What is the best SIBO friendly protein powder?
Drink Wholesome is the best SIBO friendly protein powder. It is made (by hand in the USA) with 100% real foods – no chalky protein isolates, no added junk, just real foods.
What is SIBO?
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) occurs when there is an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, particularly of types of bacteria that normally grow in other parts of the gut. This overgrowth causes stomach pain and diarrhea and in severe cases can lead to malnutrition and eventually weight loss.
SIBO is associated with several chronic conditions and can be a complication of abdominal surgery. The most common treatment is antibiotics. That said, although antibiotics can decrease the number of bacteria in the small intestine, they will not address the underlying issue that caused SIBO in the first place. This is why antibiotics are often paired with changes to diet.
There are several key ingredients to a SIBO diet and one of them is protein.
As mentioned above, getting enough protein is important because SIBO can impair your ability to absorb nutrients from food. One of these nutrients is protein. It is therefore imperative that you eat enough protein, 1-2 grams per kilogram of body weight, per day.
We recommend that you get as much protein as you can from normal food. This may be challenging, however, which is where protein powder comes in. Protein powder is an easy way to boost your intake and ensure that you are meeting your protein goals. It can be added to smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, and even baking. That said, not all protein powders are created equal.
Most protein powders are loaded with food additives like artificial and “natural” flavors, colors, preservatives, anti-caking and gelling agents, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and thickeners. These are all ingredients to avoid if you have SIBO. Artificial sweeteners in particular should be avoided. Research has shown that they can alter our intestinal microbiota and aggravate symptoms.
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.
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, which are 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. They therefore taste like chalk. Protein isolates are listed on the ingredient list as “whey protein,” “pea protein,” and “soy protein,” as opposed to “milk,” “peas,” and “soybeans.”
The best SIBO protein powder should taste good. Protein powder is just food and food that does not taste good is less likely to be eaten, which defeats the purpose of buying it in the first place. Spend your hard earned dollars on something that does not taste like chalk.
Drink Wholesome is the only protein powder made with 100% real foods, foods close to nature. It therefore better for you and better tasting.
The main ingredient in our protein powders is egg whites. Egg whites are safe for someone with SIBO and the egg whites 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.
In case you were wondering, egg whites are a complete source of protein, meaning that they contain all nine essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own. Moreover, the bioavailability of the protein in egg whites – the ability of the body to absorb and use it – is comparable to that of whey protein. This arguably makes egg white protein powder the best SIBO protein powder from a nutritional standpoint.
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.