Natural Protein Powders – What To Look For When Making Your Choice

 

As we become more health conscious it makes sense for us women to consider each and everything we put into our bodies, and that goes for protein powders as well. After all, there’s not much point in being super careful about what we eat throughout the day and then end up blowing all that hard work by using a cheap poor quality protein powder, is there?

Most of the protein powders on the market are of a good quality and suitable for most diet plans, however if you’re a more discerning gal and want to “go natural” then there are a select few protein powders that you can take a look at.

Before I show you our top picks I want to give you the low down on how to choose the best one for you and what you need to look out for so that you don’t get scammed by some unscrupulous companies claiming their protein is natural when it isn’t.

 

What Qualifies As A Natural Protein Powder?

Broadly speaking, a natural protein powder is one that contains no artificial sweeteners, colours or other additives and the protein is often of a slightly higher quality than on standard brands.

Obviously, this is reflected in the price and natural powders are on the whole more expensive than standard ones.

There is usually not the broad range of flavours that you would find on your normal protein powders, and some even claim to have no discernable flavour – branded as “natural flavour” or “unflavoured”.

 

Sugar

Many natural protein powders are also noted for their zero sugar content which means they are particularly good at keeping your metabolism consistent, reducing your carb intake and avoiding acidity which can cause fatigue and stubborn fat loss.

They are also particularly useful for ladies who suffer from diabetes and have to be extremely careful about their sugar intake.

Instead of sugar they will usually contain something like natural stevia or honey, to add some sweetness and flavour. (Note that some natural brands may say they contain Rebaudioside A, but this is just a stevia extract or steviol glycoside)

 

Natural and Organic – They Are Not The Same

One thing to be careful of is to not confuse “natural” with “organic” – they are NOT always the same thing.

Strictly “organic” protein powders will typically say so on the tub and here are main criteria for an genuinely organic protein

 

  • no GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) – as in the case of organic hemp and soy proteins
  • no hormones – as in the case of whey protein (the cows being raised organically)
  • grass fed – again this refers to the cows that produce the whey

 

So you can see that a protein can be marketed as “natural” but not necessarily fall in to the “organic” category.

Obviously the organic and natural protein powders are usually a bit more expensive than your standard tubs but are a fantastic choice if you’re looking to minimize your sugar intake, avoid artificial colours and flavourings and are environmentally conscious.

Take a look at our top 5 picks here

 


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