Inside: A list of our favorite high-quality, lectin free protein powder choices that won’t break the bank!
Finding a good lectin free protein powder has been a challenge for many of us who are on the Plant Paradox diet. Most protein powders on the market include soy or pea protein, neither of which are acceptable on a lectin free diet. If you are following Dr. Gundry’s diet, you know that we don’t need as much protein as we’ve been told, especially animal protein. But protein can be filling and satiating, and if you’re following a vegan diet or vegetarian diet, or you just don’t have a ton of time to cook lectin free meals, it’s helpful to have some lectin free protein powder options.
So, we’ve done a little digging and come up with a great list of options for lectin free protein powders that are easily available and won’t break the bank!
First a few things to note:
The Problem with Whey Protein.
Dr. Gundry isn’t a huge fan of the stuff, even though whey protein is lectin free. While whey protein is a great source of amino acids and is also naturally lectin free, as the lectins in milk are found in the casein (which is removed), there are still some questionable ingredients usually.
Most whey proteins designed for athletes contain either large amounts of sugars or bad artificial sweeteners, such as ace-K and sucralose. In addition, Dr. Gundry strongly recommends reducing the amount of animal protein we consume. That being said, he does approve of whey protein – many protein bars on his approved list (Quest bars, B-Up bars) include whey protein powder.
While whey protein powder isn’t the best choice for the Plant Paradox diet, there are a few high-quality whey protein sources below that are Plant Paradox compliant. We scoured the brands and listed only the ones that were made from grass-fed, A2 milk and approved sweeteners.
Ok, So What About Vegan Protein?
If you go to any supermarket or health food store, take a look at the labels on all the vegan protein shakes. Chances are the majority of them are made from some combination of pea and soy protein. Both of those are non-compliant on a Plant Paradox diet and are full of lectins. In addition, many vegan proteins also contain those same bad sweeteners as well.
What is the Best Type of Lectin Free Protein Powder?
According to Dr. Gundry, the protein he recommends most is hemp. It is a complete protein, containing all the amino acids our body needs to function. Hemp protein powder is created by grinding hemp seeds into a powder and has a nutty taste, similar to flax. Hemp protein powder typically has less protein per serving than non compliant vegan proteins like pea and soy. We’ve selected a few lectin free protein powders which contain hemp.
Also, vegan protein powders tend to be much more affordable than whey ones. So your wallet will appreciate choosing a hemp powder as your lectin free protein powder.
Here’s the List of Lectin Free Protein Powders We Recommend:
We’ve included 3 hemp protein powders and 2 whey powders. We’ve only included protein powders that have the highest quality, Dr. Gundry approved ingredients, and don’t break the bank!
Nutiva is a small US company that produces a wide range of healthy products. These include oils, protein powders, baking flours and even CBD products. They are based in Richmond, California and have been around for 21 years. Their hemp protein is grown on farms in Colorado.
Note that they offer several different varieties of hemp protein powders, but many of them contain added sugars. The pure hemp protein powder has no additives and is great to mix in with approved sweeteners to create protein shakes.
You can buy a 3lb bag on Amazon and the reviews are excellent.
Manitoba Harvest is a Canadian company mainly specializing in hemp and hemp products. They have several different hemp powders with various levels of protein and fiber, depending on your dietary needs.
They have 2lb bags on Amazon and the reviews are also very good.
It retails for around $15 at Whole Foods, but you can usually find it for a bit less on Amazon.
Natural Force is a company started by two guys out of Jacksonville, Florida. And let me tell you, this stuff is as honest as whey protein gets. The whey is derived from milk from Jersey cows. Jersey cows are one of the species of cows that produces A2 milk. The cows they use are solely grass-fed. In addition to an unflavored high quality whey protein product, they have several stevia-sweetened proteins which use organic flavorings. This is a great option for those that are sensitive to sugar alcohol sweeteners.
They do sell the products on their own website, but we’ve seen better prices on Amazon.
Garden of Life is a Canadian company that specializes in protein powders, supplements and probiotics. Their whey protein comes from Jersey cows in California, so it also contains only A2 milk. They supplement their protein powder with added probiotics, which is a nice addition. However, it does contain erythritol, which can be a problem to those sensitive to it.
This product is also available on Amazon.
And finally, we did want to mention that Dr. Gundry has his own brand of protein powder, called ProPlant. This chocolate flavored plant-based protein powder has a tasty mix of cocoa powder, hemp, flax, spirulina and is sweetened naturally with stevia.
While this lectin free protein powder is the priciest on the list, you can save up to 40% off the retail price, by purchasing through our GundryMD Ambassador portal. (Disclosure: As an affiliate, we may make a small commission if you purchase products through our ambassador portal.)
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I hope we saved you some time searching for a high quality, Plant Paradox approved protein powder. While there are many options for lectin free protein powders, we only shared the ones we found with the best ingredients. Do you have a favorite lectin free protein powder that’s not on the list? Leave a comment and let us know!