Kashi GoLean Review

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What You Should Know

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Kashi GoLean is a series of products by Kashi Foods. The products are rich in protein and fiber to help the dieter balance a healthy diet. The official Kashi website provides a protein calculator so the dieter can view just how many grams of protein needed each day. The calculator takes into account the height, weight, fitness level, age and goals of the dieter. Protein is an important part of weight loss dieting. Protein digests slowly, reducing appetite between meals. But, just because Kashi GoLean is high in protein and fiber does not mean it is low in simple carbohydrates like sugar.

List of Ingredients

Line of protein and fiber rich foods by Kashi Foods.

Product Features

The Kashi GoLean series of foods promotes living healthy with protein and fiber rich foods, but the ingredient list for some of the Kashi foods contain large amounts of simple carbohydrates or sugars. The meal replacement bars, for instance, contain about 200 calories with 31 grams of carbohydrates. Of the 31 grams of carbohydrates, 18 are from simple sugars alone. There are 5 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein. There are also 4.5 grams of fat (containing 3.6 grams saturated fats). Saturated fats are unhealthy fats that may lead to increased risk of heart disease.

Kashi GoLean cereals are a bit healthier, with some varieties having 10 grams of sugar or fewer and no saturated fats, but ¾ cup of cereal accounts for 180 calories. Kashi GoLean hot morning cereals, are the best product sold by the company for weight loss. One packet contains 150 calories, 9 grams protein, 2 grams fat (no saturated fat) and 7 grams fiber. Some flavors have just 6 grams of sugar per serving.

Kashi GoLean products are sold in major grocery stores. Kashi GoLean is not a weight loss product, so dieters need to look carefully at the nutritional label before choosing a Kashi GoLean product. Most contain more than 150 calories per serving with small serving sizes. Eating a lean, egg-white omelet on a whole grain, low carbohydrate wrap accounts for fewer than 100 calories and packs a huge protein and fiber punch without added simple sugars.

Kashi GoLean is more expensive than other brands.

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Advantages

  • High in protein and fiber.

Disadvantages

  • Contains simple sugars.
  • Contains saturated fats.
  • More expensive than other brands.

Conclusion

Products with the Kashi GoLean name may look like diet products, but the serving size and simple sugar content may leave the dieter feeling hungry a short while after eating. Consuming high fiber foods is important for overall health and weight loss, but increasing fiber intake too quickly can lead to gas and painful bloating.

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