Looking for the best vegan vanilla protein powder?
Drink Wholesome makes the best plant-based vanilla protein powder with 100% real foods. Compared to other protein supplements, Drink Wholesome is not only better for you, but also better tasting. Why? Here are 4 reasons.
1. Drink Wholesome is better for you because it is additive-free. Most protein powders, on the other hand, are full of heavily processed food additives. Although ingredients like these 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 side effects.
First of all, because food additives are heavily processed and look nothing like real foods, we can have trouble digesting them. As a result, they sit in our guts for longer and ferment. Fermentation produces gas, which can cause bloating, cramps, and stomach pain. It also slows colonic transit and can lead to constipation. To make matters worse, food additives can disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine and cause the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders.
As a rule of thumb, food additives are ingredients that you cannot pronounce. Not sure what to look for? Here is a list of the most common food 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.
You may have noticed that this list includes several artificial sweeteners. Some artificial sweeteners may be bad for the stomach because they alter the composition of our gut microbiota, the collection of microorganisms that help us digest food. This can lead to serious stomach pain and widespread inflammation. Some artificial sweeteners, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, can also cause diarrhea because they draw water into the gut.
2. Drink Wholesome is also better for you because it is dairy-free. Dairy-based protein powders can cause side effects like bloating, constipation, cramps, diarrhea, gas, and stomach pain, especially for people with lactose intolerance or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Common dairy-based protein powders include casein and whey protein powder, both of which are byproducts of cheese and yogurt production.
Casein and whey protein can also cause acne. This is because dairy indirectly stimulates insulin production, which regulates sebum production. Sebum, an oily, waxy substance produced by your body’s sebaceous glands can clog your pores and create pimples. Dairy can also hinder your ability to process blood sugar efficiently, which can cause inflammation, especially in your skin. If casein or whey protein powder upsets your stomach or causes you to breakout, switch to Drink Wholesome.
3. There are 2 reasons why Drink Wholesome tastes better than most protein powders. First and foremost, Drink Wholesome tastes better because, unlike most protein powders, it is NOT made with protein concentrates or isolates. Protein concentrates and isolates are foods chemically and/or mechanically stripped of everything but the protein. Unlike real foods, they are missing the nutrients that make food taste good. This is why your protein shake has a chalky aftertaste. Protein concentrates and isolates are listed on the ingredients list as “whey protein” and “soy protein” as opposed to “whey” and “soy.”
Instead of protein concentrates or isolates, we use egg whites and chickpeas. Egg whites are simply broken, pasteurized, and dried before becoming protein powder. Chickpeas are simply dried and ground. Unlike protein concentrates and isolates, both egg whites and chickpeas have a neutral flavor with little to no aftertaste. The egg whites that we use are particularly delicious because they were broken, pasteurized, and dried less than twenty four hours from when they were laid. The result is a flavor without the saltiness or sulfur “eggy” notes typical of eggs.
4. The second reason why Drink Wholesome tastes better is that it is NOT made with stevia or artificial sweeteners. Unlike sugar, stevia and artificial sweeteners activate bitter taste receptors as well as sweet taste receptors. This is why your protein shake has a bitter (metallic) aftertaste. Common artificial sweeteners include sucralose and acesulfame potassium.
Instead of artificial sweeteners or stevia, we use a natural sweetener called monk fruit. Monk fruit – also known as luo han guo – is a melon-like fruit native to Southeast Asia. Monk fruit sweetener is created by removing the seeds and skin of the fruit, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice, which is then dried into a concentrated powder. Unlike artificial sweeteners and stevia, it tastes like sugar.
Sick of protein powders that upset your stomach? Sick of protein powders that have a terrible aftertaste? Switch to Drink Wholesome. Our happy customers include athletes of all ages, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, people with lactose intolerance, and people with sensitive stomachs. Order samples to see if our vegan vanilla protein powder is right for you.
Product Information – 12 servings, 20 grams of plant-based protein per serving. Made by hand in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Refund Policy – Drink Wholesome does not issue refunds or accept returns, but if a product arrives damaged or spoiled we will send a replacement at no cost to you.