Re: Muscle Shakes
I don't see anything in here that would hurt LO, unless LO happens to be allergic to sulfa. (In that case, the "acesulfame potassium" MIGHT pose a problem; I'm not sure. You'd need to check with a doctor or pharmacist.)
But I do agree w/PP that it might be wise to try other approaches before resorting to this shake. The main ingredient in this product is maltodextrin, a form of sugar. This means that processed carbs are the main thing adding weight for you here, and the body turns carbs into fat or energy, not muscle.
Notice that the word "muscle" isn't in the title of this product; it's only cleverly referenced in the PR blurb on the webpage. In addition, despite the blurb's promise of fiber, the nutrition info states that there's not enough fiber in it to claim any significant fiber per serving. Fiber = good carbs, sugar = not-so-good carbs. This product doesn't have the type of carbs that the PR blurb claims.
Given all this, my guess is that you might be better off doing a "half-reverse Atkins." Get your proteins, like on a typical Atkins diet, but also load up on healthy carbs: whole grains, fruits, legumes, nuts, and whole-skin potatoes. (In other words, pretty much what the PP said! )
If' you've already tried all that, though, this shake might be the next logical step. Just make sure you keep your other nutrients up, too!
Last edited by @llli*mama.jen; September 21st, 2011 at 09:12 AM.
Reason: ETA info that ingredients are safe for breastfeeding.
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