What is the best low histamine protein powder?

drink wholesome is the best low histamine protein powder. It is made with a short list of simple ingredients suitable for the low histamine diet. If you need a protein powder without extra processing and added junk, you have come to the right place. Order samples to see if our protein powder is right for you. 

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Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

What are histamines? 

Histamines are chemicals that act as neurotransmitters (chemical messengers). They also trigger the release of stomach acid to help with digestion and cause inflammation as part of a local immune response.

What is histamine intolerance?

Histamine intolerance is a disorder associated with the inability to fully metabolize (break down) histamine. Histamine is produced by the body and taken in from food. In healthy individuals, enzymes break down histamine. In individuals with histamine intolerance, histamine is not fully broken down and builds up in the bloodstream. High levels of histamine can cause headaches, nasal congestion, fatigue, hives, and digestive issues.

Common causes of histamine intolerance include: 1) medications or foods that inhibit the function or production of the gastrointestinal (GI) enzyme diamine oxidase (DAO) 2) foods that trigger histamine release and 3) gastrointestinal disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), leaky gut syndrome, and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

GI disorders like IBS, leaky gut, and SIBO cause significant inflammation in the gut, which may impair DAO function and production. Gut inflammation can cause excessive histamine production. Excessive production, paired with impaired enzyme activity can lead to increased histamine absorption and accumulation in the bloodstream. Basically, emerging research suggests that an unhealthy gut may be the main driver of histamine intolerance.

What is the low histamine diet? 

The low histamine diet aims to reduce the symptoms of histamine intolerance by avoiding histamine-rich and histamine-releasing foods. Research shows that reducing histamine-rich foods in the diet dramatically reduces symptoms. Foods high in histamine include things like alcohol and other fermented beverages, dairy products, processed and fried foods, and food additives. Histamine-releasing foods include things like pineapple, shellfish, and tomatoes.

The low-histamine diet is not a histamine intolerance treatment, but rather a band-aid for symptom relief. This is why addressing the underlying causes of histamine intolerance, one of which may be GI disorders like IBS, leaky gut, and SIBO, is so important. Moreover, because each of these conditions can be managed through diet, picking the right protein powder can make a huge difference.

What is the best low histamine protein powder?

It is important to note that individual tolerance to histamine can vary, so a protein powder that works for one person may not work for someone else. That said, there are several guidelines that anyone with histamine intolerance can follow. 

Rice protein, pea protein, hemp protein, and egg white protein are all low in histamine, so it is best to start with one of these protein sources. Then, make sure that your protein powder does not contain added preservatives and colorings. Ingredients like these can be particularly problematic for individuals with histamine intolerance. Finally, ensure that your protein powder is free from food additives.

Regularly eating emulsifiers, thickeners, artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols, and flavorings (both natural and artificial) has been shown to alter the composition of your gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms living in your gut. This is a big problem for people with histamine intolerance because an altered gut microbiome has been linked to the onset and progression of histamine intolerance. In other words, foods that impact your gut health can cause or worsen symptoms of histamine intolerance, which makes sense because histamine intolerance likely originates in the gut.

Why drink wholesome?

First of all, we make low histamine egg white protein powders with egg whites. You may have been told otherwise, but egg whites are generally considered low histamine. Histamine is found primarily in the yolks of eggs, not in the egg whites.

If you cannot eat eggs, we also make protein powders with almonds. Almonds are generally considered a moderate histamine food, but we use roasted almonds, which have lower histamine levels compared to raw almonds.

Moreover, and more importantly, all of our protein powders are also made with a short list of simple ingredients. Our vanilla protein powder, for example, is made with egg whites, coconut, vanilla, and maple sugar. Ingredients like these are generally well-tolerated by patients with histamine-related issues and gut-friendly. Keep reading to learn more. 

drink wholesome is additive-free.

We make the best low histamine protein powder without any food additives whatsoever. Consuming additives regularly can disrupt the disturb regulatory pathways within your intestines, elevating your risk of developing conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Some additives, like artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols, also upset the balance of your gut microbiome. An imbalanced gut microbiome is a leading driver of inflammation throughout your body.

Eating additives on a regular basis can in your intestines, increasing the likelihood of developing conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other chronic inflammatory conditions. Certain additives, such as artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols, can also disrupt the balance of gut microbiome. An imbalanced gut microbiome is a significant contributor to inflammation throughout the body, which is the last thing you want if you have a histamine intolerance.

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

drink wholesome is made with real foods.

Another reason why we make the best protein powder for the low histamine diet is that we do not use protein concentrates or isolates. Almost every other protein powder company uses one or both of these ingredients, which are stripped of their non protein components. Making protein concentrates or isolates requires a ton of processing, often with chemical agents like hexane. The final product is therefore something that looks nothing like real food. 

Your gut was designed to digest unprocessed or minimally-processed foods, not protein concentrates or isolates. This is why more and more research is finding that eating lots of foods like these can alter the composition of your gut microbiota. As you now know, having an  altered gut microbiome is bad news for someone with histamine intolerance. 

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

Instead of using protein concentrates or isolates, we make the best low histamine protein powder with egg whites and almonds. Minimally-processed protein sources like these are a gut-friendly alternative to protein concentrates and isolates. For example, both egg whites and almonds contain enzymes that help you break them down.Protein concentrates and isolates, on the other hand, have been stripped of these digestive aids. Basically, if you are searching for a suitable protein powder for histamine intolerance, you have come to the right place.


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