drink wholesome is good for diabetics

Diabetics can benefit from adding our protein powder to their diet. Keep reading to learn why.

Protein powder for diabetics

Why is protein important for diabetics?

Two common misconceptions about dietary protein intake in diabetes management are 1) that a certain amount of dietary protein is converted into blood glucose and 2) a high protein diet can lead to diabetic kidney disease. Both have been disproven.

On the contrary, eating enough protein helps with blood glucose management, improves satiety (fullness), and supports muscle growth and recovery. In other words, diabetics need protein just like everyone else, and may even benefit from a high protein diet.

Here is a summary of those benefits:

Blood sugar management

When it comes to managing your blood glucose (sugar) levels, dietary protein plays an important role. Not only does protein have a small impact on your blood sugar levels, but it can even help prevent blood sugar spikes. There are several mechanisms by which protein this occurs:

  • First of all, protein stimulates the release of insulin, the hormone responsible for transporting glucose into your cells. By eating protein, you are thus helping remove glucose from your blood.
  • Moreover, when protein is consumed together with carbohydrates, it can slow down the rate at which the carbohydrates are absorbed, leading to a more controlled release of glucose into the bloodstream.
  • Dietary protein intake also moderates glucose production in the liver by stimulating the release of glucagon, a hormone that promotes the breakdown of glycogen (stored glucose) in the liver.
  • Finally, dietary protein consumption enhances your body’s responsiveness to insulin, which is crucial for regulating your blood sugar levels.

Improved satiety

High protein foods promote satiety, meaning they keep you feeling fuller for longer. This can be particularly advantageous for people who struggle with cravings or overeating, and can help with calorie intake reduction.

Muscle growth and repair

Without adequate protein intake, you cannot build or repair muscles. This matters in the context of diabetes for two reasons: 1) diabetics can experience muscle wasting due to insulin resistance and 2) people with more muscle have higher metabolisms and burn more caloriesIncorporating protein into your meals and snacks can thus help ensure that you are staying strong and managing your body weight. 

Protein Powders

Collagen Protein Powder


Starting at $59.99

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Egg White Protein Powder


Starting at $39.99

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Vegan Almond Protein Powder


Starting at $39.99


How much protein do diabetics need? 

For healthy adults, the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.36 grams per pound of body weight. Increasing evidence shows that a dietary protein intake above that recommendation is better for diabetics, however.

Some diabetics, like those struggling with obesity, could benefit from a daily protein intake as high as 0.9 grams per pound of body weight. For someone who weighs 175 pounds, that comes out to over 150 grams of protein per day! 

Just thinking about eating 150 grams of protein per day is overwhelming. As you can see below, even if you eat protein with every meal, you would not even come close to meeting your protein needs.

  • Breakfast: 2 eggs – 12 gram protein
  • Lunch: 4 ounces chicken breast – 32 grams protein
  • Snack: ¼ cup almonds – 7 grams protein
  • Dinner: 4 ounces salmon – 23 grams protein
  • Total: 74 grams protein

This is where protein powder can help. Adding protein powder to your diet is an easy way to boost your dietary protein and bridge that nutritional gap. That said, not all protein powders are created equal.

Note that not all protein powders are safe for diabetics because they are made with a cocktail of harmful food additives. Regularly eating certain food additives can cause painful digestive issues like bloating and diarrhea, and alter the composition of your gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms living in your digestive tract. An altered gut microbiome has been linked to the development of Type 2 diabetes, as well as reduced efficacy of diabetic medications

Here is a list of the most common food additives in protein powder:

acacia fiber, acacia gum, acesulfame potassium, artificial flavors, ascorbic acid, aspartame, calcium carbonate, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dicalcium phosphate, dipotassium phosphate, erythritol, gellan gum, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, maltodextrin, mono- and diglycerides, ‘natural’ flavors, rice bran extract, rice dextrin, rice hulls, rosemary extract, silica, silicon dioxide, sodium alginate, sodium bicarbonate, soluble corn fiber, soy lecithin, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, tocopherols, tricalcium phosphate, xanthan gum, xylitol, zinc oxide

It is worth adding that artificial sweeteners are one of the most problematic food additives for diabetics. Not only have several studies shown that artificial sweeteners may increase cravings toward sugary and sweet foods, but researchers have found a link between the consumption of artificial sweeteners and a higher risk of glucose intolerance, which is a precursor for pre-diabetes and diabetes.

In summary, our protein powders can help diabetics safely meet their protein needs. They are made specifically for people with sensitive stomachs, but can also help someone who is just looking for a protein supplement without extra processing and added junk.

Protein Powders

Collagen Protein Powder Starter Kit

Starting at $94.97

Protein Powders

Egg White Protein Powder Starter Kit

Starting at $94.97

Protein Powders

Vegan Almond Protein Powder Starter Kit

Starting at $116.97




1 week ago

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Frequently asked questions

Who is it for?

Drink Wholesome is the best protein powder for sensitive stomachs. If you are sick of protein powders that upset your stomach, you have come to the right place. 

Why is it easy to digest?

No dairy 

Drink Wholesome is made without whey and casein. These dairy-based proteins contain lactose, a sugar most adults can’t fully digest. 

No additives

Drink Wholesome is made without food additives. Even in small amounts, emulsifiers, thickeners, and other additives can cause digestive issues and long-term gut health problems. 

Whole food protein

Drink Wholesome is made with whole food protein sources like almonds, collagen, and egg whites. Unlike protein concentrates and isolates, which have been stripped of enzymes, fiber, and other digestive aids, whole foods are easy to break down.

Protein powder vs meal replacement powder?

We make protein powders and meal replacement powders. The difference between protein powders and meal replacement powders is the nutrition content. Protein powders are high in protein and low in everything else, whereas meal replacement powders contain fats, carbs, and protein because they are intended to replace the nutritional value of a healthy meal.

Collagen vs egg white vs almond protein powder?

We make three types of protein powder: collagen protein powderegg white protein powder, and vegan almond protein powder. As long as you are eating a balanced diet, any type of protein powder can help you boost your protein intake. Just pick the one that best suits your dietary needs and personal preferences.

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