Non-Dairy Protein Shakes

Non-Dairy Protein Shakes | The Paleo Diet

I like drinking protein shakes in the morning, but I noticed some of the protein sources in my protein is made from milk or dairy products. Is there any non-dairy protein shakes available in the market place?


Maelán Fontes’ Response:

Dear John-Michael,

Yes, egg white protein powder is a better option than whey protein. Whey is a good source of casein and IGF-1, two insulinogenic (they increase pancreas insulin release) peptides that may lead to hyperinsulinemia which is at the root of many chronic degenerative diseases as shown in Dr. Cordain’s scientific paper: “Hyperinsulinemic diseases: more than just syndrome X”

However, if you suffer from an autoimmune disease you may want to reduce egg whites until your symptoms improve. Lean meats and fish are good sources of proteins and particularly of branched chain amino acids which increase muscle growth.

I hope this helps.

Maelán Fontes, MS, Ph.D., Candidate in Medical Sciences at Lund University, Sweden; International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

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“5” Comments

  1. I’m fond of protein shakes for breakfast, because they’re quick to get ready and take, but I didn’t have them because I could only find the milky ones: whey, casein or a mix. Then I found the protein shakes of egg white, and lately I’ve found beef protein powder, which is very good and light.

  2. Posted on behalf of Maelán:Yes, this was a typo. It should be 1.4-2.0 g/kg/day. As stated by the International Society for Sports Nutrition: protein intake of 1.4-2.0 g/kg/day for physical active individuals it is not only safe, but may improve the training adaptations to exercise training. This would make 140g for a 70kg person and 540 kcal/day (25-30% energy).Maelán

  3. Posted on behalf of Maelán:Dear Dave,There are some other strategies you can adopt to optimize your body composition.You could use medium chain tryglicerides (coconut oil) as a fuel source for the muscle, this has the advantage that it does not produce insulin response (contrary to carbohydrates) and may, in the long term, improve your insulin sensitivity. Maybe one of the reasons why you can get rid of your abdominal fat is insulin resistance, so maintaining your current carbohydrate intake (and not increase the glycemic load of your meals) while rely on fats as energy sources will improve your capacity to burn fat. Omega-3 fatty acids stimulate fat beta-oxidation which will decrease your abdominal fat.Regarding gaining muscle mass, creatine supplementation has been demonstrated to increase muscle mass.Regarding stomach bloating when you eat high protein amounts, the reason could be hypochlorhydria (decreased HCL production in the stomach) which increases as people age. One solution is using Betaine HCL supplements, starting with one capsule before each meal, and if not enough you could increase up to 2 or even 3 capsules before meals.I hope this helps.Maelán

  4. I just read a response to one of your reader’s question pertaining to a 54year old male (I am 56). He said he was losing weight since eating Paleo and not wanting to lose the weight. You gave him a post workout recipe to follow. I have been on the Paleo diet for about 2 years, do Crossfit 3 times a week for exercise, am trying to gain muscle mass to replace muscle atrophy and am having no luck building 5 to 7 pounds of muscle let alone a couple. Also, if I eat more than 30-34 grams of protein per meal, my stomach poochs out like it’s bloated. Lastly, I want to lose the love handles and belly fat. I lost some of this with the diet, but not much. I eat mainly protein, healthy fats, and keep my carb count below 70 grams a day. The Paleo Diet has made me healthier! Any suggestions would be appreciated! Dave

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