What is the best protein powder for GERD?
Drink Wholesome is the best protein powder for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). It’s made by hand in the USA with 100% real foods – no chalky protein isolates, no added junk, just real foods.
You have probably heard of acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux (GER), which is the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus. What you may not have heard, however, is that severe acid reflux can lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. GERD is a common disease that affects about 20% of the population and the most common symptom is frequent heartburn. Foods known to trigger heartburn cause the esophageal sphincter to relax and delay the digestive process, letting food sit in the stomach longer.
Paying close attention to what you eat is therefore one of the best ways to mitigate GERD symptoms. Although there is considerable controversy over which foods actually cause symptoms, certain foods are recognized as common triggers and should be avoided. Among these foods are processed foods, especially those with food additives. This is largely because processed foods tend to take longer to digest than real food.
Most protein powders are highly processed. This is because they are made with protein isolates stripped of everything but the protein. Wondering if your protein powder is made with isolates? Just take a look at the ingredient label. Protein isolates are listed as “whey protein,” “pea protein,” and “soy protein,” as opposed to “milk,” “peas,” and “soybeans.”
Most protein powders are also full of food additives. Chances are high that a given protein powder will contain one or more of the following – artificial sweeteners, artificial and “natural” flavors, colors, preservatives, anti-caking and gelling agents, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and thickeners. As a rule of thumb, if you cannot pronounce it, or find it in your kitchen at home, it is a food additive.
Although food additives are not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, they can add up quickly, especially if you eat a lot of processed foods or a protein shake every day. At higher quantities, food additives can cause nasty side effects.
One of the most common side effects caused by food additives is stomach pain. Because food additives 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. Common protein powder additives like xanthan gum and sunflower lecithin are particularly notorious offenders.
Take a look at a few ingredient labels, and you will quickly see that the vast majority of protein powders are highly processed and full of food additives. This can be discouraging if you have GERD, but do not despair, we have an alternative.
What is the best protein powder for acid reflux and GERD?
Drink Wholesome is the best protein powder for gerd because it is made with 100% real foods. Real foods are minimally processed and contain a single ingredient. You will love how much better they make you feel.
If you are looking to play it REALLY safe, check out our unflavored protein powder. It is made with egg whites and nothing else.
If you are set on using a flavored protein powder, we have several options. Just be sure to avoid those with cocoa, which is a known trigger for acid reflux.
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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.