The Best Protein Powder For Crohn’s

What is the best protein powder Crohn’s?

Drink Wholesome makes best the protein powder for Crohn’s disease with 1 real food: egg whites. Egg whites are not only better for you, but also better tasting. Order samples to see for yourself.

Drink Wholesome is the best protein powder for Crohn’s.

What is Crohn’s disease? 

Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. Living Crohn’s disease is stressful because you have to pay close attention to what you eat. Certain foods trigger symptoms, called flares, including diarrhea and stomach pain. Over time, these flares can lead to weight loss and malnutrition. 

Protein is important.

You probably already knew that avoiding certain food triggers can help you manage your Crohn’s disease, reduce gastrointestinal symptoms, and promote intestinal healing. You may have not known, however, that the inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease increases your body’s protein needs, and that a protein deficiency can impair your ability to heal. It is therefore important that you get enough protein, which is often easier said than done. This is where protein powder comes in. 

Protein powder is a convenient way to boost your protein intake simply because it is easier to swallow your food than it is to chew it. It is also easier to make a protein shake than it is to cook a meal. That said, not all protein powders are good for Crohn’s disease. In fact, most are not. If you take a look at the ingredient list on most protein powders, chances are high that you will find a long list of food additives. 

Avoid food additives.

At best, food additives add little to no nutritional value to your diet, and at worse they can aggravate your symptoms. A recent study suggests that food additives like xanthan gum and sunflower lecithin may increase inflammation in individuals with Crohn’s. It is therefore in your best interest to choose an additive-free protein powder. 

Although food additives are not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, they can add up quickly, especially if you drink a protein shake every day. At higher quantities, food additives can cause nasty side effects, especially for people with IBS.

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. Fermentation 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?

As a rule of thumb, food additives are 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 dairy.

Although dairy-based protein powders will not necessary cause side effects for people with Crohn’s disease, they should still be avoided. Dairy itself can cause bloating, constipation, cramps, diarrhea, gas, and nausea, especially for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Common dairy-based protein powders include casein and whey protein powder, both of which are byproducts of cheese and yogurt production.

If your casein or whey protein powder causes stomach pain, it is time to look for a new protein powder. Fortunately, going dairy-free is easier than ever. Unfortunately, not all dairy-free protein powders are created equal. 

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“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 

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 and/or mechanically stripped of everything but the protein. 

Protein concentrates and isolates are listed as “pea protein,” for example, as opposed to “peas.” Unlike real foods, they are missing the nutrients – healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, etc. – that make food taste good. This is why most protein powders have a chalky aftertaste.

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 Crohn’s-friendly protein powders are egg whites. Egg whites are simply broken, pasteurized, and dried before becoming protein powder.

Unlike protein concentrates and isolates, egg whites have a neutral flavor with little to no 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.

Why egg whites?

Unless you have an egg allergy, egg whites will not upset your stomach. Our customers have experienced fewer gastrointestinal (GI) issues with our egg white protein powder than with any other type of protein powder. Eggs whites are also a complete source of essential branched-chain amino acids, which means that they contain all of the amino acids that the body needs, but cannot produce on its own. Moreover, of all the whole foods, egg whites have the highest protein digestibility corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS), which means that it is easily absorbed and used by the body. 

If you are nervous about trying something new, I recommend that you play it safe with a single ingredient protein powder. Single ingredient protein powders are predictable, highly customizable, and a great addition to any smoothie or recipe. 

Again, Drink Wholesome makes best protein powder for Crohn’s disease with 1 real food: egg whites. Egg whites are not only better for you, but also better tasting. Order samples to see for yourself.

Drink Wholesome is the protein powder for Crohn’s disease.

You are reading a post by Drink Wholesome, a small business from New Hampshire. Drink Wholesome has taken a fundamentally better approach to protein powder by using 100% real food ingredients. Ingredients like these are not only better for you, but also better tasting. Sick of protein powders that upset your stomach? Sick of protein powders with a terrible aftertaste? Order samples to see if Drink Wholesome is right for you. 

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.