Can meal replacement shakes cause diarrhea?
Written by Jack Schrupp and reviewed by Ella McGonagle, M.S. Nutrition
Can meal replacement shakes cause diarrhea? Most meal replacement shakes give me diarrhea, so I created drink wholesome. It is additive-free, dairy-free, and made with real foods, not protein isolates – 99% of meal replacements fail to meet at least one of these criteria. This makes it perfect for people with gut issues and sensitive stomachs, as well as for people just looking for nutrition without the processing and added junk. Order samples to see if my meal replacements are right for you.
“I have a sensitive stomach, so most meal replacement powders leave me with gas, bloating, constipation, and stomach pain, but not this one.” – Shon
Meal replacement shakes give me diarrhea.
Do meal replacement shakes make you poop?
Meal replacement shakes are designed to replace the nutritional value of a meal. They are a quick and convenient way to get calories, protein, and other nutrients, especially for people who are always on the go. Unfortunately, however, meal replacement shakes are also notorious for making people run to the bathroom. If you are sick of meal replacements that make you poop or cause diarrhea, you have come to the right place. In this article, I will explain how to choose that meal replacement that is easy to digest.
Why do meal replacement shakes make you poop?
Here are the top meal replacement ingredients that can cause diarrhea.
Dairy-based proteins like whey can casein are byproducts of cheese and yogurt production. They are known to cause digestive issues, especially for people with lactose intolerance, which affects over one in three Americans. If you have lactose intolerance, you lack the enzymes needed to fully break down lactose, the sugar in dairy. As a result, lactose spends extra time in your gut, which causes your colons to absorb extra water. This can lead to diarrhea.
Most meal replacements are full of food additives. Food additives look nothing like real food, which makes them hard to digest. As you just learned, partially digested food can cause diarrhea.
Here is a list of the most common food additives in meal replacements:
acacia gum, acesulfame potassium, artificial flavors, aspartame, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dextrose, erythritol, gellan gum, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, “natural” flavors, maltodextrin, rice syrup solids, soy lecithin, silica, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, xanthan gum, xylitol
Sugar alcohols are carbohydrates that are partially resistant to digestion and can have a laxative effect. They are also high FODMAP, and can trigger diarrhea for people with IBS. Common sugar alcohols include erythritol, sorbitol, and xylitol.
Some plant-based meal replacements contain lots of fiber. Fiber absorbs water, which softens stools and causes them to pass through the digestive tract more easily. Too much fiber, as you can imagine, can cause diarrhea. Note that certain protein powers, especially those intended to help with weight loss, have added fiber. 10 or more grams per serving might make you run to the bathroom, so read the Nutrition Facts.
SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, CANOLA OIL, MALTODEXTRIN, ISOMALTULOSE, SOLUBLE CORN FIBER, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, VITAMIN AND MINERAL PREMIX, CELLULOSE, NATURAL & ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SOY LECITHIN, SALT, MONO & DIGLYCERIDE, XANTHAN GUM, SUCRALOSE
Why drink wholesome?
drink wholesome is made with real foods.
Not only are our meal replacements free from the ingredients that cause diarrhea, but they are also made with real foods. Most meal replacements, on the contrary, are made with protein concentrates and/or isolates, foods stripped of everything but the protein.
Making protein concentrates and isolates involves significant mechanical and chemical processing. Chemical agents such as hexane are commonly used to extract the proteins. Consequently, what you put in your body only vaguely resembles real, natural food.
Your gut is designed to digest unprocessed or minimally-processed real foods, not synthetic or refined ingredients. Eating anything other than real foods can lead to complications, especially for individuals with pre-existing gut issues. Although the long-term effects of consuming processed foods like protein isolates remain a mystery, emerging studies indicate their potential to disrupt the gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms that help you digest food.
The gut microbiome serves as a shield against harmful pathogens, plays a role in educating the immune system, and exerts influence over a range of physiological functions. It follows that a healthy gut microbiome can cause widespread inflammation and lead to a number of chronic diseases.
Instead of using protein concentrates or isolates, we make easy-to-digest meal replacements with whole foods like egg whites and almonds. The egg whites are simply pasteurized and dried, and the almonds are just roasted, pressed to remove some oil, and ground. These minimally-processed ingredients are a gut-healthy alternative to protein concentrates and isolates.
Unlike protein isolates and concentrates, real foods like egg whites and almonds contain enzymes and digestive aids that enable digestion. Furthermore, egg whites are alkaline, low in fiber, and low FODMAP, which makes them particularly easy on the stomach. Almonds, on the other hand, have prebiotic qualities, meaning they support the diversity of the gut microbiome. They also promote regular and healthy bowel movements.
In short, we create stomach-friendly meal replacements using simple, real food ingredients.
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Meal replacement shakes give me diarrhea.