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4 Dangerous Ingredients To Watch Out For in Protein Powders

I generally recommend eating a whole food based diet vs supplementing with isolated nutrients. However, there are times when we need to supplement like protein powder.

Protein powder is a supplement that has been used by bodybuilders and people simply looking to stay in shape; it is used to maximize the effects of their workouts and to build the muscle that they need to burn excess calories and to maintain a steady weight. As you age, your body gradually loses its ability to produce critical amino acids – the building blocks of proteins you need for energy production, immune actions, and protein buildup in the muscle. The need for these supplement increases even more in times of high physical stress, like after a workout, or when recovering from injury or illness.

You don’t have to be an athlete to need protein. All proteins are comprised of amino acids, considered the building blocks of life. Your muscles, skin, hair, tendons, and cartilage are all made of amino acids.

Protein also helps form your enzymes, hormones, and replacement tissues and cells.

With so many protein powders on the market, how does a consumer choose one that is healthful and non inflammatory. Then there is the matter of taste and convenience.

Because I have children who are athletes and a husband who works on his physique and because we can only consume so much protein from food source, additional source of safe and delicious protein was essential to us. Steven uses whey protein with amino acids to help his body recover faster from a workout. When my boys play soccer or my daughter practices her dancing, they need to replenish their nutrients fast in a way that doesn’t strain their stomach. Whether they get their protein from whey or plant protein source, what they consume helps them build healthy muscles and replenish their energy after exercise.

If you’re an athlete at any level, or someone serious about enhancing your nutrition and overall performance, you owe it to your health to look for a clean source of protein powder.

Protein powders are easy and quick to prepare. I like to mix one spoon full of protein powder with coconut water and blend it in a blender or mixer.

It can be very confusing to know which protein powder to choose when there are so many choices of protein powder in the market.

Many protein powder products are on the market, but they often contain substances that make them inconsistent with gluten-free and vegan diets. So many of the protein powders on the market are full of questionable ingredients. Unfortunately, 95% of commercial protein powders have toxic ingredients that could be slowly inflaming your body and depleting your cellular nutritional stores.

While there are many different protein sources only a few are of high quality. Most commercial protein powders use inferior protein sources that contain heavy metals and fill their products with artificial sweeteners and preservatives that are highly toxic. Additionally, here is a list of other dangerous ingredients that you’ll want to avoid:

  • Genetically modified Organisms or Genetically Engineered foods
  • Brown Rice
  • Whey Isolate
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Agave
  • Refined Sugar
  • Peanut
  • GMO
  • Gluten

BareFood Angel’s Approved Protein Powder list

It took me months to research the brands to find the ones that meet BareFood Angel’s guidelines. As you can imagine, it took reading tons of the labels carefully, making sure that it doesn’t include questionable or inflammatory ingredients, making sure that it included nutrient dense ingredients sourced and processed properly and sustainably and finally making sure it passes the taste test.

Below is a revised list of BareFood Angel approved protein powders that are free from heavy metals. The list includes options for vegans and vegetarians. Due to FoodBabe’s latest investigation, I dropped the Vega one that I had previously recommended.

You may purchase them from a health food store near you or from this online source* and receive:

  • 1 FREE trial period
  • FREE shipping on any order over $49
  • Members-Only Savings: up to 50% off
  • Top Brands
  • 15% off your first order

Taste Test:

Taste is a matter of preference. As a family, we like Dr. Mercola’s brand.

I wish you to be empowered to choose foods that are not only nourishing for your body but don’t have inflammatory ingredients.

As always, let me know how this article helped you and I’d love your feedback on which protein powder you liked.

*To help my customers shop my recommended brands, I have set up an account with the following company.

Your cost will be the same.

I earn a small commission if you use the links in this article to purchase the products I mentioned. I only recommend products I would use myself or that pass my test. Your purchase helps support this site and my ongoing research.

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My vision is to empower you to achieve your optimal health and lead a healthy life through awareness and education. It is to bring you simple, delicious, nutritionally dense foods and easy recipes that support the wellness of your mind, body and soul. My goal is to teach the effective principles and practices of our ancestors in a modern context forliving a vibrant life.

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