The name “protein powder” is pretty straightforward. You’d assume that those canisters lining health food store shelves would consist solely of the protein derived from foods like milk, soy, rice, or hemp. But in reality, they’re a whole lot more complicated than that.
Sure, protein powder is mostly protein. But most also contain extra stuff—and some of those additives can get kind of weird. Here are 7 ingredients to steer clear of as you’re scanning labels, plus clean picks you can count on to be free of anything funky. (Trying to lose weight? Shed up to 25 pounds in 2 months—and gain more energy—with Prevention’s new Younger In 8 Weeks plan!)