Hey there guys! 🙂
I’ve been introduced to MANY new awesome products through blogs and instagram. I also learned about things that should be avoided (I say just consumed in moderation) and key things to keep an eye out on ingredient lists.
So, why not contribute to the amazing abundance of information available on the web? 😉
Power Pak Pudding Fit & Lean
My mother bought me a pack of four as a gift. She figured they were great, protein packed snacks and EASY to transport. Aka I can shove it in my purse when I’m on the run 😀
Which yes, I easily can.
I was surprised on how pudding-y the texture was, and how it really did taste like pudding!
With 15 grams of protein? Boo-yah!
For taste, I give this product an A+
Now, I wonder whats in it that actually makes it taste so good…
Most of these ingredients aren’t bad. Modified food starch isn’t as bad as it sounds. It’s usually just used as a thickening aid, and is nothing harmful to the human body. Still, I don’t like the word “modified”
Heres the dirty…
Sucralose– One of the most common artificial/added sweeteners. Of course, its not as bad as many other GM sweeteners. Sucralose will not kill you. No, you won’t die if you consume it. However, many people are against using any added/artificial sweeteners.
Acesulfame K- Another added sweetener! This sweetener is calorie free, and 200x sweeter than regular sugar.Acesulfame potassium is made from a process that involves the transformation of an organic intermediate, acetoacetic acid, and its combination with the naturally occurring mineral, potassium, to form a highly stable, crystalline sweetener. Acesulfame potassium is not metabolized or stored in the body. After it is consumed, it is quickly absorbed by the body and then rapidly excreted unchanged. Lastly, Acesulfame is FDA approved, and is linked to no harm to our bodies. Another sweetener to keep an eye out, and consumed in moderation.
Carrageenan- Okay, this is the one ingredient that kind of got to me. Carrageenan is extracted from [red] seaweed. It’s used to help provide a thicker texture in some yogurts, ice cream, and tooth paste. Yup. In some studies, carrageenan has been linked to glucose intolerance. In other words, diabetes. Of course, eating a couple pots of these here and there doesn’t mean you’re going to get diabetes. It’s just another ingredient to be mindful about, and consumed in moderation.
** Ingredient labels are listed from MOST abundant to LEAST abundant.
So keep in mind, water is the most abundant ingredient in this, while carrageenan is the most trace.
(Despite the ingredients, this snack would easily fit into anyones macros, and provide a protein punch)
In the end, these little protein snacks will not be a staple for me. However, I will treat myself to one here and there, if I feel like it.
No food is bad, just like no food is perfect.
I try not to “deny” anything, or restrict anything.
Rather than that, consume in moderation and you’ll be just fine 🙂