The Best Chickpea Protein Powder

What is the best chickpea protein powder?

drink wholesome is the best chickpea protein powder. It is made with stomach-friendly real foods. Order samples to see for yourself.

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drink wholesome is the best chickpea protein powder.

What is chickpea protein powder? 

If you know anything about protein powder, you have probably heard of pea protein powder. Pea protein powder, which is made from green and yellow split peas, is one of the most popular vegan protein powders. Chickpea or garbanzo bean protein powder, on the other hand, although technically a pea protein powder, is considerably less popular. This is odd because chickpea protein powder offers the same nutrition as pea protein powder, without the chalkiness or grittiness.

Why chickpeas?

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are an excellent source of plant-based protein, and make for a tastier protein powder than either green or yellow split peas. They are also widely grown and relatively cheap compared to other protein sources.

We use non-GMO, USA-grown chickpeas as the main source of protein in our vegan protein powders. We find that they can compete with whey and egg protein in terms of taste, mouthfeel, and even functionality. Chickpeas are also far more sustainable than animal proteins. They need little fertilizer and work as a rotational crop.

When it comes to other plant-based proteins, chickpeas are also a frontrunner. Although they have a similar nutritional profile to green and yellow split peas, they taste better, much better. If you are sick of gritty, chalky vegan protein shakes that taste like dirt, give chickpea protein powder a try. We guarantee that it will exceed your expectations. In fact, it may very well be the best tasting protein powder that you have ever tried. 

Finally, chickpeas are great because, compared to other plant protein sources, they are high in soluble fiber. Unlike insoluble fiber, which can have a laxative effect, soluble fiber increases in size as it moves through your digestive tract. This can help make your bowel movements easier and more regular.

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Why drink wholesome

First of all, our protein powders are additive-free. Most protein powders, on the other hand, are full of food additives. Although they are not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, food additives can add up quickly, especially if you drink a protein shake every day. At higher quantities, food additives can cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects.

Many food additives are hard to digest and sit in your gut for longer than they should. This gives your gut bacteria more time to ferment (eat), and as they eat, these bacteria produce gas, which causes bloating, cramps, and nausea.

In the short term, gas also slows 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 disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine and trigger the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders.

Keep an eye out for artificial sweeteners too. Artificial sweeteners are poorly absorbed by the gut, which means that they feed your hungry gut bacteria. They also alter the composition of your gut microbiota (the collection of microorganisms that help you digest food). This can lead to serious GI problems and widespread inflammation.

Finally, artificial sweeteners, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, can cause diarrhea because they draw water into your gut. Now you might finally have something to blame for those post-protein shake trips to the bathroom. 

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. Food additives are not the only thing to look out for when buying protein powder, however. There are several other ingredients that can upset your stomach.

our ingredients: 

egg whites, coconut, cocoa, monk fruit

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.

*This is the actual ingredient list of one of the best-selling protein powders in the United States.

Avoid protein concentrates and 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 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 be hard to digest for people with sensitive stomachs.

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Instead of protein concentrates or isolates, we use whole chickpeas. Our chickpeas are simply dried and ground before becoming protein powder. Their minimal processing makes them an easy to digest and stomach-friendly alternative to protein concentrates and isolates.  


“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!”


Again, drink wholesome is the best chickpea protein powder. It is made with stomach-friendly real foods. Order samples to see for yourself.

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Hi, my name is Jack. I created drink wholesome because I was sick of protein powders that upset my stomach. drink wholesome is handmade in Plymouth, MA. 

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.