I want to talk about nutrition shakes because I question the value of drinking them. I think most people, myself included, assume that they are packed with vitamins and protein. What a quick and easy way to take care of your nutritional needs when you're in a hurry.
However, I tried the Ensure nutrition shake this weekend. Totally out of character for me to eat something like this, but hey, it's the holiday season, and I'm busy too. Since I
I'm comparing the label on the nutrition drink to the label on a carton of Organic Valley whole milk. Everyone has their own issues, but my priorities are protein and carbs. I want more protein and less carbs (sugar) in my diet. And I'm not looking for all of the vitamins, because I eat my veggies and I take a multivitamin every day. Fat is not an issue for me, because I know that fat is good. I need fat in my diet to help my body absorb vitamins and satisfy my appetite.
The nutrition drink has 9 grams of protein and the glass of milk has 8 grams. The nutrition drink has 22 grams of sugar, with total carbs of 40, and the milk has 11 grams of sugar with total carbs of 12. They both have 30% DV of calcium and 25% of Vitamin D. And, as I said, the nutrition drink has added vitamins, which I don't need.
However, the nutrition drink also has in addition to the vitamins:
Corn syrup, Corn malodextdextrin, milk protein concentrate, soy oil, soy protein concentrate, cocoa powder (processed with alkali), canola oil, corn oil, salt, carrageenan, natural and artificial flavor.
Organic Grade A milk, Vitamin D3
This should be a no-brainer. It was for me. I dumped the Ensure down the drain and drank a glass of milk instead. So healthy, so delicious, nutritious, and far less expensive. And don't be afraid of the whole milk! Whole milk has a higher amount of fat, but skim and 2% have a higher amount of sugar. I seriously believe that sugar is more of a problem than fat.
Now Go Ahead, Eat!