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.
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.
Soy is the most controversial protein today. Unlike the Asian culture, where people eat small amounts of whole non-GMO soybean products, western food processors separate the soybean into two golden commodities—protein and oil. And there is nothing natural or safe about these products. Soy foods contain anti-nutritional factors such as saponins, soyatoxin, phytates, protease inhibitors, oxalates, goitrogens and estrogens.
Do your research as soy protein has been linked to breast cancer, brain damage, Infant abnormalities, Thyroid disorders, Kidney stones, Immune system impairment, Severe, potentially fatal food allergies, Impaired fertility, Danger during pregnancy and nursing.
Polydextrose is an indigestible synthetic glucose.
It is a food ingredient classified as soluble fiber by the U.S.Food and Drug Administration.
Maltodextrin is a white powder often used in processed foods as a thickener or filler since it’s fairly inexpensive, as well as in pharmaceuticals as a binding agent.
You’ll find it in canned fruits, snacks, cereal, desserts, instant pudding, sauces, and salad dressings.
Since it contains fewer calories than sugar, it’s also found in sugar substitutes, such as Splenda or Equal.
Canola oil is made from the crushed seeds of the canola plant, is among the healthiest of cooking oils.
It has the lowest saturated fat content of any oil commonly consumed in the U.S., at just 7%.
By comparison, sunflower oil has 12% saturated fat, corn oil has 13%, and olive oil has 15%.
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.
Magnesium phosphate is a general term for salts of magnesium and phosphate appearing in three forms: ⁕Monomagnesium phosphate ⁕Dimagnesium phosphate ⁕Magnesium phosphate tribasic Various forms have been used as laxatives and antacids.
Potassium citrate is a potassium salt of citric acid with the molecular formula C6H5K3O7. It is a white, slightly hygroscopic crystalline powder. It is odorless with a saline taste. It contains 38.3% potassium by mass.
As a food additive, potassium citrate is used to regulate acidity. Medicinally, it may be used to control kidney stones derived from either uric acid or cystine.
Milk naturally contains calcium phosphate.
Foods such as breads, cereals and drink mixes also commonly contain calcium phosphate.
Manufacturers also frequently fortify packaged foods and drinks with calcium phosphate.
Gellan gum is a water soluble, high molecular weight polysaccharide gum that is produced through the fermentation of carbohydrates in algae by the bacterium Pseudomonas elodea.
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.
Soy lecithin is not soy protein, but instead a component of the soybean plant that is used an emulsifier in a variety of foods.
The public apparently caught on that partially hydrogenated oils were unhealthy; so now the FDA requires labeling for trans fat content, BUT only if it contains more than .49 g per serving, AND only if it comes from triglycerides! Not too difficult to get around that rule…simply decrease the serving size, or disguise the trans fats somehow…
Of course, big industry doesn’t want us to know that they’re poisoning us…so, they exploited the loophole. They started using monoglycerides and diglycerides so they aren’t required to label the food as containing trans fats.
Monoglycerides and Diglycerides are still manufactured, just like partially hydrogenated oils, and they still contain dangerous trans fats. Trans fats that aren’t required to be reported on the labels. Trans fats that are still dangerous to your health. Trans fats that are causing our children to develop diabetes and heart attacks.
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.
The average person in the U.S. consumes 3,500 milligrams of sodium a day. That’s equivalent to almost 9 grams of salt, or nearly 2 teaspoonfuls—way more than the 2,300 milligrams per day suggested by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Although salt in moderation has not proven harmful an increasing body of evidence indicates that we should reduce the amount of salt in our diet. The American Medical Association (AMA), the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), and the National Institutes of Health have begun a campaign to cut the salt intake of Americans by one-half.
Potassium phosphate is used to acidify the urine and lower the urinary calcium concentration.
Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate is in the FDA pregnancy category C.
This means that it is not known whether potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate will harm an unborn baby.
Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
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.
Although this could fall into the yellow category we feel it important to point out a few things.
For starters corn syrup solids are manufactured from corn syrup liquid through a process that removes 97% of the water from the liquid.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest puts corn syrup and corn syrup solids on its “Cut Back” list.
The CSPI says these corn syrup products are not toxic, but large amounts may be unsafe or promote bad nutrition.
Corn syrup is a sweet, thick liquid that’s made by treating cornstarch with acids or enzymes.
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.
Vitamin E acetate, also called tocopherol acetate, is a dry form of vitamin E that is commonly referred to as tocopherols. The acetate form is an ester, which has a much greater stability than unesterified tocopherols. One of the principle differences between the dry and oil forms of this vitamin is that the former has no immediate antioxidant properties. An antioxidant is a substance present in many all natural foods that are rich in nutrients. They help to retard the aging of cells and play a vital role in protection against free radicals.
Vitamin K, and vitamin K as MK-7 in particular, plays an important role in keeping calcium in the bones and out of the arteries. Hopefully, as we cast a broader net of understanding, clinical bone trials will include analysis of vitamin K status along with calcium intake evaluation.
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.
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 D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. The main function of vitamin D is to regulate the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in our bones and aid in cell to cell communication throughout the body.
Another name for vitamin B5, calcium pantothenate or pantothenic acid is a water soluble found in most food.
Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 is very common in most foods and helps prevent a type of anemia called megaloblastic anemia that makes people tired and weak.
What can high-zinc foods do for you?
-Help balance blood sugar
-Stabilize your metabolic rate
-Prevent a weakened immune system
-Support an optimal sense of smell and taste
Vitamin A palmitate is the form of vitamin A found naturally in animal sources and also produced synthetically.
Ferric orthophosphate, also known as iron phosphate, is an inorganic chemical containing iron. It is a mineral that is added to nutritional supplements to treat anemia, or iron deficiency.
Ferric orthophosphate also has other food and medical uses as well as uses outside of food and medical treatments.
Pyridoxine is one of the compounds that can be called vitamin B6, along with pyridoxal and pyridoxamine.
Riboflavin also known as vitamin B12. This is naturally found in many foods and it is added to many protein shakes.
Manganese is a mineral that is found in several foods including nuts, legumes, seeds, tea, whole grains, and leafy green vegetables. It is considered an essential nutrient, because the body requires it to function properly. People use manganese as medicine. Manganese is used for prevention and treatment of manganese deficiency, a condition in which the body doesn’t have enough manganese.
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.
Potassium iodine is an organic compound that is commercial sold as white table salt.
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.
Biotin is a water soluble vitamin and another name for vitamin H.
Biotin is associated with many health benefits including the metabolism of fats and amino acids, as well as the production of new cells.
Chromium chloride is the naturally occurring trivalent variety of the mineral chromium found in many food types and synthesized supplements.
Most commonly referred to as chromium only, chromium chloride is a human dietary requirement.
Sodium molybdate is a chemically altered form of the mineral element, sodium.
Sodium is a natural salt and sodium molybdate is used in the food industry as a fertilizer and as a nutritional supplement for health.
Sodium molybdate use in food may have some benefits, as well as some side effects.
Sodium selenite, another name for selenium, is a mineral essential for optimal health, even though your body only needs small amounts.
Sodium selenite is present in plant foods, in some meat and seafood, and in supplements.
Selenium is touted as a treatment for a variety of diseases because it’s an essential component of glutathione, your body’s most potent natural antioxidant.
Special K has been trying to become synonymous with weight loss. They have been pushing it with all forms of media, and have even branched out of the cereal aisle and started to promote snacks, drinks, and shakes. As with any branded option, it’s important to take the claims to task, as they may not deliver on the promised results.
Each shake has 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, which isn’t too bad, but less than optimal. The lost cost entry doesn’t tout itself too heavy with marketing, and that price point may be why it’s gaining in popularity with many people. The ingredients start to reveal a bigger picture, however, and that’s important to note.
Acesulfame-K – This form of potassium salt contains methylene chloride, which is a known carcinogen. Other side effects that this ingredients causes includes nausea, headaches, mood alterations, liver and kidney dysfunction, ocular issues, and even free radical mutation (cancer).
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.
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.
Corn Syrup Solids – Although this could fall into the yellow category we feel it important to point out a few things. For starters corn syrup solids are manufactured from corn syrup liquid through a process that removes 97% of the water from the liquid. The Center for Science in the Public Interest puts corn syrup and corn syrup solids on its “Cut Back” list. The CSPI says these corn syrup products are not toxic, but large amounts may be unsafe or promote bad nutrition. Corn syrup is a sweet, thick liquid that’s made by treating cornstarch with acids or enzymes.
Artificial Flavors – 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.
The aforementioned is just the beginning, the label states 18 grams of sugar per serving, which is detrimental to your improved health. Special K may advertise heavily, but the sum of the ingredients in their shake is less than optimal and very controversial in our opinion.