What is the best protein powder for intermittent fasting?

drink wholesome is the best protein powder for intermittent fasting. It is made with a short list of simple ingredients, making it perfect for people who need to boost their protein intake without extra processing and added junk. Order samples to see if our intermittent fasting protein powder is right for you. 


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drink wholesome is the best protein powder for intermittent fasting.

Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

What is intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a way of eating that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It does not focus on what you eat, but rather when you eat. Instead of restricting specific food groups or counting calories, intermittent fasting primarily focuses on when you consume your meals. There are several popular methods of intermittent fasting, the most popular of which is the 16/8 method: This involves fasting for 16 hours a day and restricting your eating window to 8 hours. Typically, this means skipping breakfast and consuming all your daily meals within an 8-hour period, such as from noon to 8 p.m.

The main idea behind intermittent fasting is to extend the amount of time between your last meal of the day and your first meal the following day. Doing so causes your insulin levels to drop, and your body to start burning stored fat for energy. This pattern of eating has gained popularity due to its potential health benefits, which include weight loss, improved insulin sensitivity, and reduced inflammation.

Is protein important for intermittent fasting?

Yes, protein is important when practicing intermittent fasting. Eating an adequate amount of protein during your eating window is be beneficial for two reasons:

1. Satiety: Protein is more satiating than carbs or fats, meaning it helps you feel fuller for longer. This, in turn, reduces hunger pangs and cravings during fasting periods.

2. Muscle preservation: When you are in a calorie deficit during intermittent fasting, there is a risk of muscle loss. Consuming enough protein can help preserve muscle mass.

When it comes to protein sources, dietary protein sources like eggs, fish, and meat are recommended. Some people, like those with dietary restrictions, can struggle to eat enough protein this way, however. This is where protein powder can help.


Can I take protein powder during intermittent fasting?

Protein powder can be a great addition to your intermittent fasting routine. It is first and foremost a convenient source of protein, especially for individuals who struggle to meet their protein needs. Moreover, replacing a meal, or part of a meal with a protein shake can help you create a calorie deficit, which is key if you are trying to lose weight

When you use protein powder during intermittent fasting will depend on your personal preferences and the specific fasting protocol you are following. Here are a few considerations to help you decide:

1. During eating window: If you are following a fasting protocol such as the 16/8 method where you have an 8-hour eating window, you can consume your protein shake as a part of your meal or snack during that time. If you do not like shakes, you can also add protein powder to oatmeal, yogurt, and other recipes for an easy protein boost.

2. At the beginning of the eating window: If you exercise during your fasting period, you may consider exercising at the end of the fasting window and drinking a protein shake immediately thereafter. This can provide your body with the necessary amino acids to support muscle recovery and growth without breaking your fast.

3. At the end of the eating window: Drinking a protein shake near the end of your eating window can help curb cravings during the fasting period.

Ultimately, the decision of when to drink a protein shake during intermittent fasting depends on your specific goals, preferences, and the guidelines of your chosen fasting protocol. It is important to clarify that you may not use protein powder while fasting, as doing so would break your fast. 


What is the best protein powder for intermittent fasting?

Any type of protein powder (egg white, pea, whey, etc.) can help you boost your protein intake, and as long as you eat a balanced diet, no one type of protein is particularly better than another. In other words, the dietary protein source you choose does not matter. What does matter, however, are the other ingredients in your protein powder. Unfortunately, most protein powders are made with a cocktail of nasty ingredients like emulsifiers, thickeners, flavors, and sugar substitutes, all of which can cause painful side effects and long term gut health issues. 

Did you know that regularly eating certain food additives can alter the composition of your gut microbiome? Your gut microbiome is the collection of microorganisms living in your gut. It helps you digest and absorb the food you eat, and plays a key role in many other physiological processes. An altered gut microbiome, also known as a dysbiotic gut microbiome, is therefore not something you want to tangle with. In fact, research shows that gut dysbiosis is a leading cause of inflammation in the body, and linked to the onset and progression of several chronic diseases.

It follows that the best protein powder for intermittent fasting is one made with a short list of simple ingredients. Basically, the more your protein powder looks like real food, the better it is for your gut and overall health. It is worth mentioning that intermittent fasting has been shown to improve the diversity and composition of the gut microbiome in certain individuals. What a shame it would be to reverse this process by adding a protein powder full of junk to your diet.

Why drink wholesome

drink wholesome is additive-free.

One of the reasons why we make the best protein powder for intermittent fasting is that we do not use food additives. As you just learned, many additives, in addition to messing with your gut microbiome, can cause unpleasant side effects.

For instance, most additives are hard to digest because they are not real food. This means they spend extra time in your gut, feeding your hungry gut bacteria. Gut bacteria release gas as they eat, so more time to chow means more gas. As you might imagine, too much intestinal gas can cause bloating, flatulence, and stomach pain. It can also slow down food as it passes through your colon, leading to constipation.

In some cases, partially digested food additives have the exact opposite effect, causing your colon to absorb too much water. This can trigger osmotic diarrhea, so you may now have something to blame for those post-protein shake trips to the bathroom!

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

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, maltodextrin, mono- and diglycerides, ‘natural’ flavors, rice bran extract, rice dextrin, rice hulls, rosemary extract, silica, silicon dioxide, sodium alginate, sodium bicarbonate, soluble corn fiber, soy lecithin, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, tocopherols, tricalcium phosphate, xanthan gum, xylitol, zinc oxide

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 intermittent fasting protein powder is that we do not use whey and casein. These dairy-based proteins contain lactose, a sugar that most adults cannot fully break down. For this reason, it is notorious for causing nasty digestive issues. 

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drink wholesome is made with real foods.

A final reason why we make the best protein powder for intermittent fasting is that we do not use protein concentrates or isolates. Nearly every single other protein supplement is made from one or both of these protein sources, which undergo extreme processing. Protein concentrates or isolates are mechanically or chemically stripped of their non protein components, making them look nothing like real food.

Your gut is designed to break down minimally or unprocessed real foods, not protein concentrates or isolates. This is why research shows that regularly eating ingredients like these can alter your gut microbiome. Once again, a dysbiotic gut microbiome is a health nightmare.

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Instead of using protein concentrates or isolates, we make the best intermittent fasting protein powder with egg whites and almonds. These simple, whole food protein sources are a gut-friendly alternative to protein isolates and concentrates.

For starters, both egg whites and almonds come equipped with enzymes that help you break them down. Protein isolates and concentrates, on the contrary, have been stripped of these natural digestive aids. Almonds are also prebiotic, meaning they improve the composition of your gut microbiome.

Egg whites, on the other hand, are low FODMAP, alkaline (maintaining healthy pH levels in your gut), and bioactive (promoting the growth of good gut bacteria). This is why our customers have fewer digestive problems with our egg white protein powder than with any other type of protein supplement.

In conclusion, we make protein powders with a short list of gut-friendly ingredients so you can boost your protein intake while intermittent fasting without compromising your gut health.

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“I like drink wholesome because of how filling it is. 1 serving is enough to keep me full until lunch. If you’re trying to cut back on snacking, I recommend adding some protein to your breakfast. It has made a huge difference for me.” – Monica

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