What is the best animal-based protein powder?

drink wholesome is the best animal-based protein powder. It is made with egg whites, which are an excellent source of minimally-processed complete protein. If you are on a strict carnivore-diet, our unflavored egg white protein powder is the way to go. It is one of the most convenient and natural ways to boost your protein intake. Order samples to see if our animal-based protein powders are right for you. 

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drink wholesome is the best animal-based protein powder.

Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

What is animal protein powder?

There are several types of animal-based protein powders, the most common being whey, casein, and egg white. Whey and casein are byproducts of cheese and yogurt making. Egg whites come from pasteurized chicken eggs. Other types of animal-based protein powder include collagen and beef protein isolates. I will talk more about what an isolate is later in this article. 

Animal proteins, unlike most plant proteins, are complete proteins, meaning they provide all of the amino acids that your body needs, but cannot produce on its own. They also tend to be highly bioavailable, meaning they are easy for your body to digest and absorb. I could spend days comparing the amino acid profile and bioavailability of each type of animal-based protein powder, but the truth is that any type of protein powder can help you meet your fitness and nutrition goals. In other words, as long as you are eating a balanced diet, no one type of animal protein is considerably better than another from a nutritional standpoint.

What is the best animal protein powder?

Most animal-based protein powders contain emulsifiers, thickeners, fake flavors, and fake sweeteners. Added ingredients like these improve the taste, texture, and solubility of your protein powder, but can cause painful side effects and long-term gut damage. Not only does poor gut health impact your ability to digest food, but it is also a leading driver of inflammation, and linked to the development of chronic diseases ranging from metabolic conditions to neurological, cardiovascular, and respiratory illnesses.

For this reason, you want an animal-based protein powder made with a short list of simple ingredients, the shorter and simpler the better. Fewer and simpler ingredients means that your protein powder is going to be easier to digest. This is not only to increase its nutritional value, but it’s also going to spare you unpleasant trips to the bathroom (if you know what I mean…). Keep reading to learn more. 

Why drink wholesome

drink wholesome is additive-free.

One of the reasons why we make the best animal-based protein powder is that we do not use food additives, including gums, lecithin, fake flavors, and fake sweeteners. Even when used sparingly, ingredients like these can cause painful side effects. This is because most food additives look nothing like real food and are hard to break down. They therefore spend extra time in your digestive tract, feeding the bacteria that live there. As they eat, these bacteria release gas, which can cause bloating, flatulence, stomach pain, and even constipation. Incompletely digested additives can also cause your colon to absorb too much water, which leads to diarrhea.

Here is a list of the most common food additives in protein powder:

acacia gum, artificial flavors, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dextrose, gellan gum, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, “natural” flavors, maltodextrin, rice syrup solids, soy lecithin, silica, sunflower lecithin, xanthan gum

In the long term, eating lots of food additives can disturb your gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms living in your gut. This is a big deal because your microbiome does more than just help with digestion. It defends against pathogens, educates your immune system, and influences, both directly and indirectly, most bodily functions. 

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 dairy-free.

Another reason why we make the best animal-based protein powder is that we do not use dairy-based proteins. Whey and casein, which are byproducts of cheese and yogurt manufacturing, are notorious for triggering gut issues. This is especially the case for individuals with lactose intolerance, which affects more than one-third of adults. People with lactose sensitivity cannot completely metabolize lactose, the sugar in dairy, and therefore experience side effects when using animal-based protein powders made with whey and casein.

drink wholesome is made with real foods.

A final reason why we make the best animal-based protein powder is that we do not use protein concentrates or isolates. In contrast, nearly all other protein supplements are made with one or both of these protein sources. Protein concentrates and isolates have been stripped of everything but the protein thanks to extensive mechanical and chemical processing. On occasion, manufacturers employ solvents like hexane to extract the protein. What you put into your body thus looks nothing like real food.

Your digestive system is naturally equipped to handle unprocessed or minimally processed real foods, not synthetic or highly refined ingredients. Eating anything other than real food can upset your stomach. Furthermore, a growing body of research suggests that regularly eating processed ingredients such as protein isolates can disrupt your gut microbiome.

Instead of using protein concentrates or isolates, we make best animal-based protein powder with egg whites. Egg whites are simply pasteurized and dried before becoming protein powder. Unlike concentrates and isolates, they still contain enzymes and other digestive aids that help you break down food. This, paired with the fact that they are low in fiber and low FODMAP, are the reason why egg whites have the highest protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS) of any whole food. Our customers have also experienced fewer digestive issues with egg white protein than with any other type of protein. 


easy to digest

“This is the only protein powder that doesn’t upset my stomach. The flavor is neutral and you can barely notice it in smoothies.” – Mia

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