Protein powder is the ideal protein source for anyone who wants a quick amino acid spike to rebuild muscles after exercise, or just ensure they’re getting in their daily allotment of protein. After all, it’s difficult to eat 300g of protein from chicken breast alone. With protein powders, though, come a host of other ingredients to make the powder palatable – these include sweeteners, thickeners, flavours and emulsifiers – many of which we’d prefer not to have in our diet if we can help it.
Artifical sweeteners like acesulfame potassium (ace-K), sucralose and aspartame are common in thousands of products on the market, whether it’s your favourite sports supplement, packaged food or coffee sweetener. Many agree that artificial sweeteners are safe for consumption at the levels that most people consume them – though there has always been debate on this topic. If you’re looking to eliminate them from your diet completely, look for codes like 950, 951 and 955 – these are the three most common artificial sweeteners on the market today.
For those who love their protein, and don’t love artificial sweeteners, we’ve listed six of the more popular proteins on our shelves that are artificial-sweetener free.
Raw Fusion is a vegan protein powder, providing pea protein, rice protein and artichoke protein at the mark of around 70% protein – which is excellent for a plant-based protein. It comes in a range of sizes and flavours, and is sweetened with stevia.
The Body Science range currently boasts a 100% no artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners, with some great ingredient profiles. The BSc Whey Protein Isolate delivers a whopping 85% protein, sweetened with stevia.
Optimum Gold Standard Whey has a 100% natural cousin, with a very similar ingredient profile but no artificial flavours or sweeteners. Gold Standard Natural Whey uses evaporated cane juice powder – basically cane sugar – but absolutely nothing artificial, and provides around 75% protein.
The Balance protein range is revered as one of the best in the world, thanks to high-quality New Zealand whey proteins. Along with the 100% Whey products, Balance has a 100% Whey Natural product, available in a 1.5kg size, in Chocolate, Vanilla and Unflavoured. With around 78% protein, and sweetened with stevia, it’s another great choice for someone wanting to avoid artificial sweeteners in their protein.
International Protein is another brand that delivers a huge range of excellent protein powders, and their Naturals range is one of the best-selling of any natural-based proteins on the market today. Their Natural WPI product is available in Chocolate, Vanilla and Natural varieties (much like the Balance 100% Natural Whey), and uses stevia and xylitol (a sugar alcohol naturally found in many fruits and vegetables) for sweeteners.
Another vegan offering, Verda Superfood is a 100% natural superfood powder, delivering a more balanced protein to carb ratio, with around 17g protein per 40g serve. Verda Superfood uses evaporated cane juice powder and stevia to sweeten.
So, there are six of the more popular artificial sweetener-free protein powders available today. If you want to keep your protein intake high and avoid sucralose, ace-K and aspartame, try swapping these in for your current protein powders.
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