Stevia is an all-natural and non-nutritive sweetener, meaning it doesn't contribute any calories. We never use artificial flavorings or sweeteners.
We consider stevia a "neutral" ingredient. It isn't necessarily "healthy", like fruits or vegetables, because there aren't really any health benefits to it. It's also not necessarily unhealthy, as there aren't any negative consequences of consuming it. Stevia is a better and more healthy alternative to artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, or sucralase, as well as regular sugar.
At this time, organic stevia leaf extract and organic monkfruit extract are the only sweeteners that we use in our products. Both are all-natural, plant-based sources of sweetness that have been used in Asia and South America for thousands of years.
All our Gainful protein blends come 100% unsweetened and flavor-free. Our natural flavor, organic stevia leaf extract, and organic monkfruit extract are separate from your personalized protein. That's because we include Flavor Boosts with every order – so you can pick exactly which flavor you want, every day.
If you want a protein shake without sweetness or natural flavor, simply mix your protein blend in liquid without adding any Flavor Boosts.
Unsweetened, unflavored protein powders can work well in smoothies, baked goods, or in other flavored foods like oatmeal or yogurt. If you choose to go fully unsweetened, we do recommend that you sweeten your blend at home with sugar, honey, fruit, or agave.