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Is protein powder paleo?

Commented on August 17, 2014
Created August 14, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Greetings, i had one question. A friend of mine wanted to start the paleo diet after he saw most of the effects it had on me and he asked me if the protein powder supplements are actually paleo. My answer wasn't clear if it is or not, i just wanted to ask another opinion :)

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on August 17, 2014
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Ooops! Good catch.

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on August 17, 2014
at 10:08 PM

C'mon, certain protein powder is ingestible! It's highly digestible on top of that!

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at 10:03 PM

A lot of this answer is correct however this part is not.....

"ingestible product"

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on August 17, 2014
at 07:30 PM

There are a lot of good protein powders out there that are a healthy addition to a modern diet.

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on August 17, 2014
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Depends on your definition. Protein powder can be a very healthful addition to your diet. If paleo is about optimizing health, then protein powder can be paleo.

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on August 17, 2014
at 03:07 PM

It's not a bad treat. I like sisson's take on it: "Take your time and evaluate your diet. You may find that you don’t need powder supplements. I certainly don’t need any myself, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a big whey shake after an intense workout session from time to time, just for the anabolic effects if not for the convenience and taste." http://www.marksdailyapple.com/whey-egg-white-case...

Jaminet doesn't seem too opposed.

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2010/10/perfect-healt...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2crDSOCDG1o#t=960

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on August 17, 2014
at 01:17 PM

I like that smoothie recipe. Thanks!

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Of course it's not paleo. It doesn't even pass the Jack Lalanne test - if man made it, don't eat it.

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No. Our ancestors would never have had it. It is a fake product. I never have it. (My daughter who plays a sport for her country does and it is obviously better than stuffing your face with chocolates but its not a natural or healthy food in my view).

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Protein powder is not paleo. It is not real food. It is a manufactured, processed, sometimes synthetically generated, ingestible product. Would your great-grandmother recognize protein powder as food? I doubt it. Protein powder also fails the short list of ingredients test. Most protein powders have a long list of ingredients, which is the hallmark of processed food. Run away from this dreck and eat real food.

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on August 17, 2014
at 01:16 PM

Of course it's not paleo. It doesn't even pass the Jack Lalanne test - if man made it, don't eat it.

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on August 17, 2014
at 10:03 PM

A lot of this answer is correct however this part is not.....

"ingestible product"

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on August 17, 2014
at 07:30 PM

There are a lot of good protein powders out there that are a healthy addition to a modern diet.

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on August 17, 2014
at 03:27 PM

No, it's not paleo, but if it feeds you own individual needs, then by all means, consume it.

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on August 17, 2014
at 07:29 PM

Depends on your definition. Protein powder can be a very healthful addition to your diet. If paleo is about optimizing health, then protein powder can be paleo.

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on August 14, 2014
at 08:56 PM

I do the occasional protein powder. For a while, my opinion was that the diet provides an abundance of great protein, so there would really be no need to supplement, but I have found a few places where it seems to fit in.

This morning I brought a few grams of branched chain amino acids / electrolytes to throw in my ice water for a semi-fasted 16mi ride which filled a nice gap until I could run to the store and buy / cook a meal.

I also enjoy the occasional bulletproof smoothie. A nice splash of pastured organic heavy cream, some unsweetened organic almond milk, 12-15g of protein from non-denatured grass-fed whey with colostrum. Then I add a tablespoon of high altitude, optimally-processed cacao, a pinch of hand-picked madagascar vanilla bean, a sprinkle of grass-fed gelatin, a tablespoon of MCT oil, and a few drops of an organic stevia extract. (It's basically a chocolate milkshake.. but if you're going to have a chocolate shake, do it right.)

Not exactly Paleo, but after a while, a little diversity can be enjoyable.

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I like that smoothie recipe. Thanks!

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