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I am just curious if we are allowed to drink any of the ready to drink Protein Shakes, such as Fairlife or Premeir being that one has 2 grams of sugar and the other has 1 gram of sugar? I know I can as my dr when I go for my pre surgery appointment on Dec 31st, but I was thinking about ordering some. Thanks in advance for any and all feedback.

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My doctor didn't give me any sugar restrictions. Those two aren't too different, so I'd say go with whichever you want.

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I was told to go as low sugar as possible, but that most Protein Drinks were ok!

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4 hours ago, mil_unloaded said:

I was told to go as low sugar as possible, but that most Protein Drinks were ok!

Thank you. I was curious about that. Btw I saw you just had your surgery, how are you doing?

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27 minutes ago, km13118 said:

I was told Protein Drinks are fine as long as the are low in sugar - does not have to be sugar free. You would be surprised how much sugar is in some "nutritional" shakes.

So true, I never realized how much sugar, and carbs were in food.

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My program’s guidelines were less than 5 grams of sugar per serving, so both of those would be fine. Different programs have different requirements, though, so it would still be good to check.

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1 hour ago, BigSue said:

My program’s guidelines were less than 5 grams of sugar per serving, so both of those would be fine. Different programs have different requirements, though, so it would still be good to check.

Thank you so much. I was given a copy of the 2 wk pre-surgery diet I'm supposed to stick to, however I didn't realize it that it says "no sugar" that's why I am confused because in turn it does talk about the Protein Shakes throughout the day. Thanks I'm sure it has to be something to that effect.

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You can't really get to zero sugar in anything that is milk based because lactose, which is naturally occurring in milk, is a sugar. Even though a lot of them are "lactose free" most still have some lactose and other ingredients (their ingredient lists are LOOOONG) that add a trivial amount of sugar; adding all those trivial amounts of sugar together gets one or two grams of sugar in the whole bottle.

This is in contrast to a regular bottle of Nestle Quik, which would also give you Protein, but probably has 20 or 40 grams of sugar or more, because it's using sugar or corn Syrup to sweeten in, rather than sucralose or stevia or other artificial sweeteners.

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