Extreme Stomach Pain After Protein Shake?

Extreme stomach pain after protein shake?

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Does your protein supplement cause stomach pain? 

There are two types of protein supplements, ready-to-drink protein shakes and protein powders. To avoid stomach pain, you should always choose protein powder aver a ready-to-drink protein shake. This is because ready-to-drink protein shakes are full of food additives. Keep reading to learn why you want to avoid ingredients like these. 

Some protein supplements cause stomach pain because they contain dairy. 

Whey and casein protein are both byproducts of cheese production. They can therefore cause bloating, diarrhea, etc. for people with lactose intolerance. People with lactose intolerance are unable to fully digest lactose, the sugar in dairy. If your protein supplement contains whey or casein protein and upsets your stomach, you may be lactose intolerant.

Many protein supplements cause stomach pain because they are full of food additives.

Although food additives are not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, they can add up quickly, especially if you drink a protein shake every day. At higher quantities, food additives can cause nasty side effects.

Because food additives look nothing like real foods, we have trouble digesting them. As a result, the trillions of bacteria in our guts have more time to eat and more time to release gas. This gas can cause bloating and stomach pain.

Accumulating evidence suggests that food additives also disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine and can result in the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders. This is a good reason to avoid food additives if you have a sensitive stomach. 

As a rule of thumb, food additives are ingredients that you cannot pronounce or find in your kitchen. Not sure what to look for? Here is a list of the most common additives in protein powder: 

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

*Natural flavors are NOT natural. Learn more.

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You may have noticed that this list includes several artificial sweeteners. Recent research suggests that artificial sweeteners are particularly bad for the stomach because they alter the composition of our gut microbiota. 

Sick of protein shake stomach pain? 

Drink Wholesome makes additive and dairy-free protein powders with 100% real foods. Our chocolate protein powder, for example, is made with egg whites, coconut, cocoa, and monk fruit. Ingredients like these are better for your stomach. Order samples to see for yourself. 


You are reading a post by Drink Wholesome, a small business from New Hampshire. Drink Wholesome has taken a fundamentally better approach to protein powder by using 100% real food ingredients. Unlike the highly processed ingredients (artificial sweeteners, food additives, etc.) used in most protein supplements, real foods do not cause stomach pain. Moreover, unlike the protein concentrates and isolates used in most protein supplements, real foods do not have a chalky aftertaste. Order samples to see for yourself.

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider.

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