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Bodybuilder Mark Robinson Reveals The Protein Powders You Should Never Touch

Picking the right building blocks to your physique.

Let’s get this point straight off the bat. Protein supplements should be treated as a supplement, they certainly do not replace a healthy diet.

When choosing a protein powder it’s important that it suits your needs and supports your health and most importantly that it is free from chemicals and additives. When it comes to protein powders, the less ingredients, the better.

The below is what you should look for when selecting a protein powder, and what you should definitely avoid.


Signs Of Good Protein Powders

When selecting a protein powder make sure that it is high in natural protein. Rice, pea, hemp, sacha inchi and potato are all plant-based lactose-free options. Aim for above 80g of protein per 100g and less than 10g sugar and 5g fat.

Avoid added fats or sugars and look for naturally sweetened protein such as Stevia.

Protein shakes are best taken immediately after training for muscle recovery and may also be used as an easy, tasty mid-meal snack on the run.

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Bad Protein Powders To Avoid

You will commonly find these ingredients in many proteins and it’s recommended that you avoid most if not all of them.

Skim milk powders/milk solids: These are often used as a cheap bulking agent in lower quality powders.

Thickeners and gums: Thickeners and gums, including xanthin gum, are manufactured from soy or corn and can cause bloating, constipation and gas.

Soy protein: Some soy proteins come from genetically-modified sources with high pesticide use. They contain chemical compounds which may cause hormonal disturbances in some people.


Worst Protein Powder To Stay Away From

Be warned, these are definitely the ingredients to avoid in any protein powder.

Vegetable oils and fats: 
These are often added to many protein powders to increase richness and make them taste creamy.

However, these ingredients are often derived from hydrogenated sources that contain trans-fats, which are thought to be more harmful than saturated fats. Trans-fats raise levels of bad cholesterol and lower levels of good cholesterol.

Artificial sweeteners: 
Several negative side effects can come from ingesting artificial sweeteners including headaches, migraines, gastric distress, acid reflux and weight gain.

These ingredients can raise glycemic load, which may contribute to fat storage. Most are processed with GMO corn and they can also cause gastrointestinal distress in some people. They are mostly added to protein powders as fillers to bulk it out or make the protein mix easier.

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Mark Robinson, aka ‘Health Man Mark’, is a practicing Dietitian with a Masters Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics and a Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science. He is also a leading figure in the natural body building industry, taking out the World Fitness Model America title.

  • Sadhu Andrei

    I stopped reading at “whey protein isolate (…) PLANT-based lactose-free”… how can anyone who claims to be an expert not even get his basic facts straight???

  • brenton hamlyn

    Its all just rubbish save your money eat good food train hard results will follow.

  • Rob Hallinan

    Do you have citations to back up some of your claims?

  • Dully

    Enlighten us because I read it also and may be misled.

  • Dwight

    Eat more chicken.

  • Jaime Conde

    Maybe it was revised because I don’t see any mention of whey protein on this.

  • Lakesha Evans

    Me either

  • Matthew Boyd

    I just question why you’re recommending proteins w partial amino acid complexes over whey and caesin (more whey, though, I mean really?). If you have a balanced diet it’s not an issue, but why plant based over milk based? You have to have a weak stomach if you can’t handle the lactose in whey. I’m just curious on the why is all

  • Steve Winslow

    This article is not a good source of information. There are no known health risks from consuming GMO foods, yet this “expert” warns against them twice with no scientific explanation as to why. No mention of whey or casein, which are probably the most popular protein supplements. No explanation as to why you’d want to choose potato protein over whey. Is he just a vegan that feels bad for cows?

  • B-town nobody

    I can only assume from the picture linked to his story that Gold Standard casein is on his “bad” list. He never mentions it though. Shoddy attempt at journalism. Did they get permission to use that picture? Doubtful.

  • nico101

    I thought the same thing. It’s also false that GMOs use higher amount of pesticides. In fact, they generally use less.

  • tim chuk

    what a waste of time. ..

  • Lance

    Learn the science about creatine monohydrate here. Most bodybuilders consume them as it is natural and safe.

  • stephen

    Thought he was going to be brand specific

  • MrsXTN

    Thank you, Chick Fil-A cow.

  • michael camacho

    no because whey is from milk, and some people are allergic to milk, and most contain added flavors and sugars. GMO’s are related to bloated stomach’s and inflammation. i can’t see how you don’t see that. oh, and where’s the nutritional value from GMO’s..NONE!

  • michael camacho

    where’s your info that GMO’s use less pesticides, another sheep.

  • Steve Winslow

    Ugh. Why do people who have zero actual knowledge about a topic think their uninformed opinion should be spread around to infect other gullible people? People can be allergic to practically anything, including potatoes. Other than your first sentence, nothing you said is actually true. Take off your aluminum foil hat and read some actual medical literature.

  • sjs1967

    My doctor told me that dairy products should by avoided by men who have a history of prostate cancer in their family as it increases the risk.

  • mta202

    sjs1967 already

  • nico101

    Here ya go.
    “On average, GM technology adoption has reduced chemical pesticide use by 37%, increased crop yields by 22%, and increased farmer profits by 68%. Yield gains and pesticide reductions are larger for insect-resistant crops than for herbicide-tolerant crops. Yield and profit gains are higher in developing countries than in developed countries”


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