Ingredients to Avoid

sugar-485055_1280As is the case with just about any other pre-packaged food, there are ingredients that we feel you should avoid when choosing a protein powder.

In fact, let's not limit this to just this specific source; let's face it: there is a host of ingredients in foods and supplements of all kinds which you should avoid. These include so-called "health foods" like vitamins, minerals, and various meal replacement products. Cheap versions are packed with them. Suspect ingredients are hidden behind convincing labeling and marketing. Here are just some of the items that should not be on your shopping list.

  • Sugars and Their Replacements or Alternatives

It's no coincidence that people who drink and eat sugary foods are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, develop cancer and heart problems, and suffer from obesity. Their bodies are trying to fix the problems caused by an over-abundance of sugar which also messes with the levels of good bacteria in their bodies. The result is thrush and other infections.

Sugar makes a person feel hungry after he has recently eaten. As for protein supplements are concerned, those that contain real or synthetic sugars should be struck from the list. You don't need them for energy. They do nothing for you whatsoever. Moreover, they add calories in the wrong places. You want calories which are going to help you create more lean muscle, not fat.

Artificial sweeteners are even worse than table sugar and have been linked to certain cancers. While calorie-free natural sweeteners like Stevia are better for you, they should not take the place of foods such as berries and other fruits which add nutrients and natural sweetness to a smoothie or shake.

  • Soy

Some people say soy is the answer to prayers for a vegan source of protein. Others will tell you soy is toxic. It is certainly controversial but studies have shown good reason to exercise caution. Many consumers are intolerant to soy and develop similar symptoms when eating this food to what they experienced when consuming dairy. It upsets the gut but also potentially alters hormone levels leading to mood swings and worse. A body starts out with a perfect balance of hormones which is disrupted in many people who consume this food (and if you really want to use it, do the best you can to use organic, non-GMO).

  • Altered Whey

If you're going with a whey product, always choose one made with 100% whey isolate. If the whey is called by any other name, it might have been tampered with. Its molecular state could be altered, which will change the way your body absorbs and uses it. Look out for the words "whey concentrate," "hydrolyzed whey," and anything else you don't recognize. Moreover, if this is a 100% whey product, there shouldn't be anything else on the list of ingredients.

  • Avoid these Ingredients by Choosing the Following Alternatives

Vegan and whey-intolerant consumers need another way to consume protein. Quinoa, rice, or hemp products are decent. Quinoa is considered one of the best sources of protein around but if it is too expensive, hemp and rice are serviceable. They won't give you quite as many benefits as whey, but they are better than going without.

Another way to get the nutrition you need is by selecting whole foods such as chicken, fish, and turkey. Consume whole grains like Quinoa. Snack on nuts, especially walnuts and almonds. Avoid fatty food like chips or starchy items such as bread and crackers. And no matter what, remember to load your meals with a good sized portion of vegetables!