Does your protein powder upset your stomach?
We make the best protein powder for sensitive stomachs. If your protein powder causes gas, bloating, or diarrhea, switch to Drink Wholesome.
People with Candidiasis, Crohn’s, gastritis, gastroparesis, GERD, leaky gut, IBS, IBD, SIBO, and ulcerative colitis love our protein powders. Order samples to see if they are right for you.
What’s in your protein powder?
Drink Wholesome is dairy-free. Dairy is one of the main reasons why protein powder causes stomach pain. Whey protein – including whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, and hydrolyzed whey protein – contains dairy. So does casein protein.
Millions of American adults are lactose intolerant, meaning that they are unable to fully digest lactose, the sugar in milk. They therefore experience stomach pain when they consume dairy. If your whey or casein protein powder causes stomach pain, you may be lactose intolerant.
Most protein powders are made with protein concentrates and isolates, foods chemically and/or mechanically stripped of everything but the protein. They are listed as “whey protein” and “pea protein” as opposed to “whey” and “peas.”
Our protein powders are made with egg whites. Egg whites are simply broken, pasteurized, and dried before becoming protein powder. Protein concentrates and isolates, on the other hand, undergo heavy processing. The end result is something that looks nothing like real food.
Real foods are good for your stomach. The same may not be true about protein concentrates and isolates. This is because research shows that the closer a food is to nature, the less likely it is to cause stomach pain.
NO food additives.
Most protein powders are full of 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.
Because food additives look nothing like real foods, we have trouble digesting them. As a result, the trillions of bacteria in our guts have more time to eat and more time to release gas. This gas can cause bloating and stomach pain.
Accumulating evidence suggests that food additives also disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine and can result in the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders. This is a good reason to avoid food additives if you have a sensitive stomach.
As a rule of thumb, food additives are ingredients that you cannot pronounce. Not sure what to look for? Here are some of the most 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. Learn more.
You may have noticed that this list includes several artificial sweeteners. Research suggests that artificial sweeteners are particularly bad for the stomach because they alter the composition of gut microbiota.
Instead artificial sweeteners, we use monk fruit. Monk fruit, also known as lo han guo, is a small, melon-like round fruit native to Southeast Asia. Monk fruit sweetener is created by removing the seeds and skin, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice, which is then dried into a powder.