18Shake is a meal replacement supplement introduced by the 18Nutrition team. It is developed in the USA by a team of nutrition enthusiasts, as claimed by the company without any additives, preservatives or artificial colors. It has low sugar content because it only uses natural sugar obtained from – stevia, which is far sweeter than the traditional sugar and has extremely low calories. It has a good balance of whey protein and quality fiber to help in appetite suppression.
The company offers an eBook that details the nutritional value of the contents and also offers interesting quick recipes that could enhance the taste of the shake. The basic two flavors are – vanilla and chocolate.
It has been rated as the best diet supplement of 2017 by some review websites and the company offers guaranteed money back in full within 30 days, but it does lack a scientific research to support its great claims.
18Shake Nutrition Facts
The official website of 18Shake does not provide the nutritional facts upfront which could be annoying to the eager clients searching for some concrete facts before they zero in on a diet supplement. Nevertheless, after some look around, here is what 18Shake offers as a meal replacement product to its consumers –
Note: The nutritional values provided here are for a measure of one serving. (1 scoop = 27g)
18Shake – Protein Shake Meal Replacement Chocolate
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|Total Fat||2 g||Potassium||23 mg|
|Saturated||1 g||Total Carbs||8 g|
|Polyunsaturated||0 g||Dietary Fiber||5 g|
|Monounsaturated||0 g||Sugars||1 g|
|Trans||0 g||Protein||15 g|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Information Source: www.myfitnesspal.com Top of Form
As listed on the official website of 18Shake, it offers 90 calories per serving, and some other resources validate this claim as well. The recommended diet plan suggested by the company is replacing two meals of the day with this proprietary shake, for substantial weight loss and improved energy. So, if calculated by that logic, it adds up to 180 calories for two meals of the day, which would normally have been drastically higher with routine meals, so that part does make sense, at least.
18Shake Fat Content
As per the table above, one scoop of 18Shake contains 2 grams of fat, out of which 1 gram is saturated fat. As per the FDA’s standards, anything less than 5% is low fat, so with that logic 18Shake fares ok on this count.
The Fiber in 18Shake
18Shake claims to contain the patented fibersol-2, which is an effective appetite suppressant. It is a manmade fiber which is digestion resistant and will leave the person consuming it feeling full for at least 1.5-2 hours, as a result lowering the chances of snacking in between meals and keeping the overall calories intake in check.
This is not unique for this product only though, a lot of other meal replacement products already available in the market also make use of this fiber, under a different name, called as – maltodextrin. This is the element that makes one feel full after consumption of this fiber or the product that contains such fiber.
This is a pretty popular ingredient in meal replacement products and one can find few studies to explain the science behind it.
18Shake contains 15 grams of whey protein in one serving, in concentrate and isolate forms. They call it duo-protein in their literature. The Whey protein is known to be a complete protein and a good source of amino acids, which are essential for boosting immunity among a lot of other health benefits.
A lot of meal replacement solutions use whey protein mostly nowadays, so on this front 18Shake is at par with its competitors.
We have already looked at the nutritional facts of this meal replacement shake, so building on that further, it is safe to say that 18Shake does seem to have an assortment of much-needed nutrients that are needed for an effective bodily function. Let us list it again here for a look –
- Whey Protein Concentrate Whey
- Protein Isolate Digestive Resistant
- Natural Cocoa
- Vitamin A
- Ascorbic Acid
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- Pyridoxine HCI
- Folic Acid
- Pantothenic Acid
- Potassium Iodide
- Zinc Citrate
- Selenium Chelate
- Copper Chelate
- Chromium Nicontinate Chelate
- Xanthan Gum
- Natural Flavoring
- Stevia Extract
The main ingredients are explained below in simpler words:
Protein – Whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate
Fibersol-2 – A patented manmade fiber with known health effect as appetite suppressant
Stevia – A natural sweetener which is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar in its powdered form. It has virtually no calories at all and no effect whatsoever on the blood sugar levels.
Natural Cocoa – it is an antioxidant and has been known for its nutritional qualities.
Does It Contain Soy?
The official website claims that it does not contain soy, but some resources on the web suggest that it contains soy lecithin, which could be to serve as an adhesive to keep the other ingredients together.
Is It Gluten Free?
Yes, 18Shake official website claims that it is gluten free.
To a great extent, 18Shake seem to have a right balance in its ingredients and nutrients, but that makes it sound too good to be true. If not being too cynical, having some scientific claims or official research to support its claims would rule the verdict in its favor without a second thought. Until we have such supporting facts, it is still only claimed, which are yet to be proven true.
The customers’ reviews are mixed too, but the majority of them echo the claim of an effective weight loss; so that certainly goes in its favor.