The Best Slow Digesting Vegan Protein Powder

What is the best slow digesting vegan protein powder? 

Drink Wholesome is the best slow digesting vegan protein powder because it is made with 100% real foods. Our vegan vanilla protein powder, for example, is made with chickpeas, coconut, vanilla, and monk fruit. Ingredients like these are not only better for you, but also better tasting. Order samples to see for yourself.

Drink Wholesome is the best slow digesting vegan protein powder.

What does slow-digesting mean? 

Slow-digesting refers to both the speed at which food passes through the stomach and small intestine, and 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, and digestion speed can affect protein retention and synthesis. In other words, different types of dietary protein trigger different metabolic responses, ie. muscle adaptations. 

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 has also shown that slow-digesting protein promotes postprandial (post-meal) protein deposition more than fast-digesting protein. Protein deposition occurs when protein synthesis exceeds protein breakdown, and refers to the laying of protein in tissue. A higher rate of protein deposition results in greater changes in body composition (more muscle growth). If you are using a protein supplement to gain weight or build muscle, this may be a good reason to choose a slow-digesting protein. 

Why chickpeas? 

The main ingredient in our protein powders is chickpeas. Chickpeas are digested and absorbed by the body slowly. This does not mean that chickpeas are hard to digest. It simply means that they take longer to pass through the stomach and intestine, and that they deliver amino acids to the body for longer than other proteins. 

The reason why chickpeas are slow digesting is that they are high in soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is digested slowly because it retains water and increases in size, which causes it to move slowly through the digestive tract. 

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“This is hands down the best tasting vegan protein powder I’ve tried. I picked Drink Wholesome because I have a sensitive stomach and I honestly didn’t expect it to taste very good. Boy was I wrong. It has a great flavor, it mixes well, and it doesn’t make me run to the bathroom like every other protein powder I’ve used.” – Charles

Why Drink Wholesome? 

Drink Wholesome is additive-free. Most protein powders, on the other hand, are full of food additives, ingredients added to protein powder to improve characteristics like taste and texture. 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.

First of all, because food additives are heavily processed and look nothing like real foods, we can have trouble digesting them. As a result, they sit in our guts for longer and ferment. Fermentation produces gas, which can cause bloating, cramps, and stomach pain. Gas also slows colonic transit and can lead to constipation. In the long term, food additives can disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine and cause the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders.

What exactly are food additives?

As a rule of thumb, food additives are ingredients that you cannot pronounce. Not sure what to look for? Here is a list of the most food common 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 *Natural flavors are NOT natural

You may have noticed that this list includes several artificial sweeteners. Some artificial sweeteners may be bad for the stomach because they alter the composition of our gut microbiota, the collection of microorganisms that help us digest food. This can lead to serious stomach pain and widespread inflammation. Other artificial sweeteners, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, can cause diarrhea because they draw water into the gut. Avoid artificial sweeteners whenever possible.

Avoid protein concentrates and isolates.

Finding an additive-free, dairy-free protein powder is hard. Finding an additive-free, dairy-free protein powder that actually tastes good is next to impossible. Why? Most protein powders, especially plant-based protein powders, are made with protein concentrates and isolates, foods chemically and/or mechanically stripped of everything but the protein. 

Protein concentrates and isolates are listed as “pea protein” and “soy protein” as opposed to “peas” and “soy.” Unlike real foods, they are missing the nutrients – healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, etc. – that make food taste good. If you have ever had a protein shake with a chalky aftertaste, you know exactly what I am talking about. 

Why real foods?

Real foods are foods close to nature. They consist of a single ingredient and have undergone little to no processing. The main real food ingredient in our vegan protein powders is chickpeas. Chickpeas are simply dried and ground before becoming protein powder. Unlike protein concentrates and isolates, they have a neutral flavor, smooth mouthfeel, and little to no aftertaste. 

Protein powder should taste good. Remember, it is just food. If you find yourself choking down your protein shake, you are missing out. Life is too short for protein powders with a chalky aftertaste. Moreover, if consuming protein powder is a chore, it is not sustainable in the long term. A diet is not a six-week affair, it is for life. Think twice before spending your hard-earned dollars on a supplement that tastes bad.

Again, Drink Wholesome is the best slow digesting vegan protein powder because it is made with 100% real foods. Our vegan peanut butter chocolate protein powder, for example, is made with chickpeas, coconut, peanuts, cocoa, and monk fruit. Ingredients like these are not only better for you, but also better tasting. Order samples to see for yourself.

Drink Wholesome is the best slow digesting vegan protein powder.


You are reading a post by Drink Wholesome, a small business from New Hampshire. Drink Wholesome has taken a fundamentally better approach to protein powder by using 100% real food ingredients. Ingredients like these are not only better for you, but also better tasting. Sick of protein powders that upset your stomach? Sick of protein powders with a terrible aftertaste? Order samples to see if Drink Wholesome is right for you. 

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 

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