What is the best protein powder for the candida diet?
Drink Wholesome is the best protein powder for the candida diet 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.
What is candidiasis?
Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by the yeast candida. Symptoms include fatigue, mouth sores, and stomach pain. Just like mold, yeast is a type of fungus. It is naturally found on the surface of the skin and in the intestines. Normally, bacteria limit the amount of candida in the gut, but some medical treatments (like antibiotics) reduce the amount of bacteria, which can lead to a candida overgrowth.
Candida overgrowth if often blamed for gastrointestinal diseases like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and people with IBS claim that they feel better when they change their diets to reduce the amount of candida in their gut. This generally involves eating fewer simple carbohydrates like sugar, which yeast feed on. That said, although several studies have linked candida to digestive issues, the findings are too weak to be able to draw much of a conclusion. Moreover, there is little evidence that dietary changes have an effect on candidiasis. Instead of a diet, most doctors therefore prescribe anti-fungal medications to treat yeast overgrowth.
Do not let this stop you from changing your diet, however. Anecdotal evidence suggests that diet may be a great place to start if you have candidiasis, and many people note improvement in symptoms when on the candida diet. Just be sure to consult your doctor before making any significant changes to what you eat.
Avoid dairy and food additives.
The candida diet seeks to reduce or eliminate certain food groups, one of which is dairy. This means that whey and casein protein powder, which are byproducts of cheese and yogurt production, are off the table. It also recommended that you avoid food additives, especially artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols. Although they are not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, food additives 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 (feed bacteria). Fermentation supports bacteria growth and produces gas, which can cause bloating, cramps, and stomach pain. Gas also slows colonic transit and can lead to constipation. In the long term, food additives can disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine and cause the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders.
What exactly are food additives?
Most protein powders contain food additives. As a rule of thumb, they are the 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. Other artificial sweeteners, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, can cause diarrhea because they draw water into the gut. Avoid artificial sweeteners whenever possible.
Avoid protein concentrates and isolates.
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 or mechanically stripped of everything but the protein. Unlike real foods, protein concentrates and isolates are missing the nutrients that make food taste good. This is why most protein shakes have a chalky aftertaste.
Protein concentrates and isolates are listed on the ingredient list as “pea protein,” for example, as opposed to “peas.”
Why real foods?
Real foods are foods close to nature. They consist of one ingredient, and have undergone little to no processing. The main real food ingredients in our protein powders are egg whites and chickpeas. Egg whites are simply broken, pasteurized, and dried before becoming protein powder. Chickpeas are just dried and ground.
Unlike protein concentrates and isolates, egg whites and chickpeas have a great flavor and 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.
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.
“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
Again, Drink Wholesome is the best candida-friendly protein powder because it is 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.
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This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.