Can you get a lactose free protein powder? Aren’t they made from dairy?
One of the biggest questions and issues we get when recommending protein powders is that it can cause stomach issues such as gas and bloating. This typically comes from lower quality protein concentrates and blends.
Lactose, the sugar in milk, typically breaks down during digestion with the help of an enzyme your body produces lactase. However, those with lactose intolerance do not produce enough lactase themselves to properly digest the sugar. This causes undigested food to pass into the large intestine where bacteria has to break it down. The result? Gas, bloating, a sluggish feeling, and even diarrhea. Not exactly what you want to experience when you’re trying to stay active and healthy!
Enter protein isolate. Many isolated protein powders are lactose free, and will not cause the bloating and gas associated with whey blends and concentrates.
How can whey protein powder (which comes from cheese) be lactose free you ask? The difference between the whey protein forms is the composition of the product, particularly the protein content. Whey isolates contain the higher percentage of pure protein and can be pure enough to be virtually lactose free, carbohydrate free, fat free, and cholesterol free.
That does not mean ALL isolates are lactose free, but don’t worry, we have a few that are.
Top Lactose Free Protein Powders
Magnum Nutraceuticals Quattro protein is somewhat of an anomaly. This protein powder delivers 30g of protein isolates from whey, milk, micellar casein and egg! Not only is this protein lactose free, gluten free, certified kosher and nut free, but the manufacturer actually guarantees no gas!
Dymatize Iso100 protein is a hydrolyzed whey protein isolate that gives not only 25 grams of high quality protein, but also 5.5g of BCAAs and 2.7g of leucine. Iso100 has only 110 calories, 1g of carbs 0g of fat, less than 1g of sugar and is lactose free.
VMI’s protolyte protein is not only lactose free, but also non GMO, Gluten free, has zero sugar and is aspartame free! This high quality cold processed whey isolate also has 4G of glutamine, 5G of BCAAs and 2.5G of Leucine per serving! Another reason we have this on our list is because it also includes electrolytes for better hydration and digestive enzymes for enhanced absorption.
Isopure lives up to its name as one of the purest protein powders out there. Not only is it pure, but most flavors have zero carbs! This ultra high quality protein has 50 grams of protein, 10.9G of BCAAs, and 4.6G of glutamine per serving. Isopure is Gluten, lactose and aspartame free.
Lean1 is a formulated nutrition meal replacement that is high in fiber, active enzymes, vitamins and minerals. This protein is of course lactose free, but differs from the others in that it is targeted at keeping you lean with ingredients that curb your appetite and help you burn more fat.
We hope this list helps you with your lactose free needs! We have of course left out Vegan protein options as they are of course lactose free, but will have their own top list in the future. If you have your own favorite lactose free protein, please share it in the comments section below!