Protein powders are one of the most widely used nutritional supplements, and plant-based formulas are becoming increasingly popular – but there is an elephant in the room when it comes to using them, and this elephant has digestive upset, bloating and gas.
Nobody likes feeling bloated! It causes uncomfortable feelings of fullness, tightness, physical swelling and often comes with embarrassing gas issues from a buildup of stagnant food and gas in the bowel. Some gas is normal, healthy and part of being human; generated from swallowed air or as part of our metabolism. Gas gets out of control (and stinky) when there is too much hydrogen, methane, sulphur compounds and excessive by-products of bacteria – the result of compromised digestion, food that is hard to digest, or a combination of both.
Digestive upset from your protein supplement could mean it is triggering an allergy or sensitivity, but proteins in general are complex structures, and require optimum digestion to break them down properly. If they aren’t broken down into their smaller amino acids by the time they hit the bowel, they can’t be absorbed, and they are at the mercy of putrefying bacteria, transforming them into smelly gas and a puffy gut. People with digestive health challenges like gluten intolerance, low hydrochloric acid levels, or bowel diseases, are even more vulnerable to bloating, gas or even pains in digesting proteins.
Plant-based proteins present another big issue when it comes to their digestion: “anti-nutrients”. These are natural physical features (e.g. shells, bran), and chemical compounds (e.g. saponins, phytic acid) found in grains and legumes that act like a protective mesh, allowing them to pass through the digestive tract intact – ensuring their survival as a species even if consumed by predators. Anti-nutrients can bind to nutrients, preventing them from being accessed, and even inhibit the enzymes in our bodies that break down proteins. Legumes are the biggest offenders for bloating and gas, as they also contain branched sugar molecules (oligosaccharides) that we lack the enzymes to digest, so they are dismantled by bacteria in the bowel, creating a lot of gas in the process. Poor digestibility is why grains and legumes are avoided by those following the widely popular “Paleo Diet”, where they are viewed as health-damaging and not worth their insignificant nutritional value – especially as a protein source. Yet, these foods nourished people for millennia because they were prepared in a way that made them easily digested and nutritious – through fermentation!
There are two ways to avoid bloating and poor digestibility: by eating fermented foods, and by building gut strength! fermented vegan proteins+ provides both!
Your gut is the busiest highway in your body, subject to wear and tear from the “traffic” of the foods we choose to eat. When we make poor choices, they can damage the lining with “potholes”, compromising our ability to digest food and allowing partially undigested food particles to slip through into the bloodstream, contributing to inflammation and oxidative damage: the underlying cause of disease. But easily digestible, low-allergen proteins, like those in fermented vegan proteins+, help to repair these intestinal potholes, creating healthier gut conditions that improves the efficiency of the nutritional traffic that passes through.
The unique, high-protein ingredients in fermented vegan proteins+ are partially broken down by non-dairy probiotics through artisanal fermentation techniques, preparing them for our digestion by removing the “mesh” and disarming their anti-nutrients. Fermentation “unlocks” a wide array of nutrients and available amino acids that are easily metabolized by the body – a key factor in building up the lining of the intestinal wall. Each serving gives you 20 grams of complete protein that is digested with ease – fuelling your body, while building a strong gut and supporting an environment for beneficial intestinal bacteria to flourish in!
If you want a protein supplement that gives you quality, complete protein and digestive power instead of bloating, try fermented vegan proteins+: the first vegan protein that is guaranteed to help you beat the bloat, and improve your body’s ability to digest the food you eat everyday!