Some people are put off by many of the ingredients in commercially manufactured protein shakes. One glance at the ingredient list can be quite a shock when you see just how many ingredients there sometimes are.
More health-conscious people tend to look for a more natural protein powder.
We are more likely to check ingredient labels nowadays and take an interest in exactly what is in our food and drinks. Often the ingredients are complicated and hard to decipher. Often natural and safe ingredients seem bad if they have a “chemical sounding” name.
There are other times when an ingredient seems innocuous but is actually bad for us.
It can be time-consuming trying to decipher ingredient lists so we often take shortcuts. For example, we know that an ingredient list with only 3 items is likely to be more healthy than one with 30.
Have you ever tried to find a protein shake with no artificial sweetener and have been unable to find any?
Have you ever wondered whether artificial coloring is really necessary, I mean… I think that I could handle a strawberry shake that wasn’t pink, or a banana shake that wasn’t yellow – right?
If your plan in the gym is purely to become more muscular, and you do not worry about your health, that is your prerogative.
You probably find that the extra artificial sweeteners, colorings and preservatives will give to a slight energy boost. The caffeine, ephedrine and taurine most certainly will.
If you are focused on health and wellness as well as muscle gain…
If however you are looking for a natural protein powder then a different approach is needed.
You have 2 choices
You can either look for a protein shake that is deliberately designed and manufactured to be more natural.
This protein shake will still have plenty of ingredients on the label, but you will see differences.
- There will be stevia instead of aspartame or sucralose.
colorof the shake is unlikely to be bright or fluorescent.
- You are unlikely to get a performance enhancing “kick” or “boost” to help charge your workout…
But if you are leading a healthier life with focus on nutrition, maybe you won’t need the artificial boost in the first place…
The other choice is to choose a pure protein powder such as 100% pure whey or hemp protein powder. Do a little research to find out how the powder was processed if you really want the most natural protein powder available. Milk protein powder needs to have been cold pressed.
Make sure that there are no artificial preservatives or anti caking ingredients for example. Fresh protein powder should not have caking issues anyway. It also has a long enough shelf life if sealed and stored properly. If you are worried about caking just shake your mixer a bit harder! An extra workout!