Protein Drinks

By Controlled Latest Reply 2012-06-06 16:46:46 -0500
Started 2012-06-05 14:57:15 -0500

Do you make/use/buy protein shakes as part of your diet? I am very careful about what I eat but there is a convenience to having protein drinks to control hunger, among other things.

The more I read about protein, the more confused I get. There are potential health risks or complications regarding excess protein. Some of this is addressed by the kind of protein that you supplement your diet with.

Any suggestions regarding protein drinks?

8 replies

2012-06-06 13:30:47 -0500 Report

No. Just like those "energy drinks" they have way too much sugar in them.

Nick1962 2012-06-06 08:26:26 -0500 Report

I used them for a while when I was figuring out my diet, but stopped when I started getting the necessary protein through my foods. I primarily went on my diet for weight loss, and found most protein supplements had far too many calories or sugar, no to mention the different effects that different sources had on me (as diabetesfree suggests below). On principle I try to avoid supplements or replacements of any kind, but they were helpful for my evening "snack" to avoid the morning liver dumps.

diabetesfree 2012-06-06 06:49:12 -0500 Report

I use them regularly. One thing to keep in mind is that not all protein (or protein drinks) are made equal. I would avoid any cheap drink mixes from China, for example. Also, look for proteins derived from highly microfiltered whey or caesin, rather than sources such as soy, eggs or vegetables. The latter are usually harder for the body to digest. The microfiltration process is more expensive, so the products will likely be more expensive. Since it is easier for your body to assimilate though, you are getting more protein for your buck than with the cheaper brands. Some of the protein mixes I've found that are consistanly high in quality are EAS, Optimum Nutrition, MuscleTech and ISOpure.

locarbarbie 2012-06-06 09:05:39 -0500 Report

I have considered trying protein drinks. In fact, I just stumbed upon a whey protein product which is made from raw milk from grass fed cows that I am mulling over purchasing. Do you mix these with wheat grass, berries etc? Do you have any recipes or suggestions?

diabetesfree 2012-06-06 10:33:28 -0500 Report

I haven't heard of such a protein drink myself. Most protein drinks are already flavored in some way. The usual flavors are chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, fruit punch, etc. There are numerous others if you look around though. If you want to keep protein drinks low in carbs (most will have zero carbs, or very few) I would avoid adding anything extra for flavoring. I sometimes add ice for texture. You'll need a blender for that. Other than that, most already taste good enough on their own for me.

jayabee52 2012-06-05 15:34:25 -0500 Report

Howdy Controlled!

I do not yet use protein shakes as a part of my meal plan, and I probably will not due to my kidney issues (potential of going back on dialysis).

That being said, I have been following a low carb / high protein meal plan for about 1.5 yrs as of this posting and plan to continue it indefinitely.

Since I have stage 4 Chronic kidney disease (CKD) I ask my renal specialist every 2 months (when I get my blood test results) if I am overdoing it with the protein. Thus far he has said that my protein profile looks good and to continue with what I am doing.

I hate to potentially confuse you even further by suggesting something else to read but I have recently read something from The Harvard School of Public Health regarding Protein. You can find that article here ~

Excerpts from this article which caught my eye:

"Animal protein and vegetable protein probably have the same effects on health. It's the protein package that's likely to make a difference." And a couple of paragraphs later to explain the concept ot the "package": "The bottom line is that it's important to pay attention to what comes along with the protein in your food choices."

Regarding Protein and Chronic Disease:

"The most solid connection between protein and health has to do with allergies. Proteins in food and the environment are responsible for these overreactions of the immune system. Beyond that, relatively little evidence has been gathered regarding the effect of protein on the development of chronic diseases."

Also pay close attention to the summary at the end of the article: "The Bottom Line: Recommendations for Protein Intake" (which will not be reproduced here)

Praying for your improved health and blessings on you and yours!


Kirla 2012-06-05 15:27:24 -0500 Report

I use the low carb protein drinks. I usually drink one in the morning and on occasion who drink one if I have to skip a meal. I find it helps with the hunger and they don’t spike my blood sugar. Last time I evaluated my diet on sparkpeople I found that my protein intake made up about 20% of my total calories. I read somewhere that you shouldn’t go over 30%, so I figure I’m doing fine. If you have problems with your kidneys you might not be able to use them. I try and limit them to one a day and very rarely will drink 2. You should ask your doctor if drinking one a day is ok. Your doctor has all your test results and checking your liver and kidneys is something they should be doing on a regular bases.

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