The scoop on Protein powders

There are so many different protein powders on the market today. Some are really healthy and some are just garbage. So how are you suppose to decipher all those different brands.

Here’s what to look for when shopping around.

Protein content and type, low sugar, fat, and carbs, non-GMO, no artificial sweeteners, and if it’s a complete protein (providing at least 9 amino acids).

My favourite 5 on the market include:

Whey- derived from milk protein, it provides a nice flavour with a very smooth texture, perfect for blending. Look for an isolate, concentrate blend (for building muscle, and general nutrition) for a well balanced protein, make sure it’s hormone free.

Rice- sprouted brown rice is the best form of this vegan protein. Texture is a little gritty but it’s often found in vegan blends as well as on its own. Make sure it’s at least 80% protein.

Soy- there’s a lot of controversy around this one. This product is high in calcium and phytoestrogens, so for men I wouldn’t typically recommend it. However, I find the texture to be a bit on the chalky side. Soy protein should be non-GMO or don’t bother buying it. This is a good one to rotate amongst other proteins.

Vegan Blends- usually a combination of pea, flaxseed, cranberry, hemp, and brown rice protein, this blend is quite pleasant, texture and taste wise. It’s high in fiber and is a great complete plant based protein.

Hemp- another protein high in Fiber, this one can be found as a powder or as the whole hulled hemp seed. Either way, provides a lot of nutrients, but has a mild nutty taste.

Typically, protein powders are often used during growth periods, post workout, muscle building, satisfying hunger, recovering from an injury, and by vegans.

Want to learn more? Drop me an email to figure out your protein requirements.

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About Hannah Pidgeon, RHN

Graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2011. Consulting in Charlottetown, PEI. Mama to a beautiful baby girl.
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