What is the best protein powder for gastroparesis?
Drink Wholesome is the best protein powder for gastroparesis. It’s made by hand in the USA with 100% real foods – no chalky protein isolates, no added junk, just real foods.
If you have gastroparesis, your stomach does not empty as fast as it should. This can cause nausea and stomach pain, which can lead to reduced appetite and eventually weight loss.
There is no such thing as a gastroparesis diet. This is because the severity of gastroparesis varies from person to person. It is therefore important to find the diet that works best for you. Gastroparesis is also not a static condition, meaning that your symptoms can vary from week-to-week or even day-today.
During a “gastroparesis flare” you may experience a period of time where all you can stomach is liquids. This is where protein powder can be a lifesaver. Liquids leave your stomach faster than solids, making protein shakes a great – and sometimes the only – way to meet your protein goals.
There are two types of protein shakes: ready-to-drink protein shakes and those made with protein powder. I highly recommend that you choose the latter. Almost all ready-to-drink protein shakes are loaded with food additives known to cause stomach pain. Common food additives found in protein shakes include artificial sweeteners, artificial and “natural” flavors, colors, preservatives, anti-caking and gelling agents, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and thickeners. At best, ingredients like these add little to no nutritional value to your diet, and at worst they will upset your stomach.
Not all protein powders are additive-free, however. In fact, most are not. It is therefore important that you read the ingredient label. As a rule of thumb, if you cannot pronounce it, or find it in your kitchen, it is a food additive.
Finding an additive-free protein powder is hard. Finding an additive-free protein powder that actually tastes good is next to impossible. This is because most protein powders are made with protein isolates stripped of everything but the protein. Unlike real foods, protein isolates are missing the healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and other nutrients that make food taste good. They are listed on the ingredients list as “whey protein,” “pea protein,” and “soy protein,” as opposed to “milk,” “peas,” and “soybeans.” If you want a protein powder that ACTUALLY tastes good, reach for one made with real foods.
It is important to find a protein powder that tastes good because foods that do not taste good do stick around (in your diet) for long. At the end of the day, protein powder is just food, and food should taste good.
As far as we know, there is only one protein powder made with 100% real foods that actually tastes good, and that protein powder is Drink Wholesome. Drink Wholesome makes its protein powders with either chickpeas or egg whites. Both have a neutral flavor with little to no aftertaste. The egg whites 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.
If you have gastroparesis, protein shakes/powders are a great way to ensure that you are getting adequate nutrition. That said, not all protein shakes/powders are created equal. Most are full of added junk and made with chalky protein isolates. If you care about your gut health AND your taste buds, Drink Wholesome is the best option for a liquid protein boost! Order samples to see if Drink Wholesome is right for you.
You are reading an article written by Drink Wholesome, a small, local company from New Hampshire. Drink Wholesome has taken a fundamentally different approach to protein powder. We use 100% real food ingredients. Research suggests that these ingredients are better for you than the highly processed additives and protein isolates found in most protein powders. They are also far better tasting as they contain the complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and other nutrients that make food taste good. Order samples to see for yourself.