What is the best protein powder for Crohn’s disease?

drink wholesome is the best protein powder for Crohn’s disease. It is made with a short list of simple ingredients, making it perfect for people with Crohn’s and other gut issues. If you are looking to boost your protein intake without the extra processing and added junk, you have to come to the right place. Order samples to see if our Crohn’s protein powder is right for you. 


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drink wholesome is the best protein powder for Crohn’s disease.

Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

What is Crohn’s disease? 

Crohn’s disease (Crohn’s) is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. It occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells, leading to inflammation.

Living with Crohn’s disease is stressful. Certain foods trigger symptoms (called flares) including diarrhea and stomach pain. Over time, flares can lead to weight loss and malnutrition.

The exact cause of Crohn’s disease is not known, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There is currently no cure for Crohn’s disease, but various treatment options are available to manage the symptoms and reduce inflammation. They often include dietary modifications. By avoiding certain foods or types of food, you reduce gastrointestinal symptoms and promote intestinal healing.


Is protein powder good for Crohn’s disease?

The inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease increases your daily protein needs. In fact, adults with Crohn’s may need almost twice as much protein as healthy adults. 

Many Crohn’s patients do not eat enough protein, which can have a negative impact on the progression of IBD. Clinical research shows that dietary protein plays an important role in the mucosal healing process after an inflammatory episode, so not eating enough protein impairs your ability to heal. 

Adding a protein shake to your diet is an easy way to boost your protein intake and promote healing. That said, not all protein shakes are good for Crohn’s disease.

Many protein supplements contain a cocktail of added ingredients that can cause flare-ups and long-term gut damage. Some of the top offenders include emulsifiers, thickeners, sugar substitutes, and flavorings. Keep reading to learn more.


Which protein powder is best for Crohn’s disease?

Everyone’s gut is different, and what triggers symptoms for one person may not trigger them for someone else. That said, there are a few general guidelines that anyone with Crohn’s disease should follow when buying protein powders. 

  1. Less is more: Opt for protein powders with fewer ingredients. A shorter ingredient list typically means fewer potential triggers.
  2. Simplicity is key: Choose protein powders with simple ingredients. The more your protein powder looks like real food, the less likely it is to upset your stomach.

Basically, the best protein powder for Crohn’s disease is one made with a short list of simple ingredients. Continue reading to learn more.

Why drink wholesome

drink wholesome is additive-free.

One of the reasons why we make the best protein powder for Crohn’s disease is that we do not use food additives. Most additives cause inflammation and unpleasant side effects in individuals with Crohn’s disease. 

Firstly, additives, because they are not real food, are really hard to digest. This means they linger in your gut, feeding your gut bacteria. Gut bacteria release gas as they eat, so extra to eat means extra gas. As you might imagine, excess intestinal gas can cause bloating, flatulence, and stomach pain. It can also slow the pssage of food through the colon, leading to constipation. In some cases, partially digested food additives have the exact opposite effect, causing your colon to absorb too much water, which can trigger osmotic diarrhea.

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

Over time, regularly eating food additives can disturb regulatory pathways in your intestines, triggering widespread inflammation and even the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Eating lots of food additives, especially artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols, can also disrupt the balance of your gut microbiome – the community of microorganisms living in your gut. An imbalanced gut microbiome is another driver of inflammation.

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

drink wholesome is dairy-free.

Another reason why we make the best Crohn’s disease protein powder is that we do not use dairy-based proteins like whey and casein. Whey and casein, which are byproducts of cheese and yogurt production, contain lactose. Lactose, the sugar in dairy, is notorious for causing painful side effects, especially for people with lactose intolerance. Most adults suffer from some degree of lactose intolerance, meaning they lack the enzymes needed to digest lactose. 

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drink wholesome is made with real foods.

A final reason why we make the best Crohn’s protein powder is that we do not use protein concentrates or isolates. In contrast, the vast majority of other protein powders are made from one or both of these protein sources. Concentrates and isolates are foods stripped down to nothing but the protein. They go through extensive mechanical and chemical processing, sometimes involving solvents like hexane, resulting in a product that looks very little like real food.

Your gut is meant to digest unprocessed or minimally-processed real foods, rather than protein concentrates or isolates. This is why a growing body of research shows that regular consumption of processed ingredients like these can alter your gut microbiome. As you just learned, an altered gut microbiome is the last thing you want if you have Crohn’s disease.

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Instead of using protein concentrates or isolates, we make the best protein powder for Crohn’s disease with egg whites and almonds. These simple, whole food ingredients are gut-friendly alternatives to protein isolates and concentrates. For one thing, both egg whites and almonds contain enzymes that help you break them down. Protein isolates and concentrates, on the contrary, have been stripped of these natural digestive aids.

Egg whites are also low in fiber, low FODMAP, alkaline (maintaining healthy pH levels in your gut), and bioactive (promoting the growth of good gut bacteria). Our happy customers have reported fewer digestive problems with our egg white protein powder than with any other type of protein supplement.

For those on a vegan diet or unable to eat eggs, our vegan almond protein powder is good, plant-based alternative. Almonds are prebiotic, meaning they nourish the diversity and composition of your gut microbiome. They also promote healthy and regular bowel movements. In conclusion, we take great pride in making protein powders with simple ingredients so you can enjoy the benefits of protein supplementation without compromising your gut health.

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“I’ve had Crohn’s disease for 20+ years and it’s always been hard to find a protein powder my stomach can handle. I’ve had no problem digesting drink wholesome AND it tastes great. I highly recommend this protein powder if you have IBS or Crohn’s.” – Jesse

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