I spent all of last week obsessing over protein shakes, and after asking several colleagues about which shakes they had tried in the past, I decided to write a review on one particular shake called Spiru-Tein. I carefully looked into the ingredients; then I tried to see if side effects would be an issue. After that, I looked for clinical research pertaining to Spiru-Tein and then finished off my study by reading up on customer reviews. Here’s the broken-down version of my findings.
What You Need to Know
Spiru-Tein shakes come in several different flavors with vanilla being one of the most popular. It is designed as a protein-heavy shake that you can either use for replacing meals or as a protein supplement to heavy exercise. You simply take a scoop of the mix and shake or blend it up with milk–you can even add fruit and other flavors.
Here is a quick look at the main ingredients I found on the label: 14 grams of protein, 8 grams of sugar, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 140 mg of sodium, and 110 mg of potassium. It looks to be a fat-free meal replacement shake, and it also has a fairly low calorie count.
A company called Natural Organics (also known as Nature’s Plus) owns Spiru-Tein; the company has been in business since 1972, and it is based in New York. You can find the protein shake mix at third-party retailers for around $35.00, and it contains enough powder to make one shake per day for a month. We like the affordable price of Spiru-Tein (some shakes are absurdly expensive), and the longevity of the company looks good. You need to keep reading though . . .
“It Tastes Gross”–A Concern?
As a meal replacement shake, Spiru-Tein is intended to be consumed–and therefore tasted. “We noticed many customers who couldn’t handle the taste,” said our research editor. “That’s a problem with meal replacement shakes.” Here are some of the comments we found:
“I bought the vanilla flavor,” said one reviewer. “I started out making smoothies with it and in a smoothie with fruit it tasted fine. But one day I tried it with just ice and milk and boy does it not taste very good.” “They changed for formulation,” said another. “Now it is green, chalky, thin, and watery. It is disgusting. I would not recommend it to anyone.”
Other consumers spoke of mediocre results. “Taste isn’t great, but it’s cheaper than the competitors” and “The taste is so so. It doesn’t taste like yummy vanilla like other brands” were a couple more representative comments.
The Consistency–Another Concern?
One customer had this to say: “The consistency is similar to pudding after I use my Ninja. I’ve tried so many different ways to make it work as well as other brands and it still ends up like pudding each time.” He continued, “I even left off the fruit and still, I get thick pudding. I won’t be buying it again.”
He wasn’t alone. “Thick consistency that I could not choke down. Wow, am I missing something?” one consumer said. “Has a mucous like consistency. It makes me gag just to think about it,” said another.
When it comes to meal replacement products, we’ve noticed that taste and edibility are very important. People may be motivated enough at first to choke down a nasty shake, but after a couple of weeks, the motivation isn’t strong enough to eat bad-tasting replacements. If the taste and consistency of Spiru-Tein Vanilla Protein Shake really are as bad as these customers are saying, your chances of long-term success aren’t very high.
What Does the Science Have to Say?
Briefly put, creating a calorie deficit is the cause of weight loss. When you put fewer calories into your body, you give it less to burn so that your body can focus on trimming down overall. Spiru-Tein doesn’t come with many calories, so if you truly replace lunch with one of these protein shakes every day, you should lose weight.
Bottom Line–Worth a Try?
After looking through the ingredients, we don’t see anything harmful about trying these shakes. Furthermore, the low calorie nature of the shakes would help you lose weight if you use them as a meal replacement. The problem lies in the fact that the shake doesn’t taste good at all according to many reviewers, and the consistency is equally bad.
If you’d like to trim down a little bit, we recommend avoiding the taste factor by finding a supplement that packs powerful fat-burning properties into a pill form.
We currently like one called Leptigen. It uses a blend of four clinically studied ingredients that are known to boost metabolism and burn fat. The online reviews look great, and they don’t speak of side effects.
There’s a special trial offer going on right now too, which is always a good sign!