4 Key Ingredients to Avoid in Plant-Based Protein Powders
You've heard it before: "You are what you eat." But what about what you drink or blend into your daily smoothie? The protein powder market can be a nutritional maze, and navigating it requires more than just scanning labels. LivWell believes in transparency, and we're here to shed light on some common ingredients found in protein powders that might leave you raising an eyebrow.
1. Artificial Sweeteners: Artificial sweeteners are unnatural chemicals and can cause headaches, gastric issues, mood swings, and weight gain in some people. You might see them listed as sucralose, aspartame, dextrose, fructose, or splenda.
2. Soy Protein: Although soy is high in protein and amino acids, most soy contains GMOs, pesticides, estrogen-mimicking isoflavones which may disrupt natural hormone levels, and unhealthy additives due to processing such as aluminum and hexane.
3. Heavy metals/carcinogens: The Clean Label Project™ studied 134 protein powders from 52 brands and found that popular plant-based powders had high levels of contaminants including lead, arsenic, casmium and BPA. Make sure your protein is 3rd party tested for purity.
4. Fillers: Many protein makers add fillers to boost volume and lower costs, but these additives can cause bloating, constipation, and acid reflux. You might see them listed as coconut flour, psyllium, dextrin, carrageenan or maltodextrin.
With LivWell, rest assured you’re getting only the best. We never use any of these ingredients and we test every batch for heavy metals. Experience the difference for yourself!