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How to Choose Your Protein Powder

Aug 29, 2011 03:58PM ● By Deepti Sadhwani, MD

As one of the top selling nutritional and sport supplements on the market today, protein powders can be used in smoothies or added to baked goods such as muffins or pancakes. Trainers often include it as part of their clients’ diet plan as a source or protein. However, not all protein powders are the same. Here are some tips to help you select the healthiest option.

• Choose a powder that is biologically-active, non-denatured, and easy to digest.

• Seek protein that is cold processed as it protects the nutrients in their natural state. Most of the whey protein available is heat processed  which makes the whey acidic and damages the immuno supportive macronutrients and amino acids.

• All natural protein sources should be derived from grass fed cows. Grass fed cows contain an impressive amino acid and immuno-supportive nutrient profile. It is rich in healthy fats like lipolic acid and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). Grains fed to cows are typically treated with pesticides so it is best to avoid them.

• Choose whey made from hormone-free cows as rBGH hormone has been linked to serious health risks including cancer. Many dairy farmers inject the hormone rBGH in cows to force increased milk production.

• Avoid protein powders that contain dangerous levels of heavy metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic. Any high concentration of heavy metals consumed over time could lead to serious health consequences.

• Choose protein that is sweetened naturally and low in carbohydrates. Many whey powders contain sugar alcohols, gluten, and some even use high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener.


Deepti Sadhwani, M.D. is located at Quality Health Care in Sebastian. She specializes in fighting obesity, aging and helping people reduce and eliminate the need for medication. For more information call Dr. Sadhwani at 772-581-2373.

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