Bariatric Advantage 60mg Iron – Lemon Lime

On November 30, 2009, in Minerals, Reviews, by Andrea
60mg Lemon Lime

60mg Lemon Lime

Our Chewable Iron was designed to meet the iron replacement needs of patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. Our iron is in a form that is both easy to take and tastes great. Our Strawberry Flavored Iron provides 18 milligrams of elemental iron from Ferronyl®, and our 29 milligram iron is a blend of Ferronyl® and ferrous fumarate. Both contain vitamin C to optimize iron absorption and utilization. Tablets are designed to be easy on the digestive system, to support maximum absorption, and to minimize side effects like constipation.


And Andrea digs back into the OH ATL swag bag and pulls out this sample from Bariatric Advantage — Their 60mg Lemon Lime Flavored Iron with Vitamin C.

At first glance, it’s a small gray tablet — which isn’t shocking since it’s made of carbonyl iron. It’s slightly larger than a sweet tart, which is ironic since that is what it tastes like — in fact, maybe a bit tarter than a sweet tart.  Not too tart, but very palatable.

However, it does, after some time, have a bit of an aftertaste — as most irons do.  And I’m burping it — although it’s not nearly as good as it was when it first went down.

Ferronyl® carbonyl iron. Ferronyl® carbonyl iron powder is elemental iron (Fe) with > 98% iron content. A key physical property of Ferronyl is its small particle size, which is considerably smaller than other forms of elemental iron. As a result, Ferronyl has higher human bioavailability than these other forms. The net absorption per unit dose of Ferronyl is also greater than that of any of the currently used ferrous (Fe2+) salts.

Vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to enhance iron absorption. Vitamin C benefits the absorption of iron by reducing ferric iron (Fe3+) to ferrous iron (Fe2+) and forming an iron-ascorbic acid complex. A 1999 study conducted in gastric bypass patients suggested that the combination of iron with vitamin C was more effective than iron alone at restoring ferritin and hemoglobin levels in anemic patients.

Short-Chain Fructoligosaccharides. Fructoligosaccharides (FOS) have been studied for their ability to improve the uptake of select minerals (including iron, calcium and magnesium) from the colon. In animal models, use of FOS with iron has been shown to increase ferritin levels and aid in the recovery from anemia. In one study in rats who had been subjected to total gastrectomy, the combination of FOS with iron was successful in preventing the development of anemia. This strategy makes sense for individuals who have undergone weight loss surgery where there is both partial gastrectomy and short bowel to aid in the optimization of iron uptake and support the maintenance of body stores.

Nutrient Amount %DV
Iron (Ferronyl® carbonyl iron) 60 mg 333%
Vitamin C 250 mg 417%
Fructoligiosaccharides (FOS) 66.5 mg NA

Now, I LIKE carbonyl iron.  Carbonyl is easier on the GI tract than any of the ferric salts — and is so much easier than ferrous sulfate.  I’d rather gnaw on a rusty pipe than take ferrous sulfate.  I mean it.  Ferrous sulfate is evil to my system — bloating, cramping, constipation.. it’s evil.  Carbonyl, because it’s straight elemental iron, doesn’t have those nasty side effects.

But what I would have liked more would have been more C.  There is plenty of research that shows an ideal balance of C to elemental iron is 200mgs of C to 30mgs of elemental iron.. so this falls short in that regard.  Still, it’s much much better than many things on the market so it’s a reasonable thing to take, unless you are taking a massive dose of iron like I am — then you’d just go bankrupt.

Available at Bariatric Advantage, 90 count for $36.95, 270 ct for $68.95.

ISS Oh Yeah! RTD Protein Shake — Chocolate

On November 30, 2009, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea
Chocolate

Chocolate Milkshake?

Exceed your expectations – with OhYeah!®

The milkshake-like taste of our 14oz. OhYeah! Ready-To-Drink (RTD) shakes deliver 32 grams of portable, muscle-building protein with an incredible, unmatched taste. Made with fresh diafiltered milk, OhYeah! shakes are extremely low in carbs, sugar, and 100% lactose-free. The OhYeah! RTD is available in 5 award winning flavors and was recently awarded the #1 Nutritional Shake in America by the American Masters of Taste Foundation. Whether you’re an extreme athlete, carb-conscious dieter or you simply want to maintain lean muscle mass, OhYeah! ready–to–drink shakes exceed expectations in every possible way.

So I’ve tried the Bananas and Creme, and now it’s onto the Chocolate Milkshake.  Would it be gritty like the banana?  Thicker like my memory of the Cookies and Creme?

Well, this time, I had my mom with me.  And of course, her response was “shake it up while you drink it the whole time!”  so well, I did.  I’d take a sip, cap it (cause while I may be 5 years out, I’m still not able to drink this very fast) and before I’d take another sip, I’d give it another good shake.

What I noticed immediately this time?  It was foamy.  It was really really thick.  This was more of a milkshake texture than the banana had ever aspired to be.  Was it due to the constant agitation I was giving it?  Was it just because it was a different flavor?  I don’t know.  I know that it made me full, kept me full, and it took me about 45 minutes to actually drink this sucker without making it thicker by throwing it in a blender with ice and stuff.  Plus there was no grit at the bottom — no “I need to take a big deep gulp of chocolate-y tasting sand cause that’s where all the good stuff is” deal with this one.  It was smooth from beginning to satisfying end.  Nice rich flavor, a bit sweet, but I am a Splenda whore, so this has to come into play somewhere.  THIS is a milkshake.

Again, stats are really good:

OhYeah!® RTD Chocolate Milkshake
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 14 fl oz (414 mL)
Servings Per Container: 1
Amount Per Serving % DV*
Calories 220
Calories from Fat 80
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Potassium 560mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 70%
Iron 25%
Vitamin D 25%
Vitamin E 25%
Vitamin K 25%
Thiamine 25%
Riboflavin 25%
Niacin 25%
Vitamin B6 25%
Folate 25%
Vitamin B12 25%
Biotin 25%
Pantothenic Acid 25%
Phosphorus 45%
Iodine 25%
Magnesium 25%
Zinc 25%
Selenium 25%
Copper 25%
Manganese 25%
Chromium 25%
Molybdenum 25%
*   Percent Daily Values Based On A 2,000 Calorie Diet.
Ingredients: Filtered Water, Diafiltered Skim Milk, OhYeah!� Proprietary Protein Blend (Milk Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Calcium Caseinate), Sunflower, Safflower and/or Canola Oil And Less Than 2% Of: Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Vitamin & Mineral Blend (Potassium Citrate, Magnesium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Ascorbate, Ferric Orthophosphate, Zinc Amino Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Biotin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Niacinamide, Phytomenadione, Potassium Iodide, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Chromium Chloride, Copper Amino Acid, Cyanocobalamin, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, Cholecalciferol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Manganese Sulfate), Lactase, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Cellulose Gel, Cellulose Gum, Acesulfame Potassium, Datem, Sucralose, Xanthan Gum, Salt.

Contains: Milk

So did I buy more when I picked up my cases at Harris Teeter’s sale?  Oh yeah, you betcha!

Generally, best price available at Netrition.com for the 14oz size, and amazon.com for the 8oz size.

Banana

Bananas & Creme

The milkshake-like taste of our 14oz. OhYeah! Ready-To-Drink (RTD) shakes deliver 32 grams of portable, muscle-building protein with an incredible, unmatched taste. Made with fresh diafiltered milk, OhYeah! shakes are extremely low in carbs, sugar, and 100% lactose-free. The OhYeah! RTD is available in 5 award winning flavors and was recently awarded the #1 Nutritional Shake in America by the American Masters of Taste Foundation. Whether you’re an extreme athlete, carb-conscious dieter or you simply want to maintain lean muscle mass, OhYeah! ready–to–drink shakes exceed expectations in every possible way.

Now, full disclosure — I’ve had an ISS shake before at a gym — the Cookies and Cream shake.  I’ll “review” it later, when I get back around to them again.  So knowing I liked that flavor, I was shocked into absolute bliss (really, ask Sam) when I saw that my Harris Teeter (grocery chain down here in the South) had these, and had them on for a really good price.  I mean, a case was $29.99!  That’s $5 less than Netrition’s price, and no shipping?  WIN!  I mean, TOTAL SHINY WIN.

But would I like the other flavors?  Well, HT also had some onesies for sale so I could try them.  How nice and convenient!  I like that.  So I picked up some — they had them all except Vanilla.

Now, I preface this by saying I like the fake banana flavorings found in shakes usually.  In fact, I have BSN Lean Dessert Banana Nut and Banana Cream in my pantry as we speak.  So I expected this to be the same.. and I wasn’t disappointed.  Although “shake” isn’t what I’d call it — it was much thinner than the name implies (and from having had the Cookies and Cream which was a bit thicker) a bit surprising..

Now, I may not have shaken the bottle SUPER well, but I think I did.  I did not shake throughout my “drinking experience,” but I noticed towards the last, oh 1/2″ of the bottle, the consistency went from nice and smooth to very gritty.  A nice pleasant drink to “igh, I need to just take a big gulp and get the rest of this down cause I’m sure that’s where all the protein is and gagh it tastes like banana flavored sand!”  And of course, I was at work, and trying to prove to my non-op coworkers that not all protein shakes are gag-worthy so I had to put a great face on it.  This was not an ideal place to do a taste test in retrospect.  I’ll keep that in mind for future tests.. or at least make sure I’m alone for the entire experience next time.  I mean, it did start out so well…

The stats are quite lovely..

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 14 fl oz (414 mL)
Servings Per Container: 1
Amount Per Serving % DV*
Calories 220
Calories from Fat 80
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Potassium 490mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 70%
Iron 25%
Vitamin D 25%
Vitamin E 25%
Vitamin K 25%
Thiamine 25%
Riboflavin 25%
Niacin 25%
Vitamin B6 25%
Folate 25%
Vitamin B12 25%
Biotin 25%
Pantothenic Acid 25%
Phosphorus 45%
Iodine 25%
Magnesium 25%
Zinc 25%
Selenium 25%
Copper 25%
Manganese 25%
Chromium 25%
Molybdenum 25%
*   Percent Daily Values Based On A 2,000 Calorie Diet.
Ingredients: Filtered Water, Diafiltered Skim Milk, OhYeah!� Proprietary Protein Blend (Milk Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Calcium Caseinate), And Less Than 2% Of: Sunflower, Safflower and/or Canola Oil, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Cellulose Gel, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan, Sucralose, Salt, Vitamin & Mineral Blend (Potassium Citrate, Magnesium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Ascorbate, Ferric Orthophosphate, Zinc Amino Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Biotin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Niacinamide, Phytomenadione, Potassium Iodide, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Chromium Chloride, Copper Amino Acid, Cyanocobalamin, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, Cholecalciferol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Manganese Sulfate), Lactase, Xanthan Gum, Acesulfame Potassium, Datem, Yellow 5, Yellow 6.

Contains: Milk

While these contain milk, they are clearly marked lactose free for those postop that suffer from lactose-intolerance (oh where, where where were you ISS when I was fresh out?).  And of course, a bit large for early postop tummies.  No worries, y’all — ISS makes a smaller version as well that is 8oz and 18g protein.

Could the gunk at the bottom have been a side effect of user error?  Sure it could have.  Easily.  But when it came down to putting a Bananas and Creme case in my cart last night before the sale ended at Harris Teeter (I mean, really, $29.99?  I can’t pass that up..) I did not put a Banana in there.  I have two other banana shakes that I like without the possible gunkiness that I can get my craving kicked with.

Available at Netrition.com for generally the best price.

Building Blocks Sample?

On November 29, 2009, in Vitamins, by Andrea

Ironic that I got this link after I did a review on some calcium citrate by BB.  FREE SAMPLE, folks — free.

Right here!

Go.  What are you waiting for?  An engraved invitation?

Building Blocks Chewable Calcium Orange

On November 29, 2009, in Minerals, Reviews, by Andrea
Orange

Orange

New formula and great new orange taste! BuildingBlocks Chewable Calcium Citrate contains 600 IU vitamin D and 200 mg of Magnesium for enhanced absorption. Daily serving size contains 1000 mg of elemental calcium in four great tasting chewable orange flavored tablets. BuildingBlocks Chewable Calcium is formulated as calcium citrate with Vitamin D and Magnesium included in the supplement for optimal calcium absorption. Calcium deficiencies occur with gastric bypass because the main area of the gut responsible for calcium absorption is bypassed by the surgery. Deficiencies also occur because the small gastric pouch no longer produces sufficient amounts of stomach acid required for optimal calcium absorption. Because of negligible production of gastric acid, calcium citrate, rather than calcium carbonate, is required for optimal absorption. Formulated in four great tasting chewable orange flavored tablets.

I’m digging out stuff from my OH ATL swag bag for reviews cause the babies are asleep and I’m avoiding the laundry that needs to be done and the dishes in the sink.  This is only the first of many that we got for free from the vendors at the show.

One of the things we got was a chewable calcium from Building Blocks, orange flavor.  This isn’t as tart as many chewable vitamin C’s, but it’s quite tasty, and I could totally see using this as a supplement.  The downside?  They have a limited amount of calcium per chewable, so many doses per day if you want to reach the ASMBS recommendations of 1200-1500mg of calcium for AGB and VSG, 1500-2000mg for RNY, or 1800-2400mg for DS.

Each tablet contains 250mg of calcium citrate, 150iu of D, and 50mg of magnesium.  So for those who don’t want to whip out a calculator, for 1500mg for RNYers — that would be 6 tablets, 2000mg for DSers would be 8 tablets, and 1250mg for AGB’s would be 5 tablets.

So yeah, it tastes great — but it’s a bit pricey for 6 tablets a day — and for those of us taking 2000mg — 8 tablets a day.

12o tablets from Building Blocks runs $15.95, and 360 tablets runs $38.28.

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