Protein Farts

Sick of protein farts? Switch to Drink Wholesome

Drink Wholesome does not cause protein farts because it is made with 100% real foods. Our chocolate protein powder, for example, is made with egg whites, coconut, cocoa, and monk fruit. Ingredients like these are not only better for you, but also better tasting. Order samples to see for yourself. 

Our protein powder does not cause farts.

What are farts? 

Everyone farts. The average person farts 5-15 times a day, and, believe it or not, 99% of farts are odorless. What causes farts? 

Farting, or flatulence, is caused by bacteria in the large intestine. These bacteria release gas when they break down foods, mainly dietary fiber and sugars, that were not digested in the small intestine. Farts are mostly made of odorless gasses like oxygen and methane, but can contain small amounts of gasses like hydrogen sulfide, which give them an unpleasant odor. 

What are protein farts?

Protein farts are smelly farts caused by protein supplements. This may come as a surprise, but it is not protein that causes gas. There is no evidence that protein causes you to fart more, or that certain types of protein make your farts smell bad. In other words, the type and amount of protein you consume does not matter. What matters are the other ingredients in your protein supplement. 

There are two types of protein supplements, ready-to-drink protein shakes and protein powders. Given the typical ingredient list, ready-to-drink protein shakes are much more likely to make you fart than protein powders. Why? Almost all liquid protein supplements are full of food additives, which are a leading cause of protein farts. 

Now without further ado, here are the ingredients to avoid if you want a protein supplement that does not make you fart. 

Choose a protein powder that is dairy-free. One of the unfortunate side effects casein and whey protein powder is flatulence. This is especially true for people with lactose intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). If your casein or whey protein powder makes you fart, you may be lactose intolerant. People with lactose intolerance are unable to fully digest lactose – the sugar in milk – and therefore experience gas and bloating when they consume dairy. Whey and casein protein are both byproducts of the cheese and yogurt production, so if they make you fart, switch to a dairy-free alternative.

chocolate protein powder supplement
vegan chocolate protein powder supplement

“This egg white protein powder is anti-bloat, anti-blood sugar dips, anti-artificial tasting. Seriously the best protein powder I’ve EVER tried (I’ve tried literally every brand on the US market, all types of protein powder too). The product is amazing, period.” – Elizabeth 

Choose a protein powder that is sugar alcohol-free. Sugar alcohols are low-calorie sweeteners found in many protein powders. They cause gas because they are partially resistant to digestion. In other words, your intestine does not absorb sugar alcohols well, which causes them to sit and ferment in your gut. The byproduct of fermentation is gas. Common sugar alcohols include erythritol, sorbitol, and xylitol.

Choose a protein powder that is low in fiber. Some plant protein powders are naturally high in insoluble fiber. Other protein powders, like those intended to help with weight loss, contain added fiber. Like sugar alcohols, dietary fiber is partially indigestible and can cause gas. If you are set on increasing the amount of fiber in your diet, do so slowly. 

Choose a protein powder that is additive-free. 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.

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, again, produces gas. 

What exactly are food additives?

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 food 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

Choose a protein powder made without protein concentrates and isolates. Finding an additive-free, dairy-free protein powder is hard. Finding an additive-free, dairy-free protein powder that actually tastes good is next to impossible. Why? Most protein powders, especially plant-based protein powders, are made with protein concentrates and isolates, foods chemically and/or mechanically stripped of everything but the protein. 

Protein concentrates and isolates are listed as “whey protein” and “soy protein” as opposed to “whey” and “soy.” Unlike real foods, they are missing the nutrients – healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, etc. – that make food taste good. If you have ever had a protein shake with a chalky aftertaste, you know exactly what I am talking about. 

Why real foods?

Real foods are foods close to nature. They consist of a single ingredient and have undergone little to no processing. The main real food ingredients in our protein powders are 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, 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.

Protein powder should taste good. Remember, it is just food. If you find yourself choking down your protein shake, you are missing out. Life is too short for protein powders with a chalky aftertaste. Moreover, if consuming protein powder is a chore, it is not sustainable in the long term. A diet is not a six-week affair, it is for life. Think twice before spending your hard-earned dollars on a supplement that tastes bad.

Protein powder farts stink! Switch to Drink Wholesome to pass on the gas. Our vegan vanilla protein powder is made with chickpeas, coconut, vanilla, and monk fruit. Ingredients like these are not only better for you, but also better tasting. Order samples to see for yourself.

Our protein powder does not cause farts.


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. Ingredients like these are not only better for you, but also better tasting. Sick of protein powders that upset your stomach? Sick of protein powders with a terrible aftertaste? Order samples to see if Drink Wholesome is right for you. 

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 

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