What is the best protein powder for Hashimoto’s?

drink wholesome is the best protein powder for Hashimoto’s. It is made with a short list of simple ingredients so you can boost your protein intake without the extra processing and added junk. Order samples to see if our Hashimoto’s protein powders are right for you. 

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drink wholesome is the best protein powder for Hashimoto’s.

Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

What is Hashimoto’s? 

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also known as Hashimoto’s disease or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck. It produces hormones that control metabolism.

In Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, the body’s immune system mistakenly identifies the thyroid gland as a threat and produces antibodies that attack and damage the thyroid tissue. Over time, this can lead to inflammation and permanent damage to the thyroid gland, causing it to become less effective at producing thyroid hormones.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is more common in women than in men, and usually develops between the ages of 30 and 50. Common symptoms include: fatigue, weight gain, muscle weakness and joint pain, mood swings and depression, and stomach issues.

Treatment for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis usually involves thyroid hormone replacement therapy with medications like levothyroxine. Levothyroxine helps supplement the missing thyroid hormones and restore normal thyroid function, reducing symptoms and preventing complications associated with an hypoactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).


Is protein powder good for Hashimoto’s?

Research has found that the amount of dietary protein you eat can affect the activity of your thyroid gland. Specifically, it has been found that a protein deficiency can cause hypothyroidism symptoms. In one study, researchers found that hypothyroidism was caused by impaired thyroxine (a thyroid hormone)  production, and that a protein deficiency partly contributed to the impairment. Although more research is needed, it is safe to say that eating enough protein is important for people with hypothyroidism.

Because Hashimoto’s leads to hypothyroidism, which slows down your metabolism, it can cause weight gain. Increasing the percentage of your calories that come from high protein foods, like protein powder, can help you lose weight. This happens in large part because protein is the most satiating macronutrient, meaning it keeps you feeling full for longer than other foods. This, in turn, helps prevent cravings, snacking, and overeating.

Most people should be able to get enough protein from a balanced diet, but people with dietary restrictions, reduced appetite, and busy schedules are not always able to meet their protein needs this way. This is where protein powder can help. Adding a scoop of powder to your diet can be an easy way to ensure that you are getting enough protein and managing Hashimoto’s.

What constitutes enough protein is different from everyone, but you should be eating at least 0.36 grams per pound of body weight per day. Use our Daily Protein Intake Calculator to figure out how much protein you need.

What is the best protein powder for Hashimoto’s? 

Going dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free, and following a nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory diet can improve Hashimoto’s symptoms. This means that protein powders made with soy protein and dairy-based proteins like whey and casein are not recommended. Protein powders made with inflammatory ingredients like emulsifiers, thickeners, flavorings, and most sugar substitutes are also not a good choice. Generally speaking, you should look for a protein powder made with a short list of simple ingredients – the shorter and simpler the better.


Why drink wholesome

We make two types of protein powder: egg white protein powder and vegan almond protein powder. For those with Hashimoto’s who are not immune-reactive to eggs and almonds, drink wholesome is a great way to boost protein intake. Not only are our protein powders free from dairy, gluten, and soy, but they are also free from added ingredients known to cause gut issues, which are very common among people with thyroid disease. Keep reading to learn more about why drink wholesome may be right for you.

drink wholesome is additive-free.

One reason why we make the best protein powder for Hashimoto’s is that we do not use food additives of any kind. Added ingredients like these, and even if used in small amounts, are hard to digest because they do not look like real food. They consequently spend extra time in your gut, feeding your gut bacteria. Gut bacteria produce gas, causing bloating, flatulence, stomach pain, and even constipation. Partially digested food additives also cause your colon to absorb extra water, which can make you run to the bathroom.

Here is a list of the most common food 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

The real concern with food additives, whoever, is what they might do to you over time. Regularly eating additives can disturb regulatory pathways in your intestines, making it more likely that you develop inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other chronic inflammation conditions.

Some additives, like artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols, can also mess with your gut microbiome – the community of microorganisms living in your gut. An unhappy gut microbiome is a leading driver of inflammation, which is the last thing you want if you have Hashimoto’s. Remember, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes systemic inflammation in the body.

the alternative:

Protein Matrix Comprised of (Whey Protein Concentrate,  Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Caseinate, Micellar Casein, Milk Protein Isolate, Egg Albumen, Glutamine Peptides), Polydextrose, Sunflower Creamer (Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup Solids,  Sodium Caseinate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Tocopherols), Natural and Artificial Flavor, MCT Powder (Medium Chain Triglycerides, Nonfat Dry Milk, Disodium Phosphate, Silicon Dioxide), Lecithin, Cellulose Gum, Salt, Yellow 5, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Papain, Bromelain

drink wholesome is dairy-free.

Another reason why we make the best protein powder for Hashimoto’s is that we do not use dairy-based proteins like whey and casein. Many other protein powders use one or both, which are known to cause painful gastrointestinal (GI) side effects, especially for people with lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance, which occurs at a high frequency in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis patients, impairs your ability to digest lactose, the sugar in dairy.

drink wholesome is made with real foods.

A final reason why we make the best protein powder for Hashimoto’s is that we do not use protein concentrates or isolates. Almost all other protein powders use one or both of these protein sources, which are stripped down to just their protein content.

Making protein concentrates and isolates requires a ton of mechanical and chemical processing. Sometimes chemicals like hexane are used to extract the protein, so what ends up in your protein shake looks very little like real food.

Your gut is built to handle or minimally unprocessed foods, not protein concentrates and isolates. Eating anything other than real food can cause problems. While researchers are still trying to figure out exactly what happens when you eat lots of processed ingredients like these, preliminary findings suggest that they can alter the composition of your gut microbiome.

Your gut microbiome does more than just digest food; it also acts as a barrier against harmful pathogens, contributes to educating the immune system, and impacts various bodily functions. It is therefore unsurprising that imbalances in the composition of your gut microbiome can affect the progression of thyroid diseases like Hashimoto’s. You should therefore think twice before using protein powders made with protein concentrates and isolates.

Instead of using protein concentrates or isolates, we make the best Hashimoto’s protein powder with egg whites and almonds. Minimally-processed protein sources like these are gut-friendly alternatives to protein isolates and concentrates.

Unlike isolates and concentrates, egg whites and almonds come with enzymes that make them easier to digest. Plus, egg whites are low in fiber, low in FODMAPs, alkaline (good for gut pH), and bioactive (good for healthy gut bacteria growth). Many customers have told us they experience fewer digestive problems with our egg white protein powder than with any other protein supplement.

For those who cannot have eggs, our vegan almond protein powder is the top plant-based alternative. Almonds are prebiotic, meaning they support a more diverse gut microbiome. They also help with regular and healthy bowel movements. In short, our protein powders, free from dairy, gluten, and soy, and made with a short list of simple ingredients. are the best protein powders for Hashimoto’s.


easy to digest

“If you can tolerate eggs, this is a godsend for people with Hashimoto’s. I love peanut butter and chocolate (vanilla is next)! No stomach or gastro issues and they taste delicious!” – Minday

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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.