Vegetable protein powder or plant based protein may be a viable option for those who suffer with chronic pancreatitis and need an extra source of safe protein. I can not recommend a plant based protein powder because I have never tried one. I do not know whether they may inflame the pancreas and cause unwanted symptoms or if they are in fact a safe source of extra protein. I am merely writing this short post because people have asked me about my thoughts on protein powders.
Plants can provide a high percentage of plant protein depending of course upon the plant. In fact, some plants like spinach, kale, broccoli and cauliflower provide fairly decent sources of protein as a percentage of protein per calorie intake, more than beef, chicken or eggs. That does NOT mean plants pack more protein than beef or chicken, we all know that isn’t true. Just more protein in relation to calorie content.
First in regards to the average protein powder that contains whey (milk solids) or some other more dangerous protein source I’d avoid them. Some people may be able to tolerate whey where others won’t. Be very careful and read the label. Look for fat content and sources of fat (any oils, flax seed, almond, soy, milk solids etc). A little fat is needed with each meal in order to absorb fat soluble vitamins such as A, E and K. But for those of us who have pancreatitis fat is NOT our friend.
IF you should feel the need to try a plant based protein drink check out PlantFusion. It looks like it might be safe. I can find nothing that I would construe as damgerous on the label and it has a fairly low fat content of 2 grams of fat per serving. It also has some pretty decent reviews. If you have tried it or another plant protein powder use the comment section below to share your thoughts and how the product worked out for you.