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About Natural Protein Powder

For decades the protein powder industry has been reliant upon artificial sweeteners, flavours and even colours, to ensure a great tasting and appealing protein shake. Two of the most commonly used artificial sweeteners—approved by Food Standards Australia New Zealand—are sucralose and acesulfame potassium. These are often used in combination to not only sweeten the product, but also to enhance the flavour. Consumer interest in natural sweeteners is exploding. As a result, companies are scrambling to find the next natural alternative to artificial sweeteners that can closely match the sweet taste of white cane sugar—the gold standard of sweet. Fortunately, due to consumer rejection, aspartame has been practically removed from the Australian sports nutrition market, despite the fact that it had an unsurpassed ability to make supplements taste amazing. 

 


There are already a host of naturally-sweetened protein powders on the market. The most commonly used natural sweeteners are thaumatin, stevia and xylitol. Thaumatin is a protein-based sweetener isolated from the katemfe fruit, native to West Africa. It is low calorie and is around one-hundred thousand times sweeter than table sugar (sucrose). Compared to stevia, which is an extract of the leaf of the stevia plant—though the entire leaf can be used—which is approximately 150 times sweeter than sugar. These two sweeteners are quite popular in the industry, given that their calorie content is almost zero, and that a very small amount is needed, which means the sweetener is not taking away from the active ingredients in the formulation, such as the protein. After all, the more sweetener in each serve, the less room there is for protein. Xylitol is a polyol or sugar-alcohol—don’t worry, it does not alter blood alcohol levels.

 

 

Due to the structure of the xylitol molecule, only a small amount is absorbed into the blood, giving it a low glycemic index of seven, and carrying a sweetness roughly the same as refined cane sugar. Xylitol is typically derived from birch wood or the corn husk. There seems to be considerable concern over the laxative effects of this natural sweetener. However, there is actually quite a large body of research on gastrointestinal tolerance, which has been performed through various institutions in different countries around the world over the past 50 years. The evidence is actually pointing towards complete tolerance, without any unwanted issues, from single dosages ranging between 10-30 grams, depending upon the individual. Obviously, if a person was already prone to loose stools, they are more likely to experience a laxative effect at the lower end of this range. This was comprehensively reported in a research review published in the International Journal of Dentistry in 2016. Why a journal of Dentistry? Because xylitol is a powerful natural anti-bacterial. You may notice it in some natural toothpastes at the health food store, as it helps to fight tooth decay. 


 

When it come to protein powders, we all know the importance of flavour, though of course not as crucial as the nutrition itself. The flavours that make up a protein powder can be derived from natural, nature-identical or synthetic sources. However cocoa or cacao (raw cocoa) is always natural. Just the former is heat treated, while the latter is raw and may contain more antioxidants. When you notice “natural flavours" on an ingredients listing, this indicates that the natural compound has been isolated from a natural source, such as the root of a plant. Nature-identical indicates that the compound is chemically identical to a natural compound found in nature, however, it has been synthesized via chemical means, I.e., in a laboratory. Additionally, there are also gums added to some protein powders to improve the body of the shake once mixed in water, to reduce wateriness and improve texture or mouthfeel. These are typically xanthan gum and/or guar gum, the former being produced by a process of fermentation, while the latter is an extract of the guar bean.


 

The natural protein powder and sports nutrition industry is ever evolving to the varying needs of the consumer, and also given the advances in nutrition and natural additives. Take your time browsing our range of Natural Protein Powders to see which one suits you best.

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