Protein Powder Without Artificial Sweeteners – My 8 Best in 2021

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This article shares 8 of the best additive-free protein powders I could find during my latest research project; 5 are whey-based and 3 are vegan.

You see, after many years together I’m breaking up with my whey protein: it has an artificial sweetener I’m no longer comfortable consuming.

So I combed through the ingredients and manufacturing practices of dozens of protein powders, taste-tested over 20 of them, and the ones I share in this article were among the cleanest I came across.

 

Best protein powder without artificial sweeteners

Here are (what I think) are among the best protein powders that are free of artificial junk out on the market now, and I’m sure you’ve noticed there are no shortage of protein blend, protein shake, and other related products everywhere these days.

After all my snooping around I found relatively few whey protein choices free of artificial sweeteners, compared to all that’s out there.

On the plant-based protein side of things the products were much cleaner of course, with the expected tradeoff being lower branched chain amino acids per serving.

 

Program note

By the way, I separated them into those made out of whey protein and the three vegan powders that all have a plant-based protein blend.

 

Whey protein powder without artificial sweeteners – Top 5

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Plant-based protein powder without artificial sweeteners – Top 3

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What’s next

Later on I’ll go into the individual product features, nutritional and ingredient details for each of these eight protein powders.

Next, I want to discuss my criteria for choosing these particular products above the rest.

In other words, let’s look at all the things that these protein powders don’t have in them.

 

 

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Science resources included

As is my custom here on heydayDo, I will provide links to all of the relevant sports science & medical resources, clinical studies, and nutritional data used in this article.

 

 

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The search for a clean protein powder

As I mentioned at the outset, I dug through a ton of whey protein product material in my quest to find a new mate for my smoothie concoctions, and eventually vegan protein powder brands too.

Talk about a flooded market. Just look at my Amazon search for protein powder – over 10,000 product listings:

 

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(There’s so much junk out there tho’…I bet 9900 of them aren’t worth swallowing if you’d really prefer a purer powder.)

 

So I made a short list of requirements for any protein powder I’d consider taking, and started weeding out all the products that had ingredients I don’t want in my protein powder or in my body.

 

What’s NOT in a clean protein powder

  • No artificial sweeteners
  • No “natural flavors”
  • No other artificial/synthetic ingredients
  • No proprietary blends
  • No fillers
  • No sugar 
  • No soy
  • No hormones
  • Non-GMO

All of the protein powders in this article can tick all of the boxes on this list.

 

No artificial sweeteners

Ingredients in this category include sucralose, acesulfame potassium, aspartame, and any other synthetic sweetener they’re cooking up in the lab these days.

 

But make no mistake: controversy and sharp disagreement surround every one of these artificial sweeteners. 

 

One one hand these artificial sweeteners are considered totally safe by the government.

I mean look, the FDA has approved them for mass consumption, and many health authorities agree with them.

One the other hand, there’s a loud chorus of physicians, nutritionists, scientists, and other concerned public interest organizations who consider one or more of these artificial sweeteners unhealthy if not poisonous.

 

No “natural flavors”

This veil is used to protect proprietary recipes/formulas made from natural things like herbs, fruit, plants, etc., and I get that…Colonel Sanders’ secret recipe and so on.

But it’s also used as a cloaking device for things like MSG and other synthetic things I am definitely not into.

Plus by the time the lab team is done morphing it into a taste bud seducer of some sort, it’s pretty far removed from the pristine wilderness I’m sure they originally plucked it from.

 

(Note: I’m very familiar with the FDA’s policy on the term Natural Flavors (1). I wrote about it in a research article I published here on heydayDo on misleading food labels, if you’re interested in the topic.)

 

 

No other artificial/synthetic ingredients

This is a catch-all category for any other artificial, processed junk that’s not a sweetener that’s separately listed on the product’s Ingredients list (vs. being lumped in under Natural Flavors).

This could include an ingredient mysteriously named Artificial Flavors, or synthetically-produced vitamins and minerals thrown in to beef up the Nutrition Facts label numbers, etc.

Many proprietary artificial flavor formulas are in fact artificial sweeteners, but instead of a brand name like Splenda or category like sucralose, they’re known by a number like US368298A.

 

This also includes lab-derived (and non-essential) amino acids that are added to whey protein products in order to boost the amino acids stats on the label, a sneaky marketing tactic known as amino spiking. (2)

(I’ve never come across any vegan protein company that’s resorted to those shenanigans. That behavior’s reserved for the companies making a cheaper, mass-produced whey protein typically marketed towards younger male weightlifters.)

 

A high-quality protein powder will have an excellent amino acids profile without any help from chemical additives.

Just look at the amino acids numbers of any 100% pure whey protein product; they’re plenty sufficient.

 

No proprietary blends

Anything listed as a Proprietary Blend is an unwanted ingredient in a clean protein powder.

The fact that the manufacturer might instead give it a name like Super Amino Matrix Bomb, Yo! should not impress you either.

As the consumers of this concoction, we don’t know how much of each ingredient is in those formulas, since the FDA lets the manufacturer keep that information to themselves. (3)

I researched this supplement industry practice in detail and wrote about it in an article on proprietary blends here on heydayDo.

 

No fillers

This is pretty self-explanatory.

Adding useless weight to a protein powder (when all we want to pay for is the protein) benefits the manufacturer, not us.

Some fillers are chemicals used in the manufacturing process to make the production more efficient, or to make the product more aesthetically pleasing, i.e. improve its texture or appearance.

Sometimes I rock chocolate flavored protein powder where even the cacao or cocoa powder in it is technically a filler, albeit one designed specifically to alter the taste.

There are some unwanted/unneeded ones though.

Consider a filler as any ingredient that isn’t from the protein source in your powder.

Here’s a non-exclusive list of unneeded fillers:

  • Carrageenan
  • Konjac
  • Maltodextrin
  • Cellulose
  • Gelatin
  • Magnesium stearate

 


 

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It has to be a sugar-free protein powder

This includes any kind of sugar product:

  • cane sugar
  • organic cane sugar
  • high glucose/fructose products, etc.

And I’ve also excluded simple sugar products like honey or tree syrup, no matter if they’re raw, organic, or scraped from the hooves of unicorns.

I consume plenty of naturally-occurring sugar in my diet already (4).

 

** Regarding sugar…

Not sure if you’re aware of this, so thought I’d mention it. I’ve excluded any products with any type of added sugar of course, but did you know that milk products contain a very low amount of natural sugars in them?

 

There’s natural sugar in whey

The natural sugar that’s in milk is called lactose. Good news is, the best whey protein supplements have very low amounts of lactose in them.

Most of the naturally-occurring sugar in milk gets removed in the process that converts the whey from a milky byproduct of cheese manufacturing into a super-duper powder used as a fitness supplement.

 

No natural sugar in plant-based protein

The three vegan protein powders in this article are considered a protein blend, simply because they each use a handful of ingredients to boost the powder’s protein content.

And since those sources are all grain or vegetables — pea, rice, chia, amaranth, etc. — there isn’t any natural sugar in them at all.

Vega Sport that’s reviewed here does try and boost the sweetness of their powder by adding powdered apple, cherry, and/or beet root, depending on the flavor of the powder.

Apple and cherry being fruit will have small amounts of fructose in them, so you will see a few grams of natural sugar listed on Vega Sport’s supplement facts label.

 

 

 

Soy free

This means no soy lecithin, which is one of the most common emulsifiers used in protein powder manufacturing.

In case you don’t know, an emulsifier like lecithin – usually soy or sunflower oil – is added to protein powders to help it dissolve and mix with liquid better, an anti-clumping agent if you will. (5)

The good news is that there are a number of soy-free alternatives available to manufacturers who want a non-clumping powder, like the aforementioned sunflower oil.

They might cost a little bit more, but no biggie.

 

My beef with soy products isn’t the same as the main reasons many people give for avoiding eating anything with soybeans in it.

 

Why some believe soy is bad

Common reasons people think soy is bad for them is due to research studies they heard or read about that showed that:

1) soy contains phytates which reduce mineral absorption – specifically iron – as determined in one study from 1992 (6)

2) soy has compounds that interfere with thyroid function, from a 1997 clinical trial (7)

3) soy’s phytoestrogens can throw our hormones out of whack, including reducing testosterone levels in men, discussed in the German Medical Science Journal in 2014 (8)

 

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But more thorough research has disproved these theories

All three of those “bad soy” ideas have been proven inaccurate or flat-out wrong by science.

Regarding:

#1 Phytates – More recent studies have shown that simply cooking, soaking, de-hulling, or fermenting the soybeans significantly reduces any negative effect from their phytates (9)

 

#2 Thyroid – A scientific review of 14 research studies on soybeans’ influence on thyroid function stated that

“the findings provide little evidence that…soy foods, or isoflavones adversely affect thyroid function”, and that even “hypothyroid adults need not avoid soy foods.” (10)

 

#3 Hormonal Imbalance – Multiple studies debunk that theory. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s analysis of 47 research studies concluded that

“neither soy foods nor isoflavone supplements alter measures of bioavailable T concentrations in men.” (11)

 

And another meta-review of 35 more clinical trials found that

“(For) women in Western countries, pre- or post-menopausal, there is no evidence to suggest an association between intake of soy isoflavone and breast cancer.” (12)

 

If you’re interested in more compelling evidence proving these points, the medical publishing giant Healthline and the prominent fitness magazine Runner’s World both debunked those anti-soy theories as well.

 

My “no soy in my protein powder” reason

As I said earlier, I don’t want soy in my protein powder for a different reason than those mentioned above:

 

It’s that I’m not comfortable with eating genetically-modified food, and most soybeans grown here in the US these days are genetically-engineered.

 

Here’s the USDA chart showing that approximately 95% of all soybeans grown in the US are genetically-modified. (13)

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I know that no damning evidence exists that proves GMO products are bad for us. And I’ve looked around at a lot of GMO data and opinion. (14)

I guess it’s just a personal choice of mine, like me preferring shorts, a tank top, and flip flops over a Lauren polo shirt, khakis, and Sperry Docksider shoes.

Something just bugs me about genetically-engineered food, so I’ll politely decline until the government goes Soylent Green on me, and makes me eat GMO food.

 

Hormone free

The U.S. meat, poultry, and dairy industries have a long history of hormone use, as dairy farmers and beef cattle ranches are always trying to boost their milk and meat production efficiency. (15)

As early as 1954, the FDA allowed the use of synthetic growth hormones in dairy and beef cattle, ignoring scientific evidence that showed harm to humans and the animals involved too.

Research studies have consistently shown that the synthetic hormone residues make their way into the meat and dairy products US citizens consume, as stated by the American Public Health Association. (16)

Except for the Monsanto-funded studies, their Policy Statement adds.

“Now there’s a surprise.”

😄

 

And for the last 27 years now, the dairy industry in the US has been allowed by the FDA to shoot up their cows with the growth hormone rbGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone), AKA rbST (recombinant bovine somatotropin). (17)

 

This, despite those hormones being banned for use in both the European Union and in Canada, due to their cancer-causing ability in humans who eat the meat and drink the milk. (18)

The Center for Food Safety states that

“Canadian and European regulators have found that the FDA completely failed to consider a study that showed how the increased IGF-1 in rBGH milk could survive digestion and make its way into the intestines and blood stream of consumers.”

 

The FDA’s decision to side with industry gets worse:

These findings are significant because numerous studies now demonstrate that IGF-1 is an important factor in the growth of cancers of the breast, prostate and colon.” (19)

 

This is important information to me because after all, whey protein powder comes from milk of course.

 

So if I’m going to drink a milk product, I’d definitely like to see the “rbGH-free” label please.

 

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GMO free

Truth be told, the non-GMO label on food products has its own set of loose interpreters (20), controversies (21), and shortcomings (22).

On top of that there’s what I said earlier, when talking about soy: no hard evidence exists proving GMO food is bad for you.

 

But again: I’m just not comfortable eating genetically-modified products, and I don’t want any in my protein powder if I can avoid it.

 

And so, since something like whey protein powder is a finished product from a long line of dairy industry processes, I’d prefer a brand that both displays the label AND is transparent with their customers about where they source their milk from.

 

Be aware: Some giant food companies use the non-GMO label on their milk even if the cows are eating genetically-engineered grain. (23)

 

So in response, many smaller non-GMO dairy product companies (including protein powder makers) have taken to tooting their own non-GMO horn in their product marketing material, bragging up their non-GMO status while disclosing their clean sourcing practices.

I’m OK with their pride of ownership; it helps me make a more informed purchasing decision.

 

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Best protein powders without artificial sweeteners

OK, time to take a closer look at these eight contestants vying to become your favorite.

I sincerely consider these to be among the best protein powders available these days in their respective classes, be it whey or vegan.

I’ve taken two of them on a daily basis for quite some now since getting acesulfame potassium out of my diet, and my faves are:

  • Muscle Feast Grass-Fed Whey Isolate;
  • Orgain Organic Plant-Based Protein Powder.

 

How I choose the protein powders I drink

We all have different criteria of course, for choosing our this or that, including food supplements without any artificial sweeteners in them.

I go for the best quality I can afford, and I can’t afford the top-of-the-line, purest of the pure type of product…it’s as simple as that.

That’s why you see I buy from two big-time supplement producers, but at least they bring very clean products to market, in my opinion anyway.

 

Amino acids profiles

You’ll see that the whey powders list their amino acids profiles on their packaging or in their marketing material , and why not: pure whey offers a great complete amino acid profile.

Vegan protein powders — thanks to the blending of various plant-based sources — also have a complete amino acid profile.

But note that they do not put it on their packaging, nor in their marketing material. This is probably because their amino acids numbers are lower than whey products, and comparing labels side by side that fact might stand out.

 

 

Top 5 whey protein powders

1. TGS – All Natural 100% Whey Protein

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  • NUTRITION AT IT’S FINEST: Each scoop contains 25 grams of undenatured protein and the full spectrum of all 9 essential amino acids. You get 5.5g of...
  • IDEAL FOR: Anyone from fitness enthusiast to body builder looking to improve their overall fitness, build & maintain lean muscle or lose weight. Great...
  • MADE IN USA: Sourced from US farms, made and packaged in the US. Our advanced micro-filtration system gently processes whey to prevent denaturing...
  • GET MORE WITH UNFLAVORED, UNSWEETENED: Have what you want when you want and never get tired of the same flavor. Before or after a workout, drink it...

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What I like:

*25g protein per serving, 5.5g BCAAs;

*4.7 ⭐ – 2,700+ reviews on Amazon;

*2 ingredients: whey protein concentrate and sunflower lecithin (for mix-ability);

*American cows, made in USA. (Note: does not list itself as a grass fed whey protein);

*Un-denatured filtration process;

*Gluten free, soy free.

 

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2. Pure Label Nutrition – Grass Fed Whey Protein

Pure Label Nutrition 100% USA Grass-Fed Whey Protein Concentrate, 5lb...
  • 100% GRASS-FED WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE: Support your fitness goals with 100% grass-fed whey protein that comes from pasture-fed cows raised...
  • HIGH-PROTEIN NUTRITION: The power-packed protein concentrate helps with muscle development, weight loss, and immune health, to support overall...
  • PURE & COLD-PROCESSED: The whey protein is undenatured and cold-processed to ensure no contamination from chemical detergents, synthetic...
  • SUPERIOR STANDARDS: Our whey protein concentrate undergoes rigorous testing, quality check, and third-party assessment to ensure a premium...
  • MIXES EASILY & TASTES GREAT: Your recovery drink never tasted this good! Create pre or post-workout shakes, smoothies, and meal replacements...

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What I like:

*24g protein per serving;

*Excellent amino acids profile (as you’d expect from whey protein);

*Uses whey protein concentrate;

*4.5 ⭐ – 2,000+ reviews on Amazon;

*1 ingredient: 100% grass-fed whey protein concentrate. Not even an emulsifier like sunflower oil is in it.

*Premium American dairy cows, made in USA;

*Gluten free, soy free.

 

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3. Opportuniteas Grass Fed Whey Protein Isolate

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  • PREMIUM PROTEIN POWDER - Our grass fed whey protein is unflavored and we truly mean it. We don’t add any sugar, sweeteners, preservatives, colors,...
  • MADE THE RIGHT WAY - Our pure whey protein isolate is made from the milk from grass fed, hormone-free cows raised in New Zealand. Low-temperature...
  • 28g PROTEIN - Each serving gives you 28 grams of all natural protein to replenish your body. Support strong muscles and fast recovery from exercise....
  • ONLY 2 INGREDIENTS - Our ingredient list is 99% pure grass fed whey protein isolate, and for easy mixing, we add <1% lecithin from non-GMO sunflower....
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What I like:

*29.7g protein per serving, great amino acids profile;

*4.5 ⭐ – 2,300+ reviews on Amazon;

*Only 2 ingredients: grass-fed whey powder and sunflower lecithin (to improve mix-ability);

*Cold-processed;

*American cows, made in USA;

*Gluten free.

 

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4. Muscle Feast – Grass Fed Whey Protein Isolate

Muscle Feast 100% Grass Fed Whey Protein Isolate | All Natural,...
  • LOW CARB & LOW CALORIE: The perfect whey protein for those watching their macros.
  • KETO FRIENDLY: The low-carb content of Muscle Feast's whey isolate makes it the perfect protein for those on a keto diet!
  • OU-D Kosher Certified - Orthodox Union Kosher Certified for Dairy
  • LABELS MAY VARY: This product was recently certified by the American Vegetarian Association to be Vegetarian. We are updating our labels to reflect...

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What I like:

*top ranked whey protein powder for quality by Labdoor**;

*4.6 ⭐ – 2,500+ reviews on Amazon;

*20.5 g protein per serving, 4.5g branched chain amino acids;

*Excellent essential amino acids profile;

*4 ingredients: grass fed whey protein isolate, cocoa, sunflower lecithin, & stevia;

*Kosher certified;

*Gluten free, soy free;

*German cows, made in USA.

(** – Labdoor is an independent 3rd party supplement testing company.)

 

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5. Levels Nutrition – Grass Fed Whey Protein

Levels Grass Fed 100% Whey Protein, No GMOs, Pure Chocolate, 5LB
  • LEVELS WHEY PROTEIN: Each scoop of Levels Pure Chocolate Whey contains 24g Protein, 5.4g BCAAs (branched-chain amino acids), and no added sugars....
  • NOTHING FAKE: Levels Whey is naturally delicious. That means no hormones, no GMOs, no added sugars, no soy, no gluten, no bleach, no fillers, and no...
  • SIMPLE & CLEAN: No fake chocolate flavor here. Levels Pure Chocolate Whey is made with delicious cold-pressed cacao and lightly sweetened with monk...
  • QUALITY FIRST: Quality milk tastes better, way better. That’s why grass-fed hormone-free dairy is the only dairy we use to make our whey protein...
  • MADE IN THE USA: Levels Whey Protein is made in the U.S.A. and is undenatured to protect bioactivity and naturally occurring growth factors. Each...

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What I like:

*24g protein per serving, 5.4g of BCAAs;

*4.6 ⭐ – 7,700+ reviews on Amazon;

*3rd party tested for heavy metals;

*American cows, grass fed whey concentrate, made in USA;

*Un-denatured, cold-processed;

*Gluten free, soy free.

 

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Vegan protein powder – Top 3

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1. Orgain Organic Protein

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  • 21 grams of organic plant based protein (pea, brown rice, chia seeds), 2 grams of organic dietary fiber, low net carbs, 0 grams of added sugar, 150...
  • Mix with water, milk, or your favorite protein shake recipe for a quick breakfast or snack drink. Use when bakin grams to give your cakes, muffins,...
  • Ideal for healthy, on the go nutrition for men, women, and kids. These are great for meal replacement, smoothie boosters, buildin grams lean muscle,...
  • We simply advise against using a microwave as it may negatively impact the nutritional value of the product.

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What I like:

*21g protein per serving, 4g net carbs;

*4.6 ⭐ – 40,000+ reviews across the internet;

*Protein sources: organic pea protein, chia seed protein, brown rice protein;

*99% organic ingredients;

*Soy free, gluten free.

 

My notes

* Note that it does have the sugar alcohol erythritol in it, as well as that infamous flavor lab favorite Natural Flavors. On their label Orgain still openly lists their plant-based protein blend as vegan, which I take as somewhat reassuring.

* This is my go-to product of the three plant-based protein products mentioned in this article by far, and I’ve had its 2 lb. tub on my Subscribe and Save list for months now.

* To me it has the best taste and texture of the three vegan powders (I compared everybody’s Chocolate flavors).

* It is also significantly cheaper than the other two — as well as any other plant-based protein powder I came across.

* Most** of the time (no surprise) Amazon is the cheapest place to get it.

 

**- Note to Costco shoppers

If you shop at Costco do be aware that Orgain supplies them with an odd-sized 2.74 lb. tub that occasionally has a big discount offered that makes it cheaper than even AMZ’s Subscribe and Save price (but this deal is only available in their warehouses, not online).

 

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2. Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein

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What I like:

*22g protein per serving, 4g of plant-based BCAAs;

*4.4 ⭐ – 14,400+ reviews on Amazon;

*Plant-based protein powder made from 15 plants, mostly organic pea protein, brown rice, and amaranth; some chia seed protein too;

*Additional plant-based probiotics and digestive enzymes added;

*Soy free, gluten free;

* It’s the only plant-based one out of these three here that doesn’t have any Natural Flavors in it.

 

My notes on texture

*To me it was the grittiest of the three vegan powders here. No surprise really, given the amount of sprouted grains used in their protein blend, and it wasn’t a big deal. It also tasted more “earthy” than the other two vegan powders, no doubt for the same reason.

 

Digestive enzymes added

I’m no expert on digestive enzymes. So I can’t weigh in on them being included in Garden of Life’s powder other than to say that I do know that bromelain — which is derived from pineapples — is considered one of the effective (and natural) digestive enzymes in cultures outside the US, notably in Central and South America.

 

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3. Vega Sport Plant-based Premium Protein

Vega Sport Premium Protein Powder, Mocha, Vegan, 30g Plant Based...
  • 30 Grams of plant based protein powder with 5 gram BCAA amino acids and 5 gram Glutamic Acid. Amino Acid profile containing 9 essential amino acids...
  • Support recovery post workout with ingredients like tart cherry, turmeric extract and 2 billion CFU probiotics (bacillus coagulans) to help build...
  • Made for athletes - NSF Certified for Sport, Non-GMO Project Verified, Certified Vegan protein powder and gluten free.
  • Keto-friendly protein powder for women and men with 3 gram net carbs, and no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors, lactose and dairy free, soy...
  • Smooth taste and texture, just blend or shake with water or your choice of beverage post workout – or even add some fruit to make a tasty protein...

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What I like:

*30g protein per serving, 5g of BCAAs

*4.5 ⭐ – 8,000+ reviews on Amazon

*Probiotics & digestive enzymes added

 

My notes

*It ranked last out of the 3 vegans with me for a few reasons:

  • It’s plant-based but not organic, since the majority of its ingredients are conventionally grown;
  • It also has the mysterious Natural Flavors in it;
  • Stevia level is a little too strong for my taste buds;
  • Most expensive of the three vegan powders, but not the cleanest.

 

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Wrapping Up

In my search for clean protein products, I researched a few other product categories and wrote about them here on heydayDo in case you’re interested:

7 Best BCAAs Without Sucralose or Artificial Sweeteners

Top 24 Protein Bars Without Artificial Sweeteners

Vegan Mass Gainers

 

I hope that this article on protein powders without artificial sweeteners is useful to you, and that the info on the supplement and dairy industries’ production practices is helpful too.

I wish you well on your fitness journey; let’s go.

– greg

August 2021

 


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heydayDo author Greg Simon
Hi I’m Greg Simon. Fitness training & nutrition researching since 1982. Organic food & wine grower. Surfer. Congenital heart disease survivor (so far). Read more…
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 It’s an information-sharing, personal opinion blog of mine.
 
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