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Is Your Protein Powder Safe? Choosing the Best Protein Powder and What You Should Be Looking for!


With the promise of losing weight, building lean muscle, and getting Energetic Fit and Healthy, it's easy to see why protein powders, shakes and smoothies are such a popular option.  


But is your protein powder safe?  

Many of the protein powders and shakes available in the marketplace today have ingredients, preservatives and additives that are unhealthy and unsafe.  (Soy and Sucralose being 2 of the BIGGEST Culprits out there!)

While there can be some great options as well, it is important to know exactly what to look for when choosing the Best protein powder for you!


What You Should be Looking for in a Healthy Protein Powder:

1-  Type of Protein Source:  First of all it's important to know what kind of protein is being used in your protein powder.  

The 3 of the Best kinds of protein sources are:


2-  Soy-FREE:  It is becoming well-known in the nutrition world the potential dangers of soy protein, especially when taken in high amounts and every day!  

But is soy really dangerous for your health?  
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola:  
  • "the answer is yes. Thousands of studies link soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility -- even cancer and heart disease.  One of the primary reasons it would be wise for you to avoid soy is that more than 90 percent of soybeans grown in the United States are genetically modified. Since the introduction of genetically engineered foods in 1996, we've had an upsurge in low birth weight babies, infertility, and other problems in the U.S., and animal studies have shown devastating effects from genetically engineered soy including allergies, sterility, birth defects, and offspring death rates up to five times higher than normal."  (source:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/soy-health_b_1822466.html )
  • and via Food Babe:  "Many protein drinks use soy protein concentrate or soy protein isolate in conjunction with other proteins. Over 90% of the soy produced in this country is GMO – but that’s not the only reason to avoid soy protein. When soy is looked at from a macronutrient perspective, it can give the illusion of a very healthy food – full of plant based protein, essential amino acids and fiber. However, the soy that is grown and produced today is largely hybridized, making the amino acids largely indigestible leading to digestive issues that have caused many people to be allergic to soy. What’s worse is when soy is isolated to just its protein state, it becomes severely denatured and can cause hormonal disruptions because of the excessive amount of estrogen contained in it. Soy also has an abundance of phytic acid that leeches calcium and other vital minerals from your body."
3- No Sucralose (aka: 'Splenda') or other Artificial Sweeteners!
4- Non-GMO, Clean Eating:  Another thing to consider is that your protein powder is not from a genetically modified source.
5- Gluten-Free- A growing concern for many is to find foods that are gluten free so while this may not be an issue for everyone, having a protein shake that is gluten free is an added bonus!
6- Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants:  Another thing to consider when looking at a protein powder (especially if it will be one of your meals of the day) is that it contains all the daily Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants, Carbs, Fiber, Protein etc that you need in the day. 
7- Meal Replacement Options:  If you plan on using your protein 
10 of my Favorite Recipes for Protein Shakes
powder as a meal replacement be sure that it contains enough calories to qualify as a full meal so that you don't find yourself hungry again an hour later. 

You need the right balance of calories, protein, fats, fiber etc to get the nutrition you need.  

Look into options and variations of how you can use your protein powder such as in protein shakes, bars and other healthy recipes:
Take a look at this chart of popular protein powders.  Is your protein powder safe?

Next, learn more about using a Healthy Protein Meal Replacement with a 30 day Nutritional Cleansing and Fat Burning system to help reach your weight loss, health and fitness goals!


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