What is the best IBD protein powder?
Drink Wholesome is the best protein powder for IBD. It’s made by hand in the USA with 100% real foods – no chalky protein isolates, no added junk, just real foods.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term used to describe two conditions characterized by chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Although IBD is not caused by what you eat, doctors and dietitians agree that food plays an important role in managing symptoms. Certain foods can aggravate symptoms, while others can mitigate them and promote healing. Paying attention to what you eat and how your body responds to different foods is therefore an essential part of living with IBD.
Curating a diet specific to your condition, whether it’s Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis is complicated. There is no one Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis diet, and the foods that trigger your symptoms may very well be different than those that cause symptoms for someone else. That said, there are several key ingredients to an inflammatory bowel disease diet, and one of them is protein. This is because when you have chronic inflammation you may not absorb nutrients well, which can lead to serious problems like malnutrition and weight loss. It is therefore imperative that you get enough protein – 1-2 grams per kilogram of body weight, per day – between flares.
We recommend that you get as much protein as you can from normal food. This may be challenging, however, which is where protein powder comes in handy. Protein powder is an easy way to boost your intake and ensure that you are meeting your protein goals. It can be added to smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, and even baking. That said, not all protein powders are created equal.
Unfortunately, most protein powders are loaded with highly processed food additives that add little to no nutritional value to your diet. Many of these ingredients are also known to cause nasty side effects, especially for those with sensitive stomachs, so you should think twice before eating them. If you take a look at a given protein powder ingredient label, chances are high that you will find a cocktail of artificial sweeteners, artificial and “natural” flavors, colors, preservatives, anti-caking and gelling agents, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and thickeners. These are all ingredients to avoid if you have IBD.
As a rule of thumb: if you cannot pronounce it, or find it in your kitchen, it is a food additive.
Finding an additive free protein powder is hard enough. Finding an additive free protein powder that actually tastes good is next to impossible. This is because most protein powders are made with protein isolates, which are stripped of everything but the protein. Unlike real foods, protein isolates are missing the healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and other nutrients that make food taste good. They are listed on the ingredients list as “whey protein,” “pea protein,” and “soy protein,” as opposed to “milk,” “peas,” and “soybeans.” If you want a protein powder that ACTUALLY tastes good, reach for one made with real foods.
As far as we know, there is only one protein powder made with 100% real foods that actually tastes good, and that protein powder is Drink Wholesome. We make most of our protein powders with egg whites, which have a neutral flavor with little to no aftertaste. The egg whites 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. Order samples to see if Drink Wholesome is right for you.
In case you were wondering, egg whites are a complete source protein, meaning that they contain all nine essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own.
Moreover, the bioavailability of the protein in egg whites – the ability of the body to absorb and use it – is comparable to that of whey protein. This makes egg whites protein powder, from a nutritional standpoint, one of the best protein powders for someone with IBD. Read this article to learn more about why Drink Wholesome is great for Crohn’s disease in particular.
You are reading an article written by Drink Wholesome, a small, local company from New Hampshire. Drink Wholesome has taken a fundamentally different approach to protein powder. We use 100% real food ingredients. Research suggests that these ingredients are better for you than the highly processed additives and protein isolates found in most protein powders. They are also far better tasting as they contain the complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and other nutrients that make food taste good. Order samples to see for yourself.