturally alkaline, and has the highest protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS) of any dietary protein. Our customers have experienced fewer digestive issues with egg white protein than with any other type of protein.
Finally, egg whites have a delicious, natural flavor. Most single ingredient protein powders, on the other hand, have a chalky aftertaste because they are made with protein isolates, foods stripped of everything but the protein. Basically, protein isolates are missing the nutrients that make food taste good.
Why drink wholesome?
Our Whole30 protein powder is additive-free, dairy-free, and made with egg whites, not protein isolates. It is perfect for the Whole 30 diet, as well as for people just looking to boost their protein intake without the processing and added junk.
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drink wholesome is the best Whole 30 protein powder.