It has never been easier to increase the protein in your diet. Grocery stores stock a variety of fresh sources of protein, you can easily store protein-rich foods in your home, and protein powders allow you to supplement your protein intake at every meal. However, now that we’re so spoiled for choice, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the plethora of protein sources available. For help selecting a nutritious, delicious, and effective protein supplement, use the tips below to learn how to choose a protein powder.
How to Choose a Protein Powder
Explore Protein Sources
First, of course, you will need to consider the powder’s protein source (or sources). Common examples include whey, casein, pea, soy, hemp, and rice. However, you can also find protein powder composed of more typical, protein-rich ingredients, like chicken and eggs. Each protein source offers pros and cons, so you will need to do a little research to determine which type suits your needs. For example, you may wish to explore the protein source’s amino acid content, digestibility, calorie count, cost, additional nutrients, and all of the other factors listed below.
Although most protein powders are easily digested, they vary significantly in digestibility based on their protein source. You want your body to absorb as much of the provided protein as possible, so that you don’t waste any of the product (or your money). Explore the biological value (BV) of various protein sources to determine the proportion of absorbed protein that will be incorporated into your body. In addition, consider how quickly the protein will be absorbed.
Look for a Complete Amino Acid Profile
A complete protein contains all of the amino acids the body can’t naturally synthesize (i.e., essential amino acids). Look for a protein powder that offers a complete amino acid profile. Besides pea protein powder, most products do contain all essential amino acids. However, amino acid profiles still vary between protein sources. Chicken, for example, contains more L-arginine than some other popular protein sources.
Seek Out Organic and Natural Products
To ensure that your protein powder doesn’t contain any chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or artificial agents like flavors or sweeteners, be sure to select an organic protein powder. The product should have a label confirming that it is USDA-certified organic. Next, look for simple and natural products. It’s never a good sign if you struggle to pronounce the ingredients. Better yet, look for a product composed only of its protein source. For example, you can’t go wrong with a protein powder composed of 100% chicken!
You want a big boost of protein, right? Not a spoonful of irrelevant ingredients added to fill the container. Unscrupulously, many manufacturers use filler ingredients (like sugar) to cut costs and deceive consumers. So if you’re wondering how to choose a protein powder, do your best to review its label and research it online. Although it’s often difficult to tell if a product contains fillers, you can look for protein powders tested for purity by a third-party like Informed Choice, GMP, or NSF. In addition, review the ingredient list and seek out pure protein powders that only contain their protein source. Unfortunately, the use of fillers is not currently regulated.
Consider Allergies and Food Sensitivities
If you’re allergic or sensitive to any ingredients (like dairy, gluten, or soy), be sure to seek out a protein powder that is non-allergenic, dairy-free, gluten-free, and/or soy-free. Believe it or not, there are products available that meet all of these conditions.
Don’t Forget About Taste
Plant-based protein powders (like soy, pea, and hemp) simply don’t taste as good as protein powders with animal sources, like chicken protein powder. So if you plan to regularly supplement your diet with a protein powder, be sure to choose a product that tastes good. In addition, consider what recipes you will use with your protein powder. Unsurprisingly, you will probably enjoy your omelets, pizza, and waffles far more if they contain delicious chicken protein powder instead of pea protein powder.
Now that you know how to choose a protein powder, we encourage you to check out CHiKPURE™ Organic Chicken Protein. This high-quality, convenient protein powder is composed of 100% real chicken, so you won’t need to worry about superfluous fillers or unnatural additions. It checks all the boxes: USDA-certified organic, non-allergenic, dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free. Plus, it is fully cooked and ready to eat. To learn more about CHiKPURE™ Organic Chicken Protein, please send us an e-mail. Finally, be sure to check out our website for some scrumptious recipes that incorporate chicken protein powder.