I have worked with quite a few people with diabetes (most of them have type 2), and through consistent work with a dietitian and my exercise programs, we’ve always been able to gain control of body weight.
But a lot of diabetics get to a stage where they also want to improve their fitness and build up some muscle mass. This is entirely possible without messing with blood glucose and insulin levels.
But before you just jump in and buy the first whey protein powder, I have done some careful research and analysis with my dietitian to come up with a list of the best protein
Top Protein Powders for Diabetics (2020)
#1 Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed
#3 Orgain Organic
1. Transparent Labs Whey Protein: Editor's Choice
Here at TotalShape, we have become big fans of Transparent Labs’ nutrition supplements.
One of the biggest benefits is the total absence of anything other than actual healthy protein. The entire team, with our clients' feedback and in depth research, consider this as the best protein powder for diabetics because of this.
This particular product also contains less than 1 gram of carbohydrates in each serving, meaning that it won’t cause havoc with your glucose and you won’t have to adapt your diabetic meal plans.
With no sugar or artificial sweetening agents, a lot of online reviews highlight that the flavors are natural and tasty. The only downside is that you can’t get it as an unflavored option to mix it in with meals or snacks.
2. Plant Protein by Ladder
Another protein powder I highly recommend is the Plant Protein by Ladder.
This protein powder provides a higher dose of essential amino acids and branched-chain amino acids, which is more than enough to fully repair your body after an intense workout.
This includes improving muscle mass, fat loss, and sports performance.
What I love about this protein powder is that it’s completely plant-based making it easy to digest. With the improved absorption, you can ensure that your body gets the most out of drinking this.
You can choose from two different flavors. But regardless of which, you’ll definitely find your muscles recovered the next day.
3. Orgain Organic Protein Powder
This is one of the more popular brands of organic plant-based protein powders, with it being based on rice, pea, and chia seeds.
The protein powder blend is important as it provides the full range of amino acids needed for muscle growth and recovery.
It’s a low-carb protein shake with no added sugars that could lead to blood glucose spikes.
I saw quite a few comments from people with type 1 and 2 diabetes who found this did support their diet and exercise efforts.
Please check this video out to learn more about Orgain Organic Protein Powder.
The only real downside is that you can only get it in vanilla flavor right now. If its a flavor that you like, then this is a solid choice to make.
4. Transparent Labs Organic Vegan
For many people, whey protein powder is not going to be an option due to lactose intolerance.
Vegans will also want to avoid all dairy sources, but Transparent Labs has created a great protein powder option based on rice and pea protein.
Not only is it free from any milk or other animal ingredients, but it’s also GMO and gluten-free.
I’m a fan of the flavors as they are subtle and not fake tasting and a lot of users have commented that it’s easy to mix.
One thing to keep in mind though is that compared to the above option, this
5. Slim Fast Protein Shake
My dietitian suggested a few years ago that I recommend Slim Fast products because they are generally low in sugar and carbs
This one is available in two different flavors (chocolate and vanilla), which mix easily into meal replacement shakes.
This also makes it a great choice for weight loss efforts by helping you skip a meal or snack during the day.
One thing to keep in mind is that it contains whey and soy protein, which does make it less suitable for many people with food allergies.
6. Garden Of Life Protein Powder
This company has focused on creating a natural blend of protein and digestive support ingredients.
At the same time, they have managed to avoid adding unnecessary carbs and fat, which is so common these days.
The amino acid profile covers the full range of all essentials by blending a wide variety of plant products.
I did find the flavors were good, and the unflavored option is great for mixing with smoothies. But there are several comments online that it’s not the easiest to mix in a shaker.
Ingredients That Diabetics Should Avoid
Whether it’s type 1 or type 2 diabetes that you have to deal with, it’s mainly sugar and carbs in general that you have to be very careful with. At the same time, it’s not enough just to look for “No Added Sugar” labels or avoid anything high in carbs.
A lot of sugar-free
So, basically, you need to check for labels with ideally no sugar and low in non-fiber carbs.
In terms of protein, a health care journalist reiterated that there's no correlation between protein and blood sugar.
Protein itself does not have much of an effect on blood sugar, though the food the protein is in may. Typically, people with diabetes don't need any more protein than people who don't have diabetes.
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Our #1 Recommendation...
Whether you have general weight loss goals or want to bulk up and become a bit more athletic-looking, Transparent Labs Whey Protein is going to provide the best effects.
Many of my diabetic clients have worked with it for years, and the fact that it has practically no carbs at all just makes meal planning so much easier.
If you’ve had your own good or bad experience with protein powders, then contact us through the website or on social media.
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