What is an “indicator”? We call indicators ingredients that can easily be seen on the label that highlight whether a shake is as good as it seems. For example, do you see inexpensive and or controversial ingredients like soy or rice proteins on the “ingredients” label? Are there artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, or high fructose corn syrup in the mix? All of these are indicators of lower quality. They suggest that your shake maker is cutting corners, possibly at the expense of your health.
Individual types of proteins are very different from one another. They come with varying biological values and absorption rates. Clinical studies show that blended proteins provide much more sustained hunger suppression than any single source of protein. This means that blending different types of proteins is far superior for weight loss. Since the average female can only absorb 10-15 grams of protein per serving, facilitating weight loss is less about the amount of protein in a shake than the quality and type of proteins. Whey protein has the highest BV (biological value) and is considered the premier protein (and usually the most expensive). There are several types of whey protein, all of which play different, specific roles in absorption, energy-generation, and satiety.
The optimum combination of proteins will fill you naturally and make you less hungry for your next meal. There are hunger-suppressing attributes inherent in certain shake ingredients; for example, whey, pea, hemp, and fiber all control hunger. Don’t waste your time investigating fancy trademarked names for appetite suppressants. In our opinion, they make little difference. Instead focus on the core engine — the proteins — and how they work together.