SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT

It’s that time again, to explore our new shake of next week! Cute name, Skinny Blend via skinnyjane.com, makes lots of claims for metabolism and weight loss. Sound too good to be true?? Let’s dig deeper…

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Laura was telling me that she had a lot of fun choosing this one, since it came in so many fun flavors to try. We’re going to go with banana, since it is a unique flavor skew, and has a plethora of fun to be had in the smoothie department. But nutritionally speaking, how does it hold up against the competition? Let’s see! Here is a snap of the ingredient list:

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What is this stuff actually MADE OF?

  • Right off the bat we can see that there are no stamps for organic or nonGMO ingredients, meaning that the quality of ingredients is held to no real standard in terms of nutritional benefit in my eyes.
  • They are blending their protein, and you can see how they list whey protein concentrate (denatured!), whey protein isolate (more denatured product!), and also milk protein isolate (remember that anytime you see isolate or even concentrate, the product has been denatured and altered from its natural state). Already, this is a highly processed product.

Then it comes to a bunch of BIG RED FLAGS:

  • Calcium caseinate and micellar casein. Casein is one of the proteins from milk when you break it down into components. It is used as an additive that makes food more highly addictive, tricking your brain into wanting more. Such a sneaky ingredient, also found in some chips, mints and salty cheesy snacks. Watch out, as casein could be hiding under the ‘natural and artificial flavoring’ category, too.
  • Soy lecithin is a highly-GMO product that triggers a cascade of inflammation in your system, and research now is suggesting that you avoid inflammatory foods at all costs for health and longevity. Unless you see the nonGMO stamp, please do not eat products containing soy lecithin.
  • Sucralose –> aka SPLENDA! They tried to trick us again, by labeling Splenda as Sucralose, but we won’t be fooled by this chlorinated, artificial sweetener which research has shown can throw off your insulin levels thus affecting your body’s metabolism of blood sugars, offset the intricate balance of probiotics (the healthy bacteria all throughout your gut that support healthy mood, mindset, digestive function and a myriad more..), can increase appetite signaling making you hungrier. UGH! It is best to avoid anything not deemed natural or ‘safe’. You are worth so much more than that.
  • Polydextrose, or some may find it listed as ‘dietary fiber’, doesn’t offer much of fiber whatsoever! Polydextrose is extracted from glucose and sorbitol (sometimes provides a fun laxative effect, ugh). They are still working out the kinks in terms of safety, but this additive can cause digestive upset, diarrhea, bloating, constipation, cramps and more.
  • Cookie Piece — um, did someone just try to slip this one in? A cookie piece? What does that even mean!? LOL
  • Creamer using the most highly inflammatory oils! Including sunflower, corn syrup solids (I mean, really — high fructose corn syrup!? NO WAY..), more casein, soy lecithin and other additives. These aren’t food — they are synthetic ingredients that throw off the delicate balance of pH in your body, and so much more.
  • Acesulfame Potassium – YIKES! This additive contains a carcinogen called methylene chloride. Long-term exposure to methylene chloride can cause headaches, depression, nausea, mental confusion, liver effects, kidney effects, visual disturbances, and more. Please do not ingest this!

Note: I did like that they used MCT oil (medium chain fats, such as those found in coconut oil are actually quite beneficial seeing as they burn up in your stomach before they hit the intestines)!

 

Unfortunately there is not much to rave about this ‘skinny’ product from a nutritional standpoint. Never let yourself be fooled by cute marketing tactics again.

Skinny Jane gets a GRADE F and fails on all accounts of functionality, nutrition, quality of ingredients, and health promotion.

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