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Are Special K protein shakes healthy?

Although not available in the UK just yet, it’s sure to be no time until we see Kellogg’s Special K Protein shakes [] in stores.

After a succession of protein-rich food stuffs from the Big Bad Kellogg’s such as Special K Protein and Granola Protein Bars, it’s obvious where their efforts are being channelled right now.

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But the real question is – are Special K’s protein products any better for us that their notoriously sugary, high-carb cereals and snack bars? If you don’t believe me, take a look through the nutritional info on

Their Blueberry Bliss snack bar, for instance, has a whopping 7g of sugar per bar (8% of your RDA sugar) and only 4% of your RDA protein, thanks to heaps of corn syrup, sugar, fructose, glycerin, mollases and more.

I think it’s fair to say Kellogg’s Special K weren’t quite meeting the needs of health-conscious gym-friendly consumers with products like this, so a swathe of protein products have suddenly come aboard to fill the gap… and make more money.

Special K Protein Shakes Review

Unfortunately, whilst the range of Protein Shakes is huge – thirteen flavours in total – none of them are anywhere close to being healthy.

From French Vanilla to Vanilla Cappuccino to Chocolate Mocha, these protein shakes are promoted as a healthy way to ‘shake up your morning’ and really do sound too good to be true. A healthy but tasty dessert-like breakfast I can have on the go that will fill me up for hours?! Wow – sign me up!

And whilst this all sounds great, the proof really is in the breakfasty pudding – because the only boost being you’ll get from these protein shakes is an instant sugar/caffeine high… followed by the ultimate sugar low.

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Irritatingly, half of the range are marketed as ‘breakfast shakes’, which is only going to heighten the obesity epidemic our generation is currently going through.

It’s products like this, packaged nicely and promoted for their convenience, which busy and lazy people alike will think are the answer to their prayers. What happens here, however, is people either end up replacing a wholesome breakfast (which would increase a person’s metabolism), or replace their typical breakfast-less starts for a super sugary shake that’s chock full of empty calories… and which inevitably leads to an 11am rumbling tum and a huge lunch to fill the void.


So let’s take a look at Special K’s Chocolate Mocha Breakfast Shake and see what’s being served up for brekkie.

AHA – These shakes give you the option to trade in your delicious heart-healthy porridge or on-the-go potassium-rich banana for a slurpy calorie-laden shake filled to the brim with sugar, gellan gum, cellulose gum, sucralose, artificial flavours and canola oil.

Sounds tasty, right?

Yeyyyy – oh and that 20% (per bottle) protein content you were hoping would make you feel good is cruelly counteracted by 10% of your RDA carbs and, wait for it, a whopping 20% of your recommended sugar intake for the day.

Drinking a Special K protein shake and considering it healthy is like eating a banana split and telling yourself it’s potassium-rich. Just because elements of the finished meal have a little bit of something doesn’t mean the whole product ends up being so. And these protein shakes, unfortunately, are just like drinking a can of Coke or an energy drink for breakfast – so what’s my advice?

Avoid daft protein shakes and actually eat breakfast – you know, using your teeth and biting down on something – and drink plenty of water during the early hours. You’ll be hydrating yourself PROPERLY and won’t be starving hungry either.

It’s really not that hard, as long as you’re mindful that not everything with the word ‘protein’ in is inherently healthy. Far from it, actually.

This post first appeared on My Well Being Journal – An IBS & Intolerance Foo, please read the originial post: here

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