What is the best protein powder for elderly weight gain?


If you are looking for the best protein powder for elderly weight gain, you have come to the right place. Learn how to find a protein powder that can help you easily and safely supplement your dietary protein intake. 

This article was written by Jack Schrupp.

How elderly can use protein powder to gain weight

Is protein powder good for elderly people? 


Elderly people need to eat lots of protein to prevent muscle loss that comes with aging. Aging bodies also process protein less efficiently, so seniors need more of it than they did when they were young, even if they are healthy.

Adopting a high protein diet is especially important for elderly folks recovering from illness.

Did you know that patients with a critical illness can lose more than 15% of muscle mass in one week? Muscle loss can, in turn, affect strength and bone health, limiting agility, balance, and the ability to perform simple tasks.

Roughly one-third of elderly people do not eat enough protein due to reduced appetite, dental issues, taste or swallowing problems, or limited finances. When combined with a sedentary lifestyle, this increases the risk of muscle loss, compromised mobility, and slower recovery from illness. Basically, elderly people who consume more protein have better outcomes.

Experts in the field of aging recommend a protein intake between 1.2 and 2 grams per kilogram of bodyweight per day for elderly adults.

Elderly adults who are severely ill or malnourished may even need more. For reference, the recommended protein intake for a healthy adult is 0.8 grams per kilogram of bodyweight per day.

This means that an elderly person could easily need to eat twice as much protein as his or her younger self.

As you might imagine, consuming this much protein can be challenging, even for those without dietary restrictions. This is where protein powder can help.

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Why does protein powder help with weight gain? 


Putting on weight comes down to eating more calories than you burn.

It takes an extra 3,500 calories to gain a pound, and to gain weight at a safe rate (0.5 pound per week), you need to eat an extra 250 calories every day.

If you are looking not only to gain weight, but also to build or maintain muscle, then you have to eat protein. Muscle growth can occur only if muscle protein synthesis exceeds muscle protein breakdown, a balance that is regulated, in part, by dietary protein intake.

Adding a protein powder to your diet is an easy way to increase both your calorie and protein intake, thereby helping you gain weight and build muscle.

That said, not all protein powder are created equal.

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What is the best protein powder elderly weight gain?


Many protein powders are made with ingredients that can cause painful side effects and long term health problems for the elderly. 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 contributes to wide range of chronic diseases, including obesity, type 1 diabetes, and colorectal cancer.

An altered gut microbiome also contributes to widespread and chronic inflammation. Although inflammation is a natural part of the healing process, too much or prolonged inflammation can delay healing and result in increased scarring.

Here is a list of the most common food additives in protein supplements:

  • 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
  • maltitol
  • maltodextrin
  • mono- and diglycerides
  • ‘natural’ flavors
  • rice bran extract
  • rice dextrin
  • rice hulls
  • rosemary extract
  • silica
  • silicon dioxide
  • sodium alginate
  • soluble corn fiber
  • sorbitol
  • 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 your 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 elderly weight gain.

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We make the best protein powder for elderly weight gain 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

coconut

coconut

vanilla

vanilla

monk fruit

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

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Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

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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.

High Protein Rice Krispie Treats

PREP TIME

15 min

COOK TIME

0 min

SERVES

2+

Ingredients
Instructions

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.

Disclaimer

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. drink wholesome is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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