Protein To Go PRODUCT REVIEW

31 03 2012

I was in my local Dollar General store the other day and came across a product called Protein to Go. It comes in a single serving “shot” similar in size to a 5 hour energy. The store didn’t have all four flavors only Milk Chocolate Shake and Berry Boost. Berry Boost is protein and caffeine. Each shot was priced at $3.00. protein to goBeing a protein user/advocate myself, I had to try it, so I bought 3 of each one.

Back to the review in a moment. Here is what Protein to Go has to say about their product.

How much caffeine do the Protein + Caffeine shots contain?

The Berry Boost shot contains approximately 100 mg of caffeine, which is equivalent to about 1 cup of coffee.  The French Vanilla Latte shot contains approximately 125 mg of caffeine which is slightly more than 1 cup of coffee.

Does the Berry Frost protein shot contain caffeine?

No, the Berry Frost protein shot does not contain any caffeine. It does, however, provide you with the natural boost of energy that protein alone provides. If you are looking for a caffeinated shot, the Berry Boost and French Vanilla Latte shots both contain caffeine.

Are Protein To Go™ bottles recyclable?

Yes, all Protein To Go™ shot bottles are 100% recyclable. We encourage you to consider the environment and recycle all elements of our packaging.

Where are Protein To Go™ shots made?

All Protein To Go™ shots are produced in Pennsylvania. Proudly made in the USA!

Are the protein shots made with high quality ingredients?

All Protein To Go™ shots are made of 100% pharmaceutical grade ingredients. This is the highest quality grade of ingredients available.

What is Hydrolyzed Whey protein?

Hydrolyzed Whey protein is used in a very small percentage of products due to its high cost to manufacture. It is absorbed by the body by as much as 2X that of ordinary protein products. Because the body absorbs nearly 100% of the protein, the gastrointestinal side effects typically experienced with protein ingestion are almost non-existent.

How many calories are in 1 bottle of the protein shot?

All Protein To Go™ shots contain only 116 calories. Each gram of protein contains approximately 4 calories. Protein To Go™ shots are considered a high-protein, low calorie supplement.

Do the protein shots contain sugar?

No, none of the Protein To Go™ shots contain any sugar.

How many carbs are in 1 bottle of the protein shot?

Each bottle of Protein To Go™ contains only 1g of carbohydrates.

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Berry Boost

Is there any fat in the protein shots?

All Protein To Go™ shots contain zero fat.

How much protein does my body need to stay healthy?

As a general rule, 10% to 15% of your calories should come from protein. So if you consume 2,000 calories per day, at least 200 calories should come from protein or approximately 50 grams. An easier way to figure this out in your head is to take your weight, divide it in half, and subtract 10. The total will be the number of grams of protein you should consume each day. For instance, if you weigh 120 pounds, you should eat about 50 grams of protein a day.

How much protein is in chicken?

A 3.5 oz chicken breast will have approximately 30 grams of protein and between 120-140 calories. Protein To Go™ shots provide your body with low-calorie, fast-absorbing protein in the convenience of a 2.5 oz shot.

How much protein is in steak?

A 6 oz piece of lean steak will have approximately 42 grams of protein and around 400 calories. Protein To Go™ shots provide your body with low-calorie, fast-absorbing protein in a convenient 2.5 oz shot.

When should I take Protein To Go™ shots?

Protein To Go™ shots are excellent to drink 30 minutes before or after workouts. They also make a great snack replacement that provides hours of fullness.

What is the difference between Protein To Go™ shots and traditional energy shots?

Most energy shots offer little to no benefits beyond energy. The Protein + Caffeine shots provide the same amount of energy as a typical energy shot while offering the benefits of high quality protein including lean muscle gain, fat loss, lower cholesterol and promotes an overall healthy lifestyle.

Can I use Protein To Go™ as a meal replacement?

Protein To Go™ shots contain 116 calories, which does not equal a complete meal for most people. However, the Protein and Protein + Caffeine shots make an excellent snack replacement that will provide a lasting feeling of fullness.

Are Protein To Go™ shots a weight loss product?

Protein To Go™ shots make a perfect addition to any weight loss program that calls for a high protein, low calorie diet. Because protein provides a feeling of fullness and feeds lean muscle growth, it makes a fantastic addition to your existing weight loss plan.

Where can I purchase Protein To Go™ shots?

The Protein and Protein + Caffeine shots are available for purchase right here on our website. You can also Protein To Go™ shots at Walgreens stores nationwide.

How do Protein To Go™ shots compare to traditional protein power?

Unlike traditional protein powder, which must be mixed into a shake and is slow to absorb by the body, Protein To Go™ shots are small and fast acting. And because the protein in Protein To Go™ shots is hydrolyzed, the body can digest the protein almost instantly without the gastrointestinal side effects typically experienced with protein ingestion

Have the Protein To Go™ shots been FDA approved?

No, dietary supplements are not approved by the FDA though they are stringently regulated. Dietary supplements must comply with the provisions of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act as regulated by the FDA.

Taken from http://www.proteintogo.com/

Back to the review.

Each shot has 28 grams of whey protein. Being whey protein, it should be easy on your stomach. I can say that I had no trouble digesting this and my stomach doesn’t tolerate much. As far as taste, to me the Milk Chocolate Shake tastes like chocolate. Well let me clarify. If you drink this expecting it to taste like Mom’s coco, you will be disappointed. However; if you are already a protein shake drinker, it tastes pretty good. Especially when compared to the taste of other premixed chocolate proteins. The small size is very convenient for when you are on the go or in a situation where you can’t mix up a fresh batch of protein. You can very easily store 12 of these in your gym bag and never know they are there, which is good because I would need to drink two of these to get the amount of protein I need post workout.

When all is said and done, I like this product. It’s very convenient and made with quality ingredients. I wouldn’t recommend this be the only protein supplement you use, but as a fill in when you are on the go… I like it. I have a few bottles of this out with a Zumba instructor I know. She doesn’t use protein like I do, so I’m interested to get her feedback on Protein to Go. I should hear from her in the next few days and will post her impressions.

Until then, Thanks!

Get Fit;
Leo

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31 03 2013
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5 06 2013
Danielle

Umm the most important question. DO THEY TASTE ALRIGHT? Derr

13 10 2013
Leo Wilcox

I mention taste in the article.

12 06 2013
Laura

Hi.

Great article. I’m wondering your opinion on something a read. One review of these drinks strongly criticicise hydrolyzed protein as a bad source and as addictive. I know little about this.. what are your thoughts?

Also. I currently use pure protein shakes and bars to supplement my protein intake. Do you have a favorite drink/bat? I am trying to build more muscle mass and saw these seemed to have a good amt of protein for the calories.

Thanks!

13 10 2013
Leo Wilcox

Hi Laura.

Hydrolyzed means to break chemical bonds through the addition of water.

From what I can find, the addictive part is referring to MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) and is based on hype and opinion and not any true scientific study.

Protein to Go may be a good product or a bad product, but my opinion on hydrolyzed protein is that it is safe to use and I do use it myself at times.

As for my personal choice for protein, I use several different types throughout the day and throughout my workout cycles. Beachbody Shakeology, Beachbody Base Shake and Novus Life Unflavored Whey Protein Isolate. The Novus is by far my favorite because it is very pure and mixes with everything easily. I have even used it in my morning coffee.

I hope that helps. Also remember to get big, you gotta eat big… and clean!

Thanks for stopping by.
Leo

3 07 2013
Benedict

I don’t know if it’s just me or if everyone else experiencing problems with your blog.
It looks like some of the written text within your posts are running off the screen.

Can somebody else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them
as well? This might be a problem with my web browser because I’ve had this happen previously. Thank you

25 02 2014
Leo Wilcox

I have checked it on chrome and internet explorer and it seems to be fine for me. It might be one of your settings.

1 08 2013
jordan

tasted like yogurt, berries, coffee creamer and botulism to me…

http://www.foodbeat.com/food-news/protica-recall-4-products-recalled-over-clostridium-botulinum/

4 08 2013
Kerry

Thanks for the review. Searching for information today because there is a voucher offer for 24 bottles delivered for $69.

During the week breakfast and lunch for me are protein shakes so I was interested when this offer arrived in my inbox. I’m pleased to see that there is no added fructose, or any artificial sweetners, but I question their statement that their product doesn’t contain sugar.

I read the ingredients list and if you have fruit puree then it has to contain sugar. It seems to me that what would be more accurate would be for them to state that there is no added sugar.

I’m going to do further research but I appreciate your taking the time to write and post this review because I always value hearing from fellow consumers.

Thanks again,

Kerry.
Brisbane Queensland Australia

4 08 2013
Kerry

Dropped by again just to let you know that further research turned up some concerns regarding the source of protein in these drinks. I found similar comments from various sources and this is a summary of what is being written.

“Collagen Protein or otherwise known as hydrolyzed gelatin is a protein that can result in a net protein loss. Hydrolyzed gelatin is made mostly from frozen and fresh pork skins as well as cattle bones and hides. These inedible connective tissues and bones are then run through a series of caustic baths, intermittently with hot and cold soakings to separate out the collagen. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelatin and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrolyzed_gelatine

My understanding is that whey protein is the best source but as it is expensive some supplement companies use other cheaper forms of protein in order to keep prices low while maximizing profit margins. It is interesting to look at the ingredients list of one of the Protein to Go products while keeping in mind that the those in higher amounts come first in the list.

“Purified Water, Proprietary Blend of [Enzymatically Hydrolyzed (Predigested) Collagenic Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate (Milk), and Casein Protein Isolate (Milk)], Mango Puree, Pineapple Puree, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Natural Flavours and Potassium Sorbate (Preservative).”

What I am seeing is that they have added some whey protein and casein protein obviously in lesser amounts than the hydrolzed Collagenic protein. Some have suggested that this is so they can make certain claims on labels and in advertizing.

I’m going to run it past a friend of mine who is a certified nutritionist. However, based on what I’ve read thus far I’ve decided I won’t be taking up the offer. I’ll stick to my current protein shakes which are derived from whey protein.

Hope my posting proves to be both interesting and helpful.

Kind regards,

Kerry.
Brisbane Queensland Australia.

25 02 2014
Leo Wilcox

Good job! I have been hearing a lot more on some protiens having things other than protein in them. It’ll be interesting to hear what you learn.
Keep it up!!!

8 01 2014
annette

It tastes ok, but it’s sooooooooooooooooo thick. Not what I was expecting. It’s almost as think as goo packs that runners eat.

25 02 2014
Leo Wilcox

I think it’s so thick because of the amount of protein in such a small shot… but That’s just a guess.

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