Protein Powder Checklist: What to look for in a high-quality protein powder

by | Nov 23, 2017

This Protein Powder Checklist will help guide you in sourcing out a high-quality protein powder for weight loss, IBS and optimal health!

Not all protein powders are created equal and it’s important to use a protein powder that makes you feel good when you consume it. Protein powders should not cause symptoms like gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, lethargy, etc. – and if you’re using one that does, I highly recommend removing it from your diet.

You can find my top recommended proteins powders below. These protein powders are not only of the highest quality on the market (meeting all the criteria below), but they also taste delicious when blended into a smoothie!

If you’d like to find a different protein powder, I’ve put together a quick checklist to help guide you in sourcing out a good option. Do your best to find a powder that meets all of the following criteria.

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Protein Powder Checklist: What to look for in a high-quality protein powder

✅ Processed in a way that allows for easy extraction, digestion & absorption of protein + nutrients. Keep in mind that it is difficult for our bodies to extract protein from plant-based sources like pea, rice, seed, hemp, etc.

✅ No added sugars or artificial sweeteners. A natural sweetener like stevia is a great alternative since it won’t spike blood sugar levels.

✅ No fillers, artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.

✅ No dairy, gluten, soy, or other ingredients that can irritate your gut and cause inflammation. If you tolerate dairy well, whey protein may be okay for you. That said, I do not recommend whey protein for people trying to lose weight, those with IBS or an autoimmune condition. If you have an intolerance or sensitivity to any other food, make sure the protein powder you select does not contain it.

✅ Free of hormones and antibiotics, plus pasture-raised for animal protein. Non-GMO and/or organic for plant protein.

✅ No other added ingredients that can compromise health. Research each ingredient on the label so you know what you are consuming.

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PurePaleo Protein is the protein powder I currently use and recommend. It’s one of the top protein powders recommended by Naturopaths and Functional Medical Doctors. PurePaleo Protein works well for people with IBS and those looking to lose weight. Available in chocolate, vanilla & unflavoured.

If you require a vegan protein powder, I recommend PurePea Protein (available in vanilla flavour).


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