This week’s food test serves a practical purpose. As a weight loss doctor, many people ask me about using Atkins products for quick meals or snacks. In the past, I’ve been skeptical about many products labeled as “low carb,” including Atkins products. I know that the Atkins family of snack products are sweetened with alternative sweeteners that are generally considered low calorie and have a low glycemic index, but I wanted to make sure of this before I made any recommendations. My experience in the past is that if it tastes good, then the claims that they are zero calorie, zero carb or zero anything for that matter are too good to be true.
The Atkins Advantage shake had a very different appeal to our staff. Lili didn’t really care for it, whereas Chris liked the taste of it and could appreciate the utility of the product.
As you can see from the glucose and ketone testing, there was only a small change in the readings. The average blood sugar reading showed less than a 10mg/dL change.
There are several different flavors of Advantage shakes to choose from, including Vanilla, Strawberry, Cafe Caramel and Dark Chocolate Royale. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I’m sure that all the shakes behave the same way in regards to blood sugar and ketones.
As a weight loss doctor, I really enjoy performing these food tests, so feel free to send any suggestions you have for foods you would like us to include in the testing process.