Vegan Protein Powder Headache?

Vegan protein powder headache?

Vegan protein powder headache? Switch to Drink Wholesome. It is made by hand in the USA 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.

Vegan protein powder headache? Switch to Drink Wholesome.

Can protein powder give you a headache?

Some people get headaches when they consume protein powder. Symptoms range from dizziness to severe migraines. Here is a one popular theory as to why protein powder is messing with your head.

Artificial sweeteners may be to blame. 

Protein powders may give people headaches because they contain artificial sweeteners, synthetic sugar substitutes. Artificial sweeteners are popular because of their intense sweetness. A pinch of sucralose, for example, can be used to achieve the same amount of sweetness as several tablespoons of sugar. This allows food manufacturers to reduce both calories and sugar, which explains why so most vegan protein powders use artificial sweeteners. 

Despite their obvious benefits, artificial sweeteners have a number of drawbacks, one of which is that they are associated with headaches. Although there is little scientific evidence that proves artificial sweeteners cause headaches – a number of studies have examined the link, but only a handful have found a positive correlation – anecdotal evidence has linked artificial sweeteners to headaches and many people swear that they can cause migraines. 

What to avoid…

If you experience migraines or headaches often, play it safe and choose a protein powder without artificial sweeteners. Not sure what to look for? Here is list of the most common artificial sweeteners used in protein powders:

acesulfame potassium, aspartame, erythritol, neotame, saccharin, sucralose, xylitol

Why artificial sweeteners might cause headaches is unknown, but we do know why artificial sweeteners cause other side effects. For instance artificial sweeteners cause to serious stomach pain and widespread inflammation because they alter the composition of our gut microbiota, the collection of microorganisms that help us digest food. It is therefore possible that we have simply not yet discovered why artificial sweeteners mess with our heads. 

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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

Instead of artificial sweeteners, we use monk fruit.

Monk fruit, also known as lo han guo, is a small, melon-like round fruit native to Southeast Asia. Monk fruit sweetener is made by removing the seeds and skin, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice, which is then dried into a powder. The compounds that give monk fruit its sweetness are called mogrosides. Unlike sugar, mogrosides are not absorbed in the upper gastrointestinal tract. One serving of monk fruit sweetener therefore contains virtually zero calories per serving. 

If monk fruit is so great, however, then why do so few protein powders use monk fruit? The answer is price. Monk fruit is expensive, far more expensive than sugar, artificial sweeteners, or natural sweeteners like stevia.

What about stevia?

We do not use stevia for several reasons. First of all, unlike monk fruit, stevia does not taste like sugar. It has a bitter (metallic) aftertaste that will make your protein shake taste like Sweet’N Low. 

Another reason why we do not use stevia is because it is often processed with nasty chemicals like ethanol. This makes it barely more natural than the artificial sweeteners it seeks to replace. A recent class action lawsuit filed in California argued that stevia should not be considered natural, owing to the “chemical processing” used to extract it from the stevia leaf. A $6.1 million final settlement was reached as it was ruled that the company in question falsely labeled and advertised its stevia sweeteners as made primarily from all-natural ingredients.

Drink Wholesome is the ONLY protein powder 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.

Protein powder headache? Switch to Drink Wholesome.


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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