People regularly ask about Carbquik on our Facebook page: it is really low carb, is it a good idea, how does it taste?Here’s the scoop: while some people adore the stuff, I am not a big fan.
When I first started, I bought Carbquik by the pound and made all kinds of things with it. I found I had a tendency to overeat what I made with it, which I take personal responsibility for, but also felt awful later and into the next day, sort of like hung over.
It does have wheat products and soy, so if you are gluten-free or avoid soy, that’s an issue. And I’m sorry, but I just don’t trust these magical processes like “enzyme-modified wheat” that are supposed to spare us the carbs. Many turn out to be baloney. Whereas when you make it yourself, even if you’re a touch kitchen-challenged like me, you know exactly what’s in it and it’s going to yield better results in terms of weight loss and overall healthiness.
I think of Carbquik and it’s ilk, the low-carb specialty foods (sometimes known as “Frakenfoods”) as transitional products for newer low carbers. They can be lifesavers for someone who is just starting low carb. They mimic traditional products reasonably well, and people feel like they are not missing out. Carbquik doesn’t taste too far off the “real thing,” either although goods baked with it sometimes have a slight off flavor.
What people don’t always understand is that these products are not tolerated the same by every person who eats them and many of them can slow or stall weight loss in certain individuals. In fact if you have a stall, it’s one of the first places we advise to look. Labels don’t mean much if it doesn’t work for you.
That having been said, like everything else about your eating plan, it’s a personal choice. Some people love the stuff and report no problems with it. If you do choose to try Carbquik (or any other specialty product), be sure to monitor how it impacts you personally and make adjustments if need be. Just be careful out there, okay?
Note: If you are going to buy Carbquik, prices on Amazon vary so go and check from different sellers.It’s also sometimes cheaper on Netrition.