What is the best protein powder that doesn’t cause bloating?
Drink Wholesome is the best protein powder that doesn’t cause bloating. It’s made by hand in the USA with 100% real foods – no chalky protein isolates, no added junk, just real foods.
Does your protein powder cause bloating? If so, you have come to the right place.
Protein powder, especially whey protein powder, is notorious for causing bloating and stomach pain. This is particularly true for people with irritable bowel syndrome or lactose intolerance (IBS).
If your whey protein powder causes bloating, you may be lactose intolerant. People with lactose intolerance are unable to fully digest lactose – the sugar in milk – and therefore experience bloating and stomach pain when they consume dairy. Whey protein is a byproduct of the dairy industry, so if it causes bloating for you, look for a dairy free alternative. Read this article for tips on choosing the best dairy free protein powder.
Looking to beat the bloat? Choose a protein powder that is sugar alcohol free. Sugar alcohols are carbohydrates that are partially resistant to digestion; they act like dietary fiber. They are also a FODMAP, and can trigger symptoms for people with IBS. For these reasons, they may be the reason that your protein powder upsets your stomach and causes bloating. Common sugar alcohols include erythritol, sorbitol, and xylitol.
Choose a protein powder that is low in fiber. Some protein powders, especially plant based ones and those intended to help with weight loss, have added fiber, which can cause bloating. Fiber is an indigestible carbohydrate, so if you are set on increasing the amount of fiber in your diet, do so slowly.
Finally, choose a protein powder that is additive free. This is easier said than done, as most protein powders are loaded with food additives, but it is possible and worth the money. Ingredients like artificial sweeteners, artificial and “natural” flavors, colors, preservatives, anti-caking and gelling agents, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and thickeners can cause bloating for many people. This is because they look nothing like real foods, and therefore take longer to digest. As a result, the trillions of bacteria in your digestive system have more time to eat, and a longer period of time to release gas. It is this gas that causes bloating.
As a rule of thumb, if you cannot pronounce it, or find it in your kitchen, it is a food additive.
Finding an additive-free protein powder is hard. Finding an additive-free protein powder that actually tastes good is next to impossible. This is because most protein powders are made with protein isolates stripped of everything but the protein. Unlike real foods, protein isolates are missing the healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and other nutrients that make food taste good. They are listed on the ingredients list as “whey protein,” “pea protein,” and “soy protein,” as opposed to “milk,” “peas,” and “soybeans.” If you want a protein powder that ACTUALLY tastes good, reach for one made with real foods.
There is only one protein powder made with 100% real foods that actually tastes good, and that protein powder is Drink Wholesome. By real foods, I mean single ingredient, minimally processed foods. Protein isolates, xanthan gum, and sucralose are not real foods, not even close. Egg whites and chickpeas, on the other hand, are. These are the ingredients we use in our protein powders, and we list them right on the front of the package.
Both egg whites and chickpeas have a neutral flavor with little to no aftertaste. This makes them a delicious alternative to the chalky, gritty protein powders that you are probably used to. The egg whites 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. Order samples to see for yourself.
You are reading an article written by Drink Wholesome, a small, local company from New Hampshire. Drink Wholesome has taken a fundamentally different approach to protein powder. We use 100% real food ingredients. Research suggests that these ingredients are better for you than the highly processed additives and protein isolates found in most protein powders. They are also far better tasting as they contain the complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and other nutrients that make food taste good. Order samples to see for yourself.