Protein Powder: How Digestible is it?  

No matter what health and diet regimen you follow, most people agree on the importance of protein in the diet. Protein builds and fixes tissue, generates hormones and enzymes, and builds all the vital parts of the body including blood, bones, skin, cartilage, and muscles. The amount of protein you need varies depending on age, weight, exercise levels, and stress but everyone needs it to survive.

Although keeping protein levels in check is essential to good health, many diets don’t provide enough protein to maintain well-being or supply the levels needed to achieve desired changes in your overall appearance and wellness. Protein powders are easy diet supplements that can be mixed into beverages and food to boost your levels to preferred points, however, sometimes digesting them is challenging.

Typical Digestion Problems

If you experience discomfort every time you have a protein powder infused beverage, it can be attributed to several factors. Luckily for you, most of them are easy to remedy. Usually, it just takes finding a good substitution for your favorite protein powder. Sometimes the solution is to alter the way the powder is prepared and ingested.

Lactose Intolerance

If you suffer from lactose intolerance, you probably mix your protein supplements with non-dairy milk or just plain water. However, if the supplement contains whey or casein, both derived from cow’s milk, you will likely have digestive problems. Choose a protein powder with a whey protein isolate, which only has trace amounts of lactose. If digestion is still troublesome, find a lactase protein powder or explore alternative sources of protein.

Low-Carb Protein Supplements

This type of protein powder is slow to enter the bloodstream because protein takes more time than carbohydrates to assimilate into your system. While it sits in your stomach, you can suffer from painful gas build-up, uncomfortable bloating, or nausea. Casein is the protein powder can further hinder easy digestion. Find a protein powder that has a more evenhanded percentage of protein and carbohydrates, or try a supplement with whey or soy, both of which digest faster and easier.

Sugar Alcohol

Producers of protein supplements know that the better their powder tastes, the more they will sell. Since sugar is viewed as evil by many, they sweeten their products with sugar alcohol, low-cal substitutes for natural sugar. While these additives add sweetness and body to the ingredients they are mixed with, they can also cause bouts of diarrhea. Check the label of your favorite protein powder and if any of the ingredients end in “-itol” then sugar alcohol may be causing your problem. Switching to a powder with minimal amounts of real sugar or lower concentrations of sugar alcohol may eliminate the issue.

Air May Be the Culprit

One of the aspects of protein shakes people like the most is the thick foamy consistency similar to an old-fashioned milkshake. However, the air bubbles in that healthy concoction could be working against your enjoyment. When you combine protein powder in a blender along with ice cubes, milk, or non-dairy milk, or water to achieve that creamy beverage, air is the magic that makes it happen. The air hits your stomach and slowly dissipates as the shake is digested, often causing cramps, gas, and bloating. You can easily solve this problem by gently shaking the ingredients in a jar or shaker bottle until the ingredients are just fully incorporated and virtually bubble-free. Choose a protein powder that’s promoted as easily mixable for best results. You may miss the bubbles, but you won’t experience the related side effects.

Egg-White

Egg-white protein powder contains a concerted amount of the egg white part of the egg, dehydrated, and turned into a powder. Egg protein is comparatively easy to absorb and requires minimal processing. Even if you don’t suffer from lactose intolerance, whey and casein may hinder smooth digestive processes. Egg-white protein has very close levels of protein per serving as whey and casein varieties, 25 grams of protein in a 30-gram serving. They assimilate at a moderate speed that typically causes no discomfort. Whey digests quickly, casein digests quite slowly, and the middle-ground egg-white protein keeps muscle protein production on an even keel and reduces the chance of digestive problems.

The Easiest Protein Powder to Digest

The easiest protein powder to digest is LENTEIN. LENTEIN is the world’s cleanest plant source. Made from and recycled with water lentils, this superfood-packed protein source is easy to digest and is gluten-free, soy-free, and lactose-free. LENTEIN is also vegan, non-GMO, and halal, for those who may not be able to digest egg powder. Want to try the world’s healthiest food supplement in the world? Contact us today to order LENTEIN and experience a clean, digestable plant protein powder today!

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