Sick of protein farts? 

Sick of protein farts? Learn more about what causes protein farts, and how to avoid them. Plus, if your protein supplement makes you fart, switch to drink wholesome. It is made with a short list of simple ingredients for people with gut issues and sensitive stomachs. Order samples to see for yourself. 


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How to avoid protein farts.

Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

Everyone farts. The average person farts 5-15 times a day and, believe it or not, 99% of farts are odorless. 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, not dietary protein. In other words, the type and amount of protein you consume does not matter. What matters are the other ingredients in your protein supplement. 

Just to reiterate, protein farting is a misnomer. Protein farts are actually caused by additives like emulsifiers, thickeners, sweeteners, and flavors. Ingredients like these look nothing like real food, so your gut does not know what to do with them. They therefore sit in your digestive tract for longer than food should, which causes one of two things to happen: either your intestines absorb extra water, resulting in diarrhea, or the partially digested food feeds your gut bacteria, which release gas. Extra gas is what causes bloating and flatulence.

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

Dairy-based proteins like whey and casein can also make you fart. This is especially true if you have lactose intolerance. Individuals with lactose intolerance cannot fully digest lactose, the sugar in dairy. Partially digested lactose feeds your hungry gut bacteria, which release gas as they eat. Bacteria are the reason champagne has bubbles, and why you fart after drinking protein shakes.


Does protein make your farts smell?

This may come as a surprise, but there is no evidence that protein itself causes you to fart, or that certain types of protein make your farts smell bad.

How to avoid protein farting.

In summary, food additives and dairy-based proteins feed the bacteria living in your gut, which produce gas and make you fart. To avoid protein farting, look for a protein supplement made with a short list of simple ingredients, the shorter and the simpler the better. The more your supplement looks like real food, the easier it will be to digest, and the less likely it will be to make you fart.


Why drink wholesome

drink wholesome is additive and dairy-free.

Our protein powder does not cause protein farts because we do not use food additives or dairy-based proteins. 

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the alternative:

Protein Matrix Comprised of (Whey Protein Concentrate,  Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Caseinate, Micellar Casein, Milk Protein Isolate, Egg Albumen, Glutamine Peptides), Polydextrose, Sunflower Creamer (Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup Solids,  Sodium Caseinate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Tocopherols), Natural and Artificial Flavor, MCT Powder (Medium Chain Triglycerides, Nonfat Dry Milk, Disodium Phosphate, Silicon Dioxide), Lecithin, Cellulose Gum, Salt, Yellow 5, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Papain, Bromelain

drink wholesome is made with real foods.

Another reason why our protein powder does not cause protein farts is that we do not use protein concentrates or isolates. The majority of protein powders, on the other hand, use either one or both of these protein sources. The issue with protein concentrates and isolates lies in the fact that they have been stripped of everything except the protein, meaning they look very little like real food.

Your digestive system is meant to digest unprocessed or minimally-processed real foods, rather than protein concentrates or isolates. This is why recent research indicates that eating refined ingredients like these can change the composition of your microbiome – the collection of microorganisms that help you digest food. As you may have guessed, a dysbiotic (imbalanced) gut microbiome can make it harder to digest food, thereby giving your hungry, gas-producing gut bacteria more to feast on.

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Instead of using protein concentrates or isolates, we make protein powders with egg whites and almonds. Minimally-processed ingredients like these are way easier to digest than protein concentrates and isolates.

In contrast to protein isolates and concentrates, whole protein sources like egg whites and almonds come complete with enzymes and natural digestive aids that make them easier to break down. Egg white protein powder, in particular, stands out for its digestibility.

Egg whites are low in fiber and low FODMAPs, help you maintain an alkaline gut environment, and promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. As a result, our satisfied customers have reported experiencing fewer digestive issues with our egg white protein powder than with any other protein supplement on the market.

For those who follow a vegan diet or have dietary restrictions that exclude eggs, our vegan almond protein powder is a top-notch plant-based alternative. Almonds have prebiotic properties, meaning they enhance the diversity of your gut microbiome. They also promote healthy and regular bowel movements. In essence, by using simple ingredients, we have created protein powders that will not make you fart! 


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