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5 Common Ingredients That Should Never Be in Your Protein Shake

5 Common Ingredients That Should Never Be in Your Protein Shake

If you can’t easily read the ingredient found on nutrition labels, then you probably shouldn't be consuming the product. So how do you know which ingredients you should watch out for? Keep scrolling down and you’ll find out!

When it comes to purchasing the right protein shakes for you, there are many terms to be aware of so that you can avoid any unnatural additives and chemical-sounding ingredients. Check out the top 5 most common ingredients that should never be in your protein shake.

  1. Artificial Sweeteners, Flavors, and Colors. Artificial ingredients can have negative health effects. Artificial sweeteners, like sucralose, can damage gut health, while artificial colors and other artificial food additives can cause respiratory problems and irritability.
  2. Sugar Alcohols. These can lead to gastrointestinal issues, such as bloating and constipation, and exacerbation of IBS symptoms. Sugar alcohols can also slightly influence blood sugar levels. Common names to watch out for include maltitol, erythritol, sorbitol, and xylitol.
  3. Dairy/Lactose. People with dairy allergies or lactose intolerance/sensitivity can experience gastrointestinal discomfort, such as bloating, indigestion or cramps. Be careful with whey protein because it doesn’t completely eliminate lactose.
  4. Carageenan. Studies have shown that carrageenan, made from seaweed, can cause inflammation and other adverse health effects. It has been banned in infant formula in Europe, but not in the US yet.
  5. Maltodextrin. It’s a type of carbohydrate that undergoes intense processing. It can cause higher blood sugar, cause gut disturbances, and trigger allergies. Traces of gluten can be found in maltodextrin, so those with celiac disease and gluten intolerances need to be careful.

These ingredients can lead to a wide range of medical conditions, such as altered gastrointestinal functions, inflammation, and elevated blood sugar. OWYN puts your health first. The Protein Shakes and Powders are free from artificial ingredients, chemical sounding ingredients, dairy and gluten. OWYN products are clean and easily digestible to prevent gastrointestinal discomfort without compromising taste.

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