What is the best slow digesting vegan protein powder? 

drink wholesome is the best slow digesting vegan protein powder. It is made with simple, easy to digest ingredients. Order samples to see for yourself.


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drink wholesome is the best slow digesting vegan protein powder.

What does slow-digesting mean? 

Slow-digesting refers the speed at which food passes through the digestive tract, as well as the speed at which amino acids (the building blocks of protein) are absorbed by the body. Different types of dietary protein are digested at different rates. According to a study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, amino acids (the building blocks of protein) are absorbed at the rate of 1.3 grams to 10 grams an hour. 20 grams of a fast digesting protein might therefore only take 2 hours to digest, whereas 20 grams of a slow digesting protein might take 15+ hours to digest.

Why slow-digesting? 

For starters, foods that take longer to digest make you feel full for longer. In the short-term, they can curb your cravings and prevent overeating. In the long-term, they can help with weight loss. 

Research suggests that the speed of protein digestion and amino acid absorption from the gut affects postprandial metabolic response, which is a fancy term for the complicated physiological process that breaks down food into glucose (sugar), fatty acids (fats), and amino acids (protein) and supplies your muscles with fuel. Slow-digesting protein is found to inhibit muscle protein breakdown, whereas fast-digesting is found to promote muscle protein synthesis. In other words, slow-digesting dietary protein slows the process of breaking down muscles and fast-digesting dietary protein helps with building muscles.There are therefore possible metabolic advantages to eating both slow and fast-digesting proteins.

Why almond protein? 

Almonds are a great source of slow-digesting protein. They are rich in healthy fats and fiber, which slow the absorption of amino acids.

We prefer almonds to other plant protein sources because they are easier to digest. Our customers have experienced fewer digestive issues with almond protein than with any other plant protein. Moreover, research suggests that almonds can improve the diversity and composition of the gut microbiome. Research also suggests that almonds possess prebiotic properties, meaning they stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.

Finally, almond protein has a roasted almond flavor and smooth texture that far surpasses the chalky, gritty nature of most plant proteins. It can be mixed with cold milk or water, or added to smoothies and oatmeal for a delicious protein boost.

Why drink wholesome?

Our protein powders are additive-free, dairy-free, and made with real foods, not protein isolates. They are perfect for people with gut issues and sensitive stomachs, as well as for people just looking to boost their protein intake without the processing and added junk.  Keep reading to learn more about why our ingredients make a huge difference.

There are two types of protein shakes, ready-to-drink (store-bought) protein shakes, and protein shakes made with protein powder. In order to make a protein shake with protein powder, you have to mix the powder with milk or water. This requires a blender or shake bottle, and a little extra time and effort. It follows that many people buy ready-to-drink protein shakes instead of protein powder because they value convenience. If they knew what they were drinking, however, they would probably vomit. 

Ready-to-drink protein shakes are full of food additives like emulsifiers, stabilizers, and thickeners. Ingredients like these improve characteristics like shelf stability and texture. Although this sounds like a good thing, food additives can cause side effects like bloating and diarrhea. This is one of the reasons why I recommend that you make your own protein shakes with protein powder (I will get to the other reasons later). Unfortunately, however, not all protein powders are created equal, and many contain the same additives found in ready-to-drink protein shakes. Keep reading to learn more about the top protein powder ingredients to avoid. 

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Avoid food additives.

Again, most ready-to drink protein shakes and many protein powders are full of food additives. Although not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, additives can add up quickly (especially if you drink a protein shake every day) and cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects like bloating, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and stomach pain. This is because food additives are, generally speaking, hard to digest. They sit in your gut for longer than food should, which gives your gut bacteria more time to eat. As they eat, these bacteria produce gas, which causes bloating and stomach pain. Gas also slows colonic transit (the amount of time it takes food to travel through the colon) and can lead to constipation.

In the long term, food additives can disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine, which can result in the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders. Artificial sweeteners are among the most harmful additives in the long term as they alter the composition of your gut microbiota (the collection of microorganisms that help you digest food). This can lead to serious, chronic GI problems, widespread inflammation, and permanent damage to the gut microbiome. Some sweeteners, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, are also poorly absorbed by the gut (meaning they feed those hungry gut bacteria) and cause diarrhea because they draw water into your intestine. Now you finally 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 powder:

acacia gum, acesulfame potassium, artificial flavors, aspartame, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dextrose, erythritol, gellan gum, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, “natural” flavors, maltodextrin, rice syrup solids, soy lecithin, silica, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, xanthan gum, xylitol

When it comes to identifying food additives, go with your gut. 😉 As a rule of thumb, they are the ingredients that you cannot pronounce. Food additives are not the only thing to look out for when buying a slow digesting protein shake, however. There are several other ingredients that can upset your stomach.

our ingredients: 

egg whites, coconut, cocoa, monk fruit

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.

*This is the actual ingredient list of one of the best-selling protein powders in the United States.

Avoid protein concentrates and isolates.

Finding an additive-free, dairy-free protein powder is hard. Finding an additive-free, dairy-free protein powder made with real foods is next to impossible. Why? Most protein powders are made with protein concentrates and isolates, foods stripped of everything but the protein. They are listed on the ingredient list as “pea protein,” for example, as opposed to “peas.” We will not go into the details, but protein concentrates and isolates undergo heavy mechanical and chemical processing before becoming protein powder. Sometimes, manufacturers use chemical solvents like hexane to isolate (separate) the protein from the food. This means that what you end up putting into your body looks nothing like real food. The problem with ingredients that look nothing like real food is that they are hard to digest; your gut always prefers the real thing, not some heavily-processed imitation.

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Again, instead of protein concentrates or isolates, we use almonds. Almonds are simply roasted, pressed, and ground before becoming protein powder. Unlike protein concentrates or isolates, they still contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, and other nutrients like calcium and vitamin E.


“I just finished my first bag and ordered 2 more! I Iove this stuff! I have IBS and every protein powder hurts my stomach…except drink wholesome!”


Why drink wholesome

Our protein powders are additive-free, dairy-free, and made with real foods, not protein isolates. They are perfect for people with gut issues and sensitive stomachs, as well as for people just looking to boost their protein intake without the processing and added junk.

Again, drink wholesome is the best slow digesting vegan protein powder. It is made with simple, easy to digest ingredients. Order samples to see for yourself.

drink wholesome is the best slow digesting vegan protein powder.

Hi, my name is Jack. I created drink wholesome because I was sick of protein powders that upset my stomach. drink wholesome is handmade in Plymouth, MA. 

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. drink wholesome is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.