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A Sampling of High-Protein Products

  • Andrew Lakanen
    Correspondence
    Address correspondence to Andrew Lakanen, MS, RDN, LD, Renal Dietitian II, DaVita Cornell Road, 1700 NW 167th Place, Suite 230, Beaverton, OR 97006.
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      The number of high-protein products available on American grocery store shelves has increased remarkably over recent years in response to consumer demand.

      Packaged Facts. Rockville, MD. Available at: http://www.foodmanufacturing.com/news/2014/08/consumers-want-foods-high-protein-levels. Accessed June 10, 2016.

      The perceived benefits of protein-packed foods include improved energy, weight management, muscle mass, strength, and appetite suppression.

      US consumers have a healthy appetite for high protein food. The US leads the way in global launches of high protein products. Available at: http://www.mintel.com/press-centre/food-and-drink/us-consumers-have-a-healthy-appetite-for-high-protein-food-the-us-leads-the-way-in-global-launches-of-high-protein-products. Accessed August 16, 2016.

      Millennials are also driving the marketing of protein-supplemented foods as this age group, 16-34 years, shy away from cooking meats and go to easy to eat protein-supplemented foods.

      Stein R, Power of meat breaks down the protein craze. Food Marketing Institute. Available at: http://www.fmi.org/blog/view/fmi-blog/2015/02/25/power-of-meat-breaks-down-the-protein-craze. Accessed June 10, 2016.

      Sufficient dietary protein is especially important for end-stage renal disease patients for maintaining muscle mass and strength; improving adequate protein intake (and thus increasing albumin levels); and can actually improve appetite in this population.
      National Kidney Foundation
      K/DOQI clinical practice guidelines for nutrition in chronic renal failure.
      Navigating the grocery shelves to select high-protein foods as a dialysis patient is a complex chore that involves selecting healthy, esthetic foods, comparing brands and prices, finding foods one has coupons for, and so on. This is compounded by the difficulty of reading the nutrition facts label and ingredients list on products to find foods that are also lower in potassium and phosphorus when these may not be listed on product packaging. For those patients who also have diabetes, grocery shopping also introduces the challenge of finding palatable high-protein foods that are lower in carbohydrates.
      The protein-supplemented food market is dominated by protein bars and beverages. As many patients and professionals are already familiar with these choices, the author has compiled a table that lists some of the newest high-protein food products. The following product table is a relatively small sampling of the total protein-added foods market given the dynamic nature of the market itself.
      Protein bars have commonly been supplemented with soy protein isolate (e.g., Zone and Atkins bars), while newer products use sources of protein such as whey protein isolate and pea protein. These protein sources are used for various reasons, but they have it in common that they are marketed as being nutritionally superior to their predecessors. A narrative describing and comparing the amino acid profiles and characteristics of these protein sources is beyond the scope of this article, but warrants investigation and reporting.
      The foods highlighted in this small sampling of products are listed in Table 1. They include entrees and soups, bread products, pancakes, and snack foods or as the author prefers to refer to as “indulgent snacks.” This is not a complete list. High-protein frozen desserts have previously been reported.
      • Devaraj S.
      High protein frozen desserts.
      A number of prepackaged entrees and side dishes contain phosphorus-based additives, often those that contain meat. This is less true of the “indulgent snacks” that do not contain these meats. Some of these food options also have high potassium and sodium content, both of which need to be moderated in the dialysis patient's diet. While many protein-supplemented foods have been on the market for years, recent increases in the demand for a variety of options have driven manufacturers to become more creative with their products. Since the market for these foods is moving so rapidly, consumers will likely come across countless varieties of protein-supplemented foods in grocery stores. Although the typical demographic of the dialysis patient is older, this group can ride the wave of newer high-protein products marketed to a younger age group. The dialysis nutrition professional can guide the patient on what protein-supplemented food is best for them.
      National Kidney Foundation
      K/DOQI clinical practice guidelines for chronic kidney disease: evaluation, classification and stratification.
      Table 1Sample of New High-Protein Products Available in the US Market
      Product NameManufacturerServing SizeProtein (g)Fat (g)Carbohydrate (g)Na (mg)K (mg)Phosphorus-Based AdditivesSupplemental Protein SourceLink
      Cheerios ProteinGeneral Mills1-1/4 cup (55 g)72.541280150Tripotassium phosphateSoy proteinhttp://www.cheerios.com/en/products/Cheerios-Protein-Oats-And-Honey.aspx
      FlapJacked Protein Pancake Mix (Buttermilk)FlapJacked1/2 cup (53 g)203.523350
      Not readily available on the product website.
      Monocalcium phosphate (baking powder)Whey protein isolate, pea proteinhttp://www.flapjacked.com/products/12oz-buttermilk-protein-pancake-mix
      Kay's Naturals Protein Pretzel SticksKay's Naturals1 bag (1.2 oz)123.515160
      Not readily available on the product website.
      N/ASoy protein isolatehttps://shop.kaysnaturals.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=R-CTP-S
      Lenny & Larry's Muscle Muffin (Blueberry)Lenny & Larry's1 muffin (4 oz)151444150
      Not readily available on the product website.
      Monocalcium phosphate (baking powder)Whey protein isolatehttps://www.lennylarry.com/products/blueberry-muscle-muffin/
      Lunchables Uploaded (6-inch Turkey & Cheddar Sub Sandwich)Kraft1 package151671810
      Not readily available on the product website.
      Sodium phosphate, phosphoric acid, calcium phosphateWhey protein concentratehttp://www.lunchablesparents.com/en/Our-products/Lunchables-Uploaded
      Newman's Own Organic Pretzel's High ProteinNewman's Own18 pretzels (30 g)51.522230
      Not readily available on the product website.
      N/AYellow pea flourhttp://www.newmansown.com/foods/high-protein-pretzels/
      P28 Protein BreadP28 Foods1 slice (47 g)143.512220
      Not readily available on the product website.
      N/AWhey protein isolatehttps://www.p28foods.com/baked-goods/p28-high-protein-bread
      PowerPak PuddingMaximum Human Performance1 can (8.8 oz)304.59420330Sodium polyphosphateMilk protein, soy protein isolatehttp://mhpstrong.com/portfolio/power-pak-pudding/
      Protein Works PopcornThe Protein Works1,100 g pack221358690
      Not readily available on the product website.
      N/AWhey protein isolatehttp://www.theproteinworks.com/naked-protein-popcorn
      Protes Protein Chips (Chili Lime)Performance Foods1 bag (1 oz)1547285215N/APea proteinhttps://eatprotes.com/pages/health
      ProtiDiet Chicken Noodle Soup MixProtiDiet1 pouch (32 g)150586045N/ASodium caseinate (casein), whole egg powderhttp://www.protidiet.com/en/index.php?option=com_zoo&task=item&item_id=85&category_id=2&Itemid=177
      Quaker Protein Instant OatmealQuaker Oats1 packet (61 g)10540190210N/AWhey protein concentratehttp://www.quakeroats.com/products/hot-cereals/protein/banana-nut.aspx
      Quest Protein ChipsQuest Nutrition1 bag (32 g)212523075N/AMilk protein, whey protein isolatehttp://www.questnutrition.com/quest-chips/sea-salt-box-of-8/
      Stouffer's Fit Kitchen Bourbon SteakStouffer's1 container (Bourbon steak with chipotle mashed sweet potatoes, seasoned broccoli, and red peppers)271348890
      Not readily available on the product website.
      Sodium phosphate, potassium phosphateSoy protein isolate, hydrolyzed vegetable proteinhttp://www.stouffers.com/our-dishes/Fit-Kitchen-Bourbon-Steak/11489
      Not readily available on the product website.

      References

      1. Packaged Facts. Rockville, MD. Available at: http://www.foodmanufacturing.com/news/2014/08/consumers-want-foods-high-protein-levels. Accessed June 10, 2016.

      2. US consumers have a healthy appetite for high protein food. The US leads the way in global launches of high protein products. Available at: http://www.mintel.com/press-centre/food-and-drink/us-consumers-have-a-healthy-appetite-for-high-protein-food-the-us-leads-the-way-in-global-launches-of-high-protein-products. Accessed August 16, 2016.

      3. Stein R, Power of meat breaks down the protein craze. Food Marketing Institute. Available at: http://www.fmi.org/blog/view/fmi-blog/2015/02/25/power-of-meat-breaks-down-the-protein-craze. Accessed June 10, 2016.

        • National Kidney Foundation
        K/DOQI clinical practice guidelines for nutrition in chronic renal failure.
        Am J Kidney Dis. 2000; 35: S1-S140
        • Devaraj S.
        High protein frozen desserts.
        J Ren Nutr. 2015; 25: e23-e29
        • National Kidney Foundation
        K/DOQI clinical practice guidelines for chronic kidney disease: evaluation, classification and stratification.
        Am J Kidney Dis. 2002; 39: S1-S266