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Use at your own risk if LACTOSE INTOLERANT
on February 26, 2017
The product packaging states that the product is "SUITABLE FOR LACTOSE INTOLERANCE".
That was not my experience at all.
I have lactose intolerance. Over a 9-day period after receiving this product, I tried consuming 4 of the 24 bottles contained in the shipment. Hours after drinking the first bottle, I had severe digestive upset that lasted for the majority of a day.
I then went a day without drinking a bottle. I was fine. I then consumed a second bottle. Hours later, I again had severe digestive upset that lasted for the majority of a day.
To help rule out other potential causes of the digestive upset, I consumed a third and a fourth bottle, each separated by a period of 24-to-48 hours without drinking the product.
The results were the same: For each bottle consumed, hours later I suffered severe digestive upset that lasted for the majority of a day.
Prior to trying this product, I had been able to digest any product containing dairy if the product had no detectable lactose left (e.g. Fairlife lactose-free milk, Lifeway kefir, Yoplait-brand yogurt, pepperjack cheese, american cheese, cooked mozzarella cheese, etc.). The "Boost Glucose Control" drink is now the (apparent) exception to that.
Food products containing dairy that have detectable lactose give me severe digestive upsets. (Example food products include milk without the lactase enzyme added, cheddar cheese, cheesecake, any food item containing buttermilk, and any food item containg butter.)
After water, the next most-common ingredient in the Boost Glucose Control drinks is "milk protein concentrate". I understand that proteins are not sugars. So ideally, there should be no lactose remaining in the "milk protein concentrate" used in this product. However, every time I consumed this product, I suffered severe symptoms exactly the same as lactose intolerance. So I am wondering if there is a non-zero quantity of lactose left over in the parricular "milk protein concentrate" ingredient that is currently sourced to create the Boost Glucose Control product.
I have posted this review to help warn others with lactose intolerance that the Boost Glucose Control product may not be worth your time and money.
Interestingly, last week I found that there is a type of lactose-free milk that staves off hunger between meals better for me than the Boost Glucose Control product did: "Fairlife" brand lactose-free milk. It has nearly double the protein content of nearly all other brands of milk: 13 grams of protein per cup, compared to 8 or 9 grams of protein per cup of the other brands of milk, and compared to the 16 g in the lactose-intolerance-symptom-triggering Boost Glucose Control product.
The Fairlife-brand milk also has the following benefits compared to the Boost Glucose Control product:
- less than half the calories
- 0 mg of cholesterol, compared to 10 mg in the Boost product
- about half of the sodium of the Boost product (the Boost product is too salty for me)
- 8 times the potassium (which helps reduce muscle soreness after exercise)
Again, I have posted this review to help warn others with lactose intolerance that the Boost Glucose Control product may not be worth your time and money. Spare yourself the multi-hour bathroom trips associated with severe digestive upset.