Powdered Beef Protein Isolate- Is It Paleo?

I'm afraid not.

I must admit that when I saw the subject line of an email advert this morning, I was thrilled!  The idea of a powdered beef product (if it were JUST beef), was fantastic- finally a Paleo option that I could suggest for my clients who are following an Auto Immune Paleo Diet (which excludes egg- the one readily available protein powder on the market), who want to have the option to make smoothies or pre/post workout meals.

Alas, I jumped the gun prematurely.

A quick look at the ingredient panel showed it was NOT just beef protein:


Carnivor-BPI [Hydrolyzed Beef Protein Isolate, Creatine monohydrate, BCAAs (Leucine, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine), Anabolic Nitrogen Retention Technology Intermediates: GKG (Glutamine-alpha-ketoglutarate), OKG (Ornithin-alpha-ketoglutarate), AKG (alpha-ketoglutarate) and KIC (alpha-ketoisocaproate)], Hydrolyzed Gelatin, Maltodextrin, Cocoa, Medium Chain Triglycerides (from nonfat dry dairy milk), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Salt, Silica, Acesulfame Potassium, and Sucralose.

As always, if you are using something like egg powder or the rare packaged item, be sure and READ THE LABEL!