People are snacking more than ever. According to snackandbakery.com, Americans were snacking an average of 2.3 times a day in late 2013, up from 1.8 times a day in 2008. Each week there seems to be a new “better for you bar” on the market, allowing people to snack on the run. The health conscious look for convenience AND nutrition.
If you are one of the health conscious, I urge you to look close. Check the deck. Many of the bars on the market are full of powdered ingredients, because powders are cheaper than real meat. The most popular are egg protein and whey protein.
Despite potential profit and how easy it would be to add protein powders to our PaleoGoods, we won’t. Early on, I stuck my stake in the ground and vowed to never do it. Here are my reasons why.
1.) Powder Is Over Processed
Most commercial whey powders are high-heat-treated, acid-flushed, and stripped of vital nutrients, creating an imbalanced, acidic “whey isolate” that’s frequently contaminated with synthetic additives, chemical detergents, and heavy metals. It’s no wonder that many of these whey products are hard to digest! Their acidic aftertaste is covered up with unhealthy sweeteners and artificial flavors.
2.) Powder Can Contain Metals
An independent laboratory study by Consumer Reports found unsafe levels of heavy metals and other harmful substances in protein drinks. Each drink in the test had at least one sample containing one or more of the following contaminants: arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. Those metals can have toxic effects on organs in the body. Even though the levels were relatively low per serving, some consumers are ingesting 2-3 servings of these drinks a day as per their fitness trainers.
3.) Powder Is Not Paleo
Our ancestors did not have access to a blender to grind dry eggs into powder. Even if they did, I’m sure they would have preferred eggs in their whole state.
I am not the Paleo police or implying non-paleo foods are unhealthy for you. I’m simply saying that very few foods created by man in the last 50 years can compare to real foods like meat, seafood, fruit, veggies and nuts – in their natural state.
Get your protein from REAL food sources. Foods high in protein generally have some healthy fat content. Grass-fed meats and pastured eggs are great examples. For on the go protein, you can opt for Grass-fed Jerky and Grass-fed Sticks. Adding mineral and collagen rich bone broths and fresh local produce will ensure that you are getting a good balance of fats, carbs, and proteins.
In short, just eat REAL FOOD.