13 of the Worst Protein Powders You Can Buy

Once an ingredient only bodybuilders ate, protein powder now makes regular appearances in smoothies, oatmeal, and luscious desserts consumed by the masses. A general interest in fitness is probably part of the sudden popularity, but so is the nutrient’s satiating power. Anyone looking to shed a few pounds needs to have a well-balanced diet with plenty of protein to help keep them feeling full throughout the day.

Having so many choices available might seem like a good thing, but it makes finding a good product more confusing. Because everyone will need to experiment a little bit to find the best protein powder for them, we decided to make the search a lot easier by telling you which ones you should automatically cross off your list. Whether they’re brimming with sugar or feature some suspect ingredients, these four protein powders are some of the worst.

1. Nature’s Plus Spiru-tein: Too much sugar

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This powder has too much sugar. | iStock.com

Don’t let the green-sounding name fool you, this protein powder doesn’t really live up to its label. Molly Kimball, R.D. who specializes in sports nutrition, tells WGNO this plant-based powder falls short due to a nutrition label revealing the supplement contains nearly as many grams of carbs as protein. Worse yet, there are 8 grams of sugar per scoop.

If you’re looking for something vegan-friendly, take a close look at the ingredient list. You want to see soy, pea, brown rice, or another type of protein near the top. Some products contain blends, so just make sure you know what you’re actually getting. And aim to keep sugar and carbs to a minimum.