Meal replacement shakes are made with high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, carrageenan, and artificial flavors. The shakes aren’t all the same and many give you more of a sugar spike than the protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals that you would get from eating an actual meal. There are some good protein supplements that can be quick snacks for on the go. Research the labels before picking your protein.
Fruit cocktails are sneaky little devils. Giving the idea that it’s fruit so it can’t be that bad, but in many cases the fruit is sitting in high fructose corn syrup and packaged with BPA that is linked to endocrine issues and obesity. Since the fruit is no longer being fresh, the fiber is broke down leaving only the sugar behind. Stick to fresh fruits.
Protein bars can have just as much (or more) sugar as they do protien. They are also made with artificial sweeteners, caramel color, polysorbate 60. There maybe a few good ones out there but they are few and fear between. Many of the most popular brands found at the grocery store or gas station are not worth the money or your waistline.
Secret: Granola bars claim to be healthy but are more dangerous than you think. They have sugar, corn syrup, sorbitol, soybean oil, and a ban substance called BHT. BHT is potential carcinogen. Not all granola bars are made the same, making it important to look at the ingredients label before buying.