For the last few years I have intuitively known that protein is my gut's friend. Protein makes my unique gut happy and run like a train that is on schedule. How do I know this?
Since my diagnosis 10+ years ago I have been conducting a scientific experiment of my own gut. I have been trying to determine what makes my unique gut happy and what makes it angry. And, looking for answers/conclusions/rock solid evidence on what I can and can not eat. I want a set of rules for my gut. I don't want guess work. Yes, accidental overdoses and fructose volcanoes have happened in the past 10 years. But, for the most part my scientific experiment has helped me find a diet that works for me. All of my logging in daily food journals, reading label after label, and experimenting with different combinations of fresh whole food has worked. For the most part I know what I can and can not eat and how much of a "safe" food is actually safe.
I am a quantitative person. I want results that can be measured and numbers that I can live by. And, I want researchers/scientists/gastroenterologists to help me find this quantitative data. For example, I do best when I eat less that 15 grams of fructose per day, eat more glucose than fructose, and eat protein with every meal.
My scientific study has helped me determine that protein is my friend. If I want to eat vegetables or fruit that are higher in fructose eating a protein source with it helps. Why is this? What's the deal with protein? Is there a link with protein consumption and fructose malabsorption?
I never knew scientifically why this worked, but I intuitively knew why. Protein makes my gut happy.
Recently, one of my new Fructose Malabsorption friends shared an article from the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition that proves my theory. Amino acids, found in proteins, have been scientifically proven to aid in fructose absorption.
It is amazing how intuitive your gut can be. It sometimes knows whats best for you more than your brain. My brain wants cookies, but my gut wants protein. Listen to your second brain: your gut. :)
I was thrilled to read this study. Some unknown chemist spent countless hours in a lab and quantitatively determined for me what I already knew: protein (or more specifically amino acids found in protein) help digest/absorb fructose. Wow! My theory has been validated!
I eat protein with every meal, but my daughter who also has Fructose Malabsorption doesn't enjoy protein as much as I do. She also has a hard time eating a large enough protein proportion because her tummy gets full. And, sometimes I am not craving fish, steak or chicken. And, when you live with Fructose Malabsorption should you have more amino acids/protein than someone who doesn't have Fructose Malabsorption?
Would a protein powder be a good idea? How would it feel in my gut? Would I have a negative reaction?
I have wanted to try a protein powder for the last year, but have been really nervous. There are so many options available. And, how do I know what is safe and not safe? Which ones contain artificial ingredients, sweeteners and/or chemicals? I do not want any of that in my protein powder.
Last week someone posed the following question on one of my Facebook Fructose Malabsorption groups: "What protein powder do you all eat?". I was so excited to see this post. I knew my Facebook community would have the answer for me. I should have turned to them earlier.
After reviewing all of the Facebook opinions I embarked on a little research of my own. I found a 3rd party, the Clean Label Project. The Clean Label Project is a, "nonprofit focused on health and transparency in consumer product labeling." "In 2018 the Clean Label Project completed a study of 134 protein powder products from 52 brands. Products were screened for over 130 toxins including heavy metals, BPA, pesticides, and other contaminants with links to cancer and other health conditions." Their conclusions included many safe powders and many unsafe powders.
I chose Amy Meyers MD protein powder because both my daughter and I can digest grass fed beef and other protein sources don't work well for us. Pea protein can have natural fructose in it and rice protein tends to ferment in your gut. And, neither of us definitely do not need extra fermentation. Have you ever heard of a Fructose Volcano?
For the last 90 days I have been drinking a glass of water each evening with a scoop of protein powder.
How do I feel?
What is different?
My gut's train schedule is never delayed and it definitely isn't speeding up if you know what I mean. My bowel output is the best it has been in years.
Any other changes?
Yes, the rest of me feels better! I am not experiencing mid-afternoon nap desires. I can actually function at 3:30 each afternoon.
And, my hair and skin look and feel fantastic! I even notice new eyebrows growing in. Please don't ask me about my over plucking eyebrow situation from my late 20's.
I am definitely not claiming that protein powder is a miracle supplement for everyone. However, for me it is! My unique gut was clearly missing some important amino acids.
45 days I ago I asked my daughter to try a 60 day trial of protein powder. She, too, is finding positive results. I won't get into details because I don't want to embarrass her. My daughter, too, feels great inside and out!
I love that the protein powder has taken away the protein push in my house. It's ok if she doesn't want cooked chicken at lunch and is full after a grilled cheese and cucumbers. She is getting those needed amino acids in a different form.
Share With Me, let me know what your thoughts on protein powder.