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Old 06-06-2007, 06:21 AM   #1
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Question Has anyone had any problems with SOY PROTEIN shakes?

I started drinking Spiru-tein soy protein shakes as meal replacements about 3weeks ago. I am now reading up on soy and I am a little nervous I am doing more harm then good now. I am almost at the end of the can and I am not sure if I should go out and buy more. I am starting to think I should find something else instead and fast. Any feedback with greatly be appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: Has anyone had any problems with SOY PROTEIN shakes?

Eeeyore,

I've used a lot of isolated soy protein and consumed COPIOUS amounts of tofu (soy bean curd) and never had any problems with it. I think it is a superb and healthy choice for a a source of high quality protein that is not animal based.

A lot of the soy bashing comes from the meat and dairy industries who don't like the competition. Most of it can be taken with a grain of salt (or a splash of soy sauce if you prefer .)

If the soy protein still worries you, you can switch to whey protein; its readily available and costs only a little more.

 
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Old 06-07-2007, 10:49 AM   #3
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Re: Has anyone had any problems with SOY PROTEIN shakes?

Some plain whey actually costs significantly less than Spirutien. Mpre protein and less sugar, too.
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Re: Has anyone had any problems with SOY PROTEIN shakes?

You can't really do any better than using a good quality Whey protein drink. It delivers just about everything you need in the way of a meal replacement.

It's a very high quality protein, loaded with amino acids, good for the immune system, the protein in it is proven to have the highest absorption (digestion) levels in comparison to all other sources, like meat, vegetables or soy.

Why not get a can of good quality Whey drink and try it? I think the taste is fine as far as that goes.

 
Old 06-07-2007, 05:36 PM   #5
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Re: Has anyone had any problems with SOY PROTEIN shakes?

I am lactose intolerant, so I take soy protein rather than whey for that reason. The only problem I have with the soy is a bit of extra gas and slight bloating. Are there any other options for protein supplementation (shake style) that are non-dairy?

 
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Re: Has anyone had any problems with SOY PROTEIN shakes?

amo,

I have found the soy protein a little bit gassy on occasion too. I use the pure protein, no sugar, no NOTHING else, and then mix my own protein shakes. On the other hand, I have fouund some of the whey proteins annoyingly "grainy" even after the blender.

For someone with lactose intolerance a good whey protein will NOT be a problem becasue there is no lactose in pure whey protein powder. (I'm not referring to premixed shakes which may contain powdered milk, sugar, flavorings, thickeners, etc,...another story entirely.)

If you want a high quality pure protein (90 or 95% protein) then the cheapest is SOY.

If you pay more than $5-$7 for a pound of your protein powder, you're being overcharged.

 
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Re: Has anyone had any problems with SOY PROTEIN shakes?

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I am lactose intolerant, so I take soy protein rather than whey for that reason. The only problem I have with the soy is a bit of extra gas and slight bloating. Are there any other options for protein supplementation (shake style) that are non-dairy?
Don't worry about lactose in whey, there isn't any. I have also used the egg white shake mix, which taste a lot like the whey mix, or you can buy a mixture of the 2. I like both.

Just buy good quality, not ones full of fillers and additives and sweeteners. I stay away from any sweetener other than stevia. Add whatever things you like to taste.

 
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Re: Has anyone had any problems with SOY PROTEIN shakes?

Thank you, guys.
I guess I will give whey a shot and see if I like it any better.

 
Old 07-11-2007, 01:54 PM   #9
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Re: Has anyone had any problems with SOY PROTEIN shakes?

Just wanted to update that I switched from soy to whey with no issues. I think I actually digest the whey better than the soy, no gas. And I am able to get more protein per serving, meaning for me less calories for the same amount of protein (or more protein while keeping my cals the same as before with the soy). Does that make sense?
Interesting note: I wasn't aware that whey doesn't thicken up as much as soy, so it's something to take into account if you're making a shake with it. At least that has been my experience. Anyone want to confirm or deny this fact?

 
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Re: Has anyone had any problems with SOY PROTEIN shakes?

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Just wanted to update that I switched from soy to whey with no issues. I think I actually digest the whey better than the soy, no gas. And I am able to get more protein per serving, meaning for me less calories for the same amount of protein (or more protein while keeping my cals the same as before with the soy). Does that make sense?
Interesting note: I wasn't aware that whey doesn't thicken up as much as soy, so it's something to take into account if you're making a shake with it. At least that has been my experience. Anyone want to confirm or deny this fact?
I think it differs from one brand to another. Also, I tend to experiment and add lots of different things in mine, so some of mine are thicker than others. The possibilities are great with them. Also, if you put them in the blender with ice, it makes them thicker.

 
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Re: Has anyone had any problems with SOY PROTEIN shakes?

Anyone who want a calorie free thickener that works instantly in cold or hot, look into xanthan gum. A pinch will make a shake as thick as MacDonalds...and it is 100% fiber... no calories. Guar gum works almost as well but takes longer to gel cold things.

These two gels have been the basis of almost all rich and creamy foods for the last half century in U.S., Canada, and Europe. It what makes ice cream ice cream...and you thought it was CREAM!

Bob's Red Mill makes them in an 8 ounce bag, and I got my last ones from an on-line bodybuilding outlet.

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Anyone who want a calorie free thickener that works instantly in cold or hot, look into xanthan gum. A pinch will make a shake as thick as MacDonalds...and it is 100% fiber... no calories. Guar gum works almost as well but takes longer to gel cold things.

These two gels have been the basis of almost all rich and creamy foods for the last half century in U.S., Canada, and Europe. It what makes ice cream ice cream...and you thought it was CREAM!

Bob's Red Mill makes them in an 8 ounce bag, and I got my last ones from an on-line bodybuilding outlet.
Very true! I had forgotten about that!

 
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