Protien Drink

Updated on September 30, 2009
W.M. asks from Orangevale, CA
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Do any of you moms out there drink any protien drinks. I have tried several and they
give me horrible smelly gas. It literaly smells like I have let off a skunk. I have been told that they are caused by the sweetners that are put into them. I am having a hard time finding one that does not taste horrible, but does what I need it to do. I put some of my supplements into it twice a day to take them without having to swallow another pill.
Any suggestions are accepted, but no sales please!!!

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M.P.

answers from Sacramento on

I've been buying the Muscle Milk for my son and he LOVES it. I also bought the EAS Premium Protein powder from Costco. They have chocolate and vanilla (I've only tried the chocolate). The recipe I've tried with the powder is:
1 low fat flavored yogart (I put it in the freezer first)
1 scoop of the protein powder
1 cup of fat free milk (I use low fat)
3-4 berries or strawberries (I use frozen from Costco)
1/2 banana (optional)
Put in blender on the "crush ice" option for 10-15 seconds

You can put a couple of ice cubes in it before you blend it.

I've also bought the Balance protein bars from Costco and they are good and my kids love them too.

Good luck! M.

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L.G.

answers from San Francisco on

I make my own protein shake every morning with frozen fruit, banana, lowfat milk, OJ and a scoop of Trader Joe's Soy protein powder. Tastes great and no gas for me. I used to use the Kashi protein powder which also worked great but it has been discontinued.

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R.M.

answers from Sacramento on

A friend of mine makes her own as a breakfast smoothie. She says that it's really good, and I'm sure you can change it up. Start with silken Tofu and then add what you like- berries, juice, or banana. She adds (fresh)spinach and says she can't even taste it. You can add flaxseed seeds or oil, too. Blend it all up and sweeten with honey. Nothing artificial and you'll get fruits and veggies as well.

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L.V.

answers from San Francisco on

The gas can be from sugar alcohols (end in -ol) being fermented by gut bacteria or from the sulfur containing amino acids. I would try a protein powder without sugar alcohols. Nutribiotic rice protein is my favorite for the rice protein, I would stay away from soy protein for a number of reasons, and with whey protein it is hard to find good quality; when you do, be prepared to pay a pretty penny. There is also a good hemp protein by Nutiva, Manitoba Harvest and Living Harvest. You will want to make a "shake" out of these with other ingredients.

A word about Muscle Milk, seeing as though many are drinking it:

One of the ingredients is Acesulfame Potassium which has been linked to some serious side effects. Acesulfame Potassium (K) was approved for use by the FDA as a safe artificial sweetener in July, l988. It is a derivative of acetoacetic acid. Unfortunately, several potential problems associated with the use of acesulfame have been raised. They are based largely on animal studies since testing on humans remains limited. The findings showed the following:

Acesulfame K stimulates insulin secretion in a dose dependent fashion thereby possibly aggravating reactive hypoglycemia ("low blood sugar attacks").

Acesulfame K apparently produced lung tumors, breast tumors, rare types of tumors of other organs (such as the thymus gland), several forms of leukemia and chronic respiratory disease in several rodent studies, even when less than maximum doses were given. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, it was petitioned on August 29, l988 for a stay of approval by the FDA because of "significant doubt" about its safety.
Dr. H.J. Roberts, Aspartame (NutraSweet) Is It Safe?, Charles Press, page 283/84. Also, it contains Sucralose. Splenda, also known as sucralose, is an artificial sweetener, which is a chlorinated sucrose derivative. Facts about this artificial chemical are as follows:

Pre-Approval Research

Pre-approval research showed that sucralose caused shrunken thymus glands (up to 40% shrinkage) and enlarged liver and kidneys.

Recent Research

A possible problem with caecal enlargement and renal mineralization has been seen in post approval animal research.

Sucralose Breaks Down

Despite the manufacturer's mis-statements, sucralose does break down into small amounts of 1,6-dichlorofructose, a chemical which has not been adequately tested in humans. More importantly, sucralose must break down in the digestive system. If it didn't break down and react at all (as the manufacturer claims), it would not chemically-react on the tongue to provide a sweet taste. The truth is that sucralose does break down to some extent in the digestive system.

Independent, Long-Term Human Research

None. Manufacturer's "100's of studies" (some of which show hazards) were clearly inadequate and do not demonstrate safety in long-term use.

Chlorinated Pesticides

The manufacturer claims that the chlorine added to sucralose is similar to the chlorine atom in the salt (NaCl) molecule. That is not the case. Sucralose may be more like ingesting tiny amounts of chlorinated pesticides, but we will never know without long-term, independent human research.

Conclusion

While it is unlikely that sucralose is as toxic as the poisoning people are experiencing from Monsanato's aspartame, it is clear from the hazards seen in pre-approval research and from its chemical structure that years or decades of use may contribute to serious chronic immunological or neurological disorders.

It is very important that people who have any interest in their health stay aware from the highly toxic sweetener aspartame and other questionable sweeteners such as sucralose (Splenda), and acesulfame-k (Sunette, Sweet & Safe, Sweet One). Please see the extensive resources for sweeteners on the Healthier Sweetener Resource List. http://www.holisticmed.com/sweet/

I hope this is helpful! and not too long!!!

L. Vachani
Holistic Nutrition Consultant
hfwellness.com

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H.C.

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hi W.,
When I was pregnant my acupuncturist recommended the following:

1 tablespoon of ground up almond meal/powder (your protein source)
1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses (has lots of good stuff)
one cup of water or milk (I used rice milk)
fruit - berries or bananas or combination thereof.

It is delicious. I drank it everyday and I loved it. It's nice because you get the goodness of nut oils as well as protein without having buy fancy protein mixes - no soy, no casein nor whey.

The other protein powder source is just plain egg white protein powder. I can't remember the brand (Wholefoods in San Diego used to carry them) - it comes in vanilla and chocolate. You can use that in place of any protein powder. I used to use that to make protein shakes in the morning.

I hope this is helpful.

H.

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K.W.

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Without selling (I do sell it, but you don't have to buy them from me, I just like them), try Arbonne.com. They have a yummy protein shake and I have always also liked the Myoplex?? the purple ones, you can buy them at the grocery store, but if you buy them at a fitness store, tehy will most likely give you a shaking cup which makes it easier to make them.

Good luck

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J.M.

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Well my husband and I have been using this.

Amplify smoothie. From GNC. Grey container.

It has been a couple of days. Taste pretty good. Although I have not tried it with just water or milk, since we make smoothies out of it with fruit. But I have not noticed being any more gassy than normal.

Hope this helps. Give it a try.

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J.H.

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I love the Arbonne Figure 8 protein shakes.....nummy!

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A.M.

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Hey wendy. IO would highly recomend Muscle milk. It has alot of great flavors and I you can drink it while you are pregant. it gives u 32 grams of Protien. I lived off these while I work. Iam a massage therapist so when i get so busy and not long enough to eat and feel so full I cant wok I drink one.Hope the helped. PS u can find them at some gas stations tooo!!

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C.T.

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I have tried a ton of Protein drinks. I am small, 100lbs. and have been trying to gain weight. I have consulted doctors and been working out. Anyway, I have tried them all. Even Protein shots, gross!!! I also get nauseous with milk products, and I am picky about thickness and aftertastes. I don't mind ensure, but I have to mix chocolate and vanilla with a large glass of ice to water it down. I have also tried Amplify. If you try this, buy a mixer. I did not and it was very gritty. Also you can mix with water or milk, milk is recommended. But the 16 oz of lactose bothered me. I absolutely Love Muscle Milk. It tastes great, no aftertaste. And lactose free. Great over a glass of ice. I even let my 1 yr old have a sip or two. She loves it with milk for a treat. It is high in Protein and low in sugar 5 grams for 12 oz. My doc recommends drinking two a day.

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S.H.

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I like Muscle Milk. Yummy, but very expensive.

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G.B.

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Hi Wendy, I bought whey protien powder because I read whey powder is the best protien subsitute. Haven't used it yet.

This article can answer all your questions on why some kinds give gas and what to look for when buying protien powder:
http://www.antiaging-wellness.com/pages/products/muscle/w...

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J.B.

answers from San Francisco on

I highly recommend Trader Joe's brand whey protein powder. Good price, good taste, good protein and no problem.

J.

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M.L.

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Thanks for clearing up why my husband has been so stinky this summer. He has been drinking Ensure for breakfast on his way out to meet with road crews.

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M.E.

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Im not quite sure what you want the protein drink to do, I myself am trying to lose weight and for breakfest I have atkins advantage milk chocolate delight shake (15 grams of protien 160 calories and tastes good) I also add a scoop of EAS chocolate powder to it (130 calories) and a handful of frozen strawberries, put it in the blender and mix it till it gets frothy (I think that would be the word to describe it) and its a great meal that will last well into lunch time. By the way Sams club sells the atkins shake and the powder mix, Good luck.
M.

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E.B.

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My husband drinks muscle milk - it is available by the case at our local Costco.

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M.B.

answers from Sacramento on

Are you sure it's not your supplements you're adding that's giving you the gas? As far as protein drinks: I loved Metrix powder (chocolate to mix w/milk and the vanilla to mix with orange juice). Also, the weight loss chocolate shakes at Costco are yummy and have protein in them.

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