What are the best meal replacement shakes for diverticulitis?


If you are looking for the best meal replacement shakes for diverticulitis, you have come to the right place. Learn how to supplement your diet without upsetting your stomach.

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Meal replacement shakes and diverticulitis

Are meal replacement shakes good for diverticulitis?


Yes, you can absolutely drink meal replacement shakes with diverticulitis. Meal replacement shakes can be a convenient option for people who have difficulty stomaching solid foods during flare-ups. They are also a great way to meet your calorie and protein needs, which may be higher than those of healthy adults. Not all meal replacement shakes are created equal, however, so you have to take precautions.

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What are the best meal replacement shakes for diverticulitis?


Many meal replacements are made with ingredients that can cause painful side effects and long term health problems for someone with diverticulitis. Among these ingredients are food additives, dairy-based proteins, and protein concentrates and isolates. 

Avoid food additives

Regularly eating emulsifiers, thickeners, sugar substitutes, and other additives can not only upset your stomach, but also alter the composition of your gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms living in your gut. This can lead to gut dysbiosis, which is associated with the development of diverticulitis. It is thought that alterations to your gut microbiome can cause altered nerve fibre activation and subsequent neuronal and muscular dysfunction, thus favoring the development of diverticulosis.

Here is a list of the most common food additives in meal replacements:

acacia fiber, acacia gum, acesulfame potassium, artificial flavors, ascorbic acid, aspartame, calcium carbonate, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dicalcium phosphate, dipotassium phosphate, erythritol, gellan gum, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, maltodextrin, mono- and diglycerides, ‘natural’ flavors, rice bran extract, rice dextrin, rice hulls, rosemary extract, silica, silicon dioxide, sodium alginate, sodium bicarbonate, soluble corn fiber, soy lecithin, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, tocopherols, tricalcium phosphate, xanthan gum, xylitol, zinc oxide

Avoid dairy-based proteins

Dairy-based proteins like whey and casein, although not an issue for everyone, can cause side effects like bloating and diarrhea. This is in part because they contain lactose, a sugar most adults cannot fully digest.

Avoid protein concentrates and isolates

Most meal replacements are made with protein concentrates and isolates, which have been mechanically and or chemically stripped of everything but the protein, including the enzymes, fiber, and other natural digestive aids that help you break them down. As a result, they can cause digestive issues and possibly even disruptions to your gut microbiome

Finding a meal replacement free from food additives, dairy-based proteins, and protein concentrates and isolates is hard. In fact, 99% of meal replacements contain one or more of these problematic ingredients. This is why we created drink wholesome. Keep reading to learn more about why we make the best meal replacement shakes for diverticulitis.

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drink wholesome is makes the best meal replacement shakes for diverticulitis


We make the best meal replacement shakes for diverticulitis because we use a short list of simple ingredients free from food additives, dairy-based proteins, and protein concentrates and isolates.

Our ingredients

egg whites

egg whites

almonds

almonds

oats

oats

coconut

coconut

vanilla

vanilla

NOT our ingredients

  • acacia gum

  • acesulfame potassium

  • artificial flavors

  • carrageenan

  • erythritol

  • guar gum

  • inulin

  • maltodextrin

  • 'natural' flavors

  • silica

  • soy lecithin

  • sucralose

  • xanthan gum

  • xylitol

Note that instead of using protein concentrates or isolates, we use whole food protein sources like collagen, egg whites, and almonds, which are easier to digest and absorb. Whole food protein sources also have unique digestive benefits: collagen can reduce bloating and improve digestive symptoms, egg whites can help restore your mucosal intestinal barrier, and almonds can improve the composition of your gut microbiome.

It follows that our customers experience fewer digestive issues with our diverticulitis meal replacement shakes than with any other type of protein supplement. Order samples to see for yourself. 

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What is diverticulitis?


Around the age of 40, some people start to develop small, bulging pouches in the lining of their large intestine. These pouches are called diverticula, and can become inflamed or infected, which can lead to a condition called diverticulitis. Common symptoms of diverticulitis include bloating and stomach pain.

Diverticula develop when weak spots in the outside layer of the colon give way and the inner layer squeezes through. Experts attribute this to a combination of increased intracolonic pressure and weakness in the colon wall. Weakness in the colon wall is associated with aging, whereas higher intracolonic pressure is attributed to low dietary fiber intake. Fiber softens stool, which reduces pressure on the colon.

It follows that if you have diverticulitis, or if you have had diverticulitis in the past, your doctor may recommend eating a high-fiber diet. Although the research is inconclusive, there is lots of circumstantial evidence that eating fiber helps reduce diverticulitis symptoms. For instance, in parts of the world where dietary fiber intake is high, diverticulitis is uncommon, and in parts of the word where dietary fiber intake is low (like the United States), diverticulitis is common. 

The recommended daily intake for dietary fiber is 28 grams per day. This is based on a 2,000 calorie daily diet – your recommended intake may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. High fiber food includes fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and vegetables. 

Keep in mind that every gut is different, so a diet that works for someone else may not necessarily work for you. For personalized nutrition advice, you should always consult a registered dietitian.

It is also important to note that experts used to believe that avoiding certain foods was key to managing diverticulitis symptoms, but this is no longer the case. That said, you may find that certain types or amounts of foods affect your symptoms. Some of the most common foods that people with diverticulitis choose to avoid are red meats, fried foods, and processed foods.  

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Verified Purchase I was being treated for SIBO, and your shakes really helped me get through that phase with no tummy upset. During another time I had to take antibiotics, my tummy became upset again and the acid reflux started back. Again your shakes saved the day. My stomach calmed down, the acid reflux went away. I learned to have a shake each time I took the antibiotic and had no stomach upset. I love, love, love your shakes. I don't think I'll ever be without them. As an older person, I have come to realize my digestive system is more sensitive. Your shakes are wonderful at protecting my stomach.

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Verified Purchase Your product has changed my life! I had a major diverticulitis infection, which resulted in a diagnosis of diverticulitis disease and Type 2 diabetes in January 2024. I have to do liquid diets often when I have flares, and your product gives me clean nutrients that I need when I cannot get nutrition any other way for 2-3 days at a time. I feel better since adding drink wholesome into my daily life.

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Frequently asked questions

Protein powder vs meal replacement powder?

You may have noticed that we make protein powders and meal replacement powders. The difference between protein powders and meal replacement powders is the nutrition content. Protein powders are high in protein and low in everything else, whereas meal replacement powders contain fats, carbs, and protein because they are intended to replace the nutritional value of a healthy meal.

Collagen vs egg white vs almond protein powder?

You may have noticed that we make three types of protein powder: collagen protein powderegg white protein powder, and vegan almond protein powder. As long as you are eating a balanced diet, any type of protein powder can help you boost your protein intake. Just pick the type that best suits your dietary needs and personal preferences.

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My name is Jack and I created drink wholesome because I was sick of protein powders that upset my stomach. Read my story, check out my short list of simple ingredients, and browse reviews from other customers to learn more.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Yogurt Cup

PREP TIME

15 min

COOK TIME

0 min

SERVES

1

Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (or coconut yogurt)
  • ¼ cup drink wholesome chocolate meal replacement powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons dark chocolate, melted
  • 1 tablespoon peanuts
Instructions

Combine the yogurt and meal replacement powder. Spread the peanut butter on the top, and the melted chocolate on top of that. Sprinkle with peanuts. Freeze for at least 15 minutes.

Disclaimer

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. drink wholesome is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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