What is the best anti-inflammatory protein powder?
What is inflammation?
Inflammation is the response of the immune system to pathogens and tissue injury. There are two types of inflammation, acute and chronic. Acute inflammation occurs when you get sick or injured. If you stub your toe, for example, your immune system will dispatch an army of white blood cells to protect the injured tissue, causing visible redness and swelling. This is a normal, healthy inflammatory response, and without it injuries would be more serious, or even fatal.
Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is not normal nor healthy. It occurs when the immune response lingers, and can cause white blood cells to attack healthy tissues and organs. Chronic inflammation is known to play a significant role in the pathophysiology of numerous chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and cancer.
Making changes to your diet is one of the best ways to reduce chronic inflammation and the risk of chronic disease. Eating foods with anti-inflammatory properties, for example, has been shown to modify the inflammation response in the body. One of these foods is eggs. Eggs contain a variety of bioactive compounds that can curb inflammation, and the part of the egg with the most anti-inflammatory properties is the egg white.
Why drink wholesome?
drink wholesome is made with egg whites, which makes it good protein powder for the anti-inflammatory diet and a great addition to anti-inflammatory protein shakes. For those of you who cannot eat eggs, we also make vegan protein powders with almonds. Although almonds are not celebrated like eggs for being anti-inflammatory, research suggest that they too can help curb inflammation. Almonds reduce C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, a marker of inflammation associated with increased heart disease risk. What really makes drink wholesome the best anti-inflammatory protein powder, however, is its short ingredient list.
drink wholesome is dairy-free.
Dairy can hinder your ability to process blood sugar efficiently, which can cause inflammation, especially in your skin. Common dairy-based protein powders include casein and whey protein powder, both of which are byproducts of cheese and yogurt production.
drink wholesome is additive-free.
In healthy individuals, the intestine – which has a huge surface area constantly exposed to dietary antigens and microorganisms – contains the largest population of immune cells in the body. These cells are constantly challenged to respond to pathogens and maintain intestinal immune homeostasis. Accumulating evidence suggests food additives disrupt these regulatory mechanisms, and can result in the development of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders.
Here is a list of 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
When it comes to identifying food additives, go with your gut. 😉 As a rule of thumb, they are the ingredients that you cannot pronounce.
egg whites, coconut, cocoa, monk fruit
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.
*This is the actual ingredient list of one of the best-selling protein powders in the United States.
drink wholesome is not made with protein isolates.
Finding an additive-free, dairy-free protein powder is hard. Finding an additive-free, dairy-free protein powder made with real foods is next to impossible. Why? Most protein powders are made with protein concentrates and isolates, foods stripped of everything but the protein. They are listed on the ingredient list as “pea protein,” for example, as opposed to “peas.” We will not go into the details, but protein concentrates and 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.
The potential problem here is that your gut might not know what to do with ingredients like these. Your gut prefers the real thing, not some heavily-processed imitation, so protein concentrates and isolates might therefore disrupt your gut biome. Again, numerous studies have linked gut health to inflammatory diseases.
Again, instead of protein concentrates or isolates, we use egg whites and almonds. Egg whites are simply pasteurized and dried before becoming protein powder. Almonds are just roasted, pressed, and ground. Minimally-processed ingredients like these are an easy to digest, gut-friendly alternative to protein concentrates and isolates.
Unless you have a sensitivity or allergy to eggs, egg white protein is the best protein for your gut. Egg whites are low in fiber, low-FODMAP, 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.
If you cannot eat eggs, try our almond protein powder. Unlike protein concentrates or isolates, almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, and other nutrients like calcium and vitamin E. We prefer almonds to other minimally-processed plant protein sources because they are more gut-friendly. Research suggests that almonds can improve the diversity and composition of the gut microbiome. Research also suggests that almonds possess prebiotic properties, meaning they stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.
“I just finished my first bag and ordered 2 more! I Iove this stuff! I have IBS and every protein powder hurts my stomach…except drink wholesome!”
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.