What is the best protein powder for the candida diet?

If you are looking for the best protein powder for the candida diet, you have come to the right place. Learn how to supplement your dietary protein intake without upsetting your stomach.

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This article was written by Jack Schrupp.

Protein powder and the candida diet

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, good bacteria limit the amount of candida in the gut, but some medical treatments (like antibiotics) reduce the amount of good bacteria, leading to a candida overgrowth. 

Candida overgrowth is often blamed for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and some people 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.

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 any effect on candidiasis. Instead of a diet, most doctors therefore prescribe antifungal 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 experience fewer digestive issues when on the candida diet.

Plus, eliminating refined sugar, gluten, alcohol, dairy products, and processed foods from your diet will almost always make you feel better, even if it does not impact Candida overgrowth. Just be sure to consult your doctor or dietitian before making any significant changes to what you eat. 

Is protein powder good for the candida diet?

Candida overgrowth can cause bloating, diarrhea, and other symptoms that make it hard to eat enough. Candida overgrowth may also impair your ability to absorb nutrients from food. Over time, these side effects can lead to malnutrition and weight loss. To counteract this, you must be mindful of your nutrient intake.

One of the most important nutrients to consider is protein. Candidiasis can cause damage to the mucosal intestinal barrier, which is a semipermeable structure that allows you to absorb essential nutrients while protecting you from bacteria and other pathogens.

Dietary proteins are essential for the growth and repair of this barrier. Although more research into the role of proteins in intestinal barrier regulation is needed, it is known that some dietary peptides produced by the enzymatic digestion of dietary proteins enhance or protect the intestinal barrier

How much protein you need will depend on a number of factors, but you certainly need to eat at least 0.36 grams per pound of bodyweight per day. Eating this much protein can be challenging for some individuals, especially those with dietary restrictions.

This is where protein powder can help. Incorporating a protein powder into your diet is an easy way to fill in nutritional gaps and ensure you meet your daily protein requirements. Not all protein powders are created equal, however.

What is the best protein powder for the candida diet?

Many protein powders are made with ingredients that are not compatible with the candida diet. 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 has been shown to promote candida overgrowth. Here is a list of the most common food additives in protein powder:

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 protein powders are made from 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 the gut microbiome

Finding a protein powder free from food additives, dairy-based proteins, and protein concentrates and isolates is hard. In fact, 99% of protein supplements 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 protein powder for the candida diet.

Protein Powders

Collagen Protein Powder Starter Kit

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Protein Powders

Egg White Protein Powder Starter Kit

Starting at $94.97

Protein Powders

Vegan Almond Protein Powder Starter Kit

Starting at $94.97


drink wholesome is the best protein powder for the candida diet

We make the best protein powder for the candida diet 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





monk fruit

monk fruit

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 candida diet protein powder than with any other type of protein supplement. Order samples to see for yourself. 



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Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

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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.



Protein Rice Krispies Treats


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In a large pot, melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows, and stir until the mixture is smooth. Remove the pot from the heat, and incorporate the protein powder. Add the Rice Krispies, stirring until combined. Transfer the mixture to a 9×13 inch greased pan. Let your Protein Rice Krispie Treats sit for 30 minutes before eating.


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