Protein shakes for diabetics

The Skinny on Shakes for People With Diabetes

Diabetes is an increasingly common condition that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. There are several types of diabetes, but type 2 diabetes is the most common form. Type 2 diabetes is often linked to being overweight or obese and must be medically managed to prevent serious diabetes complications.

Along with making lifestyle changes and taking medication, people with diabetes must keep a watchful eye on their blood glucose levels and the foods they eat throughout each day. Whether you’re watching your weight or looking for a quick diabetes-friendly meal on the go, a meal replacement shake may be a good — or not so good — option for those with diabetes. Of course, a healthy diet of whole foods is always best, but shakes can provide a nice “safety net” for when a healthy meal is not an option.

While meal replacement shakes may fill you up, even the best weight loss shakes don’t provide complete dietary nutrition. If you rely on weight loss or meal replacement shakes regularly, you will still need a healthy balance of real food each day, including:

  • Fat-free or low-fat dairy
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables, especially nonstarchy vegetables
  • Lean protein
  • Legumes, like beans and peas
  • Nuts
  • Seafood
  • Soy
  • Whole grains

Also, not all meal replacement shakes are created equal; even the best weight loss shakes designed for people with diabetes may fall short when it comes to complete nutrition. For example, the Glucerna Rich Chocolate Shake is gluten-free and great for people who are lactose intolerant. But the Glucerna Shake is only enough to replace a moderate snack or part of a meal — not an entire meal. You will need to read the label and find out what’s missing when it comes to fat, protein, carbohydrates, and calories — and then fill in with added whole foods as needed.

Some of the best weight loss shakes are high in calories — even if they are low in carbs and high in protein — and calories do count. While these meal replacements can help maintain your blood sugar level, they may cause weight gain, especially if you don’t track the number of calories you ingest each day, and higher weight almost always translates to less blood sugar control. In addition, the average adult only needs 46 to 56 grams of protein a day, according to the Mayo Clinic, depending on weight and health. If you are already eating a varied, healthy diet, adding more protein with a meal replacement shake may not be necessary.

Anita N. Ramsetty, MD, an endocrinologist at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, says it’s important to review the ingredients list as well as the nutrition label of shakes before buying and trying. Skip shakes with sugar or high fructose corn syrup listed as one of the first three ingredients, and look out for too much protein. If your kidneys are not functioning properly, you should be careful not to eat too much protein, as it can cause health complications. Always check with your doctor before adding anything new to your diabetes diet.

Whey protein could help control blood glucose levels in people type 2 diabetes when eaten before breakfast, new research suggests.
A team from Newcastle University unveiled findings from two small, separate studies at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference, which is currently taking place in Manchester.
Whey protein is a common sports nutrition supplement, often used by gym goers in the form of a milkshake or bar. It is thought that the ingredient can help boost muscle strength and decrease levels of the hormone ghreli, which tells the brain when the body is hungry.
It has also been investigated before as a diabetes treatment – last year Israeli researchers reported that whey protein could also improve satiety as well as lowering blood glucose levels.
In the first of these new trials, 12 obese men who ate 20 grams of whey protein before a high-calorie breakfast and walkied for 30 minutes afterwards achieved better blood sugar levels.
In the second study, 11 men with type 2 diabetes were given 15 grams of whey protein before breakfast and achieved similar improvements.
Lead researcher Dr Daniel West from Newcastle University said: “We know that high blood glucose levels after eating can contribute to poor blood glucose management and can also be detrimental to cardiovascular health.
“We’ve shown that consuming small amounts of whey protein before a meal could help people avoid those high blood glucose levels and may help them to feel more satisfied after mealtimes.”
Director of research at Diabetes UK, Dr Elizabeth Robertso, said: “This new research adds to other small scale studies that have promising results.
“However, larger scale studies involving a lot more people are needed to test this idea further, so we can understand if anyone with type 2 diabetes would benefit from including whey protein in their diet and how best to do that.”

The goal of last week’s protein post was to “refresh” your memory about protein: what it does, where it’s found, and how much you need. That being said, the subject of protein is hot enough to fuel debates regarding who needs more and what’s the best way to get it.

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As I mentioned last week, there are some people who do need more protein, namely endurance athletes, people who are ill or malnourished, and older adults. Most of us, though, don’t need a whole lot more protein than what’s recommended to stay healthy. And we already know that since we don’t need all that much, we tend to get more than enough from our daily food intake.

However, if, for whatever reason, you don’t think you’re getting enough protein and/or you don’t happen to care for the usual protein food sources (meat, poultry, fish, eggs), then it’s possible that you could benefit from a supplement. And here’s the tricky part, because trying to choose a protein supplement is about as daunting as deciding what flavor ice cream to order is for a child. There are so many choices and so many forms of supplements. This week, we’ll look at one of the most popular supplements: whey.

Whey Protein
What it is: “Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating her curds and whey…” Do you remember that nursery rhyme? The whey that Miss Muffet was enjoying at the time is the same whey that’s commonly found in today’s protein drinks and powders. Whey is one of the two main proteins found in milk and it makes up about 20% of milk protein (casein makes up the other 80%).

Drilling down a little more, there are three types of whey protein: whey isolate, whey concentrate, and hydrolysate whey protein. Each type of whey protein contains different amounts of fat, cholesterol, lactose, and bioactive compounds. The hydrolysate whey protein is the best absorbed of the three. Most whey supplements contain a combination of the three. Whey is a byproduct of cheese making; the curd is the casein and the liquid is the whey.

Benefits: Of all the types of protein that we ingest, whey protein is the best absorbed. Reasons to ingest whey protein include the fact that it contains branched chain amino acids that help build and maintain muscle — more so than egg, casein, or soy protein. Whey protein helps support a healthy immune system. And it also contains the amino acid leucine, which may help prevent the loss of muscle mass associated with aging.

It’s also possible that whey protein, which is digested more slowly than carbohydrate, may help control appetite. A study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism in 2008 showed that subjects who drank two 10-gram whey protein shakes each day lost more body fat over 12 weeks than subjects who didn’t drink the shakes, likely because the whey drinks helped the subjects stay full (and therefore eat less).What about diabetes? A study published in Diabetes Care in 2009 found that whey protein helped lower blood glucose levels by slowing down digestion and increasing insulin sensitivity. In another study, published in Nutrition Journal, subjects were given a sugary drink with different amounts of whey protein. The 20-gram dose of whey was 1.7 times more effective than the control group (who drank no whey protein) in decreasing spikes in glucose. Whey protein was also found, in yet another study, to lower triglycerides (blood fats).

Should you take it? Whey protein is a high-quality protein, meaning that it contains all the essential amino acids required by the body. It’s quickly and efficiently absorbed when ingested. Athletes may be advised to take up to 50 grams of whey protein each day to help support lean muscle mass and the immune system; others probably only need about 20 grams per day. There are claims that whey protein may be helpful for those following a low-calorie diet for weight loss (the jury is still out on that).

It’s possible that whey protein can be helpful to you in managing your diabetes. If you’re thinking about taking whey protein, talk with your health-care team, especially if you have any kidney or liver problems. Some whey protein supplements may contain lactose (obviously not good if you’re lactose intolerant), so if that’s an issue, you’d want to choose a whey protein isolate. Also, avoid these supplements if you have a milk allergy. Whey protein may interact with certain medicines, including levodopa (brand name Sinemet and others), alendronate (Fosamax), and some antibiotics. Also, children and pregnant or breastfeeding women should probably not take whey without first checking with their health-care provider. Keep in mind that the FDA does not regulate protein supplements, either.

You may need to go to your local health-food store to purchase whey protein, usually in powder form. Some medical nutritional supplements contain whey protein, but they’re often not available in retail stores. For a list of whey protein supplements, visit the Whey Protein Institute’s Web site at www.wheyoflife.org.

Want to learn more about whey protein and diabetes? Read “Whey Protein May Help Control Type 2 Diabetes,” “Whey Protein to Prevent After-Meal Blood Sugar Spikes?” and “Hype or Healthy? Ezekial Bread and Whey Protein.”

Call them what you will — nutritional supplements, meal replacements, or shakes — they’re everywhere. Magazines and television commercials tout their benefits. Sections of drugstores and grocery stores are dedicated to them. They sound promising and they come in tasty flavors. But do they deliver? What’s the best one? And, most importantly, are they something you should try?

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The history

The meal replacement (MRP) industry is big business. In the 1970s, “nutrition in a can” became widely used in hospitals and nursing homes to help nourish patients who could not eat or had difficulty eating solid food. Ensure was introduced by Ross Laboratories in 1973. In 1977, SlimFast was introduced to help with weight loss, sparking the use of meal replacements to address the obesity epidemic. And who can forget Oprah Winfrey, in 1988, pulling a wagon laden with fat across the stage to demonstrate her 67-pound weight loss on the Optifast plan? In the 1990s, Ensure and other drinks such as Sustacal, Boost, and Resource were marketed to healthy adults to supplement their nutrition. Since then, meal replacements have continued to corner the market, expanding to meet a variety of nutritional needs. Meal replacements are used for many reasons and take different forms, including shakes and bars. As a result, sales have exceeded $3 billion per year in the United States.

What are meal replacements?

Meal replacements are beverages or foods that can be consumed in place of or as part of a meal. They provide a specific amount of calories, macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein, and fat) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Some meal replacements are enhanced with other ingredients, such as special types of carbohydrate, probiotics, or herbs. Many are gluten fre and lactose free. While ready-to-drink shakes and powders often come to mind, bars and prepackaged meals are considered meal replacements as well.

What are the pros and cons?

You may be very tempted to try a meal replacement. Perhaps you have tried one in the past or are using one now. If so, what prompted you to try it? The appeal of these products includes:

• Ease and convenience
• No more decision-making about what to eat
• Portion and calorie control
• Helping you follow a more regular eating pattern
• Providing more balanced nutrition
• Improve blood glucose control and possibly help reduce the dose of diabetes medication
• Helping with weight loss and weight maintenance
• Providing nutrition to someone who is recovering from an illness or surgery and whose appetite is limited

In addition to these benefits, evidence supports the use of meal replacements to help with weight and diabetes management.

Meal replacements aren’t for everyone. Despite what advertisements may claim, they aren’t miracle workers. By themselves, they can’t guarantee that you’ll lose weight or that your diabetes will be easier to manage. It’s important to know all the facts on meal replacements:

• Not all meal replacements are nutritionally balanced. Some are high in calories, while others may be too high in sugar or protein.
• You may not find a meal replacement filling or satisfying.
• Meal replacements don’t necessarily teach healthy eating habits. For example, you may not learn how to make healthful choices at holidays, while traveling or at times when meal replacements are not available.
• Meal replacements will work longer-term only when used as part of an overall effort to lose weight and manage blood sugar that includes regular physical activity, record keeping, blood glucose monitoring, and medication adjustment.
• You may eventually get bored with meal replacements. Flavors are limited, and you won’t get the satisfaction of experiencing different textures and, in the case of shakes, chewing food.
• As sophisticated as some meal replacements have become, they don’t contain all the nutrients and substances found in whole foods, such as probiotics and prebiotics.

Weight management

According to the World Health Organization, more than 90% of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.

Weight loss is often a primary goal for those who have diabetes or who are at risk. One successful strategy to help with weight loss is the use of meal replacements. Shakes or bars are available in different formulas that provide varying amounts of macronutrients that can be helpful in controlling blood glucose and appetite. Several studies have shown that the use of meal replacements can definitively lead to weight loss, especially when compared to more conventional methods of losing weight.

The benefits of using meal replacements as part of a weight control regimen are similar to those already mentioned: they’re portion-controlled; they provide a specific combination of carbohydrate, protein, and fat (and in some instances, fiber); they remove the dilemma of trying to decide what and how much to eat; and they can more evenly distribute calorie intake over the course of a day. In addition, using meal replacements enhances what is known as “sensory-specific satiety.” This phenomenon refers to the decline in satisfaction from consuming a certain type of food and the renewal of appetite from being exposed to a new flavor or a new food. Think of sensory-specific satiety in this way: It’s nighttime and you wander into the kitchen and open the refrigerator. You don’t really know what you want to eat, so you nibble on leftovers, then some cheese, then some ice cream; yet, you’re never quite able to satisfy that craving. But by limiting the number of available foods — in this case, using a meal replacement — you’re able to enhance or stimulate the incidence of sensory-specific satiety and end up eating less.

The landmark Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) study used meal replacements. This multi-center, randomized controlled trial looked at whether intentional weight loss reduced cardiovascular outcomes in overweight people who had Type 2 diabetes. Participants in the intensive lifestyle intervention arm of the study met with a counselor and attended monthly group sessions for the first four months. They could use a meal replacement shake for breakfast and lunch and a bar for a snack. Dinner options included a conventional meal or a prepackaged dinner (another form of meal replacement). During months five through 12, participants could continue to use meal replacements. After one year, 68% of participants in the intensive group had lost at least 5% of their initial body weight, compared to just 13% in the usual care group. At eight years, the percentages were 50.3% versus 35.7%. While physical activity, record keeping, and counseling were part of the study, meal replacements were found to help those in the intervention group lose weight.

Diabetes management

Meal replacements can be helpful in improving diabetes control by aiding weight loss. Improved blood glucose levels generally go along with losing weight. Apart from weight loss, meal replacements can be effective if you’re aiming for improved blood sugar and A1C levels. Here’s how.

• Breakfast skipper? Not eating breakfast can make it challenging to balance your blood sugars, even later in the day. Having a meal replacement in the morning is a way to easily fit balanced nutrition into your schedule and get you on the right track to better blood sugars.

• Too busy to eat regular meals? Your schedule may not always allow you to take time to eat a healthy lunch or dinner. Skipping meals or eating at irregular times can throw off your blood sugar readings. When time is tight, a meal replacement provides a balance of nutrients to help smooth out your blood sugars and keep your appetite in check.

• Trying to even out your carbohydrate intake? Consuming a steady amount of carbohydrate at your meals and snacks can make it easier to keep blood sugar levels in line. If you’re struggling to count carbs and be consistent, consider using a meal replacement shake or bar to help ensure that you balance your carb intake with your diabetes medication and your level of physical activity.

How to choose

If you’re interested in trying a meal replacement, either in place of a meal or as a snack, it’s always a good idea to first talk with a dietitian. He or she can help you choose one that best meets your needs and preferences. Not all meal replacements are alike. Many provide too much of one nutrient, such as protein, and not enough of others, such as carbohydrate. Some may contain too many calories and too much sugar, making them no different than a candy bar. In general, choose a meal replacement that contains, per serving:

• Between 180 and 250 calories for a meal, or 80 to 150 calories per serving for a snack
• 10–15 grams of protein
• 5–10 grams of fat from primarily healthy, unsaturated fat
• less than 2 grams of saturated fat
• 0 grams of trans fat
• No more than 300 mg of sodium
• 3–6 grams of fiber
• One-third to one-half of your daily vitamin and mineral needs
• Resistant starch or modified maltodextrin, types of carbohydrate that are digested more slowly, helping with glycemic control

The amount of carbohydrate in meal replacements varies widely. Always read the Nutrition Facts label for the total number of carbohydrate grams to choose one that fits closely with your goals. Some meal replacements contain sugar alcohols, types of carbohydrate that aren’t completely digested. Sugar alcohols aren’t always well tolerated and may cause gastrointestinal symptoms including gassiness, bloating, and diarrhea.

While many meal replacements are lactose free and gluten free and others are kosher, you should still read the ingredient list before purchasing and consuming any type of meal replacement product, especially if you have a food allergy or intolerance or a specific dietary requirement.

Using meal replacements

If your goal is to lose weight, meal replacements are generally used to replace one or two meals per day. Many people find that using a meal replacement at breakfast and lunch works best; they then consume a balanced, healthful meal of “real” food at dinner. Small snacks can be added between meals, as needed. Depending on your nutritional needs, you may need to include other sources of calories at a meal if you’re using a meal replacement. For example, lunch could consist of a shake along with a salad and perhaps a piece of fruit.

Meal replacements can be used in addition to a meal if your goal is to gain weight or if you need to improve your nutritional status due to a recent illness, for example. You might also eat one between meals to help boost your calorie intake. Nutrition bars that contain fewer calories than a meal shake are good choices for snacks.

If you’re not sure which meal replacement is best for you or how to use it as part of a diabetes eating plan, consult with a dietitian. You may need to check your blood sugars more often to see how the meal replacement affects your levels. And if you are losing weight, there’s a good chance that you might need less diabetes medication or insulin. Be sure to let your health-care provider know if you are using meal replacements; he or she will be able to adjust your diabetes treatment plan accordingly.

Want to learn more about meal replacement products? See “Meal Replacements and Shakes” for nutritional information and read “Meal Replacement Products: Do They Work? (Part 1)” and “Meal Replacement Products: Do They Work? (Part 2).”

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Atkins Ready to Drink Meal Replacement Shake Review 2020

What is the Atkins Diet?

The Atkins Diet is popping up everywhere. You’ve heard about it in the news, splashed across magazine covers, and endorsed by your favorite celebrities. Do you know what the Atkins Diet is really about?

This diet is named after its creator, Robert Atkins. It’s a nontraditional weight loss meal plan that restricts net carbohydrates aka. carbs. Fewer carbs mean that each meal has more protein, fats, and fiber. The Atkins Diet claims to boost your metabolism, encourage weight loss, and delay hunger.

The Atkins brand has put out a number of meal products for people who follow the diet. These include:

  • frozen meals
  • snack bars
  • fresh recipe deliveries
  • cookbooks
  • and, of course, Atkins Meal Replacement Shakes

These shakes are supposed to make weight management both tasty and convenient. Are they worth it? This review will break it down so you can decide.

What Are the Atkins Ready to Drink Meal Replacement Shakes Made From?

In short:

Water, milk products and milk protein, soy protein, artificial flavors and colors, and preservatives. These shakes are enriched with a wide selection of added vitamins and minerals. Certain flavors may include ingredients like coffee flavoring or cocoa powder.

Atkins Shakes Ingredients:

Here is the full ingredients list for their Milk Chocolate Delight option. Other shakes may have slightly different blends of flavors and coloring agents.

*** Milk Chocolate Delight Nutrition Label –

Ingredients: water, dairy protein blend (milk protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, whey protein concentrate), cream, sunflower oil, cocoa powder (processed with alkali), soy protein isolate, cellulose gel, natural and artificial flavors, dipotassium phosphate, sodium hexametaphosphate, cellulose gum, salt, carrageenan, acesulfame potassium, sucralose. 1032 01 vitamin & mineral blend: . Contains milk, soy.

Allergy Warnings and Side Effects

  1. These shakes contain milk and soy.
  2. The company does not create vegan or certified gluten-free options.
  3. Some blends contain artificial flavoring and coloring agents.
  4. You may experience gas, bloating, or digestive issues as your body adjusts to the fiber and protein in these shakes.
  5. If you eat below your body’s basic calorie needs, you will become fatigued. These shakes are designed as a snack or to replace a meal, but not every meal. Relying on just these shakes will not give your body enough energy for the day.
  6. Meal shakes may increase thirst for some people. Make sure to drink 8 glasses of water a day.
  7. These Atkins shakes were designed to blunt hunger. However, it can take 20-30 minutes for ‘satisfaction’ signals to travel from the stomach to the brain. If you chug a shake quickly, you may still feel hungry in that time period right after drinking it.

Key Facts

Flavors and Nutrition Information

The ‘standard’ size shakes are all 160 calories per serving. They also contain 15 grams of protein and 1 gram of sugar per serving.

However, their fiber and carb counts vary slightly. The carb counts are important to keep an eye on when you’re following the Atkins Diet.

Strawberry. 1g fiber, 1g net carbs.

Mocha Latte. 2g fiber, 3g net carbs.

Milk Chocolate Delight. 3g fiber, 2g net carbs.

French Vanilla. 1g fiber, 1g net carbs.

Dark Chocolate Royale. 4g fiber, 2g net carbs.

Cafe Caramel. 1g fiber, 2g net carbs.

Cookies and Creme. 1g fiber, 2g net carbs.

These shakes also come in two exclusive flavors for their larger sized portions. Each serving has 23 grams of protein, 1 gram of sugar, and 3 grams of net carbs.

Creamy Chocolate. 4g fiber, 240 calories.

Vanilla Cream. 1g fiber, 230 calories.

How Do They Taste?

With this many flavors available, Atkins followers have options. Here are a few ideas:

  • Fighting dessert cravings? Cookies and Cream and Milk Chocolate Delight offer a sweet taste with low sugar content.
  • Coffee addict? You may enjoy Cafe Caramel and Mocha Latte.
  • Want deep, rich flavor? Dark Chocolate Royale is a less sweet option with a hint of dark chocolate bitterness.
  • Love making smoothies? French Vanilla is a mild and creamy smoothie base.

Many reviewers mention the shakes are thickest and taste best when ice cold. A few reviewers have reported chalky tastes with the vanilla-based flavors.

Preparation

Shake to mix and enjoy straight out of the container. You can also pour it into a blender with some ice to make a frozen ice cream substitute or smoothie. If you’re stuck for Atkins-approved recipes, check out one of their cookbooks or ask on an Atkins Diet message board.

Satisfaction

These shakes mimic a light meal or a larger snack. They may leave you energized, not weighed down. If you want a meal to fuel you for a long time, look for the larger sized options which have more calories and hunger-fighting protein. Customers have found their hunger was curbed for multiple hours depending on the shake size and how active they were.

Atkins Shakes Reviews: What are Customers Saying About These Shakes?

These reviews were sampled from Amazon and show a variety of customer reactions.

Positive:

“I love the Atkins shakes, they’re in easy to store small cardboard containers. They have very low carbs with high protein, which is hard to find in shakes. The flavor is delicious & one fills me up for hours.”

Mixed:

“I like this flavor and like all premixed shakes they’re super easy, my only “complaint” is that they’re so small – I think I’d rather have a product that’s not quite so thick but more of it. They do have a little bit of an aftertaste (sweetener? Vitamins?) but not a lot, very bearable.”

Critical:

“I bought two cartons. I finished the first carton and I had to throw away 3 full shakes out of it because they were sour tasting. I’m going to contact Atkins with the UPC code. I’ve been drinking Atkins shakes for over 12 years and this is a first for me. I’ve had trouble with the meals before but never the shakes.”

Pros and Cons of Atkins Shakes and Food

Some people swear by the Atkins Diet, but these shakes aren’t for everyone. Are they right for you?

Pros:

  • Convenience. Prepackaged shakes are a grab and go food. You can keep these in the car or in the minifridge at work. This makes it easier to stick to your eating plan if you forget to prepare snacks ahead of time.
  • Low Carbs & Low Calorie. These shakes are portion-controlled and formulated to have the calories and carbs of a moderate snack or light meal.
  • No Prep. No microwaves, blenders, other preparation needed. Just shake up the bottles.
  • No Calculations Needed. This is a great option for people who get confused by the Atkins Diet carb requirements or find reading labels and measuring ingredients a headache. Everything is prepared for you.
  • High Protein. Many meal replacement shakes on the market are high in sugar, low in protein, and may not have much fiber. These shakes flip that ratio around. High-protein and high-fiber foods help you beat hunger longer.
  • Low Sugar. People with diabetes or anyone who is trying to avoid blood sugar spikes and crashes may prefer these shakes.
  • Price. ‘Affordable’ varies from person to person. However, these shakes are one of the cheapest meal replacement shakes in the industry considering it is ready to drink, high protein and low carbs.
  • Widely Available. These shakes are stocked in stores across the country, as well as available from online retailers.
  • Community. There are a whole weight loss and maintenance community built around the Atkins Diet. Many people like the support of recipe books, meal options, and other dieters participating in the same eating plan.

Cons:

  • Low Calorie. Yes, this is both a pro and a con. Even the larger sized shakes don’t have the calorie counts of a robust meal. If you replace all three daily meals with these shakes, you’ll consume a dangerously low amount of calories. (We strongly recommend sticking to 1 to 2 shakes a day).
  • Consumed Quickly. It’s easy to gulp the whole shake in a few minutes. You may still feel hungry for 20-30 minutes until fullness signals have time to travel from your stomach to your brain.
  • No Special Diet Options. These shakes don’t come with vegan, kosher, or certified gluten-free options.

How to Purchase Atkins Shakes

You can buy these shakes in a wide variety of supermarkets. If you strike out at local stores, stock up on your favorite flavors at Amazon or directly at https://www.amazon.com/atkins-ready-shakes. Atkins Ready To Drink Shakes prices vary based on flavors.

What Do You Think?

Have you tried the Atkins’ brand of Ready to Drink Meal Replacement Shakes? We’d love to hear what you think!

What’s your favorite flavor? Have you invented a great smoothie recipe that uses the shakes as a base? Would you recommend other people try the Atkins diet?

Drop a comment down below!

Atkins Gluten Free Protein-Rich Shake, Milk Chocolate Delight, Keto Friendly (15 pk.)

Enjoy the delicious, creamy taste of milk chocolate with Atkins Milk Chocolate Delight Protein-Rich Shakes and give your body the steady energy it needs. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals, 15 grams of protein and 1 gram of sugar per serving, our shakes keep you satisfied throughout the day. Each shake is gluten free and contains 2 grams of net carbs, making it perfect for a low carb and keto friendly* lifestyle. Includes one box of 8 ready-to-drink milk chocolate protein shakes. The Atkins Diet and Lifestyle provides quick, effective, and balanced weight loss by limiting carbs and sugar to help the body burn fat for fuel and keep your energy steady. With over 80 published clinical studies to support the principles behind the Atkins Diet, we provide filling and delicious snacks to help you stay on track!

*When used with Atkins ketogenic programs

What’s in This Atkins Milk Chocolate Ready to Drink Shake Pack?

This pack consists of 15 protein-rich shakes in one box, allowing you to soothe your sweet tooth and relieve hunger simultaneously. The shakes in this pack are milk chocolate, which is creamy and yummy. You can use this pack to share with your family, friends, co-workers and more. Moreover, a pack like this is ideal for restocking concession stands, convenience stores and vending machines. Or, simply use it to keep your pantry full and ready at all times.

Who Makes this Atkins Milk Chocolate Ready to Drink Shake?

These protein shakes come from The Simply Good Foods Company, which produces a variety of products. As a company, it’s determined to make families happier by providing them with high-quality items.

What Can I Do With these Protein Rich Shakes?

While you can simply drink one of these protein-rich shakes and savor its flavor, you can also use it to create exciting recipes. For instance, mixing this into a fruit smoothie can enhance the flavor and make it more filling. If you like to bake, using this instead of milk or water can give your baked goods a unique taste while increasing the overall total protein.

Do these Atkins Milk Chocolate Delight Shakes Offer Nutritional Benefits?

Aside from being flavorful, these shakes can offer potential health benefits, too. One serving contains 15g of protein, 2g of carbohydrates and 1g of sugar, which can help you reach your daily nutritional requirements. And since this is a good source of protein, you’d be filling your body with what many consider to be an essential macronutrient. Your body needs protein to build tissue, hormones and enzymes so that an Atkins milk chocolate shake can be useful in many ways.

Easy to Carry Around

Since each shake is in an 11-oz. bottle, you can comfortably carry an Atkins milk chocolate shake in your bag. With this by your side, you’ll have access to a refreshing and fulfilling beverage at all hours of the day. Not only can this help satisfy hunger while you’re away from home, but it can offer a burst of energy as well.

Simple to Store

These ready-to-drink shakes come in a solid cardboard box. This cardboard exterior can provide protection, keeping each shake in fine shape while they’re in storage. Additionally, you can safely stack this box among other items, creating more space in your storeroom or pantry.

Ingredients

WATER, DAIRY PROTEIN BLEND (MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, CALCIUM CASEINATE, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE), CREAM, SUNFLOWER OIL, COCOA POWDER (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, CELLULOSE GEL, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM HEXAMETAPHOSPHATE, CELLULOSE GUM, SALT, CARRAGEENAN, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM, SUCRALOSE. VITAMIN AND MINERAL BLEND: CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM ASCORBATE (VITAMIN C), ZINC GLUCONATE, DL-ALPHA-TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E), NIACINAMIDE (VITAMIN B3), MANGANESE GLUCONATE, D-CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE (VITAMIN B5), PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), CHROMIUM CHLORIDE, FOLIC ACID (VITAMIN B9), BIOTIN (VITAMIN B7), POTASSIUM IODIDE, SODIUM MOLYBDATE, SODIUM SELENITE, PHYLLOQUINONE (VITAMIN K1), CYANOCOBALAMIN (VITAMIN B12), CHOLECALCIFEROL (VITAMIN D3). CONTAINS MILK, SOY.

Are protein shakes okay for people with diabetes?

Share on PinterestSome protein shakes may be suitable for people with diabetes, but check the label first to make sure they do not contain sugar.

Everyone needs protein. Proteins enable every cell to function. They help to maintain, rebuild, and repair muscle.

Protein is a building block for the skin, nails, bones, and blood, and it makes up hormones, enzymes, and antibodies.

Our bodies create some proteins, but others must come from the diet. Protein food, such as whey, meat, and tofu, enable the body to create the proteins it needs.

Apart from playing a key role in bodily processes, protein may also have other benefits for people with diabetes.

Managing blood sugar

Consuming additional protein may affect the likelihood of having blood sugar spikes.

Back in 2003, researchers suggested that a high-protein diet might help people with diabetes to manage blood sugar levels. During a 5-week study, people who followed a high-protein diet had lower glucose levels after meals.

In 2010, however, results of a study that looked at 146 South Asian Indians living in the United States suggested that those who followed a high-protein diet also had a higher risk of type 2 diabetes. However, it was unclear what caused the link.

In 2017, a small study of 22 people found that including whey protein in the diet might help some people with type 2 diabetes.

The study found that whey powder stimulated insulin secretion in people with normal body weight and triglyceride levels. However, in those with obesity, whey protein appeared to trigger an increase in glucose levels.

The researchers called for more investigation into how whey powder affect the gut microbiota and plasma metabolites in order to understand how this form of protein might help some people.

Scientists need to carry out more research to find out how adding protein to the diet might affect people with diabetes.

A healthful alternative

Share on PinterestPeople with type 2 diabetes can mix protein powder with milk and add a piece of fruit for a healthful snack.

When you need a quick snack to eat on the move, the options are often high in carbs or sugar, for example, sodas, pastries, and candies.

These can trigger sugar spikes in people with diabetes.

A protein shake might be a more healthful option, as protein digests more slowly than carbohydrate. The chance of a blood sugar spike is lower, and the person will feel full for longer.

However, packaged protein drinks and foods often have a high sugar content, which can send glucose levels soaring.

Be sure to check the label first, to ensure there is no added sugar.

Protein for weight loss

Type 2 diabetes often occurs alongside excess weight and obesity. A person with diabetes may be seeking to lose weight.

Some people introduce more protein into their diet as part of a weight-loss diet.

Since protein takes longer to digest than carbohydrates, it increases the feeling of being full, known as satiety. The person will not feel hungry so quickly after consuming protein.

Adding protein to the diet may help a person lose weight, as long as they use the protein to replace carbs and fats. Adding protein to an existing high-carb, high-fat diet will not lead to weight loss.

Protein should not replace fresh fruits, vegetables, and wholegrain foods, as these provide fiber. Reducing fiber intake can lead to a number of health problems.

Combining protein foods — including shakes — with high-fiber ingredients can help people with diabetes maintain a healthy weight.

How much protein do we need?

People need to eat the right amount of protein each day.

From the age of 19 years, the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a protein intake of between 46 and 56 grams (g) each day depending on the person’s age and sex. Protein intake for adults should account for 10 to 35 percent of their daily calories.

Protein intake is not the same as protein-rich food intake.

According to Choose My Plate, these protein recommendations equate to between 5 and 6.5 ounces of protein-rich food each day. One ounce could be, for example, one egg, one ounce of meat or fish, or a tablespoon of peanut butter.

Research suggests that endurance athletes may need more protein than healthy adults who do not exercise.

One study has proposed that people who do endurance training should consume 1.2 g to 1.4 g of protein per kilogram (kg) of body weight each day.

Some bodybuilders and athletes consume extra protein to increase muscle composition, but protein alone does not increase muscle. People have to do the work in the gym to see any result.

Protein shakes can help athletes maintain their protein levels, whether or not they have diabetes.

Protein throughout the day

The American Diabetes Association advise people with diabetes to space their meals out during the day and not to skip meals or to eat too much.

The body can only absorb and use so much protein at one time. It uses what it can and then creates waste with the leftover.

Instead of having 50 g of protein in one meal, for example, it is better to spread that 50 g out into three to four meals containing 15-20 g each.

A protein shake with added oatmeal, yogurt, and fruit could make a meal.

It is also important to vary your sources of protein.

Protein shakes can act as a protein supplement, but it is still important to eat a variety of protein foods, such as meat, fish, dairy produce, nuts, and beans, as these provide other essential nutrients.

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