What You Should Know
Spirutein, also referred to as Spiru-tein, is a high protein, energy shake available in 20 flavors and vegetarian formulas. Shakes can be purchased in powder form or premixed for ease. Spirutein is manufactured by Nature’s Plus, the same company that develops and sells many vitamin and nutrient supplements. According to the official website, Spirutein has been around for 20 years.
List of Ingredients
Vanilla: Proprietary non-GMO protein blend (rice protein, pea protein and soy [isolated soy protein and fermented soy]), fructose, maltodextrin, tri-calcium phosphate, natural vanilla flavor, potassium citrate, magnesium oxide, guar gum, psyllium, oat bran, microcrystalline cellulose, spirulina, vitamin C, vitamin E acetate, choline bitartrate, inositol, apple pectin, bee pollen, niacinamide, vitamin A palmitate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, ferrous fumarate, calcium pantothenate, lecithin, lemon bioflavonoids, papaya, bromelain, chlorophyll, pyridoxine HCl, riboflavin, thiamine HCl, vitamin B12, vitamin D, folic acid, biotin, potassium iodide, chromium chloride, sodium selenite, sodium molybdate.
Nearly every protein shake contains this long list of ingredients that looks like Latin to most dieters. Spirutein, however, has a pretty impressive Latin list. Most of the ingredients fall into the protein, vitamin or nutrient category. When those ingredients are pushed to the side, the dieter is left with a few samples of ayurvedic medicine.
Bee pollen is one of the first ingredients to catch the eye. Bee pollen has been used for centuries to improve digestion, skin, blood pressure, and relieve depression. While none of these claims are verified with clinical studies, there are no known side effects associated with bee pollen making it a decent ingredient.
Papaya is another uncommon ingredient Spirutein has chosen to add to their protein shake. Papaya promotes faster digestion of foods which can relieve stomach distress, gas, and bloating often sometimes associated with consuming protein shakes.
Chlorophyll has been studied at Oregon State University and found to block the absorption of some cancer causing agents. While this may not increase weight loss, it sure does sound like a healthy ingredient.
Each Spirutein shake contains 100 calories, 11 grams carbohydrates, 14 grams protein and 0 grams fat. Only one gram of carbohydrate is attributed to fiber, which is a disappointment for such a progressive weight loss shake.
The high protein content and relatively low sugar levels – paired with the low calorie total for each shake – could make this an healthy snack alternative. There are not enough calories to replace an entire meal, though two shakes could be consumed for that purpose. Spirutein sells for $20 to $32 per 1.2 pound container.
- High protein, low carbohydrate snack or meal replacement shake.
- Progressive ingredient list with some ayurvedic ingredients.
- Low calorie count.
- Too few calories to be used as a meal replacement though that is how the shake is marketed.
We are always on the lookout for a good source of healthy protein without a ton of sugars packed in for energy and this could be one of the better choices. As a meal replacement we are a bit skeptical with only 100 calories a serving. But, if a dieter uses two servings for one meal, the protein level would be greater and so should the satiation between meals.
We still suggest using a fat burner or proven weight loss supplement as there are no metabolism boosting ingredients in the Spirutein shake.