You’ve probably heard that several millions cans of Slim-Fast have been recalled because of a possible bacterial contamination.
Here’s an equally valid reason to avoid Slim-Fast: it’s junk. Look at this nutrition label:
This is supposed to be a meal replacement? It’s a soda with a little fat and protein thrown in. Okay, given the meals many people eat, I guess that would be a replacement, but you get the point.
Look at the ingredients list for the powdered version:
Sugar, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Maltodextrin, Gum Arabic, Milk Protein Concentrate, Cellulose Gel, Soy Fiber, Buttermilk Powder, Potassium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Dextrose, Salt, Guar Gum, Soybean Lecithin, Artificial Flavor, Carrageenan, Sodium Phosphate, Acesulfame Potassium (A Non Nutritive Sweetner) and Aspartame.
Sugar is listed first. That means it’s the primary ingredient — ingredients are listed in order of their proportion in the product, if you didn’t already know. Not surprisingly, the nutrition website where I found the label gives Slim-Fast an “A” for nutrition. It’s low fat in fat and cholesterol, you see.
I tried the Slim-Fast plan maybe 15 years ago, one of my many failed attempts to lose weight. I lasted three days on it. After drinking a can of this swill for breakfast, I’d be famished by lunch. I’d be hungrier than if I just skipped breakfast entirely.
Now, of course, I know why: the sugar. I most likely woke up in a mild state of ketosis, burning stored fat for fuel. Then I’d down a can of sugar, which would spike my insulin. The insulin in turn would tell my body to start packing the calories into my fat cells and hold them there. So I ran out of fuel. I remember sitting at my keyboard one morning, an hour from my usual lunchtime, feeling mentally fuzzy, my hands shaking from what was obviously low blood sugar.
At that point, I said to heck with this and went out for lunch instead of drinking another Slim-Fast. Unfortunately, since I didn’t know any better in those days, I probably went out for pasta. But even that’s an improvement over this glorified soda.