The Best Protein Powder For Digestive Issues
Drink Wholesome is the best protein powder for digestive issues. It is made by hand in the USA with 100% real foods – no chalky protein concentrates or isolates, no food additives, just real foods.
Protein powders cause stomach pain, especially for people with sensitive stomachs. If you have digestive issues, you can go through dozens of protein powders before you find one that works for you. This can get expensive.
People with digestive issues often have higher protein needs, usually because they have trouble eating and absorbing protein. For many of them, protein supplements are a must. This can make shopping for protein powders especially frustrating because most protein powders are not made for people with stomach issues.
First of all, many protein powders are made with casein or whey protein. Casein and whey cause stomach pain because they contain lactose, the sugar in dairy. This is not the case for everyone, but some people cannot fully digest lactose and experience bloating, diarrhea, etc. when they consume it. If your casein or whey protein powder causes stomach pain, you may be lactose intolerant. People with stomach conditions like IBS also have a hard time digesting dairy.
Another reason why protein powders cause stomach pain is food additives. Most protein powders are full of them. 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.
Because food additives are heavily processed and look nothing like real foods, we have trouble digesting them. As a result, the trillions of bacteria in our guts have more time to eat and more time to release gas. This gas can cause bloating and stomach pain.
Accumulating evidence suggests that food additives also disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine and can result in the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders. This is a good reason to avoid food additives if you have a sensitive stomach.
As a rule of thumb, food additives are ingredients that you cannot pronounce or find in your kitchen. Not sure what to look for? Here is a list of the most 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. Learn more.
You may have noticed that this list includes several artificial sweeteners. Recent research suggests that artificial sweeteners are particularly bad for the stomach because they alter the composition of our gut microbiota.
Finding an additive-free protein powder is hard. Finding an additive-free protein powder that actually tastes good is next to impossible.
One of the biggest issues people have with protein powders, especially plant-based protein powders, is the chalky aftertaste. Protein powders tend to have a chalky aftertaste because they are made with protein concentrates and isolates, foods chemically and/or mechanically stripped of everything but the protein. Unlike real foods, protein concentrates and isolates are missing the nutrients (healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, etc.) that make food taste good.
Protein isolates and concentrates are listed on the ingredient list as “whey protein” and “soy protein” as opposed to “whey” and “soy.”
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.
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People with Crohn’s, gastritis, gastroparesis, GERD, leaky gut, IBS, IBD, SIBO, or ulcerative colitis love our protein powders. Why? Drink Wholesome is the ONLY protein powder 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 better for you and better tasting. Order samples to see for yourself.
The main ingredients in our protein powders are egg whites and chickpeas. Egg whites are simply broken, pasteurized, and dried before becoming protein powder. Chickpeas are simply dried and ground. Protein concentrates and isolates, on the other hand, undergo heavy processing. The end result is something that looks nothing like real food.
Real foods are good for your stomach. The same may not be true about protein concentrates and isolates. This is because research shows that the closer a food is to nature, the less likely it is to cause stomach pain. If you have a sensitive stomach, play it safe and stick to real foods.
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 that have 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. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider.