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Worse Protein Powders

Yesterday and the day before I did two posts about the best and the worst of protein bars If you are Interested In learning what made my best and worst list here are the links

Worst Protein Bars ~~~> Worst Low-Sugar Protein Bars

Best Protein Bars ~~~> The Best Protein Bars

Whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, a vegan or a plant-based foodie, everyone Is getting In on the protein trend. And with good reason. Thanks to the high protein content of powder supplements, adding a scoop or two to your smoothies, baked goods, or shakes can aid in rapid weight loss efforts by boosting calorie burn, Increasing satiety, and preserving lean muscle mass.

While feeding your muscles on the fly has never been easier, not all powders are created equal. And choosing which product is best can be a bit of a struggle. On one hand, there are animal-based supplements like eggs, whey ( I did a post about the dangerous of whey protein If you are Interested In reading It click Here)  and casein, and the other hand Is a garden of plant-based forms from pea, hemp, rice, and soy. And even after you pick the source of the protein, there’s still another hurdle to jump: additives. Many powders on the market are loaded with enough scary chemicals and artificial sweeteners to earn them a spot among the unhealthiest foods on the planet. Just because your protein Is a powder doesn’t mean you have to settle for one with a label that reads like a science experiment.

Because which supplement you pick will ultimately depend on your personal body goals…whether you’re looking to lose weight, gain muscle, or stop late-night snacking…we created this list of examples of the best and worst brands to help you understand what to look out for when examining the labels. I’ve narrowed the list of protein supplements down to some of the worst animal-based and plant-based proteins

Worst Protein Powders


As I mentioned earlier, many protein powder labels read like the stock list of a chemistry lab. But don’t let that science mumbo jumbo confuse you. Below we’ve found some standout examples of what you should avoid when picking out a powder. But keep In mind that there are many more out there that I won’t Include because this list would go on forever.

Tip: You should typically stay away from really cheap powders, undisclosed sources of protein, a lot of sugar, artificial sweeteners, and hydrogenated oils.


BSN Syntha-6 Protein

BSN Syntha-6 Protein might be the second highest selling whey protein on Amazon only because people can’t stop raving about the taste. While I get that powders can taste chalky and less than pleasant, that doesn’t mean you should grab one that’s loaded with artificial sweeteners like corn syrup solids, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium. (That’s what protein smoothies which use whole, fiber-rich fruits are for.) Companies use artificial sweeteners because they are addictive and send a signal to the brain to keep drinking or eating without an off switch—even If they, themselves, don’t contain any calories.refined and processed sweeteners are unrelenting In their ability to entice you to overeat and yet, don’t provide satiation, satiety, or nourishment. Studies have shown that the deceptively sweet artificial sweeteners trick your metabolism Into thinking sugar Is on Its way, spiking your Insulin levels, and shifting the body from a fat-burning to a fat-storing state.

Why you should avoid It: It’s full of artificial sweeteners.


Muscle Milk

Besides the fact that Muscle Milk also adds a slew of sweeteners (maltodextrin, fructose, and sucralose), that might not even be the worst thing about It. According to a list from Consumer Reports, Muscle Milk was number one on a list of protein-promising powders which had toxic heavy metal contamination from all their chemical additives. They found levels of cadmium, arsenic, mercury and lead that nearly reached or surpassed the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) daily Intake limits. Cadmium raises special concern because It accumulates In and can damage the kidneys, the same organs that can be damaged by excessive protein consumption. There’s, even more, concern In this case since these toxic heavy metals are found In a product that Is marketed for daily use. I recommend you put down the Metal Milk and do more research.

Why you should avoid It: It’s full of toxic contaminants, chemical additives, and sugar.

Adaptogen Science Tasty Whey

If big-time food giants like McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A were able to hold up their end of the deal when It came time to getting rid of artery-clogging trans fats, we’d expect a health supplement to do the same. In this case, Adaptogen Science uses partially hydrogenated coconut oil in the form of coconut powder, which also contains corn syrup solids, sugar, soy, and carrageenan. Whether It’s partially hydrogenated coconut oil or “hydrogenated whey protein,” this Ingredient has been heated and hydrogenated at high temperatures to extend Its shelf stability. When It’s In your body, It creates a rancid oil whose artery-clogging effects cause reduced blood flow, which can Impact everything from the heart, brain, and sexual function.
Why you should avoid It: It contains hydrogenated oils (trans fat).

Body Fortress Whey Protein

We know, we know. Protein powders are expensive—but they are for a reason. The high price tag comes with a high-quality raw protein product. So when manufacturers are able to provide you with an Inexpensive product, like these powders from Body Fortress, they most likely have to cut costs by using questionable protein suppliers. They pay less for the raw protein, which Is typically a low-quality, an Inferior Ingredient that likely contains far less protein and far more carbs and fat than what they claim on the label. What’s even more frightening, these lesser-quality mixes may also contain Impurities and contaminants.

Why you should avoid It: This Is simple…It’s cheap.

Swanson GreenFoods Vegan Protein with Probiotics

Even plant-based products are not all good. Swanson combines two strains of bacteria with hemp, rice, and pea protein to create their tub of scoopable nutrition. In theory, this all sounds like a good thing—a terrific two-for-one option for smoothie and protein shake lovers alike…but unfortunately, the makers behind this blend also packed In tons of brown rice syrup solids, which ups the sugar count to a whopping 20 grams In a standard three-scoop serving.

Why you should avoid It: It has a health halo.

The health halo effect refers to the act of overestimating the healthfulness of an Item based on a single claim, such as being low In calories or low In fat. US researchers report that consumers frequently confuse “low fat” with “low calorie”, resulting In the over consumption of certain foods.

Final Thoughts

Like I always mention when I do any type of Informative posts I always recommend that you do your own research. Because everybody Is different and everybody bodies may not be able to tolerate certain Ingredients. For me, I have food allergies and sensitivities so I may not be able to have what you can have.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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Hello, my name Is Amanda and I'm the woman behind AmandaExplainsIt. I'm a Free Spirit, coffee sipping blogger and I embrace all of the messy parts of life.I'm a mommy of two precious doggies and an advocate for food allergies, animals, and nutrition In real life. I've always loved writing and writing a blog fulfills that. I'm all about spirituality and going with the flow of things. I'm new to the beauty world and I'm excited to share what I learn along the way. Come back often because I post often and I post things related to but not limited to Beauty Reviews, Product Reviews, Spirituality, Nutrition and Food Allergies, and Gluten-Free Recipes. If you like what you read let's be friends. ~XOXO A.


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