Boost shake is a partial meal replacement provided in a ready to drink bottle, as well as in powdered form available in Very Vanilla, Rich Chocolate, and Creamy Strawberry.
It’s available gluten free, with added antioxidants, and with a blend of probiotic ingredients. The company claims to back each shake with a great taste guarantee. So what’s the overall quality like? Can it actually help you lose weight? This review has all the information to decide whether or not Boost Shake is beneficial.
Here are the ingredients to their Original Very Vanilla:
|Water||Corn Syrup||Sugar||Milk Protein Concentrate||Canola Oil|
|High Oleic Sunflower Oil||Corn Oil||Soy Protein Isolate||Acacia Gum||Fructooligosaccharides|
|Magnesium Phosphate||Potassium Citrate||Inulin||Potassium Chloride||Cellulose Gel|
|Cellulose Gum||Salt||Calcium Carbonate||Soy Lecithin||Sodium Ascorbate|
|Choline Bitartrate||Natural Flavor||Artificial Flavor||Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate||Calcium Phosphate|
|Ascorbic Acid||Carrageenan||Ferrous Sulfate||Zinc Sulfate||Purified Stevia Leaf Extract|
|Vitamin A Palminate||Niacinamide||Vitamin D3||Calcium Pantothenate||Manganese Sulfate|
|Copper Sulfate||Pyridoxine Hydrochloride||Beta-Carotene||Riboflavin||Chromium Chloride|
|Folic Acid||Biotin||Potassium Iodide||Phytonadione||Sodium Selenite|
|Sodium Molybdate||Vitamin B12|
There are possible side effects and issues with some of the ingredients:
Sodium Citrate: Controls the acidity within food. It has a potential irritating effect on the stomach lining.
Potassium Chloride: Most commonly used as a fertilizer, this ingredient is given as a final step in the lethal injection process since it promotes cardiac arrest.
Calcium Carbonate: A cheap calcium supplement that is often given in exact dosage strength in order to avoid side effects. The New England Journal of Medicine released a study which showed it could lead to:
“vomiting, abdominal pain and altered mental status”
Zinc Sulfate: Supplement that provides the mineral Zinc. It can potentially lead to stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting. It’s also an eye irritant.
Copper Sulfate: Considered a skin irritant that’s also a source of copper. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safe and Health, just 11mg can cause toxic effects. It can also lead to stomach, liver, brain, kidney, and stomach injuries.
Sodium Selenite: A selenium supplement that is potentially toxic in high amounts.
Macronutrients and Calories
|Calories 240||Calories From Fat 35||Total Fat 4g, 6%||Saturated Fat 1g, 5%||Cholesterol 10mg, 3%|
|Sodium 150mg, 6%||Potassium 460mg, 13%||Total Carbohydrate 41g, 14%||Dietary Fiber 3g, 12%||Sugars 20g|
|Protein 10g, 20%||Vitamin A 50%||Vitamin C 100%||Calcium 30%||Iron 25%|
|Vitamin D 60%||Vitamin E 100%||Vitamin K 40%||Thiamin 25%||Riboflavin 25%|
|Vitamin B12 35%||Biotin 25%||Pantothenic Acid 25%||Phosphorus 30%||Iodine 25%|
|Magnesium 25%||Zinc 30%||Selenium 25%||Copper 25%||Manganese 35%|
|Chromium 25%||Molybdenum 25%||Chloride 8%|
It’s significantly higher in calories than most meal replacements. 240 calories of which 35 calories come from fat. This means the total fat in each serving is:
35/240= 0.145 times 100= 14% fat per serving.
Overall, most of the calories are not from fat. This makes it average in terms of fat, since the FDA qualifies anything 20% or above as being a high fat food.
However, the amount of calories is high if you drink 2 shakes; it amounts to 480 calories in total.
There’s 3 grams of fiber that comes from things like Cellulose Gum, Gel, Acacia Gum, and Inulin from chicory.
Inulin: Fiber that is eaten up by bacteria in the colon. There are potential side effects such as miscarriage, bloating, loose stools, abdominal cramps, and increased bathroom time.
Acacia Gum: A thickener taken from the acacia tree. It can cause nausea, bloating, gas, and loose stools.
Cellulose Gum/Gel: Often found in processed foods and in toothpaste, laxatives, and detergent. A study by the International weekly journal of science revealed that it caused:
“low-grade inflammation and obesity/metabolic syndrome”
All these types of fiber are often found in processed foods, and they can potentially make weight loss harder. They’re also known to be cause allergic reactions in certain people.
The 10 grams of protein per serving comes from 2 sources:
Milk Protein Concentrate: Has between 40% to 90% protein by weight. This processed milk protein is often extracted of all its lactose, fats, and carbohydrates. It’s been criticized by the Food and Water Watch Organization due to fears of contamination. According to their studies, it’s a:
“unregulated protein source”
“MPC’S are largely unregulated”
They also claim it’s often not processed well enough, and that it could lead to melamine. This chemical has been described by the FDA as potentially causing:
“signs of kidney infection, and/or high blood pressure”
Soy Protein Isolate: Extracted from dried soybeans, this minimum 90% protein by weight ingredient has all the essential amino acids. It’s also most likely GMO, since soy is one of the most GMO crops in the world. Soy also can contribute to estrogen, blocked protein absorption, and negative hormone changes.
There’s also no mention as to how many of the amino acids are provided. Without the right blend, it’s unknown how beneficial this shake is for retaining lean muscle and for providing the body with what it needs to function properly.
It’s available in many retail chains and it goes for $28.44 for a pack of 24 on Amazon.com. The daily price at 2 shakes a day is:
$28.44/12= $2.37 for 2 shakes a day.
Although low in price, this shake is high in sugar, has low quality protein, and contains many cheap minerals and vitamins which may cause side effects such as an increased risk for obesity.
One shake provides exactly 20 grams of sugar, and most of this shake is made up of sugar.
When reading an ingredients label it’s easy to figure out how much of one ingredient makes up the total food. The FDA makes suppliers list what is most available in a food first. So the major ingredients in Boost are listed in descending order as Water, Corn Syrup, and Sugar. A proper meal replacement lists protein first, not water and sugar. Here’s what the added sweeteners can do:
Corn Syrup: Extract found in corn that is often GMO unless otherwise stated. It’s 100% glucose which is a simple sugar. When eaten via processed foods it’s known to lead to obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Sugar: Basic name for simple carbohydrates that can be extracted from many sources. There’s no nutritional value to sugar, and it’s recommended for the average person to get a maximum of 30 grams a day.
Fructooligosaccharides: Alternative low calorie sweetener that can be extracted from many sources such as onions, asparagus, blue agave, and bananas. This ingredient feeds gut bacteria and can produce gas and bloating.
The American Heart Association has set a standard for the allowable limit that should be consumed to prevent obesity and cardiovascular disease:
Men: 9 teaspoons a day.
Women: 6 teaspoons a day.
Also, according to them, our bodies:
“don’t need sugars to function properly”
4 grams equals one teaspoon, therefore one serving of Boost Shake has 5 teaspoons of sugar.
At 2 shakes a day you’re getting 10 teaspoons, which passes the recommended daily recommendation for both men and women. This can lead to serious problems, and even addiction. A study published in Pub Med revealed that sugar can cause:
“neurochemical changes in the brain that also occur with addictive drugs”
This means that it changes brain chemistry, causing a toxic addiction that is similar to that of drugs.
The company lists this ingredient as being a:
“mini-meal or between-meal snack”
Even though it’s considerably higher in calories than other meal replacements at 240 calories, the company claims you still have to eat meals alongside these shakes.
Burning the total 480 calories provided in 2 shakes can be difficult when you consider how long it takes to burn these calories.
According to Fitwatch.com, it takes roughly 1 hour and 29 minutes for a 160 pound person to burn 480 calories when lifting weights.
It’s not explained why this shake is not considered an actual meal replacement shake.
Boost is created by the Nestlé S.A. company which is the largest company in the world via their earnings in food products. Their US customer service representatives can be reached below:
Phone Number: (800) 225-2270
Address: 800 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203
The company has also had several controversies:
Since Boost shake is available in many different retail stores, several customer reviews are available:
“Sugar content too high”
“there are processed ingredients and artificial things”
The most common complaints are about the high amount of sugar and the artificial taste, though some people did enjoy the elevated levels of sugar. It’s also been widely criticized for the lack of weight loss benefits.
There are many interesting things to consider about Boost shakes:
Though there’s a wide availability for this shake, it’s incredibly high in sugar and it’s unknown what the overall amino acids content is. Customers have also complained about the artificial taste, and there’s a higher than average amount of calories provided per serving.
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