Why are our shakes such a great meal replacement? Here’s the lowdown.
Whey Protein Concentrate:
Whey protein is derived from the liquid (whey) which is separated from the curds in cheese making. It is used for muscle growth because it is very easily digested making it quickly available to the muscles for growth and rebuilding. 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. The proteins, which are too big to pass through the filter, are collected, resulting in protein powder. When this process is used to make whey protein concentrate, it yields a protein powder that is 70-80% protein and up to 5% lactose. People with lactose intolerance will have trouble consuming large amounts of whey protein concentrate (Roussell).
Whey Protein Isolate:
This is a purer form of whey protein and contains less lactose than whey concentrate. With adequate protein consumption the human body has an easier time creating lean muscle mass which will increase the body’s metabolism and the amount of calories burned each day, in turn aiding in the burning of stored energy (fat cells). Protein isolates have very low levels of carbohydrates and fat and are almost exclusively pure protein. People with lactose intolerance usually don’t have trouble with whey protein isolates. Many companies that make whey protein isolates will certify that their product is lactose free or they add lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) to the protein powder to help with digestion (Roussell).
Inulin is a naturally occurring soluble dietary fiber that increases the feelings of fullness, called satiety. Consuming Inulin has also been shown to do the following:
Inulin increases calcium absorption (Abrams) and possibly magnesium absorption (Coudray), while promoting the growth of intestinal bacteria. In terms of nutrition, it is considered a form of soluble fiber and is sometimes categorized as a prebiotic. Due to the body’s limited ability to process polysaccharides, inulin has minimal increasing impact on blood sugar, and—unlike fructose—is not insulemic and does not raise triglycerides (Niness), making it considered suitable for diabetics and potentially helpful in managing blood sugar-related illnesses.
Because maltodextrin is more easily metabolized than other carbohydrates, it is popular with bodybuilders and athletes who wish to derive energy from their food for workouts or for competitions. Its use as a filler and thickening agent also makes it a popular ingredient for weight-loss or weight-maintenance shakes, as its consistency helps dieters feel full, decreasing the chance of overeating (Fernandez).
Slendesta is a registered trademark of Kemin Industries. Slendesta is a patented, safe and natural satiety ingredient for weight management food and food supplements. Slendesta Potato Extract is standardized to its active component, PI2. PI2 promotes the release of CCK, the natural signaling peptide within our body. Once released, CCK travels through the blood targeting various organs, where it induces feelings of fullness and satisfaction known as satiety.
Slendesta Makes Dieting Easier. One of the primary excuses dieters give for going off their diet is that they are still hungry after a meal. Slendesta helps dieters by promoting satiety. If we feel satisfied, there’s less hunger, and less chance of temptation.
Clinical studies have collectively demonstrated PI2’s benefits, including that it is a safe and effective natural ingredient that promotes satiety and healthy weight loss. When taken as directed, Slendesta has resulted in statistically significant weight loss and reductions in waist and hip measurements.
Slendesta is a natural potato extract derived from white potatoes, which is one of the most commonly consumed foods. In addition to historical consumption, animal toxicity data and human clinical studies have reported no adverse effects associated with the use of Slendesta Potato Extract when taken as directed (Kemin).
Fiber makes us feel full sooner and stays in our stomach longer than other substances we eat, slowing down our rate of digestion and keeping us feeling full longer. Fiber also moves fat through our digestive system faster so that less of it is absorbed, both of these reasons make fiber important for weight loss.
Barley Beta Fiber:
Barley beta fiber (beta-glucan) assists in weight loss by moderating glucose absorption, thereby reducing cravings for high glycemic foods that can sabotage weight loss. It is also a good source of dietary fiber meaning that it increases satiety, the feeling of fullness.
Bromelain & Papain:
Even if you don’t know bromelain and papain by name, you have probably used them at some point for medicinal purposes. Bromelain, derived from pineapple, and papain, derived from papaya, are both protease enzymes, meaning that they digest and tenderize protein.
Bromelain and papain appear to work in synergy to accomplish many of the same medicinal tasks. Bromelain is a powerful anti-inflammatory, so strong that it can replace the use of conventional NSAIDs like ibuprofen in treating painful inflammation when taken in higher dosages. This makes it ideal for combating pain from or arthritis, injury, menstrual cramps, or digestive problems. It appears to work by blocking the metabolites that are responsible for controlling the body’s inflammatory response. Bromelain is most often used internally. Though it has a different mechanism of action, papain works to treat many of the same ailments.
Additionally, because they are both powerful digestive enzymes, bromelain and papain are useful in treating common stomach ailments, including bloating, constipation, indigestion, and irritable bowel syndrome. They act directly to help the body digest protein, and their anti-inflammatory properties can decrease swelling, bleeding, and inflammation in the colon. Because of this, bromelain and papain preparations can be especially useful for people with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, or ulcers (Russo).
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http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/full/129/7/1402S. Retrieved 2008-01-19.Sonia Fernandez, eHow Contributor
Kemin Industires, http://www.kemin.com/nutraceuticals/slendesta
Russo, Juniper. “Papain and Bromelain: Health Benefits and Risks” Associated Content: 5/15/2009, http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1738044/papain_and_bromelain_health_benefits.html?cat=5