3 Things to Look For in Your Protein Powder

3 Things to Look For in Your Protein Powder

The scoop on what it should and shouldn’t contain

Whether you are a protein powder advocate, or amateur, you should feel confident you’re giving your body a high quality, natural product. Surprisingly, however, an article in Consumer Reports magazine revealed that many popular protein powders contain dangerous levels of heavy metals like arsenic, lead and mercury. So it becomes obvious that all protein powders are not created equal. When selecting your whey, chose one with third-party testing to confirm they are safe and heavy metal free.

What to Look For

Beyond heavy metals, there are three major factors that separate the best quality whey proteins from others on the market:

  1. Simple Ingredients: Look for a product that is derived from top quality cows and free from hormones, pesticides, and chemicals. In addition, it should not contain any added sugar, starch, gluten, soy, salt, corn, artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, pesticide residues, or synthetic fillers. Our favorite whey protein provides 20 grams of protein per serving, and contains only five ingredients: whey protein concentrate, French vanilla extract, guar gum, prebiotic inulin and stevia extract. For something special, try the chocolate whey flavored with Ghirardelli cocoa powder!
  2. A+ Protein Sourcing: Most U.S. cows produce milk with the genetic mutation A1 protein. Some researchers have linked whey from A1 protein cows to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and digestive problems. Ensure you purchase a whey Protein containing non-mutant A2 protein that has no association with these aforementioned problems. Easier to digest, A2 protein also contains the amino acid proline which helps fight aging by supporting collagen.
  3. Minimal Processing: Find a whey protein that is non-denatured (unheated). Minimal processing preserves fragile whey proteins that contain glycomacropeptides, these are branched chain amino acids that act as natural appetite suppressants.

A Multitude of Health Benefits

Not just for weight loss, protein powder is perfect for lean muscle development, weight maintenance, higher energy levels, keeping up immunity, and the anti-aging process. Plus, it’s a perfectly balanced meal for every day.  We like to make whey protein smoothies every morning for a clean, healthy way to start the day with energy.

We recommend Fat Flush Whey Protein, but don’t let the name fool you! Although it was designed originally for Ann Louise Gittleman’s renowned Fat Flush Plan, it’s used by athletes, fitness competitors, power lifters and personal trainers. It not only matches protein quantity, but is loaded with the highest quality ingredients your body deserves after a good workout or as a quick meal.

For more information on product quality, take a look at this infographic to see how the Fat Flush whey protein stacks up.



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Comments (15)

  • Candy January 30, 2013 - 12:13 am Reply

    Hi, Roz,

    I am advised to use only “casein-free” whey powder. Is Fat Flush casein-free?

    Thank you,

    • Roz Livingston January 30, 2013 - 4:52 pm Reply

      Hi Candy,

      Yes our whey powder is casein-free & quite delicious:)


  • Karen January 30, 2013 - 9:29 am Reply

    I’d like to know whether I can get purely grass fed whey protein powder from you? And please tell what is the difference between your hormone-, pesticide- and chemical-free, and derived from disease-free cows whey protein powder, and organic protein powder?
    Thanks, Karen

  • Roz Livingston January 30, 2013 - 5:55 pm Reply

    Hi Karen,

    Our whey protein powder comes from herds that graze freely on open grass & are 100% grass fed 🙂 It is the closest thing to being organic without the ‘organic certification’.

    Our New Zealand manufacturer has not gone through the process of ‘organic certification’ due to it being a costly process.


  • Susan Johnson January 31, 2013 - 12:27 am Reply

    I wonder if whey protein contains dairy that I’m very sensitive to? I assume it does.

  • Roz Livingston February 1, 2013 - 1:00 am Reply

    Hi Susan,

    Our whey is produced from cow’s milk.

    It is casein-free.The lactose content for the Fat Flush Whey Protein is below the level that causes problems for most people who are lactose intolerant.

  • Guilt-free Chocolate Smoothie Recipes February 7, 2013 - 4:07 pm Reply

    […] Yes, please! I like to play with our Fat Flush Chocolate Whey Protein, trying it with different fruit combos, and we have definitely developed some faves! These recipes taste like a naughty treat, without actually being naughty— thanks to the level of pureness and quality of our whey protein powders. […]

  • Linda Massey November 10, 2013 - 1:58 am Reply

    Is it possible to purchase a small sample. I have bought so many protein powders that do not taste very good. Do you have pea protein?

    • Deb May 1, 2014 - 11:07 pm Reply

      @ Linda……Hello Linda, I thought I’d give you my opinion which may help you. The whey protein, either chocolate or vanilla, is delicious. I think it tastes much, much better than the pea/rice protein powder. I’ll make a smoothie with a scoop of whey, 1/2 frozen banana, a dash of vanilla extract, almond milk and ice. Yummmm! You’ll think you’re having a milk shake full of fat and calories but you’re not. Yay! I’ve used the whey powder for years and have never been dissatisfied.

      • Admin May 2, 2014 - 2:21 pm Reply

        Hey Deb! Thanks for giving Linda a little feedback. So glad you love our whey protein- it does taste like a naughty treat, doesn’t it?? 🙂

  • Amy Sauerlender February 21, 2014 - 7:53 pm Reply

    What is the difference, nutritionally, between the Fat Flush and Rice/Pea protein powders? Why both and what factors should guide choice between the two? I agree that samples would be GREAT and would set you apart in the industry, increasing sales!

  • Roz Livingston February 24, 2014 - 6:40 pm Reply

    Both products are excellent sources of protein and nutrients. Fat Flush Whey Protein is derived from dairy and Fat Flush Body Protein is derived from pea and rice. Both support healthy weight loss and are excellent as a meal replacement. Fat Flush Body Protein sustains and energizes for approximately 4 hours and Fat Flush Whey Protein sustains and energizes for approximately 2-3 hours.

    Both Whey Protein and Body Protein are used successfully for weight loss and meal replacement. Both products provide 20 grams of protein per serving; however, Body Protein seems to keep people full longer.

    Thanks for the feedback regarding samples. We are in the inquiry for getting samples.

  • Joyce April 18, 2014 - 5:13 pm Reply

    I love your FF protein powder. My favorite is the chocolate. As your recipe suggestion , I add a few frozen cherries. – DELICIOUS!

    • admin April 18, 2014 - 8:39 pm Reply

      Mmmm!! One of our favorite combos! Glad you like it too, Joyce!

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