What are the best meal replacement shakes for GERD?


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

This article was written by Jack Schrupp.

Meal replacement shakes and GERD

What is GERD?


GERD, which stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, is a chronic digestive disorder that occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus.

The esophagus is the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. Normally, a ring of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) keeps stomach acid in the stomach, but it can weaken or relax abnormally, allowing stomach acid and other stomach contents to reflux into the esophagus.

The reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus can lead to various symptoms and complications, including heartburn, difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), and chronic cough.

Fortunately, reflux can be managed with lifestyle changes, such as avoiding trigger foods, eating smaller meals, and not lying down after eating.

Over-the-counter antacids or medications that reduce stomach acid production can also be used to provide relief.

Are meal replacement shakes good for GERD?


Adding a meal replacement to your diet is an easy way to fill in nutritional gaps. Before you do so, however, it is important take take the following into consideration:

  • Portion size: Large portions of any food, including meal replacements, can trigger GERD symptoms. It is therefore essential to start with 1 serving, or even 1/2 serving, and slowly increase the serving size.
  • Timing: Consuming meal replacements too close to bedtime can worsen GERD symptoms for some individuals. Try to finish your last protein shake at least 2-3 hours before lying down.
  • Preparation: How you prepare your protein shake can impact GERD symptoms. For example, using water instead of cow’s milk as a base might be gentler on the stomach.
  • Type of protein: Certain types of dietary protein, like whey protein, can aggravate GERD symptoms in some people. Choosing an alkaline protein source, like egg whites, can help reduce the risk of reflux.
  • Added ingredients: Some meal replacements contain additives that can trigger GERD symptoms. It is therefore best to prioritize meal replacements with a short list of simple ingredients.
  • Personal tolerance: As you just learned, what works for one person with GERD might not work for another. It is therefore important to pay attention to how your body responds to different types and brands of meal replacement, and adjust your intake accordingly. Before making any big changes to your diet, especially if you have GERD or other digestive issues, it is also recommended that you consult with a registered dietitian. He or she can provide personalized recommendations based on your personal needs.

In short, if you have GERD, meal replacement shakes can help you meet your dietary needs, but you have to be careful. Adding the wrong meal replacement to your diet may do more harm than good. 

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What are the best meal replacement shakes for GERD?


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

Avoid food additives

Most meal replacements contain a cocktail of food additives like emulsifiers, thickeners, and sugar substitutes. For someone with GERD, ingredients like these are a big problem.

First of all, food additives are hard to digest because they look little to nothing like real food. This can trigger the overproduction of stomach acid. It can also feed your gut bacteria, which produce gas as they eat. Excessive intestinal gas can put pressure on the small intestine and stomach, pushing stomach acid into the esophagus and causing reflux.

Food additives can also alter the composition and function of your gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms living in your gut. This can lead to gut dysbiosis, or an imbalance in your gut microbiota, which is linked to gastroesophageal reflux disease.

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
  • maltitol
  • maltodextrin
  • mono- and diglycerides
  • ‘natural’ flavors
  • rice bran extract
  • rice dextrin
  • rice hulls
  • rosemary extract
  • silica
  • silicon dioxide
  • sodium alginate
  • soluble corn fiber
  • sorbitol
  • 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 acid reflux. 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 drinks for GERD.

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drink wholesome makes the best meal replacement shakes for GERD


We make the best meal replacement shakes for GERD 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 GERD meal replacement shakes than with any other type of protein supplement. Order samples to see for yourself.

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Alice

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2 weeks ago

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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.

Learn more

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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