I've been hearing a lot of chatter lately about the “310 Shake”, billed as a healthy, nutrition and weight loss meal replacement shake. My first questions were “what does 310 refer to” and more importantly, “does it work?” So I decided to review the 310 shake in the hopes that others out there were wondering too. This review will also briefly cover some of the other 310 supplements also as well as other information I learned. Hopefully this review will help you decide if the 310 Shake is right for you.
310 Shake Nutrition Facts
According to the product website – 310Nutrition.com – 1 serving of the shake equals 1 scoop (24.5 grams). Each packet of 310 Nutrition shakes have 28 servings, so just under a months worth. In 1 scoop, the 310 Nutrition shake has these nutrition facts:
|Calories 90||Calories from fat 0g|
|Percent Daily Value|
|Total fat 0g||0% DV|
|Saturated fat 0g||0% DV|
|Trans fat 0g||No DV established|
|Cholesterol <5mg||1% DV|
|Sodium 125mg||5% DV|
|Potassium 25mg||<1% DV|
|Total carbs 8g||3%|
|Dietary fiber 5g||20%|
|Sugars <1g||No DV established|
|Protein 15g||No DV established|
|Vitamin A 30%||Vitamin C 30%|
|Calcium 20%||Iron 0%|
|Vitamin D 30%||Vitamin E 30%|
|Thiamin 30%||Riboflavin 30%|
|Niacin 30%||Vitamin B6 30%|
|Folate 30%||Vitamin B12 30%|
|Biotin 30%||Pantothenic acid 30%|
|Phosphorus 15%||Magnesium 2%|
Notice that the 310 shake only has 90 calories, but depending on what you mix it with or if you add fruit, the calories will go up somewhat from this. From the Nutrition Facts table above, the thing that jumped out at me was that the 310 Shake is providing 20% of the Daily Value for fiber. More about that fiber below.
310 Shake Ingredients
The product website lists these ingredients in the vanilla version of the 310 Nutrition Shake:
|Tri Protein Complex||Pea protein||Natural flavors|
|Salt||Fiber Blend||Vitamin Blend|
|organic stevia leaf extract||monk fruit extract|
TriPlex Protein Complex
TriPlex is the name given to the 3 main types of protein found in the 310 Shake. They
are, in order as they appear on the ingredients list:
- Whey protein concentrate
- Milk protein concentrate
- Whey protein isolate
So, from this list we can see that there is more whey protein concentrate than whey protein isolate. That may not matter to most people but I thought I'd mention it just in case. It's interesting that pea protein does not make it into this TriPlex complex.
Pea protein -like whey and milk -is a complete protein, which means it has all the essential amino acids we need. It also contributes to the protein in the 310 Shake. I can't tell how much protein comes from pea though.
There is some evidence that protein may help weight loss, by making us feel full longer. This plus the fiber, in the 310 Shake does make some sense.
From the Nutrition Facts table above, 1 scoop is proving 15 grams of protein (more if you mix it with milk). Personally, I wish the 310 Shake had a tad more than this given that people on a weight loss program might need extra protein. Not a lot just a little bit more. This is to help reduce muscle loss during weight loss.
If you are healthy, aim for about 0.6 grams of protein per pound. Spread this out over the course of the day.
For example, if you were 180 pounds, 180 X 0.6 = 108 grams of protein per day.
In keeping with this example, if each 310 Shake provides 15 grams of protein and you had 2 per day, that's 30 grams. You would still need to get another 78 grams from the other foods you eat. This is not hard to do either. The USDA Nutrient Database which gives protein -and other nutrients – in every food.
The Fiber Blend
The 310 Healthy Nutrition Shakes provide 5 grams of fiber per scoop.This is 20% of our daily value (DV).
According to the FDA anything that is 20% or more is “high” so the 310 Shake could be considered a high fiber shake.
The fiber comes from what they call a “Fiber blend.” This blend is made of the following ingredients in order as they appear on the ingredients list:
- Cellulose gum
- Xanthan gum
Fibersol-2 is a man-made fiber that comes form the sugar maltodextrin, but this fiber is not digested by the body, so it provides no calories. I was able to locate this study from 2015, where 10 grams of fibersol-2 decreases hunger (but, 5 grams did not).
Fibersol-2 has been in other products I've looked at including:
See those reviews for additional information.
The 310 Shake contains a variety of vitamins which are grouped into what they call the “Vitamin Blend.” Here are the vitamins, in order, as they appear on the ingredients list:
- ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
- dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E)
- niacinamide (another form of niacin)
- D-calcium pantothenate (pantothenic acid)
- retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A)
- pyridoxine HCl (Vitamin B6)
- thiamine mononitrate (Thiamine)
- folic acid (synthetic form of folate)
- cholecalciferol (Vitamin D)
- cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12)
Where I felt it was necessary, I listed the more common names of the vitamins in parentheses to make it easier to understand.
Notice in the Nutrition Facts label that folate is listed, while in the Vitamin Blend, it is called folic acid.
Folate is the natural form of the B vitamin while folic acid is the synthetic form. Since both are listed, I can't tell which vitamin they are using.
Also notice that the 310 shake provides “DL alpha tocopherol.” The letters D and L refer to different forms of vitamin E. The D is the natural form while the L is the synthetic form of the vitamin.
We absorb the D version (natural) of vitamin E better than the L version (synthetic). The 310 Shake provides a mixture of both. Many supplements do this also.
Overall, the 310 Shake isn't providing an overabundance of vitamins or minerals, which is fine since neither don't seem to play a role in weight loss.
I was a little surprised to see that the 310 Shake had more sodium than potassium. The shake isn't providing much sodium (only 5% Daily Value). If you mix the shake with fruit, this will increase the potassium content. Potassium is good because it can help reduce blood pressure.
What Are The Sweeteners?
From the ingredients table above we can see stevia leaf extract listed. I believe this, along with Monk fruit, contributes to the sweeteners in the shake.
What Does 310 Refer To?
Ever since I first heard of the 310 Shake I was curious what “310” referred to. I called their customer service department who told me it is a reference to area code 310, which is where the company (310 Nutrition LLC) was founded. Area code 310 is located in California.
Who Makes The 310 Shake?
According to 310Nutrition.com the company is 310 Nutrition, LLC and is located at 2235 E. Flamingo Road, Suite 100-D Las Vegas, NV 89119. I looked this address up on Google and it corresponds to the Flamingo Business Park.
The website states that the company was founded by Tim Sharif and Kirk Fabrizio. Tim Sharif's Linkedin Profile states that he has also been involved with a supplement line called mangosteen juice, called Xango. In the past, he has been involved with Visalus and Nerium supplements.
For more on mangosteen, see my review of Vemma.
For more on ViSalus, see my review of the ViSalus Shake.
The Better Business Bureau gave 310 Nutrition a rating of “A-“ at the time this review was written. 310 Nutrition is also a BBB accredited business. See the BBB file for updates and more information.
How To Contact 310 Nutrition
According to the product website, Here are ways to contact the company:
- In the US, call: 800-996-0974
- Outside the US, call: 310-919-5695
- They also provide this contact email: Support@310Nutrition.com
- When I checked their website there was also a live chat option too.
I was happy to see a variety of ways to contact the company.
Ordering 310 Shakes
If you order 310 Shakes from the product website, you have the option to make a one time purchase or become a Preferred Customer. Being a Preferred Customer may enter people into a monthly autoshipment program. You can learn about the authshipment program on the Terms and Conditions page of the 310 shake website.
You can opt out of the auto ship program when you order.
If you are already getting auto shipments, you can cancel this by calling the company at 1-800-996-0974. This information is clearly described on the Terms and Conditions page of 310Nutrition.com.
The Terms and Conditions page also stipulates that people buying from the product website waive their right to a jury trial. Instead, dissatisfied customers must go through binding arbitration in California.Here is the 310 Shake on Amazon
How To Return 310 Shakes
On the Return Policy Page of 310Nutrition.com they outline how to return 310 shakes and other 310 supplements. They state that the company must receive returns within 30 days of purchase. All returned products must have an RMA number (return authorization number) that you can get from customer service when you call them at 800-996-0974.
Other 310 Supplements
At the product website, I discovered that there is more than the 310 weight loss shake. There is also these products:
- 310 Omega Red (Krill oil)
When I checked, there was also 310 shaker bottle and 310 Blender too.
My thoughts on these other products is this; If the 310 weight loss shake is going to work, I'm not convinced these other supplements are needed. I looked over the other supplements and here are a few thoughts I had about each:
The 310 Thin supplement contains the following 4 ingredients:
1. ADVANTRA Z
The 310 Nutrition website calls Advantra Z a “safe alternative to ephedra.” Recall that ephedra was banned from supplements over 10 years ago because it was linked to several deaths. In the wake of that ban, an alternative was used. The alternative was a compound called synephrine, also called bitter orange or citrus aurantium among other names.
In ADVANTRA Z, it's called p-synephrine, where the “p” is a reference to a chemistry term (“para”) in case you wondered.
I searched ClinalTrials.gov to see if there was any research on ADVANTRA Z. I did find one trial that had been completed in 2012, but no study results were posted.
As I searched further, I uncovered this study from 2013 titled “A 60 day double blind placebo- controled safety involving citrus aurantium (bitter orange) extract.” The main author of both studies is Gilbert Katz, so I believe these might be the same study.
This study noted that synephrine did not cause any adverse events (bad side effects) at a dose of up to 98 mg per day when given to people who had an average age of 51 years of age. That's good.
Interestingly, even though this study lasted 2 months and involved 67 people (which is great), there is no mention of weight loss.
Did anyone in the study lose weight?
Yes, I know, this study was only designed to test the safety of ADVANTRA Z, but given the fact that the study lasted 2 months, how hard would it have been to put those people on a scale at the start and end of the investigation to see if anyone lost weight? I'm just sayin…
While this study is encouraging, I have heard from people who have had side effects from synephrine supplements. Because of that, my opinion is I'm just not a fan of it.
2. Green Coffee Bean
I've written an entire review on Green coffee and weight loss. Based on the research done so far, I'm pretty skeptical. Read my review.
3. Garcina Cambogia
I have an entire review on garcinia cambogia and weight loss. At this time I think it's a toss up as to whether it works or not. In my review, I compared how many human studies showed it works vs. how many said it doesn't work. Check it out.
4. Raspberry Ketones
In my review of raspberry ketones and weight loss, I only discovered 2 mouse studies that showed raspberry ketones worked. Where's the proof it works in people?
310 Omega Red
This is a krill oil supplement. Krill oil is supposed to be a better way to get omega 3 fats into the diet but I'm not convinced at this time. See my Krill Oil vs Fish Oil review.
I'm not aware of any studies on the 310 Prebiotic supplement helping weight loss or altering the bacteria inside the human body. Bacteria living inside of us may indeed play a role in weight loss and health. Read this from Scientific American for more on this.
The 310 Nutrition website quotes results from a study published in the British Journal of Medicine that showed that a specific strain of Lactobacillus bacteria resulted in 8.5% decrease in abdominal fat. The study is titled Effect of Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 in fermented milk on abdominal adiposity in adults in a randomized controlled trial.
Here's the thing, all bacteria are not the same. We have to know not only the genus and species of the bacteria, but also the strain of bacteria that was used.
This study used a specific type of Lactobacillus (Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 (LG2055) ) Does the 310 Probiotic contain this specific strain (SBT2055)? I don't know either way. If it does, then that is great.
310 Juice Cleanse
This just looks like a fiber supplement to me. Remember, cleanse often means laxative. This supplement does appear to have a wide range of food extracts and while I like that, I don't know if it contributes to weight loss.
310 Cleanse 7 Day Detox
Like the Juice cleanse product above, cleanse supplements often contain fiber. The 7 Day Detox Cleanse is no different. In the ingredients list you can see that it is providing 6000 mg (6 grams) of psyllium husk. This is a fiber and in fact its the same type of fiber in Metamucil. I do like fiber for many reasons.
Read my review of Metamucil and weight loss for more insights.
Regardless of the benefits of fiber, thing to remember that laxatives (cleanses) work in the large intestine – where the poop is. They do not work in the small intestine, where we absorb calories from.
In other words, cleanses don't stop us from absorbing calories. They just make it easier to get rid of the waste materials inside us. So, while they will work – short term – the weight we lose is mostly fecal matter and water.
Usually when I see “boost” or “metab” in the name of the supplement, I often think it contains stimulants. For example, see my review of Plexus Boost. I'm was happy to see that the 310 metaboost supplement does not contain stimulants. That was refreshing.
When I looked at the ingredients, what I did notice was Kelp. Kelp is in some weight loss products because it contains iodine. For example, kelp was an ingredient in the supplement called Thrive W (click to read the review).
Iodine is needed to make thyroid hormone. So the idea is, iodine helps make more thyroid hormone which in turn boosts our metabolic rate. It's an interesting idea but I'm just not aware of any proof adding iodine to the diets of healthy people (with no thyroid problems) works.
The product also provides 100 micrograms of chromium picolinate. This is a popular mineral in weight loss supplements, but I just don't see any good proof it works. Here's my review of the chromium weight loss research.
310 Shake Side Effects
I'm not aware of any side effects from the 310 Shake itself. For those who are basically healthy, I think the 310 shake is fine.
Does The 310 Shake Work?
Because the 310 Shake is basically just a low calorie supplement that is meant to take the place of more higher calorie foods, then yes, I think this shake can help some people lose weight. The 310 Shake only has 90 calories and so even if you had 2 shakes per day -and added some fruit to each shake, that's still not going to be a lot of calories. Will the 310 Shake work better than other weight loss shakes? While ultimately that would take clinical research to prove, my belief is I think all weight loss shakes probably work the same. Here are all the meal replacement shakes I've reviewed if you want to compare them. It really comes down to which one tastes best to you and fits in your budget.
For the person who combines the 310 shake with a well rounded dinner that includes ample fruits and vegetables along with some type of daily exercise, then I think the product will probably work.
Here is the 310 Shake on Amazon if you want to see what others are saying about it.