Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed while reading the ingredients on the back of a protein powder? There are so many powders that claim to be healthy and “clean,” but what should you actually be looking for in a protein powder?
As a registered dietitian, this is one of the most commons questions I hear from my clients from my clients. While it would be wonderful if each and every person could work with a registered dietitian to receive tailored and individualized recommendations, that unfortunately is not always possible. Luckily, there are a few things that can make your experience a little bit easier when trying to determine a high-quality protein powder. Choosing one that is organic and plant-based is a great place to start.
When you are purchasing a whole food, plant-based protein powder, it is important to remember that the powder you are adding to your smoothie came from whole foods. Like all other foods, the ingredients used for your protein powder could have either been grown conventionally and sprayed with harmful chemicals and pesticides, or grown using organic farming practices and conditions.
If you want to avoid consuming those chemicals opt for a protein powder that has been certified organic,such as ALOHA’s plant-based Protein Powder, which is made from real, whole foods, and is free of any artificial ingredients or sweeteners. As an added bonus, it is free of gluten, dairy, and soy, which are common allergens.
Foods that are grown using organic methods tend to have healthier soil. This is because the soil is not over tilled or loaded up with harmful fungicides, herbicides, and pesticides. It is also generally found to have higher levels of healthy organic matter. This organic matter in our soil is what makes our food nutrient dense and full of vitamins and minerals.
So when it comes to quality, choosing a protein powder that is comprised of foods, which have grown in healthy, fertile soil is a positive choice for our bodies and the environment.
If you care about purchasing organic produce for the sake of your own health and the health of the environment, the same reasoning holds true for organic protein powders. Since plant-based powders are derived from whole foods, choosing organic means that the farmers, farming communities, and laborers who helped grow the ingredients for your protein powder did not come in contact with harmful pesticides in the process.
Opting for the organic choice also means the soil health was protected and that the neighboring farming communities were not exposed to pesticides for the sake of your protein.
So whether you are looking to make the switch to organic for health reasons or because you care about the environment, there are various reasons why selecting an organic protein powder will benefit your body and our environment.