What are the best protein supplements for dialysis patients?
Drink Wholesome makes the best protein supplements for dialysis patients. They are made (by hand in the USA) with 100% real foods – no chalky protein isolates, no added junk, just real foods.
If you are beginning hemodialysis, you are likely going to make several lifestyle changes. One of the most common changes is increasing the amount of protein in your diet. Not only does protein play an essential role in the creation and maintenance of every cell in our bodies, but dialysis also removes proteins from the blood. This means that your protein needs are now higher than they were before the treatment began.
If you do not eat enough protein to make up for what is lost during dialysis treatment, your body will break down muscles to get the protein it needs. This can lead to weight loss, fatigue, and put you at higher risk for infection. It is therefore imperative that you find ways to increase the amount of protein in your diet.
Before moving on, it is important to acknowledge that protein supplements should not replace normal food. Whenever possible, you should eat balanced, nutritious meals. For most people, this should be more than enough to cover their protein needs. Some people may need an extra protein boost, however. This is where protein supplements come into play.
There are two types of protein supplements, ready-to-drink protein shakes and protein powder. We recommend the latter because almost all liquid protein supplement for dialysis patients contain food additives. You want to steer clear of products made with ingredients like these. At best they have little to no nutritional value and at worst they can upset your stomach.
Although food additives are not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, they can add up quickly, especially if you drink 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 discomfort.
Unfortunately, many protein powders also contain food additives. You therefore must read the ingredient label. As a rule of thumb, avoid ingredients you cannot pronounce or find in your kitchen.
Not sure what to look for? Here is a list of the most common additives in protein powder:
acacia gum, acesulfame potassium, artificial flavors, aspartame, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dextrose, erythritol, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, “natural” flavors, maltodextrin, rice syrup solids, soy lecithin, silica, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, xanthan gum, xylitol
*Natural flavors are NOT natural.
Finding an additive-free protein powder is hard. Finding an additive-free protein powder that actually tastes good is next to impossible. This is because most protein powders are made with protein isolates stripped of everything but the protein.
Unlike real foods, protein isolates are missing the healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and other nutrients that make food taste good. If you have ever had a chalky protein shake, you know exactly what I am talking about.
Protein isolates are listed on the ingredient list as “whey protein,” “pea protein,” and “soy protein,” as opposed to “milk,” “peas,” and “soybeans.”
It goes without saying that you want a protein powder that tastes good. This is because protein powder is just food and food that does not taste good does not get eaten, which defeats the purpose of buying it in the first place. Think twice before spending your hard earned dollars on a supplement that tastes like chalk. Avoid protein isolates.
Although high dietary protein intake is associated with better outcomes for dialysis patients, high-protein foods may increase dietary phosphorus burden, which is associated with worse outcomes. This is one of the main reasons why we recommend egg white protein powders for renal patients.
Research has shown that egg whites can be an effective way to increase serum protein and lower serum phosphorus. In other words, egg white protein is a great option for someone looking to boost their protein intake and limit the amount of phosphorus in their diet. This is because egg white protein has one of the lowest phosphorus to protein ratios.
Be sure to consult your healthcare provider about your specific nutrition needs as they may vary depending on the type of dialysis treatment that you receive.
Drink Wholesome is the only protein powder made with 100% real foods, foods close to nature. Protein isolates and food additives are not real foods, not even close. Each serving contains 20 grams of protein, most of which comes from pasteurized egg whites. This is why Drink Wholesome makes the best protein supplements for renal patients.
The egg whites that we use are particularly delicious because they were broken, pasteurized, and dried less than twenty four hours from when they were laid. The result is a flavor without the saltiness or sulfur “eggy” notes typical of eggs. Order samples to see for yourself.
Remember, protein powder is just food and the thing that matters most is the ingredients. Be wary of companies that claim to make “dialysis protein powder” or “renal protein powder.” They use the same cheap ingredients as every other company. Do not pay extra for packaging.
You are reading an article by Drink Wholesome, a small company from New Hampshire. Drink Wholesome has taken a fundamentally better approach to protein powder by using 100% real food ingredients. Research suggests that ingredients like these are better for you than the highly processed food additives found in most protein supplements. They are also far better tasting than the chalky protein isolates that you are probably used to. Order samples to see for yourself.
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider.