Why Is My Clean Lean Protein Sweet?
Nuzest's Clean Lean Protein is a premium pea protein powder that is 100% natural - it does not contain any artificial ingredients, flavours, colours or sweeteners.
So why does it taste sweet?
Other than the Natural variant - there is something that makes our Clean Lean Protein softly sweet.
THAUMATIN - A SWEET TASTING PROTEIN
The ingredient that gives Clean Lean Protein its sweetness comes from a natural plant source. Called thaumatin, it is actually a mixture of proteins that have been isolated from the skin surrounding the seeds of the West African katemfe fruit.
So essentially, thaumatin is a plant-based protein (just like pea protein) that happens to have a naturally occurring sweet taste.
In the United States, thaumatin is approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as one of three non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS) of natural origin. Over in Europe, the plant-based sweetener is one of 11 NNS approved by the European Food Safety Authority for use in food and drinks. This means that these governing bodies consider thaumatin it be safe for consumption by humans, especially for diabetics.
ALL NATURAL GOODNESS
As a protein, thaumatin contains only four calories per gram while having a sweetness that is 2000 times higher than sucrose.
Although its calorie count is the same as that of carbohydrates, this natural plant-based sweetener doesn't spike blood sugar levels when it is metabolised. In comparison, sugar (especially refined sugar) is a carbohydrate that causes spikes in blood sugar levels very quickly.
Besides having a low glycemic index, the natural sweetener is essentially a macronutrient that is required in large amounts by the body to maintain the health of muscles, bones, cartilage, skin, and blood. Thus, it will not have hazardous effects on the body when taken in large quantities.
So, rest easy when nourishing your body with Clean Lean Protein - all you're receiving is just natural protein goodness.
Article by Patricea Chow
- Safety evaluation of thaumatin (Talin protein): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6686588
- Non-nutritive dietary sweeteners for diabetes meellitus: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6485995
- Natural sweeteners in a human diet: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26400114
- The Benefits of Protein: https://www.webmd.com/men/features/benefits-protein#1