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Love It, Like It, Hate It: Protein drinks

Protein can help us stay fuller longer, and ready-to-drink protein drinks can be oh-so-convenient when we’re on the run.  Unfortunately, some still have nearly twice as much sugar as protein, so in Love it, Like it, Hate it, Molly has the best & worst of grab-and-go protein drinks!

LOVE IT!

ICONIC:  130 calories – 8 grams carbs – 3 grams sugar – 20 grams protein

All natural; No artificial sweeteners (sweetened with agave, stevia, and monkfruit)

Good-for-you add-ins like green tea extract, choline, and the amount of vitamin D you would get in 10 cups of milk

 

LIKE IT!

EAS AdvantEDGE Carb Control and Muscle Milk Light 100 Calorie: 

100 cals – 3-5 grams carbs – 0 sugar – 15-17 grams protein

High protein, low in carbs & sugar, but artificially sweetened with acesulfame potassium (& sucralose in EAS)

Atkins Advantage:  160 cals – 5 grams carbs – 1 gram sugar – 15 grams protein

High protein, low in carbs & sugar, but artificially sweetened with sucralose and  potassium

Orgain Organic Nutritional Shake and CalNaturale Svelte protein shake

255-260 cals – 29-32 grams carbs – 9-12 grams sugar – 16 grams protein

All natural, no artificial sweeteners, but still more sugar than most people need.

HATE IT!

Slimfast Protein Meal Shake:  180 cals – 24 grams carbs – 18 grams sugar – 10 grams protein

Nearly twice as much sugar as protein.

Sweetened with sugar + artificial sweeteners sucralose and acesulfame potassium.

 

Special K Protein Shake: 190 cals – 29 grams carbs – 18 grams sugar – 10 grams protein

Nearly twice as much sugar as protein.

Sweetened with sugar + corn syrup solids, as well as sucralose and acesulfame potassium.


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