Oat fiber a great source of fiber in shakes.
Oats contain more soluble fiber than any other grain, resulting in that full and satisfied feeling longer.
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.
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.
Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are partially man-made fats. The name refers to the way the carbon atoms are arranged in their chemical structure. MCTs are generally made by processing coconut and palm kernel oils in the laboratory. Usual dietary fats, by comparison, are long-chain triglycerides. People use MCTs as medicine.
Athletes sometimes use MCTs for nutritional support during training, as well as for decreasing body fat and increasing lean muscle mass.
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.
Soy lecithin is not soy protein, but instead a component of the soybean plant that is used an emulsifier in a variety of foods.
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.
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.”
A common food additive for it’s anti-caking properties.
Guar Gum a natural food thickener, similar to tapioca flour.
It has significantly more thickening ability than cornstarch, at a fraction of the cost.
Stevia is a plant that is native to South America.
It is best known as a source of natural sweeteners.
In fact, native people in South America have used stevia as a sweetener for hundreds of years.
Stevia contains 0 grams of sugar and has no known side effects.
Barley Beta Glucan is a molecule found in several types of fiber including yeast organisms, oat fiber, barley fiber and mushrooms of various types.
Beta glucan has been shown to have multiple positive effects on the human body.
Xanthan gum is a sugar-like compound made by mixing aged, or fermented, sugars with a certain kind of bacteria.
In manufacturing, xanthan gum is used as a thickening and stabilizing agent in foods.
Inulin is a carbohydrate belonging to a class of compounds known as fructans and is closely related to fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS).
Although they aren’t the same, you will often find them used interchangeably.
These are all starches (carbohydrates), just varying in structure.
Since inulin is not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, it is considered to be a fiber.
It is a soluble fiber as opposed to cellulose, which is insoluble.
Unlike most artificial sweeteners honey does your body good. For starters, the antioxidant-rich elixir protects your heart, and despite packing more calories than sugar (21 per teaspoon versus 16), it’s unlikely to expand your waistline: A recent study found that overweight or obese patients who received a 2.5-ounce dose of honey every day for a month lowered both their total and LDL cholesterol, while they maintained or even lost weight. And preliminary research says honey may improve memory and reduce anxiety.
Lactobacillus acidophilus is a species of bacteria naturally found in the body.
Perfect Blocks provides an interesting addition to the meal replacement marketplace, utilizing all natural ingredients, no artificial colors or sweeteners, and a good balance of nutrients that aren’t often seen in many shakes we’ve reviewed thus far. There is even an additional amino acid profile added to give it a boost for lean muscle creation.
The soy protein is the only thing we really can’t recommend this shake any higher, but it is definitely packed with some interesting ingredients that can prove helpful for weight management.
Soy – In our opinion, soy is not an ideal protein source, as there are a lot of alternatives out there. Recent studies have linked soy proteins to thyroid issues, food allergies, danger for pregnant or nursing women, immune system problems, and much more.
Perfect Blocks does a good job of introducing good ingredients, with no filler, but the soy base protein is not the best option available in today’s crowded marketplace. It’s for that reason that we cannot rank it higher, however, it is definitely one of the better shakes that you will find out there in terms of meal replacements.