What is the best protein powder for thyroid patients?

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

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Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

Who are thyroid patients?

Thyroid patients are people with a medical condition that affects the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck that produces hormones that regulate bodily functions like metabolism, heart rate, and body temperature. There are several different types of thyroid conditions, including:

-hypothyroidism: a condition in which the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone.

-hyperthyroidism: a condition in which the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone.

-thyroiditis: inflammation of the thyroid gland, which can cause temporary hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

-thyroid nodules: growths on the thyroid gland that may be benign or cancerous.

-thyroid cancer: a type of cancer that develops in the thyroid gland.

Thyroid patients may require medical treatment such as thyroid hormone replacement therapy, surgery, or radioactive iodine therapy depending on their specific condition and symptoms.

Is protein powder good for thyroid patients?

The protein requirements for thyroid patients are generally the same as for individuals without thyroid conditions. That said, thyroid hormones play a vital role in regulating metabolism, including the metabolism of protein.

In individuals with an under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism), the metabolism may slow down, making it harder for the body to process protein. In such cases, the recommended protein intake may need to be slightly higher than for individuals without thyroid disorders to maintain muscle mass and support other body functions. On the other hand, individuals with an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) may require more protein to support the increased metabolic rate associated with their condition.

Thyroid patients should try to get as much protein as they can from protein sources like eggs, fish, and meat. People with dietary restrictions and reduced appetite may have a hard time meeting their protein needs this way, however, which is where protein powder can help.

Adding a scoop of protein powder to your diet is an easy way to ensure that you are eating enough protein and managing your symptoms. 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. This means that a 150 pound person should be eating at least 54 grams of protein. Use our Daily Protein Intake Calculator to find out how much protein you need.


Can too much protein cause thyroid problems?

There is currently no evidence suggesting that consuming too much protein can directly cause thyroid problems. That said, certain types of high protein diets may indirectly affect thyroid function in some people.

Diets that are extremely low in carbohydrates and high in protein, for example, may cause the body to produce less thyroid hormone. This is because carbohydrates are needed for the body to convert the inactive form of thyroid hormone (T4) to the active form (T3). Without enough carbohydrates, the body may not be able to make enough T3, which can lead to symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Moreover, diets that are very high in protein may also increase the body’s need for iodine, a mineral essential for thyroid function. If a person is not getting enough iodine in their diet, consuming excessive amounts of protein may further increase their risk of developing iodine deficiency and subsequent thyroid problems.


What is the best protein powder for thyroid patients?

Research has found that certain protein powders can affect your hormone levels. Whey protein powders, for example, have been shown to interfere with thyroxine absorption. Thyroxine is the main hormone secreted into the bloodstream by the thyroid gland. The exact mechanism by which whey protein powder interferes with thyroxine absorption is unclear, but research has shown that it can interfere with thyroid hormone transporters in the intestines.

Researchers admit that other ingredients in whey protein powders, not the whey protein itself, may be the problem. For instance, they think that soy lecithin (an emulsifier) may contribute to impaired thyroxine absorption. This actually makes a lot of sense because food additives can disrupt the endocrine system – the system of glands that make hormones. Specifically, food additives can disrupt your hormone-gut microbiome axis, the two-way biochemical signaling pathway between the microorganisms in your gut and your endocrine system.

In short, the type and amount of protein that you eat should not affect your hormones. Food additives, on the other hand, are a different story. Accumulating evidence suggests that food additives can alter the composition of your gut microbiome, which has a huge impact on your hormonal environment. It follows that the best protein powder for thyroid patients is additive-free.

Why drink wholesome

drink wholesome is additive-free.

One of the reasons why we make the best protein powder for thyroid patients is that we do not use food additives. As you just learned, food additives can disrupt your gut microbiome and endocrine system. 

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

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 made with real foods.

Another reason why we make the best protein powder for thyroid patients is that we do not use protein concentrates or isolates. Almost every other protein powder is made from one or both of these protein sources.

Protein concentrates and isolates have been stripped of everything but the protein. They undergo lots of mechanical and chemical processing, sometimes with solvents like hexane. What you eat therefore looks nothing like real food.

Your gut is designed to digest minimally or unprocessed or real foods, not protein concentrates or isolates. This is why more and more research is finding that regularly eating ingredients like these can alter the composition and function of your gut microbiome. Again, an altered gut microbiome is the last thing you want if you have thyroid problems.

Instead of using protein concentrates or isolates, we make the best protein powder for thyroid patients with egg whites and almonds. Simple ingredients like these are a gut-healthy alternative to protein concentrates and isolates. 

Unlike protein isolates and concentrates, egg whites and almonds contain enzymes that help you break them down. Egg whites are also low in fiber, low FODMAP, alkaline (maintaining healthy pH levels in your gut), and bioactive (promoting the growth of good gut bacteria). In fact, our happy customers report fewer digestive issues with our egg white protein powder than with any other type of protein supplement.

For those who cannot eat eggs, our vegan almond protein powder is the best plant-based protein powder for thyroid patients. Almonds are prebiotic, meaning they improve the diversity of the gut microbiome. They also promote regular and healthy bowel movements. In summary, our protein powders, because they are made with a short list of simple ingredients, are safe for those with thyroid problems. 


simple and delicious

“I have thyroid cancer and had my thyroid taken out. Since then Ive been severely hyperthyroid. I started working out some weeks ago to help myself feel better and found out quickly how hard whey proteins are on my system due to my diagnosis. DrinkWholesome is the first protein powder Ive found that is not only delicious but makes me feel good. Id love to share that with my thyroid community.” – Alexandra

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