Choosing the right low FODMAP protein powder
When selecting a low FODMAP protein powder, it's crucial to
understand the differences in protein sources:
Pea Protein Isolate vs. Pea Protein: Pea Protein Isolate is further processed to remove most carbohydrates and fibre, enhancing its digestibility and making it a more suitable low FODMAP option compared to regular pea protein. Roam Protein, made with pea protein isolate, offers a higher protein concentration per serving and lower FODMAP levels than standard pea protein.
Whey Protein Isolate vs. Whey Protein: Whey protein isolate undergoes processing to significantly reduce lactose content, rendering it more appropriate for a low FODMAP diet compared to regular whey protein. However, it's important to carefully check the labels of whey protein products for any added high FODMAP ingredients.
Faba Bean Protein: While faba bean protein isolate may have lower FODMAP levels, it's essential to verify if it has been tested for FODMAP content, as raw faba beans can be high in FODMAPs.
Hemp Protein: Typically, hemp protein offers a lower protein concentration per serving than other plant-based proteins like pea protein isolate. Additionally, its fiber content might cause discomfort for some individuals.
Brown Rice Protein: The protein content in brown rice protein can be inconsistent, potentially offering less protein per serving compared to other protein sources.
Soy Protein: Soy is a known allergen, and its phytoestrogens can raise concerns due to potential estrogen-like effects. While soy protein in New Zealand and Australia is unlikely to be GMO, it's advisable to look for non-GMO labels to be certain.