There aren't many companies today that use real flavourings, organic even less so. Estimates put 'natural vanilla flavour' as near 90% of the commercial vanilla market Derived from chemical extractions of wood or animal scent glands, these flavours are far from what we would call natural.
Real cacao, being considerably easier to grow than vanilla, is thankfully used more often, yet still many products use both Cacao and 'cacao extract' to make up for lesser quality sources such as cheap highly processed cocoa powder. You can find a great breakdown of the difference between raw cacao and cocoa powder at I Quit Sugar.
But it can't just be a matter of using the best cacao or vanilla.
So, what makes Australia's best natural protein powder?
Firstly, it can't have:
- Artificial colours
- Artificial flavours
- Natural flavours (not natural!)
- Sugar-alcohol sweeteners
- Gmo Ingredients
Is it just a matter of the right flavourings and sweeteners without any fillers or junk?
At Bare Blends, we don't think so. To make truly great whey protein powder blend you have to start with the best protein powder.
You have to look at a range of factors:
- Farming practices of a region
- Grass quality
- Yearly availability
- Feed supplementation allowances
- Processing practices of the manufacturer
Unfortunately, Australia is an arid, sparsely populated country with mineral depleted soils (we might be a new nation, but its an ancient land). Our milk quality is highly variable, with feed supplementation common and a wide distribution of milk production regions, making it difficult to run a consistent high quality whey protein plant.
For the highest quality whey, intensive milk producing regions are required. It takes 120 litres of milk to make 1 kg of our WPI! We have sourced our WPI from France, the same milk producing region that crafts the worlds best artisan cheeses. Our WPC comes from the clean, green pastures of remote New Zealand. Both these regions have exactly what it takes to consistently produce some of the worlds best whey proteins in both taste and nutrient quality.
Its a source of pride at Bare Blends to work combining the most aromatic vanilla pods, cacao powders and teas in the world with the best whey proteins available.
So, find out for yourself what sets a Bare Blends above and beyond ordinary whey powders.