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I've been drinking the chocolate Pure Whey Stack for over four years now. Ever since I had a Lap Band installed it has been a daily part of my life. In fact my doctor made me buy a jar before I even went for the surgery so I'd have it at home during recovery. So I can speak with some confidence about this product.
First, it takes a little getting used to. I didn't like it the first time I tasted it, and most don't. But after a few tries I really started to enjoy it. The use of cold vs. warm water makes a big difference, not only in the texture but in the taste. It really tastes different, and in my opinion better, when cold. Others swear by it warm or even a little hot (don't add hot water, it destroys the protein).
The energy I get from it is fantastic. The chocolate also helps satisfy sweet cravings and keeps me feeling full. It really does work. And my doctor tells me (your mileage may vary) that I simply can't drink enough. If I'm hungry, no matter how many I've already had, have another one.
My job requires lots of travel. I usually just fill a ziploc bag with enough Pure Whey Stack powder to make 4-5 shakes a day during the trip. I also remember to put a spare measuring cup (kept from a previously emptied jar) in the bag as well as a battery hand mixer like BonJour Café Latte Frother, Battery Powered, White/ Gray. Get this one, not the one with the spring-like blade. It is weak. This one mixes shakes quite well and is fantastic for travel. Just remember to take the batteries out - from personal experience, a vibrating suitcase gets more snickers and sneers than you can imagine.
I tend to treat myself. I usually make this mix in a high-walled glass:
2 level scoops of chocolate Pure Whey Stack 1 packet of Splenda 1 teaspoon of chunky peanut or cashew butter
I mix that concoction up with my KitchenAid KHB100OB Hand Blender, Onyx Black and it takes about 8 seconds to mix thoroughly. It tastes like a peanut butter and chocolate milkshake. Plus the fat in nut butter supposedly helps with protein absorption. Its worth a couple of carbs and a little salt for the flavor and fullness.
Protein is a Hugh factor after having Gastric Bypass Surgery. This has all the nutrition needed and has the BEST taste. My friends and I have tried them all, and this is the winner. They also have lots of great flavors. I give this a well needed Five Star rating, because good Protein is a big priority in my life and taste is important.
...I read about others complaining of the excessive sweetness (which I've never really minded) and that you can't get that level of "sweet" with only 2 grams of sugar. Admittedly, it is rather sweet, though I was skeptical that there was anything really bad in it; however, I did some research and it turns out the sweetening agent, Acesulfame Potassium, is actually a carcinogen. See below:
What's in it: Acesulfame-K is a potassium salt containing methylene chloride, a known carcinogen.
Reported side effects: Long term exposure to methylene chloride can cause nausea, headaches, mood problems, impairment of the liver and kidneys, problems with eyesight and possibly cancer. Acesulfame-K may contribute to hypoglemica.
Concerns: Of all artificial sweeteners, acesulfame-K has undergone the least scientific scrutiny. Early studies showed a potential link between the sweetener and development of multiple cancers in laboratory animals. "
I love the idea of protein shakes - post-workout, it's a quick easy way to get protein into your system and start the repair\rebuild process. However, it seems that protein manufacturer's are putting more and more unnecessary chemicals and compounds in their shakes. One manufacturer actually puts cadmium in their powder. The fine print, on that manufacturer, reads to not ingest more than 2-3 shakes per day.
This is nothing short of disheartening. I hate to have to resolve solely to meat(s) for my protein supplements but given the option of putting poison powder in my system vs. taking longer to ingest and process, the choice is very clear.
I decided to make protein powder apart of my life after adding strength training and plateauing on my weight loss journey. I was hungrier and I wanted more "junk" food. Protein is a pro at helping calm your inner hungry monster and is great for repairing your muscles after a lift session, so I thought, "What do I have to lose?" After researching different products, this one came up on a "Top 10" best protein powders, so naturally, after checking amazon, the price wasn't too bad and the reviews were great as well.
I was nervous after spending $30 for a 2.2 lb bottle it would end up in my trash because of the taste. I couldn't have been more wrong. So far, I've tried the chocolate powder with water and unsweetened almond milk and both ways are so delicious and creamy. It mixes well in my blender bottle or with a spoon. It satisfies my chocolate craving, gives me that much needed protein, and hunger suppression. It's only 130 calories per scoop, so I can easily double up without going crazy on the calories.
Highly recommend, will be purchasing again, hopefully will try some more flavors and some recipes with the powder.
Love it! Tastes great, mixes very easy. I put a few scoops in my corn bread mix to make high protein blueberry corn muffins and drink a scoop or two in a water bottle throughout the day. The package I got has been changed from the photo here. My photos attached are accurate as of May 2015.