Are You Being Fooled By Protein Drinks?

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When you hear “protein shake,” or see “30 grams of protein” on a smoothie bottle’s label, you might draw the conclusion that this beverage is a healthy choice. But protein drinks are usually high calorie, high in sugar and highly refined, making them a poor choice when compared to all the natural sources of protein you could be eating instead.

Take Bolthouse Farms Protein Plus for instance. This is their claim:

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But if you look at the Nutrition Facts label, you see that you’d have to drink two¬†servings¬†to get the 30 grams of protein they brag about, which means you would also be consuming 420 calories and 52 grams of sugar.

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And if you read the ingredients list, you see that the protein comes from two highly processed sources: whey protein concentrate and soy protein isolate (the soy derivative that may increase estrogen levels in the body).

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Nothing about this ingredients list looks appealing to me. Especially when you can get that much protein and fiber – plus a host of naturally-occurring nutrients and a lot more satisfaction – from a lower calorie whole foods snack like plain Greek yogurt with berries and chopped nuts.

Next time you’re contemplating a protein drink for a meal replacement or snack, choose one of these high protein options instead.

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  1. Thanks for this. What do you think about Tera’s organic whey protein as a post-workout snack?

    • Tera’s organic whey protein is fine, but in my view you’re better off eating a Greek yogurt with some fruit after a workout. In the contest between a real food and protein powder, real food always wins.

      • Thank you. I agree with you. I got a little lazy and resorted to Tera’s. Cottage cheese and frozen cherries has been another fav of mine lately so I’ll stick to that!

        • Cottage cheese and cherries sounds delish! When you’re short on time, the protein powder is fine. I just wouldn’t resort to it every time, or in place of whole foods if you have the choice.