What is the best protein powder that’s easy on the stomach?

drink wholesome makes protein powder that’s easy on the stomach with a short list of simple ingredients. It is perfect for people with people with sensitive stomachs and gut issues, as well as those just looking for a protein boost without the extra processing and added junk. Order samples to see if our easy on the stomach protein powder protein powder is right for you. 

Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN


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How to pick a protein powder that’s easy on the stomach

What does ‘easy on the stomach’ mean?

If food is easy on the stomach, then it is easy to digest. This means that it passes through your digestive tract without causing any side effects. People with sensitive stomachs and gut issues are always looking for foods that are easy on the stomach, often as a way to manage symptoms.

Knowing what foods are easy on the stomach is especially important if you have trouble digesting certain forms of fats, carbohydrates, and protein. Common foods that are really easy to digest include white bread, white rice, bananas, and eggs. 


Why are many protein powders not easy on the stomach?

Most protein powders are NOT easy on the stomach, and can cause bloating, diarrhea, and a host of other painful gastrointestinal (GI) side effects. The reason why has little to do with the type of protein, and lots to do with added emulsifiers, thickeners, flavors, and sugar substitutes. To put it simply, ingredients like these are hard to digest because they look nothing like real food.


What protein powder is easy on the stomach?

It is important to mention that most dairy-based proteins like whey and casein are not easy on the stomach. If you use whey or casein protein, and are unhappy with how it makes you feel, it is time to try a different type of protein powder.

If you are not using whey or casein protein, however, and experience side effects, then you are going to need to take a close look at the ingredient list. Any more than a handful of ingredients is a bad sign, and ingredients that you cannot pronounce are probably going to upset your stomach. 

As a rule of thumb, you want a short list of simple ingredients, as short and simple generally means easy on the stomach. Keep reading to learn why.

drink wholesome is the best protein powder that’s easy on the stomach.

drink wholesome is additive-free.

One of the reasons why we make protein powder that’s easy on the stomach is that we do not use food additives. In contrast, most other protein powders contain a cocktail of emulsifiers, thickeners, artificial sweeteners, and flavors. Even in small quantities, additives can cause gastrointestinal (GI) issues like bloating, diarrhea, and stomach pain, especially for individuals with digestive problems.

Because they do not look like real foods, additives are only partially broken down during digestion. This can lead to one of two outcomes: either your intestines absorb excess water (diarrhea), or the additives feed your gut bacteria. Gut bacteria release gas as they eat, and excessive gas can cause bloating, flatulence, stomach pain, and even constipation.

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 real problem with consuming additives, however, is their potential to cause long-term gut health problems. Regardless of whether you have existing gut problems or not, consistently eating food additives can disrupt regulatory pathways in your intestines. This increases the likelihood of developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders.

Food additives, particularly artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols, can also disturb the delicate balance of your gut microbiome, impacting your ability to digest and absorb nutrients. When you think about this, this practically defeats the point of using protein powder in the first place. 

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 easy on the stomach protein powder is that we do not use dairy-based proteins. As you just learned, whey and casein are notorious for causing digestive issues because they contain lactose, sugar that one-third of adults cannot fully digest. 

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drink wholesome is made with real foods.

A final reason why we make protein powder that’s easy on the stomach is that we use real food proteins, not protein concentrates or isolates. Nearly all other protein powders use one or both of these protein sources, which have been stripped of everything except the protein.

The manufacturing of protein concentrates and isolates involves extensive mechanical and chemical processing. In some cases, chemical solvents such as hexane are used to extract the protein from its natural source, so what you add to your protein shake looks nothing like real food.

Your digestive system is designed to handle minimally-processed or unprocessed whole foods, not protein concentrates and isolates. It follows that regularly eating refined ingredients like these can disrupt the balance of your gut microbiome, which is bad news for someone with pre-existing gut issues.

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Instead of using protein concentrates or isolates, we use egg whites and almonds. These minimally-processed ingredients are much easier on the stomach.

Unlike protein isolates and concentrates, real foods like egg whites and almonds contain enzymes that help you break the down. Egg whites are also low in fiber and FODMAPs, balance the pH levels in your gut, and promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria. Our customers report fewer digestive issues with our egg white protein powder than with any other protein supplement.

For those who follow a vegan lifestyle or cannot consume eggs, our vegan almond protein powder is an excellent alternative. Almonds possess prebiotic effects, nourishing the diversity and composition of the gut microbiome. They can also contribute to healthy and regular bowel movements.

In conclusion, our protein powders undergo minimal processing to prioritize the well-being of your gut. They are easy on the stomach and one of the safest ways to boost your protein intake.


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“Having tried my fair share of protein blends. This one is definitely at the top of my preferences. Digest easily as well as tastes and mixes great.” – Safe

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