One of my readers contacted me to ask if I had any recommendations for protein powder. Todd is working on strength training, and was especially interested in protein powder that did not contain crystalline fructose, or any other artificial sweetener. Furthermore, if they did contain sucralose or fructose, he wanted to know which ingredient would be the “lesser evil?”.

I hadn’t used protein powder prior to the Six Week Body Makeover. I don’t use it for building extra muscle per say (I’m not a body builder – I do strength training to build “regular” muscle), but just for something different. I actually prefer my protein from real food, but a smoothie made with protein powder is fun once in awhile. I only had two recommendations for Todd, and it turned out that he came up with a much better alternative than the ones that I gave him!

First, I would not recommend any protein powder that contains crystalline fructose. Actually, I don’t recommend that additive/sweetener/sugar, or any of the sugars derived from corn. When choosing between Sucralose (Splenda) or fructose/corn sugars, I would go for sucralose, simply because I haven’t had any problems with it like I’ve had with corn sweeteners and aspartame (Nutra Sweet).

As far as my recommendations for protein powder, here are the 2 that I’ve used:

1. Designer Whey (chocolate) protein powder – sweetened with Sucralose (19th ingredient)

2. Optimum Nutrition’s ON 100% Whey Gold Standard (vanilla ice cream) – Sucralose isn’t listed on my container (it lists artificial flavor), however I think that it is sweetened with it, because their other protein powders are. Upon closer inspection, I did find a small part of the label (not the main ingredients) that was highlighting their 100% whey ingredient, and underneath it I could see sucralose listed.

After learning of the protein powder that Todd found though, I would recommend it over the 2 that I have used! Todd found a whey protein isolate made by Jay Robb that is the healthiest one that I’ve ever seen. It is free of:

  • Sugar
  • MSG
  • Aspartame
  • Sucralose
  • Artificial Colors or Sweeteners
  • Casein, Gluten, Fat, or Cholesterol

It’s sweetened with Stevia (a natural sweetener found in health food stores), and it contains 25 grams of protein per serving, the recommended amount per the 6WBMO. I do see that it contains phenylalanine (an essential amino acid), although from what I’ve learned about it, it is hazard to your health when it is combined with the other amino acid that makes up aspartame (aside from those who have PKE).

While protein powder isn’t recommended as a regular substitute for whole protein on the 6WBMO, especially during the weight reduction phase, some people use it once in awhile. I’ve found that it can be especially useful during travel if you have limited options.

I haven’t tried Jay Robb’s myself yet, but I am interested in doing so. It is more expensive than the 2 that I’ve used and you get what you pay for, which is this case is a healthy protein powder. It’s like one of the members of a coaching group I was in said about our mentor: “I paid the lowest tier of $10.00 per month to start and I got $10.00 a month of value. Now that I’m paying thousands I’m getting that amount of value in return.”

You can find Jay Robb’s protein powder here on Amazon to get the value of his protein powder.