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So I just joined a gym, and have been working out nearly 3 weeks now, and when I enter or exit I walk past the front counter, where there is always someone who wants to know if I want to try one of their protein shakes. I politely decline and keep on going. However they seem so very persistent, so I stopped the other morning and asked about the ingredients in the shakes. They had a sheet that listed everything that goes into the shake. Apparently, I live under a rock as I wasn't aware of so many different types of protein! It kind of threw me off for a bit. Anyway, I immediately look at sugar content first when I examine a label nowadays because pretty much anything over 10 grams gets my heart a little too excited and my taste buds just can't handle the sugar since surgery. The entire list showed anywhere from 20-30 grams of sugar per shake. I gave them back their list, thanked them and told them I couldn't do that much sugar in a shake. One of the trainers standing there assured me that the sugar used was Stevia, "the good sugar." I didn't know what to say to that... so I just smiled, said thanks and went home. I don't know much about Stevia, I don't know what effects it has for bypass patients and I don't see my doc until October, so I was wondering if anyone had experience with it? If it is just a sugar substitute I would still not be able to take in 20-30 grams of it in one drink! Thoughts? Comments? Thanks!

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Stevia is not listed as "sugar" on nutritional facts, so he was misinformed. You were right to avoid it.

I love stevia and use it to sweeten my iced tea. If you try it, be sure it is pure stevia, and not something blended with a sugar alcohol (anything with the suffix "-tol" listed in the ingredients), as those can cause gastrointestinal distress (gas & diarrhea).

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On 9/4/2017 at 4:05 PM, Gretta said:

Stevia is not listed as "sugar" on nutritional facts, so he was misinformed. You were right to avoid it.

I love stevia and use it to sweeten my iced tea. If you try it, be sure it is pure stevia, and not something blended with a sugar alcohol (anything with the suffix "-tol" listed in the ingredients), as those can cause gastrointestinal distress (gas & diarrhea).

@Pixx allow me to second Gretta's comment. If there were sugars listed as 20-30 grams then most likely they were the 'scurrilous scabrous' evil (usual) type of sugar, since Stevia would not be listed as a sugar. The number of high protein products out there is amazing. The sugar alcohols"-ols" (sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol) are sweet but can cause diarrhea and bloating. 

Because Stevia is a natural product (comes from a plant) it is favored by a lot of natural-type people. Although I am a natural-organic type person - I prefer Splenda. (I have never found myself other than in complete agreement with Gretta so this is, well, shocking). :rolleyes:  This is a matter of taste not right or wrong. 

Back to your query: There is some data to suggest that a protein drink right after exercise is good for muscles. I was in an Austin Texas YMCA in April this year and they had Premier Protein drinks (130 g protein, only 1 g carbos) in their vending machines. I was both stunned and delighted. Would your gym take a suggestion as to what to have in their machines? But honestly a glass of skim milk has protein and could act as a protein recovery drink after exercise. 

 

 

 

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On 9/5/2017 at 4:30 PM, BurgundyBoy said:

Back to your query: There is some data to suggest that a protein drink right after exercise is good for muscles. I was in an Austin Texas YMCA in April this year and they had Premier Protein drinks (130 g protein, only 1 g carbos) in their vending machines. I was both stunned and delighted. Would your gym take a suggestion as to what to have in their machines? But honestly a glass of skim milk has protein and could act as a protein recovery drink after exercise.

I use a pure whey protein isolate (Phormula-1) from 1st Phorm that I get from Supplement Superstores for my post workout protein. There are many different flavors, I really like juicy watermelon, to choose from. It has 96 calories, 23g protein, 0g sugars, 0g fat, 40mg sodium, and 1g carb. I was told by a nutritionist years ago about the importance of some carbs with the protein drinks, post workout, to aide in the rebuilding of muscles after lifting weights. From my understanding if you want to build bigger muscles then you use more carbs than if you are just toning. I use a product (Ignition) which is a glycogen super compensation formula and also from 1st Phorm mixed in with my post workout protein drink on days I do weights. It is designed to ignite muscle growth, restore glycogen levels, and decrease recovery time. I only use half a scoop vs a full scoop due to wanting to keep carbs low and tone, not bulk up. I was using these products pre-surgery and have been able to continue them post-surgery without any problems. 

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1 hour ago, Chefman77 said:

I use a pure whey protein isolate (Phormula-1) from 1st Phorm that I get from Supplement Superstores for my post workout protein. There are many different flavors, I really like juicy watermelon, to choose from. It has 96 calories, 23g protein, 0g sugars, 0g fat, 40mg sodium, and 1g carb. I was told by a nutritionist years ago about the importance of some carbs with the protein drinks, post workout, to aide in the rebuilding of muscles after lifting weights. From my understanding if you want to build bigger muscles then you use more carbs than if you are just toning. I use a product (Ignition) which is a glycogen super compensation formula and also from 1st Phorm mixed in with my post workout protein drink on days I do weights. It is designed to ignite muscle growth, restore glycogen levels, and decrease recovery time. I only use half a scoop vs a full scoop due to wanting to keep carbs low and tone, not bulk up. I was using these products pre-surgery and have been able to continue them post-surgery without any problems. 

Thanks for the update! Can't claim to be remotely up to date with what is "the  best" recovery drink, nor to knowing which types are best for which form of exercise. 

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On 9/4/2017 at 2:10 AM, Pixx said:

One of the trainers standing there assured me that the sugar used was Stevia, "the good sugar."

 

On 9/4/2017 at 12:05 PM, Gretta said:

Stevia is not listed as "sugar" on nutritional facts, so he was misinformed. You were right to avoid it.

I love stevia and use it to sweeten my iced tea. If you try it, be sure it is pure stevia, and not something blended with a sugar alcohol (anything with the suffix "-tol" listed in the ingredients), as those can cause gastrointestinal distress (gas & diarrhea).

@Pixx, Gretta is correct. The trainer is grossly misinformed, or was trying to seriously dumb the conversation down for you. Stevia is made from a plant and is not listed as a sugar. You were wise to avoid this protein drink, as it no doubt contained the very thing you were trying to avoid.

I love Stevia and use it in a lot of my foods. Hot tea in the morning and evening, I used it in my coffee pre-op, and oatmeal and cream of wheat, etc.,  and my wife uses it a lot in her cooking and baking. It's my go-to sweetener for everything these days. Also like Great said, I avoid all "-tol" sweeteners for the reason she mentioned.

Now Brand and Sweet Leaf are two excellent brands of Stevia. I buy a huge 1-lb jug of it from Amazon (Now brand) for use around the home.

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