Protein shakes?

By sugarbaby07 Latest Reply 2013-12-08 16:40:35 -0600
Started 2013-12-04 21:47:58 -0600

My sister brought me a protein shake, but I'm not sure what's in it, she said vitamins and vanilla protein? Just wondering if these are ok. I have not had A chance to see a nutritionist yet, but I certainly plan to.

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jigsaw 2013-12-06 19:25:46 -0600 Report
locarb 2013-12-08 14:00:47 -0600 Report

I previously had great luck with protein shakes and lots of vegetables. I later developed kidney stones and had to have surgery this year. YOU DO NOT WANT THIS TO HAPPEN TO YOU! Now I have to watch protein and "oxalates" so many, many vegetables are no longer possible for me. I never heard of oxalates before and subsequently learned that many people with many health conditions must avoid them or endure their plight. Moreover, their content is not mandated on food labels.
I still navigate this condition and maintain "normal" BG with diet and exercise alone, but it is harder now.

jigsaw 2013-12-08 16:10:39 -0600 Report

Thats's a good bit of wothwhile info. I firmly believe that the advice of a good dietician along with much variety of healthy foods is the key. Thanks for sharing.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-06 12:17:38 -0600 Report

I consider them a process food so I stay away from them. I certainly wouldn't use them to replace a meal. Some are very high in carbs so if you can't read the label don't use it.

jigsaw 2013-12-05 07:39:28 -0600 Report

mspiggy81 is right on the mark! I Occasionally I have a protein shake as a meal replacement. It's a whey protein isolate that is available at vitamin world. The carb content is 2g, and it has less than 1g of sugar. It is one of the few protein drinks that I found to taste exceptionally good. Unfortunately, it's expensive, so I wait till they have a sale, or I get a coupon. I believe that it's a healthy way to help manage and maintain weight. I've been taking an occasional protein shake for about 7 years or so, and especially while I was strength training. A protein drink might be something to avoid if you are having kidney problems, otherwise, and if a nutritionist,dietician or doctor recommends it, why not!

mspiggy81 2013-12-05 13:26:49 -0600 Report

What brand is it that you get? I'm still looking for one that has less carbs. I need it to supplement with my meals, not replace them and it can be tricky to do without overdoing the carbs . I've been drinking mine in the middle of the night since I'm up 2-3 times anyway.
BTW, their website currently has a 30% off printable coupon :)

jigsaw 2013-12-05 17:33:38 -0600 Report

The brand name is Precision Engineered (hardcore series). It does use sucralose, If your against using artificial sweetners, you might have to keep looking. The chocolate flavor is definitely the best I've had. I mix it in the blender for a delicious shake!
Here is the ingredients:

Vitamin World|Shop By Categories|Sports Nutrition

Whey Protein Isolate Chocolate, 2 lbs. Powder
4.8 / 54.8 / 5
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Item #031471

• Easy to mix protein powder
• Whey is loaded with strength-building protein, which plays a role in optimal nutrition*
• Higher in BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) than regular Whey Protein Concentrate

Designed for people on high protein diets, bodybuilders, and anyone else looking for a protein-packed nutritional drink, Whey Protein Isolate powder is a smart, delicious way to support your workout and fitness goals.* This formula contains more BCAAs – made up of Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine – than regular whey protein concentrate on a gram-for-gram basis. BCAAs are important components of muscle tissue.* 2 lbs. (32 oz.) Available in several flavors. … read more

Serving Size 1 Scoop (36 g)
Servings Per Container about 25
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130
Calories from Fat 10
Total Fat 1 g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.5 g 3%
Trans Fat 0 g 0%
Cholesterol 15 mg 6%
Sodium 110mg 5%
Potassium 200mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 2 g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1 g 4%
Sugars <1 g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 8%
Iron 2%
Phosphorus 8%
Magnesium 2%
Copper 2%
**Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Directions: Add one scoop (36 g) to 8 fl. ounces of water or your favorite beverage. Mix in a shaker or blender and drink immediately for best results. You can drink Whey Protein Isolate any time during the day to add extra high quality protein to your daily calorie intake. Be sure to consider the extra calories provided by milk,juice or whatever you may add to your whey protein. Increase or decrease theamount of liquid added to achieve desired consistency.

Other Ingredients: Whey Protein Isolate, Super Recovery Blend (L-Glutamine, L-Taurine, L-Arginine, L-Alanine, L-Lysine, L-Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine), Cocoa (processed with Alkali), Natural Flavors, Soy Lecithin, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Acesulfame Potassium, Carrageenan, Sucralose. Contains milk, soy and wheat ingredients.

mspiggy81 2013-12-05 18:25:53 -0600 Report

Thanks, I will definitely look into it. I'm not really against using artificial sugars, I just tend to be very sensitive to the taste. They all leave a funny after taste, even the new Stevia.

jigsaw 2013-12-05 19:46:53 -0600 Report

I can't promise that you won't notice an after taste. I can say that I don't, and a few people that I know agree.

mspiggy81 2013-12-04 22:40:04 -0600 Report

It very much depends on the shake. Most of them have a lot of carbs and sugars in them. I use EAS Complete Protein Chocolate Powder from Walmart. At 2 Scoops it has 25g of protein, 13g of carbs. and lots of vitamins. It's not delicious, but it's not unbearable either, just need to use a blender if you don't want lumps. I mix it with 8oz Light Almond Milk and it's still only 18g carbs. otherwise water is best as regular milk has a decent amount of sugar too. In comparison though, the new Special K to Go Chocolate Protein shakes have 30g carbs.

So read the labels very carefully and if you get a powder consider any sugars in the drink you will be mixing it in.

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