Sunday, May 5, 2013

What's in That Protein Shake? Healthy Sugars and Why You Need Them

 

 There is a gross misconception about sugars that have been vilified in the media.While it's true that what I like to call industrial sugars are damaging, the naturally occurring ones found in fruits,vegetables and grains are accompanied by a whole host of nutrients. Like anything dealing with the human body and the planet, a deeper look that goes beyond a sound bite is critical to getting the full picture. During a Let's Go Outside! fitness and fun class I co- lead this weekend, a guest had a question and wanted to know if the Dutch Chocolate Nutrimeal protein shake I was distributing "had sugar" in it. What the guest really wanted to know really was I offering something detrimental to everyone's health. The fact is your body and brain require sugars to function. The brain needs it and without it will cease to function properly. Some healthy sugars that you can use around the house are Raw Honey, Amasake, Organic Sugar grown without pesticides or chemicals, Black Strap Molasses, Stevia and Xylitol. As for unhealthy sugars four words: Stay Away from Soda! For young mother's Bernando LaPallo points out that applesauce one of the first foods you give your baby should be unsweetend to avoid setting up your child for diabetes. Add a little ground cinnamon that has a natural sweet taste to it if you like. Adding table sugar to it impedes the ability to enjoy the natural sweetness of the apple, hooks the baby on unhealthy sugars making it be hard for them to eat whole foods later on.

Clearing Up Sugar Confusion  

Oscar Puig, CN  has this to say about the topic:
"Sugars are found in whole foods in the form of simple glucose, fructose and galactose such as those found in dietary carbohydrates like vegetables, fruits and grains. These are classified has monosaccharides. They are easy to digest and fast to get to our blood stream. They are packed with nutrients and beneficial fiber because they come from whole foods. However, our food industry has created non-nourishing natural and artificial sweeteners that can be damaging to the body. The best examples of this would be processed sucrose and high fructose corn syrup (“natural” sweeteners) and sucralose and aspartame (artificial sweeteners). Although naturally-derived, sucrose and high fructose corn syrup present in most processed foods can increase the probability of impaired liver function and fat deposits (fatty liver)..." This article by Puig is very helpful and you can read More here
Getting back to the protein shake in question Dutch Chocolate Nutrimeal contains 17 grams of sugar derived from fructose or fruits. Here is the ingredient list. And one last point the way you will lose weight fastest and sanely is to watch your caloric intake. Nutrimeal is one way you can make sure you are getting all your body requires with only a 240 to 250 calories provided you use water only to make your shake. When you start adding milk and the like you double your caloric intake. Most today are consuming 3000 to 3500 calories per day when it is better to be around 2000 calories per day on average. This unfortunate trend is reflected in the skyrocketing epidemic of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and even cancers North Americans are experiencing in all age brackets. Adding plenty of fiber to your daily regime will also help you feel fuller while keeping your colon clean.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 3 scoops (60 g)
Servings per Container 9
Amount Per Serving
Calories
230
Calories from Fat
70 % Daily Value*
Total Fat
7g
11%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
400mg
17%
Potassium
590mg
17%
Total Carbohydrate
32g
11%
Dietary Fiber 8g
32%
Soluble Fiber 3g
Insoluble Fiber 5g
Sugars 17g
Protein
15g
30%
Vitamin A
15%
Vitamin C
25%
Calcium
25%
Iron
20%
Vitamin D
35%
Vitamin E
20%
Thiamin
30%
Riboflavin
35%
Niacin
20%
Vitamin B6
30%
Folate
20%
Vitamin B12
10%
Phosphorus
40%
Iodine
30%
Magnesium
25%
Zinc
20%
Copper
20%
Manganese
20%
Molybdenum
25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.
Calories:
2,000
2,500
Total fat
Less than
65g
80g
Sat. fat
Less than
20g
25g
Cholesterol
Less than
300mg
300mg
Sodium
Less than
2,400mg
2,400mg
Potassium
3,500mg
3,500mg
Total Carbohydrate
300g
375g
Dietary Fiber
25g
30g
Protein
50g
65g
Calories per gram: Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
Ingredients:
Protein Blend [Soy Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate, Pea Protein Isolate,
Rice Protein Concentrate], Fructose, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Maltodextrin, Soy
Fiber, Oat Fiber, Gum Arabic, Cane Fiber, Oligofructose, Potassium Phosphate, Prune
Powder (Prune, Calcium Stearate), Tricalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Citrate, Sodium
Caseinate (a milk derivative), Cellulose Gum, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Inulin, Soy Lecithin,
Tocopherols (to protect flavor), Silicon Dioxide, Wheat Bran, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Zinc
Gluconate, D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Niacinamide (Niacin), Potassium
Iodide, Vitamin A Palmitate, Molybdenum Citrate, Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D), Manganese
Citrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Copper Gluconate,
Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Ferrous Fumarate, Thiamin
Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1).
Contains: soybean, milk, wheat.
Produced on equipment that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, sesame, and shellfish.


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