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Despite claims that it helps with weight loss, a SlimFast shake is not a good choice for people with diabetes. One serving contains 25 grams of carbohydrate, 5 of which come from fiber. Although this isn't extremely high, the product is sweetened with both sugar and fructose, which are listed as third and fifth among the ingredients, respectively. SlimFast is also pretty low in protein, providing only 10 grams per can. Studies have shown that moderate to high protein intake helps reduce appetite, increases metabolic rate more than carbs or protein, and can help prevent loss of muscle mass during weight loss and the aging process.
A better alternative is to make your own high-protein, low-carb shake using protein powder, a tablespoon of almond butter or peanut butter, unsweetened almond or coconut milk, and a sugar-free sweetener.
Answered by Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE
Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE
Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.
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