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5 Ingredients to Avoid in Your Protein Powder

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Searching for a new protein powder  may seem like an easy task, but with literally hundreds of options, its easy to feel  overwhelmed. This is why its so  important to do your research and become as informed as possible. Many supplement companies add low quality ingredients that may contribute to digestive discomfort and bloating.  These less than optimal ingredients are typically added to cheat you, the consumer. Check out the 5 Ingredients to avoid when choosing your protein powder.

 

1) Whey Protein Concentrate

Whey Protein Concentrate is essentially a dehydrated waste product of manufacturing cheese. It is a low quality protein source that contains high amounts of lactose which in turn causes gas, bloating and discomfort for many people. It is used because it is significantly cheaper than other protein sources and won’t negatively affect the overall protein content. All this comes at your expense.

2) Soy Lecithin

Soy lecithin, is a waste product from the manufacturing process that produces soy oil. It is extracted directly from the sludge that is left after the soy oil undergoes a degumming process. Soy Lecithin is used as an emulsifier, but is also used to extend the shelf life of products and profitability. Again, at your expense.

3) Artificial Flavors

Artificial flavors basically means that the flavor has been derived from an inedible source. Something like petroleum. Companies don’t have to list what exactly their flavor is or what it’s made from. Be wise and avoid artificial flavors all together.

4) Acesulfame Potassium

This compound is 200 times sweeter than sugar and has been traditionally used to make medicine more palatable. It contains a carcinogen named methylene chloride which could lead to things like depression, mental confusion, kidney damage and cancer.

5) Xanthan Gums & other thickening agents

Thickeners and gums are usually manufactured from soy or corn and can cause bloating and gas. In small doses Xanthan gum is relatively harmless, but high amounts and high exposure can cause migraines, skin irritation, intestinal gas, flatulence, diarrhea and bloating.

These ingredients and many others are not exclusive to protein powders. As a consumer, you need to take the time to educate yourself and become a label reader. Focus, instead, on fueling your body with natural, whole food sources and you will be well on your way to reaching optimal health and performance. Plus, taking the time to read up on the specifics may lead help you discover that some of your favorite brands are letting you down with their false claims and synthetic ingredients.