I have not tasted this product, but I just read a Glowing Sparkly (sponsored?) review of it, and that always prompts me to want to try something. "It can't be THAT good." What can I say, I am just cynical, and I want you to PROVE IT.
So, I went over to the Special K website to check out the stats on this -- an Easily Available At Any Major Retail Store protein shake? And, no.
WATER, PROTEIN BLEND (WATER, NONFAT MILK, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE), SUGAR, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF POLYDEXTROSE, MALTODEXTRIN, CANOLA OIL, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE, POTASSIUM CITRATE, TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, GELLAN GUM, CELLULOSE GUM, SOY LECITHIN, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), SALT, POTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, CARRAGEENAN, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, SUCRALOSE, VITAMIN E ACETATE, VITAMIN K1, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM, NIACINAMIDE, VITAMIN D3, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, VITAMIN B12, RED #3, YELLOW #6, BLUE #1, ZINC SULFATE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, FERRIC PYROPHOSPHATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), MANGANESE SULFATE, THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), POTASSIUM IODIDE, FOLIC ACID, BIOTIN, CHROMIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM MOLYBDATE, SODIUM SELENITE. SWEETENED WITH NUTRITIVE SWEETENERS AND NONNUTRITIVE SWEETENERS.
Just because it says it's good for you -- it's not always good for YOU. This product has 29 carbs and 18 grams of sugar. If you're a gastric bypasser, this product is akin to eating a serving of ice cream, with added vitamins! But, that's what they describe it as!
"We like to imagine ourselves sitting down at a cute li'l 50s diner and ordering up a big ol' French Vanilla milkshake…but then we remember: a) we barely have time to sit and b) that shake would show up on our hips."
I would not suggest it, not for a gastric bypasser. You see, the reason I would bother even posting about a product like this? Is because I KNOW many of the WLS'ers out there would see this as PROTEIN! GOOD! CHEAP! and buy it just because it's there on the shelf and accesible and "it must be good for me." Some people don't really ever read labels and blindly follow suggested menus from nutritionists or from others. I remember seeing Ensure on a gastric bypass diet plan. Another sugar-loaded carbohydrate liquid meal in a can that is likely to trigger a coma response. Nice.
For normals, I guess if you're following the Special K plan, it fits in, otherwise it's probably a good dessert alternative. (Don't get me started on the Special K Chocolaty Delight, Mmmkay?)
So I did click on the diet plan. It asked me if I wanted to Lose The Baby Weight or Look Great On My Wedding Day. That, made me giggle.
Yes to both. :x
(Yes, that would put MM in a carbcoma.)
- Product - Special K Protein Shake
- Price - $1.69 a bottle via Amazon
- Pros - Easy to find, other reviews are *Glowing*
- Cons - Holy mother of sugar. Carbs Ahoy!
- Rating - Non-pouchworthy, MM.