Low sodium protein powder is difficult to find because so many of the leading brands use sodium as a cheap way to enhance taste. Ever wonder why gatorade tastes so good? It’s because of the relatively large quantities of sodium they use to improve the flavor without adding more sugar or calories.
The same principle holds true for many of the top protein supplements. In this article, we will be reviewing the best low sodium protein powder products on the market.
Bottom Line Up Front: I really like Nutiva Hemp Protein as an all natural plant based protein with ZERO grams of sodium.
This page will be continuously updated with new products as they are released to the public. Our criteria to be considered as “low sodium” is to have less than 100mg per serving.
Now Foods Whey Protein Isolate
Now Foods is a popular brand for protein supplements, but not all of their protein supplements are low sodium. Their Whey Protein Isolate is a low calorie, low fat, and low sodium alternative for health conscious users.
The formula also contains a high concentration of Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) which is essential for muscle growth and recovery. Customer reviews attest tot he fact that this is one of the best whey isolates on the market today.
With just 110 calories (5 from fat) and 45mg’s of sodium per serving, it delivers 25 grams of protein with a full amino acid profile amounting to 28 grams per serving. Usually there is one thing not to like about a protein because everyone has to cut corners somwhere, right? Wrong, at least with Now Foods isolate. This is one of the best pure protein supplements on the market.
Now Foods Whey Proein Isolate is pretty simple at its core. It has two ingredients, whey protein isolate and soy lechtin. This is a nice change from other protein supplements with exhaustive ingredient lists. The simple formula is also remarkably easy to mix with anything from water to shakes/smoothies, and virtually any recipe. It takes a 3 second blender spin or about 30 seconds of hand stirring to fully mix.
Altogether, this Whey Protein Isolate is ideal for people trying to gain significant muscle mass without being overloaded with sodium and calories. It is also extremely good value, at roughtly $65 for 5lbs of protein ($0.81/oz). Check out this listing for the latest discounts.
Jarrow Formulas Whey Protein
Jarrow Formulas whey protein is another excellent low sodium protein powder in terms of value for the money. The standard French Vanilla flavor is subtle but tasty, without being overbearing. It is an all natural product, with no artificial sweeteners or additives and rBST free. Overall, it’s a good combination of affordability, performance, and natural ingredients.
Nutritionally, Jarrow Farmulas offers 18 grams of protein with only 94 calories and 2 grams of fat. While the protein content is about average, the protein to calorie ratio is very good. Most importantly, it only has 40mg of sodium per serving! This is among the lowest sodium levels we have seen in any full bodied protein supplement.
The nice thing about this protein powder is that you can drink it with just water and it tastes fine. Mixing is easy, as the protein readily dissolves into any liquid with only minimal stirring. It also happens to be a great appetite killer, more so than most supplements.
With only 100 calories this might be surprising, but something about Jarrow Formulas whey protein does the trick. To top it off, it will not break the bank at roughly $22 per container. See this listing for the latest discounts.
Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein
This is a bit of a different protein supplement and is not one of the typical whey protein supplements. Nutiva hemp protein is a more wholistic plant based protein. It’s not for everyone, especially if you like and enjoy whey protein. It’s something different for people who have trouble digesting whey or have experience heavy gas or discomfort in the past.
As an organic supplement, it has only the best ingredients and is completely dairy free with no additives or fillers. You can read my full review of Nutiva here.
This is a nutrient protein supplement that goes beyond just protein. If you are looking for massive amounts of protein, the 15 grams probably isn’t enough. However, if you are looking for a highly digestable – easy on the stomach – protein, than this should be your first choice. It features only 90 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 9 grams of carbs.
The added benefits come in the form of 8 grams of dietary fiber, 370mg of potassium and 0mg of sodium (yes, that’s ZERO milagrams of sodium)!
Again, hemp is not for everyone. It does have a distinct taste that is not over-powering but not entirely bland either. If this is a problem, it is not hard to mask it with almond milk or other varieties of milk (also try adding a banana). There are also plenty of purchasing options for Nutiva hemp protein.
You can start out with the 16 ounce container to start (just to try), or you can order the two-pack deal or the 3-pound vacuum packed bag for less than $40. See the complete pricing options by visiting this Amazon link.
Swanson Whey Protein Powder
Swanson is a longstanding protein brand with a very strong record of using top quality ingredients for an affordable price. Their whey protein offering is one of the better options for low sodium diets without skimping on protein content. The base protein has an unsweetened vanilla flavor profile. It’s a nice, mixable powder with a good body and consistency to it when mixed with liquids.
Swanson provides an even 20 grams of protein per serving. 20 grams is considered the key tipping point for users looking to get a full bodied protein, so this is nice. Best of all for low sodium folks, it only has 30mg of sodium per serving. On top of that, it only has 90 calories per serving.
This is a solid product. It doesn’t have any flashy advertising, but it has had some of the most consistent and highest reviews for years now. They have improved the formula slightly over the years, but the core product remains the same (and that’s a good thing because it means they are doing it right the first time).
The price point for Swanson is right about average. You can expect to spend around $25 for a 36.5oz container. For the latest pricing options, check out this Amazon listing.
Bodylogix Natural Whey Protein
There are many reasons to lick Bodylogix Natural Whey, not the least of which is their environmentally friendly appeal. In the whey protein market, it is difficult to find a quality whey protein blend with whey from grass-fed cows not treated with hormones or fed GMO products.
As with grass-fed meat, grass-fed whey has a better nutrient profile (and is better for you) than many of the mainstream alternatives. Check out the full assessment here.
As for the sodium profile, Bodylogix has only 60mg of sodium per serving , 24 grams of protein, and only 120 calories. This is an excellent sodium/protein/calorie ratio, ideal for those on low calorie and low sodium diets. 24 grams of protein is a fair amount of protein per serving and should be more than enough for most health and fitness needs.
Bodylogix is naturally flavored with stevia extracts, but has a nice – slightly sweet – taste that pretty much anyone will enjoy. If you don’t like a bit of sweet, than this probably isn’t the right supplement for you. It is highly mixable and we particularly enjoy it as shake or smoothie with almond milk. If you are looking to buy, this listing frequently offers discounts.
The Final Scoop – Comparing All the Low Sodium Options
The following is a quick summary table of what I’ve discussed above. Use this to help guide your purchasing decision.
|Supplement Brand||Calories||Saturated Fat||Sodium||Carbs||Fiber||Sugars||Protein||Cost per Serving|
|Now Foods Whey||110||0g||45mg||<1g||0g||<1g||25g||$0.73 (check here)|
|Jarrow Formulas Whey||94||1g||40mg||2g||0g||1g||18g||$0.50 (check here)|
|Nutiva Organic Hemp||80||0g||0mg||12g||12g||1g||11g||$0.65 (check here)|
|Swanson Whey||90||0g||30mg||1g||0g||1g||16g||$0.77 (check here)|
|Bodylogix Whey||120||0.5g||60mg||3g||0g||1g||24g||$0.96 (check here)|