Choosing a Naturally Sweetened Protein Powder

One of the biggest questions we get from our customers when choosing a protein powder is how it is sweetened. Most of the protein powder that exists on the market today is sweetened with Sucralose. However many of the top brands now have stevia sweetened options as well. Down below we will explain the difference between the 2. Have you made the switch to a naturally sweetened protein powder? Most protein powder on the market today is natural; however most are not naturally sweetened. Most protein powders that are naturally sweetened will usually carry the “Natural” label on the front.

What is sucralose?

Sucralose is an artificial sweetener. The majority of ingested sucralose is not broken down by the body, so it is noncaloric. Sucralose is approximately 320 to 1,000 times as sweet as sucrose (table sugar), twice as sweet as saccharin, and three times as sweet as aspartame. It is stable under heat and over a broad range of pH conditions. Therefore, it can be used in baking or in products that require a longer shelf life. The commercial success of sucralose-based products stems from its favorable comparison to other low-calorie sweeteners in terms of taste, stability, and safety. Source: Sucralose

Because sucralose is an artificial sweetener, many people have been searching for a naturally sweetened protein powder. This is where stevia comes in.

What is stevia?

Stevia is a sweetener and sugar substitute made from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana. Stevia’s taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar, and some of its extracts may have a bitter or licorice-like aftertaste at high concentrations. With its steviol glycoside extracts having up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar, stevia has attracted attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar sweeteners. Because stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose it is attractive to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets. Souce: Stevia

What are some naturally sweetened protein powders?

Optimum Nutrition makes a few. Among them are 100% Natural Whey and 100% Natural Casein. Nature’s Best Natural Isopure is another as well as MET-Rx Natural Whey.

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