I spend a lot of time in the Living (Well!) with Gastroparesis Program talking about the importance of balance in a GP-friendly diet, particularly among carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Most GPers eat way too many carbohydrates and not enough protein, which is essential for the body to function properly. Protein powders can come in handy, particularly for those of us who don’t do well with animal protein and/or are limiting dairy products. Protein powders are processed foods, of course, so we want to choose ones that have the highest quality ingredients possible. No artificial sweeteners or colors and no sugar alcohols (which can contribute to bloating, pain, cramping, and gas). It also has to be low in fiber, taste reasonably good, and, of course, be well-tolerated.
It’s been a struggle for me to find a protein powder that fits that description. Soy protein is questionable, in my opinion. Whey doesn’t settle well. Brown rice is gritty. Hemp protein has too much fiber. Same for many of the other plant-based powders. For a while I used MRM egg white protein powder, but it was hit or miss in the tolerability category. I tried using Orgain in my fruit smoothies instead of protein powder/water, but that aggravated reflux and regurgitation (I do great with watered-down Orgain on its own).
This week I stumbled upon PlantFusion Plant Protein Powder, which fits all of the above requirements. And I’m loving it! I first saw it at my local health food store, but ordered from Amazon since it was quite a bit cheaper. I bought the chocolate flavor and I’ve been making chocolate-blueberry-banana smoothies in my Vitamix this week (yep, I use blueberries — only in the Vitamix, though!). They’re going down — and staying down — great!
PlantFusion is vegan, soy-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free. It offers complete protein, which means it contains the essential amino acids (the ones our bodies cannot make). The protein is a combination of pea, brown rice, and artichoke. Doesn’t sound very appetizing, but it tastes pretty good! The powder also contains an enzyme formula, which may help with the digestion and absorption of nutrients. It does contain a small amount of fructose, which I have been trying to limit as part of a low FODMAP-diet, but so far the amount in the powder doesn’t seem to bother to me.
Each scoop has 1.5 grams of fat, 1 gram of fiber, and 21 grams of plant-based protein.