The Best Protein Powder For Gastritis

What is the best protein powder for gastritis?

Drink Wholesome is the best protein powder for gastritis 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.

Drink Wholesome is the best protein powder for gastritis.

What is gastritis? 

Gastritis, to put it simply, is the inflammation of the lining of the stomach. It has many causes and common symptoms include nausea, stomach pain, and loss of appetite. For most people, gastritis is not serious and improves quickly with treatment. Left untreated, however, gastritis can cause stomach ulcers and stomach bleeding. In some rare cases, chronic gastritis can lead to stomach cancer. 

Diet is one of the best ways of managing gastritis. That said, there is no one gastritis diet because the foods that cause symptoms for one person may not cause them for someone else. That said, many people with gastritis find that eliminating certain foods from their diet improves their symptoms. This is particularly true for people with food allergies. If you find that a certain food or food group makes your symptoms worse, avoiding this food will make you feel better. Here are a few ingredients that you should avoid when buying protein powder. 

Avoid dairy. 

Dairy used to be an important part of the gastritis diet. The idea was that dairy would coat the stomach – increase the thickness of the gastric mucus gel layer – providing relief from painful symptoms. That said, research has shown that ingesting milk increases the production of stomach acid, which can worsen gastritis symptoms. Relief from drinking milk may therefore just be temporary, and within 30 minutes, symptoms may be worse, not better.

Dairy-based protein powders can also cause side effects like bloating, constipation, cramps, diarrhea, gas, and nausea, especially for people with lactose intolerance or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Common dairy-based proteins include casein and whey, which are byproducts of cheese and yogurt production.

If your casein or whey protein powder causes acne or stomach pain, it is time to look for a new protein powder. Fortunately, going dairy-free is easier than ever. Unfortunately, not all dairy-free protein powders are created equal. 

Avoid food additives.

Food additives can cause or exacerbate gastritis symptoms, and most protein powders contain 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.

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. Gas also slows colonic transit and can lead to constipation. In the long term, food additives can disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine and cause the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders.

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 are 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. Other artificial sweeteners, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, can cause diarrhea because they draw water into the gut. Avoid artificial sweeteners whenever possible.

Avoid 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 or mechanically stripped of everything but the protein. Unlike real foods, protein concentrates and isolates are missing the nutrients that make food taste good. This is why most protein shakes have a chalky aftertaste. 

Protein concentrates and isolates are listed on the ingredient list as “pea protein,” for example, as opposed to “peas.”

Why real foods?

Real foods are foods close to nature. They consist of one 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 just dried and ground. 

Unlike protein concentrates and isolates, egg whites and chickpeas have a great flavor and 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.

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“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 

Again, Drink Wholesome is the best gastritis-friendly protein powder because it is made with 100% real foods. Our vegan vanilla protein powder, for example, 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.

Drink Wholesome is the best gastritis-friendly protein powder.


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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