There is an overwhelming number of protein powders on the shelves, but finding one that is low FODMAP can be tricky! Protein powders all the buzz these days but don’t feel pressured to partake! Most people can get all of their protein needs from food alone, without resorting to a supplement.
How much protein do we really need?
High protein, low FODMAP foods
For a comparison, here’s how food stacks up against protein powder. The average serving of protein powder contains about 22 g of protein per 100 calories. This is what 100 calories of food looks like:
- 1.25 cups lactose free skim milk = 16 g protein
- 3/4 cup lactose free 0% greek yogurt = 18 g protein
- 3/4 cup liquid egg white = 23 g protein
- 3.5 oz chicken = 23 g protein
Low FODMAP Smoothies Your Gut will Love!
In my Smoothie E-Book, I have lovingly created 15 high protein, low FODMAP and delicious smoothies as well as 2 refreshing agua frescas. Each recipe has vegan variations and they are reliably low FODMAP. They are naturally high in protein but if you want a little more, there are protein powder recommendations included. As an IBS specialist dietitian, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to include the right type of fibre to keep your gut bacteria happy as well. I think that you and your gut will really love these smoothies!
Tips for choosing a low FODMAP protein powder:
If you find it challenging to get enough protein from food, a low FODMAP protein powder can be very convenient. It takes a very skilled eye to comb the nutrition labels for one that fits with the low FODMAP diet. Here are a few tips that can help you find a good one. Look for a protein powder that:
- Does not contain high FODMAP or untested ingredients
- Does not contain gut irritants or stimulants like capsaicin (hot chilies), caffeine, or senna
- Minimizes other unknown additives
Low FODMAP ingredients
Here is a list of low FODMAP ingredients that are commonly found in protein powder.
- Brown rice sprouted protein
- Whey protein isolate
- Soy protein isolate
- Egg protein
- Sweeteners: sugar, dextrose, stevia, sucralose (Splenda), aspartame
High FODMAP or untested ingredients
The following ingredients which are commonly found in protein powders, are either high in FODMAPs or have not yet been tested by Monash or FODMAP Friendly. Either way, you should avoid them during the elimination phase. You can test your tolerance during the reintroduction phase and see how you do. For a good overview of the low FODMAP diet, read my blog article titled, An Overview of the Low FODMAP Diet. Here are those ingredients to watch for. Keep in mind, this is not a complete list.
- Inulin, chicory root
- Sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol
- Lactose: Whey protein concentrate, whey protein hydrolysate, milk protein concentrate (in higher amounts), nonfat dry milk
- Fructose, FOS, fructo-oligosaccharides, dried fruit, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), glucose-fructose
- Untested ingredients: herbals, roots or extracts
Looking at labels
- Heartland Gold Brown Rice Protein
- Naked Nutrition Naked Rice
- Naked Nutrition Naked Egg White Protein
- Sunwarrior Classic Protein
So, keep in mind that you should aim to get most of your protein from food. However, if you need a little boost, do your best to read your labels and avoid products with high FODMAP ingredients.