Idealshake comes from the Utah-based Idealshape, a company probably best known for their meal replacement shake but which also sells fat burners, collagen supplements, and vitamins and minerals.
Idealshake is their flagship product, so it comes in about ten different flavors and has a significant following. What’s in it?
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IdealShake Nutrition & Ingredients
One scoop is 100 calories: 11 grams of protein, 10 grams of carbs (5 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar), and 2.5 grams of saturated fat. There’s 8 percent of your daily cholesterol intake and 9 percent of your daily sodium.
As far as the main vitamins and minerals go, there are nineteen listed, most of which are dosed at 70 to 80 percent of the RDI. There’s the standard suite of B-vitamins and Vitamins A, C, D, and E, and minerals tend to be dosed a little lower: there’s 30 percent of your daily zinc, 45 percent of your magnesium, 50 percent of your iron.
The ingredients list is mostly whey and vitamins, but there are some added digestive enzymes (bromelain, papain, lactase, and the blend from DigeSEB®) and a “Hunger Blocker Blend” of Slendesta, a potato extract and isomalto-oligosaccharide. Note that it also contains the artificial sweetener sucralose, also known as Splenda.
IdealShake Benefits and Effectiveness
This is an unusually nutritious shake that’s unusually low in calories. It has just 100 calories and and some 75 percent of the RDI of most vitamins. Is it missing anything?
There’s no real mention of some of the lesser known micronutrients, specifically Vitamin K, manganese, selenium, copper, chromium, and choline, plus it only has 3 percent of your daily potassium intake. So it’s nutritious, but it doesn’t provide complete nutrition. Then again, there are very few meals that would provide every single nutrient the body needs so that might be an unfair standard. I’m also a big fan of the extra digestive enzymes, which may improve absorption and reduce digestive discomfort, though I would have liked to see probiotic bacteria in this as well.
I like that there’s roughly the same amount of protein and carbs, though it’s still pretty low in net carbs (half the carbs are fiber) and pretty low in fat. So if you’re relying on this for a meal replacement, you’d want to make sure you’re consuming carbs and fat in your other meals. The RDI for fat intake is about 45 to 80 grams, there are just 2.5 grams in IdealShake.
The hunger blocker is an interesting addition. Slendesta is made from an enzyme found in potatoes that contributes to the feeling of satiety that potatoes confer. (Studies have found potatoes to be one of the most satiating foods on Earth.) It’s becoming increasingly common in supplements; we’ve seen a similar ingredient in the FitMiss protein powder.
As far as questionable ingredients go, this contains the artificial sweetener sucralose, it has milk and soy, plus it’s processed on equipment that processes dairy, soy, wheat, peanuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, and tree nuts.
You can pick up one tub of 30 servings for about $50, so you can expect to pay between $1.50 and $1.75 per scoop. That’s moderately priced for a meal replacement shake. Note that the price decreases if you sign up for a subscription program.
I tried the Vanilla flavor and it was pleasant with water, though very sweet when mixed with milk or yogurt. A milder flavor would have been more versatile, but it does make for a drink that goes pretty well with water.
The main things I liked about this product is the fact that it isn’t too low in carbs, it’s got a good amount of nutrition, it’s tasty with water, it’s satiating, and it contains digestive enzymes. I would have liked some probiotics and a few more minerals, and the artificial ingredients and allergens may turn some consumers off. But if those factors aren’t a concern to you, you’ll be pretty happy with this nutritious, though very low calorie shake.