The commercials we see on TV showing celebrity endorsers like Marie Osmond stating her weight loss was due to the NutriCrush shakes has increased the hype for the product. One way to find out whether it is mostly hype than truth is to purchase one to see, taste, and experience everything about it.
Everything you need to know about the NutriCrush shakes
The NutriCrush shakes are products from Nutrisystem, a company that has been involved in the weight-loss prepackaged meals for decades with a slight twist. The slight twist is the home delivery, a convenience maybe only from Nutrisystem.
The protein shakes were created to complement the prepackaged diet foods that can be served along with any major meal of the day or as a snack supplement. The idea for the shakes follows along the same line as the prepared meals, which is to lose weight the healthy way easily and effortlessly.
A packet of NutriCrush Shake has a total of 41 grams which includes the following nutritional values:
- Cholesterol, 5 mg
- Total fat, 3.5 g
- Protein, 13 g
- Trans Fat, 0 g
- Sodium, 230 mg
- Sugars, 9 g
- Saturated Fat, 0.5 g
- Dietary fiber, 5 g
- Total Carbohydrates, 21 g
- Total Calories, 150
The high levels of protein and fat inform that a total daily value between 20%-26% is given by the shake which is pretty good. Based on the guidelines from FDA, 20% nutrient value of fiber and protein are the standard daily requirements which the shake meets.
In view of this, the next question would be; what are the ingredients used by the shakes to come up with the claimed 13 grams protein content?
The protein contents
Taking a look at the list of ingredients listed in the packet informs that the protein content most probably is derived from these components:
- Soy Protein Isolate
- Non-fat milk
- Milk calcium complex
- Whey solids
- Whey protein concentrate
- Sodium caseinate
It’s common knowledge that protein is the chief ingredient that keeps you feel full for longer periods as it slows down digestion. However, if you credit protein to be the only factor towards appeasing appetite, it may not hold water. Fortunately for the shake, fiber has been added to further aid protein as appetite-suppressant.
The fiber contents
There are two major fiber types found in the Nutrisystem shake which are:
Konjac or Konjac root has been the subject of numerous studies over the years for its contribution towards weight loss. Several studies conducted in 1992, 2005, and 2014 have shown that a daily dose between 2-4 grams of Konjac helps people lose weight.
- Resistant Maltodextrin
The fiber content in the various supplement and food preparations are considerably increased with a corn-derived type of patented soluble fiber. This end product has been found to resist digestion, meaning zero calories every time you eat one.
Resistant Maltodextrin is popularly known as “Fibersol”. A small study was done in 2015 to support the theory wherein 10 grams of Fibersol was dispersed to 19 involved people. The findings were short of miraculous when it found those 19 participants exhibiting higher hormone secretions to make them stop eating while decreasing hunger pangs.
While this needs more collaboration, the fact that resistant Maltodextrin is one of the active ingredients in the NutriCrush shakes makes us see that there’s more to the product when it comes to appetite suppression.
Why are there Sweeteners?
The NutriCrush shake packet DO show a list of sweeteners that may make you wonder of their inclusion if the goal is to lose weight. It can be said that not all sweeteners are evil but let’s dig more to find out their true nature.
The reputation of fructose has been provocative leading to numerous debates, seeing it as one of the first sweeteners on the list makes us think deeper. It is an undeniable truth that triglyceride levels shoot up as higher levels of fructose are consumed. The fructose amount on the shake, however, is so low, it is almost negligible. Yet, how small or how little it still leaves a bad taste in the mouth which means that fructose should never be a part of this shake in the first place.
- Monk Fruit
No danger here with monk fruit for it contains absolutely any calories even it is sweeter by 100 times than sugar.
Cocoa is only listed when the choice of shake is chocolate flavor. Cocoa is a natural antioxidant ingredient that does more good than harm.
Does it taste good?
Absolutely! There are other shake flavors other than chocolate which is vanilla and coffee. The chocolate smell hits you right on the nose as soon as open the packet and vigorously shaking it after adding the contents to a cup of cold water and a half cup of ice presents you with a hard-to-resist glass of chocolate goodness. No residue at the bottom happens which means you drink it all.
Nutrisystem has come up with another winner in their NutriCrush shape product. The thing is, don’t expect to drink this, eat at your normal pace and lose weight. It will not work out that way. To make it effective, pair it with prepackaged meals from Nutrisystem or modify your eating habits to get the most health benefits from the drink.