Milk Protein Concentrates (MPCs) and Milk Protein Isolates (MPIs) are manufactured by membrane filtration through which dairy proteins are isolated from fresh skim milk.
Among proteins they hold a relativey high biological value and are rich in calcium, have good heat stability and a excellent flavour profile.
Calcium Caseinate is derived from fresh skim milk. It is comprised of 92% protein and is found in your common weight gainers for that thick taste. Casein is very very slow to digest, thus it leaves a constant flow of aminos through your blood stream long after you take it in.
Whey protein concentrates are created by pushing the protein source (milk, whey, etc.) through a very small filter that allows water, minerals and other organic materials to pass though.
Meanwhile, the proteins, which are too big to pass through the filter, are collected, resulting in protein powder.
Polydextrose is an indigestible synthetic glucose.
It is a food ingredient classified as soluble fiber by the U.S.Food and Drug Administration.
Sunflower oil is becoming a popular alternative to many types of oil because it is associated with health benefits including its healthy unsaturated fats and vitamin E.
The definition of natural flavor under the Code of Federal Regulations is: “the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”
The search for “natural” sources of chemicals often requires that a manufacturer go to great lengths and expenses to obtain a given chemical. For this reason, synthetically produced flavors are frequently used in foods and beverages.
Artificial flavors have been known to cause an array of health problems such as chest pain, headaches, fatigue, nervous system depression, allergies, brain damage, seizures, nausea, dizziness and many more.
Dipotassium phosphate is a salt that is often used as a food additive.
It works to preserve food and also acts as a protein coagulate, helping form semi-soft foods like protein shakes and helping compounds mix.
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One of an array of factory-made additives, cellulose is increasingly used by the processed-food industry to thicken or stabilize foods, replace fat and boost fiber content, and cut the need for ingredients like oil or flour, which are getting more expensive.
Cellulose is especially popular because it can be used in many ways in food and is relatively inexpensive.
Sodium ascorbate is a more bioavailable form of vitamin C that is an alternative to taking ascorbic acid as a supplement.
Ascorbic acid is another word for Vitamin C. Ascorbic acid is a naturally occurring organic compound with antioxidant properties. Ascorbic acid works to preserve food.
Dl-alpha tocophyl acetate is a form of vitamin E.
Niacinamide and niacin are slightly varying forms of vitamin B3.
Vitamin B3 is naturally in many foods like fish and green vegetables and is also found in many vitamin B complex supplements.
Vitamin A palmitate is the form of vitamin A found naturally in animal sources and also produced synthetically.
Thiamine hydrochloride is a white, crystalline hygroscopic food-additive used to add a brothy/meaty flavor to gravies or soups.
It is a natural intermediary resulting from a thiamine-HCl reaction, which precedes hydrolysis and phosphorylation, before it is finally employed (in the form of TPP) in a number of enzymatic amino, fatty acid, and carbohydrate reactions.
Riboflavin also known as vitamin B12. This is naturally found in many foods and it is added to many protein shakes.
Folic acid is a B vitamin. It helps the body make healthy new cells.
“Folic acid” and “folate” mean the same thing.
Folate is found naturally in some foods and folic acid is a manmade form of folate.
Since 1998, folic acid has been added to most enriched bread flours, cornmeal, pasta, rice, and other grain products in the U.S. and Canada.
This was done to help prevent spina bifida and anencephaly, two birth defects that are caused in part by too little folate in a mother’s body around the time her baby is conceived.
Carrageenan are a family of linear sulfated polysaccharides that are extracted from red seaweeds. They are widely used in the food industry, for their gelling, thickening and stabilizing properties. Carrageenan can be found in many foods, even foods labeled “natural” and “organic.” It is widely used in dairy products (chocolate milk, whipping cream, ice cream, nonfat sour cream), frozen dinners, dairy alternatives (soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk), prepared poultry and cold cuts, nutritional drinks, and even infant formula.
Just Google the “dangers of Acesulfame Potassium” and your screen will light up! What is it? It is a calorie-free sugar substitute, also known as Acesulfame K or Ace K. In the U.S., it is used in such products as candies, baked goods, frozen desserts, and beverages. Here’s the problem it’s highly highly controversial, especially as of late. Reported side effects: Long term exposure to methylene chloride can cause nausea, headaches, mood problems, impairment of the liver and kidneys, problems with eyesight and possibly cancer. Because of such recent controversy towards it’s safety and side effects it’s been banned at leading retailers, the most recent being Whole Foods.
Several grocery and retail chains nationwide have banned any products containing sucralose, the latest being Whole Foods. Watchdog groups are up in arms over artificial sweeteners like sucralose suggesting research on its safety is flawed and doesn’t account for how long-term use of the additives may impact health.
What’s in it?? Sucralose is a synthetic additive created by chlorinating sugar. Manufacturers say the chlorine in sucralose is no different from that in table salt. But in fact, the chemical structure of the chlorine in sucralose is almost the same as that in the pesticide DDT. Side effects may include head and muscle aches, stomach cramps and diarrhea, bladder issues, skin irritation, dizziness and inflammation.
Further research has shown that sucralose can cause shrinking of the thymus gland, an important immune system regulator, and liver and kidney dysfunction. A recent study by Duke University found sucralose reduces healthy intestinal bacteria, needed for proper digestion.
The Atkins name has been one of the leaders in the weight loss industry for quite some time. They have released a line of morning snacks, meals and much more that is in direct line with the diet that was created by the famed Dr. Atkins. Along with many of the foods they have pushed out, they also offer a meal replacement s hake that comes in 3 different flavors.
Even though consumers can choose from chocolate, strawberry, banana, and wild berry flavor profiles, the ingredient list on the label differs very slightly from each flavoring. We examined the chocolate option, due to popularity. At first glance we noticed that milk protein was the main ingredient, and while it doesn’t contain soy, milk can trigger allergic reaction for some. Overall things look good until looking closer at the ingredients.
Sucralose – This form of sugar can be a potential health risk. Some companies promote this as a harmless derivative of real sugar. Some clinical reports have linked sucralose consumption with gastrointestinal problems, seizures, dizziness, migraines, blurred vision, blood sugar increases and weight gain.
Artificial Flavors – Utilizing only natural ingredients can be quite costly for manufacturers, therefore substitutions are often times used. These are usually altered processes derived from pharmaceuticals and chemical manufacturing. These synthetics make for cheaper food items, but have been linked with health issues such as chest pain, headaches, fatigue, nervous system depression, allergies, brain damage, seizures, nausea, dizziness and many more.
Acesulfame potassium – What’s in it: Acesulfame-K is a potassium salt containing methylene chloride, a known carcinogen. Reported side effects: Long term exposure to methylene chloride can cause nausea, headaches, mood problems, impairment of the liver and kidneys, problems with eyesight and possibly cancer. Acesulfame-K may contribute to hypoglycemia. Concerns: Of all artificial sweeteners, acesulfame-K has undergone the least scientific scrutiny. Early studies showed a potential link between the sweetener and development of multiple cancers in laboratory animals. Acesulfame potassium is a calorie-free sugar substitute, also known as Acesulfame K or Ace K. In the U.S., it is used in such products as candies, baked goods, frozen desserts, beverages, dessert mixes and tabletop sweeteners. The FDA, which is the governmental agency responsible for ensuring the safety of all foods, has approved acesulfame potassium for use in numerous food products.
Atkins may be a big brand in the weight loss world, but their shake is full of fillers, sucralose, artificial ingredients, and can pose health risks that circumvent the healthy lifestyle sought after with meal replacement shakes. We cannot rank it any higher due to the aforementioned ingredients and issues.