Gluten Free Protein Powders are a range of protein supplements that are processed to remove most if not all gluten. Gluten is a protein that is found in a variety of grains, which can cause issues for certain populations. Reactions to gluten range from an allergic response to an autoimmune response to a sensitivity. Symptoms vary on your reactions to gluten but can include triggering of asthma, anaphylaxis, diarrhoea, vomiting, weight loss, lethargy, anaemia, skin conditions, osteoporosis and even neurological disturbances. For those who have a wheat allergy, have coeliac disease or gluten sensitivity, the best way to avoid any negative side effects is to find yourself a gluten free foods and supplements.
While there aren’t a whole heap of gluten free protein powders and other supplements available, its prevalence is definitely increasing. In terms of gluten free certification, supplements are required to contain no more than 20mg of gluten per 100g of food or supplement. This range will differ between countries, which is one factor to consider when purchasing international products. Any type of protein powder including dairy proteins such as whey or casein, or other types such as beef, egg, soy and pea can contain gluten, so unless the product specifically states gluten free on their packaging, it is best to avoid it. A gluten free protein powder will still contain plenty of protein to help you maintain and build lean muscle as well as recover from exercise and training. Gluten free protein powders can easily stack with other supplements such as pre workout supplements, fat burners, creatine, BCAA supplements and hormone support supplements. It is also ideal to ensure that the other supplements you’re using are certified gluten free. If you don’t experience any symptoms with gluten, there is no need to have a gluten free protein powder, but of course, you still definitely can.
Gluten free protein powders are commonly presented & sold as Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods in Australia. Gluten free protein supplements are not a sole source of nutrition and should be used in conjunction with an appropriate physical training or exercise programme. Not suitable for children under 15 years or pregnant women. Should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision. Always read label prior to use.