PROTEIN POWDER IS EVERWHERE…You’ve seen it in gym bags, bottle shakers and may have even seen the gym rat on YouTube taking down a shot. There’s no ifs ands or buts, protein powder is dominating the fitness industry.
But what about nutritional content, are all protein powders created equal?
I’m here to tell you that before you go out and purchase your next protein supplement, you should be fully aware of what you’re paying for.
Most protein supplements on the market contain more than just protein. Cheap ingredients and food additives constitute a substantial amount of ingredients in your supplement.
There’s a high chance that your protein, unless all-natural, contains at least one of these cheap and unhealthy food additives:
A better solution is to select a high-quality supplement like Formulx’s Natural Recovery Whey Protein that avoids the use of these types of ingredients. I highly recommend Formulx because it’s an all-natural protein with ultra-high quality ingredients. This Non-GMO protein powder is derived from grass-fed beef and uses only natural sweeteners.
WHY me and thousands of others can’t be wrong…
Formulx has 5 ultra-high qualities that make it my best protein supplement.
– 100% grass-fed protein
– Plant extracted digestive enzymes
– Naturally sweetened with Stevia & Birchwood Xylitol
– 100% Non-GMO
– No artificial flavors or colors
Perhaps the most impressive feat this supplement has to offer is that it’s sourced from the milk of cows that are grass-fed and hormone free.
A happy cow means a better, more nutritious supplement. Less than 2% of all protein supplements on the market today can claim such an achievement.
Even more, Formulx contains ZERO SUGAR. I’d like to point out that the sugar-free supplements are starting to become more prevalent in the industry.
AREN’T MOST SUPPLEMENTS SUGAR FREE ANYWAY?
Although, many supplements are sugar-free, many of them incorporate controversial artificial sweeteners to achieve a sugarless product. Formulx steers away from artificial sweeteners and uses Stevia to naturally sweeten their protein.
What’s lecithin and why should I care?
Lecithin get’s a bad wrap because it’s in several types of foods and doesn’t provide any relative nutrition. Additionally, Lecithin is most common in the form of Soy Lecithin, which is cue for GMO RIDDEN.
Lecithin has a distinct purpose in supplements like protein powder. It helps it dissolve and gives it that shake-like consistency we’ve come to enjoy in our protein shakes.
But Formulx doesn’t use Soy Lecithin, they use Non-GMO Sunflower Lecithin. Compared to traditional supplements, this is a step above conventional thickeners like Maltodextrin and GMO Soy Lecithin.
A Look At the Ingredients…
A HIGH QUALITY PROTEIN SUPPLEMENT STARTS WITH THE HIGHEST QUALITY INGREDIENTS.
Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate: It starts from the milk of cow that are grass-fed. This protein is then micro-filtered and extracted at low temperatures to create a pure protein. (source)
Birchwood Xylitol: This sweetener is commonly found in the natural alcohols of many fruits and vegetables. It’s commonly uses as a sugar-fee substitute in food products from chewing gum to supplements. It’s reported safe to consume up to 50g per day. (source)
Natural Flavors: The term Natural Flavors refers to the essential oil, essence. (source)
MCT Oil: An acronym for Medium Chain Triglyerides, MCT Oil is commonly found in Coconut Oil and other foods. MCT Oil is believed to absorb directly into the blood stream and therefore provide quick energy and less likely to get absorbed in fat cells. (Source)
Guar Gum: Guar Gum is a natural fiber that is derived from the seed of the Guar Plant. In food products, its commonly used a thickening and binding agent. In high concentrations, its effective at relieving constipation. Consuming with at least 8oz of water is recommended. (source)
Sunflower Lecithin: Lecithin is the general given to the yellow-brownish fatty substance in all living things. Lecithin gives this protein powder its shake-like consistency. Sunflower Lecithin is currently the healthiest Lecithin supplement on the market, compared to the mass produced Soy Lecithin. (source)
Stevia Leaf Extract: Stevia is the 100% natural sweetener derived from the Stevia Plant. Research suggests that this zero-calories can help lower cholesterol. (source)
Digestive Enzymes (Bromelain, Papain, Amylase, Cellulase, Lactase, Lipase, and Protease): These plant-extracted digestive enzymes help break down the tough fibrous nature of protein. These enzymes are particularly effective in a protein supplement to help prevent bloating and indigestion. (source)
Even if you don’t choose to use an all-natural protein powder like Formulx, you should still be cautious when selecting your next protein. The majority of protein supplements on the market contain more ingredients than just protein. In fact, most of these additional ingredients are cheap, inferior substances that are used to the manufactures advantage.
Here are three things to steer away from in your next protein supplement
1. Artificial Sweeteners
Because of the growing demand for low-carb and sugar free, manufactures have eliminated sugar in select proteins and replaced them with artificial sweeteners.
Diabetics and low carb seekers are thrilled by this, while an increasingly educated public seems confused (and rightfully so).
The unpopularity of artificial sweeteners continues to increase, as we have discovered the potential side effects associated with them.
Additionally, most artificial sweeteners are sweeter than sugar. This allows the manufacturer to potentially mask the odor/taste associated with inferior quality ingredients without a cringe on your tongue.
2. Food Additives & Fillers
I have found that many supplements advertising clever marketing words, such as “mass gainer” and “enriched formula” often contain a handful of food additives. Maltodextrin is one in particular that I look out for.
Maltodextrin is a refined starch that is commonly used to increase viscosity and a bulking agent in candy and soda. Its snowy white texture has zero nutritional value as it has been highly processed and bleached.
Despite these unappetizing qualities, marketers have found ways to get you to consume it. They hype up its ability to restore your glycogen levels and promote it as weight gainer.
While it will jump start you with glucose, it will also store what is not needed for repair as fat. Weight gain yes, muscle gain not as much.
The kicker – Refined starch is cheaper than refined protein; therefore it is more lucrative for the manufacturer to sell you a maltodextrin-based supplement. Navigate your food labels and I bet you will find this guy.
3. Proprietary Blends
Proprietary Blend is another key word to look out for. Using this term on your food label, supplement manufacturers can legally keep their formulas undisclosed. According to FDA Guidelines, proprietary blends must only be required to labeled as such:
“You must identify proprietary blends by use of the term “Proprietary Blend” or an appropriately descriptive term or fanciful name.”
Very revealing I know…
What you should take out of proprietary blends is two things:
1. It allows the creator to keep the ingredients undisclosed, preventing the competition from running with their product.
2. It keeps the customer from knowing truly how much of the advertised ingredients or “secret formula” it really has.
Formulx Natural Whey Recovery is an ultra high-quality protein powder that’s derived from the milk of cows that are grass-fed. This supplement steers away from the use of conventional inferior ingredients like artificial sweeteners and cheap food additives. Please make sure Formulx is right for your needs before purchasing.
WHAT’S IN YOUR PROTEIN??
Grab your protein, turn it over and tell me, what’s one ingredient in your supplement that is foreign to you. You may find a handful of ingredients hiding behind your supplement.