These gut-friendly protein powders and meal replacements are additive-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and made with real foods, not protein isolates; 99% of supplements fail to meet at least 1 of these criteria.
Made for sensitive stomachs.
Most protein powders and meal replacements are hard to digest for 3 reasons: 1) they contain food additives 2) they contain dairy 3) they are made with heavily-processed protein isolates. Food additives, dairy, and processing can cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects like bloating, constipation, diarrhea, gas, nausea, and stomach pain. Our gut-friendly protein powders and meal replacements, on the other hand, are additive-free, dairy-free, and made with real foods, not protein isolates. They are therefore safe for people with digestive diseases like Candidiasis, Crohn’s, diverticulitis, gastritis, gastroparesis, GERD, lactose intolerance, leaky gut, IBS, IBD, SIBO, and ulcerative colitis.
No food additives.
Although not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, food additives can add up quickly (especially if you drink a shake every day) and cause uncomfortable side effects. Basically, additives are hard to digest, and sit in your gut for longer than food should. This gives your gut bacteria more time to eat, and as they eat, these bacteria produce gas. Gas causes bloating and stomach pain. It can also slow colonic transit (the amount of time it takes food to travel through the colon), which can lead to constipation. In the long term, food additives can disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine, which can result in the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other systemic inflammatory disorders.
Artificial sweeteners are among the most harmful additives in the long term as they alter the composition of your gut microbiota (the collection of microorganisms that help you digest food). This can lead to serious, chronic GI problems, widespread inflammation, and permanent damage to the gut microbiome. Some sweeteners, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, are also poorly absorbed by the gut and cause diarrhea because they draw water into your intestine. Instead of artificial sweeteners or stevia, we use a natural sweetener called monk fruit. Monk fruit (also known as luo han guo) is a melon-like fruit native to Southeast Asia. Monk fruit sweetener is created by removing the seeds and skin of the fruit, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice, which is then dried into a concentrated powder.
Dairy-based proteins like whey and casein, which are byproducts of cheese and yogurt production, are known to cause digestive issues, especially for people with lactose intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). People with lactose intolerance and IBS are unable to fully digest lactose, the sugar in dairy. Partially digested food feeds the bacteria in your gut, which produce gas. Over one in three Americans are lactose intolerant, and the prevalence of IBS is somewhere between 10 and 15 percent in the United States.
No protein isolates.
Protein isolates, which are listed on the ingredient list as “pea protein” and “whey protein” as opposed to “peas” and “whey,” are foods stripped of everything but the protein. We will not go into the details, but protein isolates undergo heavy mechanical and chemical processing before becoming protein powder. Sometimes, manufacturers use chemical solvents like hexane to isolate (separate) the protein from the food. This means that what you end up putting into your body looks nothing like real food. Instead of protein concentrates or isolates, we use egg whites and almonds. Egg whites are simply pasteurized and dried. Almonds are just roasted, pressed, and ground. Minimally-processed ingredients like these are an easy to digest, stomach-friendly alternative to protein concentrates and isolates.
Go with your gut.
Our easy to digest protein powders and meal replacements are additive-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and made with real foods, not protein isolates – 99% of supplements fail to meet at least one of these criteria. They are perfect for people with gut issues and sensitive stomachs, as well as for people just looking to boost their protein intake without the processing and added junk. Order samples to see for yourself.
Unless you have a sensitivity or allergy to eggs, pasteurized egg white protein is the best protein for your gut. Egg whites are low in fiber, low-FODMAP, naturally alkaline, and have the highest protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS) of any whole food. Our customers have experienced fewer digestive issues with egg white protein than with any other type of protein.
The difference between protein powders and meal replacements is the nutrition content. Protein powders tend to be high in protein, and low in everything else. Meal replacements have more fats, carbs, and other nutrients because they are intended to replace the nutritional value of a meal.