Lose weight with healthy weight loss shakes

Weight loss shakes promise fast weight loss, but they are often far from healthy. Many weight loss shakes consist of highly processed ingredients and are often even sugared. We would like to introduce you to a healthy weight loss shake. It is purely plant-based, free of sugar, gluten and soya and contains only natural ingredients.

Autor: Dr. med. W. Tönnes 


Most weight loss shakes – anything but healthy

People who buy and drink weight loss shakes usually have only one thing in mind: losing weight, and losing it fast! Unfortunately, many weight loss shakes are anything but healthy. They are a colourful mixture of whey, milk protein and/or soy protein isolates, yoghurt powder, modified starch, polydextrose (a synthetic dietary fibre), sugar, honey and/or sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose or similar), emulsifiers and thickeners (16 – 20, 22).

Weight loss shakes: Soya or milk protein

The main ingredient in conventional weight loss shakes is protein and/or protein isolates. You usually have a choice between soy protein and milk protein. Often both types of protein are combined in one and the same shake. Soy-free, but still plant-based protein alternatives are rare.

Soy products are not a problem in and of themselves if you eat a piece of organic tofu or drink a glass of organic soy milk now and then. However, the weight-loss plans of some weight-loss shakes stipulate that you should eat a shake up to three times a day, which – depending on your personal constitution – can lead to hormone imbalances and more.

When soy proteins (and often soy oil) are used, they are often not even made from organic soy. In January 2019, Ökotest testers found genetically modified soy in Almased (and also a high mineral oil contamination) (21).


Many weight loss shakes are lactose-free, but not dairy-free

In some cases, weight loss shakes are advertised as “lactose-free”. However, this does not mean that it is a dairy-free product. It only means that the product is free of lactose. Other dairy products (yoghurt powder, whey isolates, milk protein powder, etc.) may still be included (22), so the weight loss shakes in question are not an option for people who live vegan or have a milk protein intolerance.

Incidentally, milk protein intolerance is much more common than the rather rare lactose intolerance. Most of those affected are not even aware of their intolerance, as hardly anyone associates the corresponding chronic complaints with milk.

Typical complaints that can stem from a milk intolerance include respiratory complaints (constant throat clearing, chronically blocked nose, constant colds, susceptibility to sinusitis, nasal polyps, asthma, etc.), but also difuse headaches and digestive complaints.

Even if other chronic diseases exist, one should observe the personal condition once after consuming dairy products. In many cases, symptoms improve when cheese, milk, yoghurt and other foods are removed from the diet.

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