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Why You Should Choose a Naturally Sweetened Protein Powder

There are many things to be wary of when purchasing a protein powder:

  1. Does it contain fillers or protein blends that lower quality?
  2. What protein source does the powder come from?
  3. How many calories are in a serving?

One factor you might not have thought about is how the product is sweetened. BiPro is a naturally sweetened whey protein isolate that contains zero grams of sugar. But many other protein powders either use sugar or artificial sweeteners that have been linked to harmful health effects.

The New York Times published an article that examines artificial sweeteners and their potential tie to weight gain.

“…large population studies suggest that frequent consumption of artificial sweeteners may be linked with unanticipated consequences, including weight gain,” the article stated.

The piece references a study that included nearly 7,000 Americans from diverse backgrounds. People who consumed diet soft drinks at least once per day “were at 67 percent greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than those who didn’t consume diet drinks, regardless of whether they gained weight or not, and at 36 percent greater risk of metabolic syndrome, which can be a precursor to heart disease, stroke and diabetes,” the author wrote.

A piece in Medical Daily links artificial sweeteners to negative health consequences, including cardiovascular disease. A study found that the risk of coronary heart disease was much higher among women who consumed more than two sugary or artificially sweetened drinks per day.

“Consuming at least one artificially-sweetened beverage daily significantly elevated risk for hypertension for women in a number of studies; the same effect was found when the women in the study drank sugar-sweetened beverages,” according to Medical Daily.

Artificial sweeteners can also make people yearn for more unhealthy foods, according to the Harvard Health Blog.

“Research suggests that they may prevent us from associating sweetness with caloric intake. As a result, we may crave more sweets, tend to choose sweet food over nutritious food, and gain weight,” Harvard Health Editor Holly Strawbridge wrote.  

Reading a protein powder’s label and understanding what you’re putting into your body is incredibly important. Don’t buy a product without doing some research!

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