The Best Dairy-Free Soy-Free Protein Powder

What is the best dairy-free, soy-free protein powder?

Drink Wholesome is the best dairy-free, soy-free protein powder because it is made with 100% real foods. Our chocolate protein powder, for example, is made with egg whites, coconut, cocoa, and monk fruit. Ingredients like these are not only better for you, but also better tasting. Order samples to see for yourself. 

Drink Wholesome is the best dairy-free, soy-free protein powder.

Why dairy-free?

Here are 2 reasons why you choose a dairy-free protein powder:

1. Dairy-based protein powders can cause side effects like bloating, constipation, cramps, diarrhea, gas, and stomach pain, especially for people with lactose intolerance or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The two most popular dairy-based protein powders are casein and whey, both of which are byproducts of cheese and yogurt production.

2. Casein and whey protein can also cause acne. Dairy indirectly stimulates insulin production, which regulates sebum production. Sebum, an oily, waxy substance produced by your body’s sebaceous glands, can clog your pores and cause pimples. Dairy can also hinder your ability to process blood sugar efficiently, which can cause inflammation, especially in your skin.

If your casein or whey protein powder causes acne or stomach pain, it is time to look for a new protein powder. My recommendation is egg white protein powder.

Why soy-free? 

Here are 3 reasons why you choose a soy-free protein powder:

1. Soy contains isoflavones, a type of plant estrogen similar to human estrogen. Soy isoflavones can bind to estrogen receptors in the body and cause weak estrogenic or anti-estrogenic activity. Some research suggests that this can increase the risk of chronic diseases like breast cancer.

2. Soy, which is the largest source of protein for animal feed, is also second only to beef in terms of driving global deforestation and soil erosion.

3. Soy is one of the most genetically modified (GM) crops on the planet. The vast majority of GM crops are engineered to survive the direct application of herbicides and pesticides. According to the US Department of Agriculture, over 90 percent of soybeans grown on US farms each year are genetically engineered to withstand an herbicide called Roundup. The primary ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which is classified as a probable human carcinogen. GM soybeans contain high residues of glyphosate.

The soybean is a cheap, protein rich legume, but many people choose to avoid it because it is a common allergen, associated with adverse side effects, and the epitome of a genetically modified crop that has detrimental impacts on the environment and human health.

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“This egg white protein powder is anti-bloat, anti-blood sugar dips, anti-artificial tasting. Seriously the best protein powder I’ve EVER tried (I’ve tried literally every brand on the US market, all types of protein powder too). The product is amazing, period.” – Elizabeth 

Why Drink Wholesome

Drink Wholesome is not only dairy-free and soy-free, but it is also additive-free. Food additives are ingredients added to protein powder to improve characteristics like taste and texture. Although they 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.

First of all, because food additives are heavily processed and look nothing like real foods, we can have trouble digesting them. As a result, they sit in our guts for longer and ferment. Fermentation produces gas, which can cause bloating, cramps, and stomach pain. Gas slows colonic transit and can lead to constipation too. Food additives can also disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine and cause the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders.

What exactly are food additives?

As a rule of thumb, food additives are ingredients that you cannot pronounce. Not sure what to look for? Here is a list of the most food 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

You may have noticed that this list includes several artificial sweeteners. Some artificial sweeteners may be bad for the stomach because they alter the composition of our gut microbiota, the collection of microorganisms that help us digest food. This can lead to serious stomach pain and widespread inflammation. Some artificial sweeteners, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, can also cause diarrhea because they draw water into the gut.

Your protein powder should taste good.

Finding an additive-free, dairy-free protein powder is hard. Finding an additive-free, dairy-free protein powder that actually tastes good is next to impossible. Why? Most protein powders, especially plant-based protein powders, are made with protein concentrates and isolates, foods chemically and/or mechanically stripped of everything but the protein. 

Protein concentrates and isolates are listed as “whey protein” and “soy protein” as opposed to “whey” and “soy.” Unlike real foods, they are missing the nutrients – healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, etc. – that make food taste good. If you have ever had a protein shake with a chalky aftertaste, you know exactly what I am talking about.

Real foods taste better.

The main ingredients in our protein powders are egg whites and chickpeas. Egg whites are simply broken, pasteurized, and dried before becoming protein powder. Chickpeas are simply dried and ground.

Unlike protein concentrates and isolates, both egg whites and chickpeas have a neutral flavor with little to no aftertaste. The egg whites that we use are particularly delicious because they were broken, pasteurized, and dried less than twenty four hours from when they were laid. The result is a flavor without the saltiness or sulfur “eggy” notes typical of eggs.

Again, protein powder should taste good. Remember, it is just food. If you find yourself choking down your protein shake, you are missing out. Life is too short for protein powders with a chalky aftertaste. Moreover, if consuming protein powder is a chore, it is not sustainable in the long term. A diet is not a six-week affair, it is for life. Think twice before spending your hard earned dollars on a supplement that tastes bad.

Drink Wholesome is the ONLY protein powder made with 100% real foods. Our vegan vanilla protein powder, for example, is made with chickpeas, coconut, vanilla, and monk fruit. Ingredients like these are not only better for you, but also better tasting. Order samples to see for yourself.

Drink Wholesome is the best dairy-free, soy-free protein powder.


You are reading a post by Drink Wholesome, a small business from New Hampshire. Drink Wholesome has taken a fundamentally better approach to protein powder by using 100% real food ingredients. Ingredients like these are not only better for you, but also better tasting. Sick of protein powders that upset your stomach? Sick of protein powders with a terrible aftertaste? Order samples to see if Drink Wholesome is right for you. 

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

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