Protein Water

Dec 31, 2019

Whether you are contemplating bariatric surgery or you have already had it, there is a good chance that you have heard the term protein. Protein comes in several different forms, including meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, and the list goes on. However, protein can also come in the form of a supplement. You may not be familiar with this term, but a protein supplement is most commonly referred to as a protein shake. Check out the pharmacy section of most grocery stores and you will see various types of protein supplements.

One of the newest trends that you are likely to see is protein water. Protein water can easily be mistaken for flavored water and that is exactly why we need to clarify a few things about this relatively new product. If you compare the labels below, you will see that protein water contains calories and protein. Crystal Light and other sugar-free beverages contain less than 10 calories and do not contain protein.

Therefore, protein water is considered a protein shake and should be used only as a meal replacement when needed. If you have questions regarding this information, please contact one of your dietitians for further assistance. Crystal Light and other sugar-free beverages are appropriate to drink on a daily basis to meet your fluid goal of at least 64oz of fluid per day. Be sure to check your labels and make certain that you are not drinking protein water, as flavored water, to meet your fluid needs. Reference the lists below for protein water options and sugar-free beverage options.

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