By Cliff Harvey ND, Dip.Fit, PhD (c)
- Clean Lean Protein is a complete vegan protein, free from FODMAPs
At a Glance:
Clean Lean Protein is a complete protein that has a protein content of up to 90%. Due to the isolation process (which allows this incredibly high protein content) Clean Lean Protein is practically free from FODMAPs.
FODMAPS are types of carbohydrates and ‘sugar-alcohols’, specifically fructans, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols which are highly fermentable in the gut and can, therefore, create problems for people that are sensitive to them. FODMAP sensitive individuals can experience gas, cramping, pain, and bloating from FODMAP containing foods.
It provides a low-allergen, complete protein, free-from FODMAPs, and practically free-from lectins, phytic acid, saponins, trypsin inhibitors and other ‘antinutrients’.
FODMAPS are types of carbohydrates and ‘sugar-alcohols’, specifically fructans, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols which are highly fermentable in the gut and can, therefore, create problems for people that are sensitive to them. FODMAP sensitive individuals can experience gas, cramping, pain, and bloating from FODMAP containing foods. 90%.
The term FODMAP itself, is an acronym for Fructans, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides, And Polyols". FODMAPs occur naturally in the diet and can, for many, be tolerated well and some can even help to feed good bacteria in the gut. But many people can also be sensitive to the effects of FODMAPs and these can cause gas, cramping, pain, and bloating from FODMAP containing foods.
For this reason, FODMAP restricted diets is clinically proven to reduce symptoms in the short-term for those with IBS.1 However, a more conventional approach in which participants were instructed to: regularly eat three meals and three snacks a day, never too much or too little each time, never to be hungry or too full; to eat in peace and quiet and to chew thoroughly; reduce intake of fatty or spicy foods, coffee, alcohol, onions, cabbage, and beans; avoid soft drinks and carbonated beverages, chewing gums, and sweeteners that end with -ol, and to increase fibre, has also been demonstrated to be as effective as a low-FODMAP diet.2 There are also concerns over the long-term impact of a low-FODMAP diet on the microbiome as Bifidobacteria have been shown to be reduced by a low-FODMAP diet.3 Suffice to say that a low FODMAP diet is extremely useful as a treatment to reduce the symptoms of IBS, especially in the short-term.
Protein Supplements and FODMAPs
Many protein powders and bars can contain sugar-alcohols as sweeteners or other FODMAP carbohydrates as fillers, or as naturally occurring or added sugars and fibers, making them incompatible with a low FODMAP containing diet.
High-protein, premium golden pea protein isolates like that in Clean Lean Protein have virtually no FODMAPs due to the isolation process which results in an extremely high protein product (up to 90% protein [dry weight]) with no sugar, extremely low carbohydrate in total (less than 1 g of total carbohydrate per serve in the Vanilla flavour!) and practically no ‘antinutrients’ that are commonly found in plant-based proteins.
Clean Lean Protein is a great option for protein supplementation for those on a low-FODMAP diet.
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- Böhn L, Störsrud S, Liljebo T, Collin L, Lindfors P, Törnblom H, et al. Diet Low in FODMAPs Reduces Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome as Well as Traditional Dietary Advice: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Gastroenterology. 2015;149(6):1399-407.e2.
- Staudacher H, Lomer MC, Anderson JL, Barrett JS, Muir JG, Irving PM, et al. OC-054 Impact of a fermentable carbohydrate restricted diet on luminal microbiota, fermentation, symptoms and nutrient intake in patients with irritable bowel syndrome: a randomised controlled trial. Gut. 2012;61(Suppl 2):A24.