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Health Guide Review: 3,2/5

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FitMiss Delight shake Review: Does it work?

Intro: What is it?

FitMiss Delight shake is a meal replacement made specifically for women who are looking to lose weight. It’s free of gluten and it’s made specifically to curb hunger for hours.

Depending on the size whether it be 2 pounds or 1.19 pounds, this shake is offered in Chocolate Delight, Strawberries N’ Cream, Vanilla Chai, and Banana Cream. There are also a few suggestions which are meant to optimize weight loss results. This includes eating a balanced dinner, eating healthy snacks, and much more. Is there any benefit for women who drink this shake? What separates this from other meal replacements? To understand what FitMiss Delight has to offer, you can read this full review.

FitMiss Delight Ingredients

Here is the Vanilla Chai which is offered in both sized containers:

Whey Protein Concentrate Solathin Egg Albumin Micellar Casein Whey Protein Isolate
Whey Protein Hydrolysate Flax Seed Inulin Natural Flavors Artificial Flavors
Silicon Dioxide Calcium Silicate L-Glutamine Citric Acid Reed Beet Juice Powder
Carboxymethylcellulose Salt Protease Acesulfame Potassium Sucralose
Lactase Potassium Citrate L-Leucine L-Isoleucine L-Valine
Apple Extract Artichoke Leaf Extract Barley Grass Powder Black Berry Fruit Powder Blood Orange Powder
Broccoli Powder Cherry Extract Citrus Flavonoids Cranberry Extract Lemon Bioflavonoids
Mango Seed Extract Pomegranate Rind Extract Red Currant Powder Spinach Powder Spinach Powder
Watermelon Powder Wheat Grass Powder

 

With so many ingredients added, provided here are the most prominent ones to watch out for:

Artificial Flavors: Synthetic ingredient used to add flavor to a food. It can be extracted from common allergens such as corn, wheat, soy, and dairy.

Carboxymethylcellulose: Food additive used as a thicker often found in laxatives, paints, and detergents. According to a study featured in the international weekly journal of science, it’s been shown to cause:

low-grade inflammation and obesity/metabolic syndrome”

Potassium Citrate: Food additive used to control acidity, it needs to be mixed with liquids due to reduce the potential irritant effect it can have on the stomach lining.

Macronutrients and Calories

Calories 90 Calories From Fat 15 Total Fat 1.5g, 2% Saturated Fat 0.5g, 3% Cholesterol 50mg, 17%
Sodium 90mg, 4% Total Carbohydrate 90mg, 4% Dietary Fiber 1g, 4% Sugars 1g Protein 16g, 32%
Vitamin B12 833% Calcium 8% Iron 2% Magnesium 3% Potassium 3%

 

Calories

Only 90 calories are provided, which 15 of them are from fat. The total amount of fat per serving is:

15/90= 0.166 times 100= 16% fat per serving.

It’s almost considered a high fat product, which the FDA designates to anything with 20% fat or more.

Sugar

Only one gram of sugar is provided from artificial sweeteners:

Acesulfame Potassium: Sugar substitute providing up to 200 times the sweetening capacity as sucrose. It’s been studied in 2 landmark clinical studies. According to the Oxford Journals, this ingredient was shown to promote:

long-dated function on the adult’s sweet preference”

This means that babies drinking mother’s milk from mice fed this ingredient had an increase desire for sweetened foods in the future.

Another study performed by the respect National Toxicology Program showed it could lead to carcinogenic effects in male mice.

Sucralose: Up to 1,000 times sweeter than sugar, this sweetener is not properly broken down by the body.  The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health released a full study on the effects this ingredient had on mice. According to this study, it:

“Alters Gut Microflora and Increases Intestinal P-Glycoprotein”

P-glycoprotein is necessary for getting rid of potentially hazardous substances out of cells. Without this, the body is more at risk for diseases.

Another complete study by Science Direct showed a direct cause to:

“DNA damage in gastrointestinal organs.”

Fiber

Only one gram of fiber is provided, therefore you have to rely on the protein to help suppress appetite.

One major issue with this is that the added fruits and vegetables lose their nutritional value. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, and this brand isn’t It’s likely that the fiber only comes from Inulin provided which is a plant fiber.

The Quality of FitMiss Delight’s protein

There are several kinds of protein added to this blend, and it makes up 16 grams:

Whey Protein Concentrate: Extract taken form when cheese is made, this concentrate is known to be slow acting, and is beneficial for preventing lean muscle breakdown during long periods of not eating. It’s well digested and contains a high quality mixture of amino acids.

Solathin Potato Protein: Patented protein meant to prevent hunger, it’s a potato skin extract.  I couldn’t find any clinical studies not provided by the company which showed there to be an benefit.

Egg Albumin: The clear part of the egg. It contains almost no fat and carbohydrates, and provides around 50% of the protein found in eggs. There’s concern over the treatment of this protein, since it can promote salmonella contamination if it’s not heated and treated correctly.

Micellar Casein: Dairy protein that is used to provide a slow release of protein.

Whey Protein Isolate: Form of whey protein that is at minimum 90% protein by weight. It’s most slow digesting and has similar benefits to Whey Protein Concentrate.

Whey Protein Hydrolysate: A more expensive form of protein that is said to have the benefit of being easier to digest. It can be up to 300% more expensive than regular forms of whey protein.  In comparison to Isolates, Authority Nutrition claims it has a:

28-43% greater spike in insulin levels”

So it’s less beneficial due to its blood sugar increasing effects.

L-Leucine: The most essential Branch Chain Amino Acid which is needed by the body in order to preserve lean muscle mass.

L-Isoleucine:  Amino acids use to prevent the breakdown of muscle. It has not been studies much on what effects it can have on its own.

L-Valine: Not as beneficial as the other 2 amino acids Isoleucine or Leucine, Examine.com mentions it:

“does not appear to have any unique benefits”

Usually the 3 BCAA’S in Isoleucine, Valine, and Leucine are found in sufficient amounts in whey protein. This might be added due to the mixture of other proteins, which aren’t as rich in these amino acids.

There’s also concern over the use of egg protein due to potential contaminations.

The Price and Quality of FitMiss Delight

The largest 2 pound 36 serving container is priced at $34.99.

2 shakes a day will provide 18 servings which will cost:

$34.99/18= $1.94 per 2 shakes a day.

Low in price, but most importantly is determining whether or not it’s quality. Due to the artificial ingredients, stripped vitamins and minerals that aren’t seen in the added fruits and vegetables, and the potential for contamination, it’s not the best meal replacement available.

Additional Steps

Although there’s never any mention on how this brand works exclusively for women, there are many tips which aren’t described as necessary or as optional. It’s unknown if the following are required for weight loss, though they are stated on the official website:

  • Don’t eat at least 3 hours before sleep.
  • Drink 8 glasses of water to increase metabolism and get rid of toxins.
  • Use the FitMiss fitness program.
  • Eat dinner with 5 ounces of protein
  • Get a healthy snack between each meal.

It’s unknown what is required by the FitMiss fitness program, though they do mention on their fitness website that it’s needed for weight loss.

The official website links back to a sweet potato recipe, and a promise of providing workout advice.

It’s confusing to read these tips since its unknown if they’re required. Usually a company will offer suggestions to improve weight loss results, but they always mention whether or not it’s’ necessary or just supplemental.

Business

The company behind FitMiss Delight is MusclePharm; they specialize in supplements made especially for athletes. Their customer service representatives can be found below:

Phone Number: (800) 292-3909

Address: 4721 Ironton St

Denver. Colorado 80239

Some issues to look out for:

  • They have an F rating on the Better Business Bureau website. This is due to complaints about the supplements they offer, as well as problems on trying to return these brands.
  • The Environmental Research Center filed a lawsuit against the company for violating California’s Proposition 65, which makes companies list whether or not their brands contains carcinogens.
  • Another lawsuit was filed against the company for claims it would fake the amount of protein it truly added. It’s claimed that the added BCAAS’s are added to the overall protein, which shouldn’t be the case since although it’s an amino acid, it isn’t well rounded enough.

Customer Opinions

There are hundreds of reviews available online on sites like Amazon.com. Here are select reviews which tell of the overall quality:

“didn’t care for the texture or taste”

“Just “okay””

“bad texture. Horrible flavor”

“I was so disappointed/ Doesn’t really taste like strawberries”

On average people mention that the flavor profile is off, that it doesn’t take like what it’s supposedly marketed as. People also mention it does not mix well, and that you have to add many supplemental ingredients in order for it to taste decent.  This form of diluting means that by itself this shakes isn’t quality, and that additional calorie sources are needed to balance out flavors.

Conclusion

Many things need to be considered about this shake:

  • Though it has added fruits and vegetables, it’s not represented in the nutrient profile: One strange thing about this product is that although there are several wholesome seeming fruits and vegetables, the amount of nutrients is low. This means that during the manufacturing process it’s treated in a way that strips most, if not all of its nutritional value. This can be seen through the incredibly low amount of fiber, minerals, and vitamins. There’s reintroduced vitamins and minerals as well as fiber to make up for the stripping of these micronutrients. This increases the price unnecessarily, and it serves only to make the product look better than it actually is.
  • It has forms of protein which aren’t as beneficial as whey: Though whey is added, it’s brought down by the addition of unnecessary protein sources which don’t provide anymore benefit to the product. There are 3 forms of amino acids included which wouldn’t be necessary if the quality of whey was already high enough. Also, some of the protein can be a potential contaminant, and it’s sourced from ingredients which have not been proven to be any better than whey. Egg protein isn’t as nutritionally dense as whey, and potato protein has no clinical studies supporting its use.
  • People have largely complained about the flavor: Many people mention it doesn’t taste like the flavor they purchased. This is likely due to the Acesulfame Potassium and the Sucralose, both of which are known produce potential side effects. The kind of issues it may lead to include both an increased risk for obesity, and reduced healthy gut bacteria needed to improve the immune system.
  • There’s artificial ingredients added: Artificial flavors, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, as well as binders and ingredients used to promote better texture are included. When replacing meals it’s important to increase the intake of healthy ingredients, not to substitute with artificial ingredients which may potentially producer side effects. These ingredients only purpose are to substitute for wholesome options.
  • Some people have noticed side effects: Some reported issues include constipation, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and nausea. It’s unknown which of the ingredients is causing this negative effect. However, it’s possible that this is due to the high amount of artificial ingredients. These additives have been shown to produce unwanted effects in lab settings. In mice for example there’s been proof of these additives causing DNA damage, reduced metabolism, obesity, and a preference for sweets in adult life.

Though this product has some whey protein added, and it’s widely available, customers have largely left negative reviews over a lack of benefits and distaste for the flavors. There’s also a large amount of artificial ingredients which have been known to cause serious side effects.

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