Also, BIG WARNING to everyone: this has 16 grams of xylitol per serving.
Now, xylitol is actually pretty great in general, but you’re really only supposed to eat like a few grams of it at a time. Depending on your personal body chemistry, this stuff might make you erupt faster than Colon Blow.
@ShotgunX if you Wiki Xylitol you’ll find it’s not allowed in beverages in the EU. Also, strangely enough found safe for humans but not dogs. Also it’s basically a waste product but a multi billion $ industry. Hard Pass.
@birdy Xylitol (often derived from birch trees) is a nice sugar substitute, and has beneficial effects such as tooth mineral restoration. Just because it’s toxic to dogs does not mean it’s bad for humans (chocolate and onions are also toxic to dogs, for example, but I bet you eat both).
I’m not trying to steer people away from this product because it’s bad (by all standards, the ingredients list is quite good). Just warning them that a big serving of xylitol might result in gastrointestinal issues for some.
@ShotgunX No whey. If you consume a lot of protein whey will end up in your colon. Whey in your colon produces some of the most foul smelling gas to the point you won’t believe that crawled out of you. Try it yourself if you don’t believe me. Xylitol never has never bothered me personally or anyone I know. Whey on the other hand has including many friends so this stuff isn’t all that bad.
@tonys2 I use protein powder a lot, and have never had that effect. I think what’s more likely is that you/your friends have been consuming protein supplements with inulin/chicory root fiber and/or maltitol in them, which can have that effect. I avoid those ingredients, and don’t have those issues.
As I said earlier, xylitol’s effects depend on body biology/chemistry. Some people won’t react at all, and some will react easily. For those who do react, 16g is a very large dose to take all at once, and could lead to a lot of discomfort.
@ShotgunX@tonys2 If you’re getting crazy gas with from dairy-based protein powders and wish to consume protein powders then you should try a whey protein isolate.
As far as I know, it’s not generally the whey protein itself that causes some people gastrointestinal issues. It’s the other milk products that are not completely filtered out. Most people who have trouble with whey powders do better with isolates.
Also, @ShotgunX is right about inulin. Huge segments of the US population have serious problems with that stuff. I’m in that group. This product does not seem to have any, thankfully.
@ShotgunX@tonys2 Thanks for the heads up on the Xylitol. Small amounts are fine for me, like in gum. But 16 grams is a huge amount, that seems excessive. Throw some stevia in or something. Inulin is also a big no no. It’s fine in my system until it hits my large intestine and it just makes gas the whole way out. Attractive.
I’d like to point out that while this is a great deal for Spiru-Tein Gold (which is a very expensive protein powder), there are far cheaper protein powders. This has 13 servings of 12g protein each, or 156g protein per tub. That’s $0.20/gram at Amazon’s $31/tub, or $0.06/gram at the Meh price of 2 tubs for $20. To compare, filet mignon (at $15/lb and 122g protein) is $0.12/gram.
A good-tasting protein (with no xylitol) is Pure Protein’s 100% Whey Rich Chocolate. You can find a 50-serving 2-tub pack at BJs for $25, and that’s 25g protein per serving, so 1250g protein for $25 or $0.02/gram.
That said, this is a completely different product. Pure Protein is 100% whey; this is a blend of chia, rice, pea, flax, and vitamins. The target audience isn’t people who need protein for their workouts, but people who just want a little extra protein in their diet. (Which is obvious if you do the math: a typical amount to supplement for men working out is 50g/day, which would use up an entire container in three days.)
If you don’t need crazy amounts of protein, and you’re looking for a low-calorie thing made with seeds and mushrooms you can drink daily, this is decent; per serving it’s 105 calories, 12g protein and costs $0.77. Just make sure you can tolerate the xylitol!
@tartanknickers Eh, I’m saying it’s good for Spiru-tein? It’s a good meal replacement if that’s what you’re looking for, tastes decent (better mixed with fruit, etc), plant-based if you like that, vitamin-fortified and little bit of fiber. Low protein and high-ish carbs by current standards.