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USANA Nutrimeal

USANA Nutrimeal

Nutrimeal from USANA is a meal replacement shake with a soy protein base, which isn’t the best ingredient to use, as we prefer whey protein bases much more.  The next ingredient is fructose, which we ideally like to stay away from as well.  Dr. Mercoloa has reviewed numerous studies and research demonstrating that consuming high-fructose corn syrup is detrimental to your health.  Therefore, we do not like seeing it in our diet shakes!  Additionally, to get 15 grams of protein per serving, you need 3 scoops of powder – or 60 grams of powder.  This is an incredibly large serving size for a relatively low protein level.  The taste of these shakes are pretty good, but this product contains artificial sweeteners (specifically, meltodextrin) and we like to see our shakes naturally sweetened with stevia.  Nutrimeal contains 8 grams of fiber, which is pretty good, but we think there are other drinks out there that have higher quality ingredients and where you can get more bang for your buck!

 

Smart Meal

Smart Meal

Smart Meal is a protein shake that uses a blend of severl different protein isolates, including soy isolate, golden chloreela, and pea protein.  We really like chlorella and pea protein but we try to stay away from soy protein at all costs.

This product contains sugar cane.  Using sugar cane is better than using an artificial sweetener, but at 6 grams of sugar per serving, this is still a higher level than we would like to see in a diet shake.

Despite the somewhat high sugar level, this product is low in calories at just 130 calories per serving.  It also contains a great appetite suppressant, organic flax seed, which should help to add a feeling of fullness.

If you are going to try this shake, I would stick to the chocolate and vanilla flavors and avoid the chai – but that’s just my recommendation!

Almased

Almased

Almased is a popular meal replacement product on the market right now, so we decided to take a look at this shake to see if its reputation supported its popularity.

This shake is full of protein, but unfortunately, it is full of soy protein, which we do not stand behind.  Soy protein has become controversial – in fact, studies have shown that this ingredient is linked to a variety of health issues and may have a bevy of side effects connected to it.  This drink is also packed full of protein, at 27 grams per serving (additionally, each serving size is 50 grams…WOW!  That sure is a lot of powder!)  Because of this, you’ll probably go through the tub pretty fast, and this is unfortunate, as this isn’t the cheapest product out there right now.  Additionally, this product has a high sodium level (340 mg).  On the upside, Almased does not contain any artificial sweeteners, preservatives or fillers.  It uses honey as a natural sweetener which is great, though the sugar levels are quite high at 12 grams.

Overall, Almased makes a good attempt at appearing to be a high quality meal replacement shake, but there are many products out there that the similar positive attributes and also taste better!

My Victory

My Victory

My Victory is an appetite suppressant shake that is both sweet in taste and affordable.  This shake utilizes a variety of different concentrates in their protein blend which includes soy, milk and whey.  This product also contains Garcinia, which is an all-natural appetite suppressant.

Soy is not an ideal protein source.  There has been a lot of controversy about this ingredient, as recent studies have linked soy protein to thyroid issues, danger for pregnant and nursing women, immune system problems, and many more.  This shake also contains 6 grams of sugar, which is more than we would like to see in any shakes.

This drink contains a bevy of vitamins and nutrients, which make it a good product in terms of losing weight and maintaining a healthy diet.

NanoMeal

NanoMeal

Nanomeal offers a meal replacement that uses all natural ingredients, is very healthy and includes no fillers.  It contains a large dose of fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, 15 vitamins and minerals and an antioxidant boost  with the power of 10 servings of fruits and vegetables.  Nanomeal uses a natural sweetener, stevia, rather than an artificial sweetener.  They use a whey isolate base, but unfortunately there are only 14 grams of protein per serving.  Additionally, this product is $4.61 a shake, so you are paying a very steep price for this great drink!

 

Secure

Secure

Where to start?  The Secure Complete Meal Replacement Shakes contain a good amount of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, but they also contain fillers and ingredients that we are not fans of.

Controversial Ingredients:

Secure Shakes have a soy protein isolate, which is not an ideal protein source to us.  There have been studies that have linked soy proteins to thyroid issues, food allergies, danger for pregnant or nursing women, immune system problems, and many more.

The shakes also contain fructose, which can cause a liver malfunction which makes you gain weight rather than lose it, as it causes fatty tissue formation.

We are just not impressed with this health shake.  However, it is very affordable at $25 for a 30-day supply.

 

Nutrisystem

Nutrisystem

Nutrisystem has a line of protein shakes aimed to help you lose weight.  Unfortunately, even though they are a well-known brand, the shakes contain some ingredients that we are not fans of.

Let’s start with the good – the main ingredient is whey protein, which we love.  It is only $1.43 per shake, which is a great price.  The shakes contain 15 grams of protein per serving, 2.5 grams of fat and 110 calories.  They are also soy-free, which is a big plus.  And with 4 different flavors to pick from, they taste good!

Now for the bad – maybe the reason these shakes taste good is because they contain sucralose, a synthetic additive created by chlorinating sugar.  As stated in other reviews, different grocery and retail chains nationwide have banned products containing sucralose, the latest Whole Foods.  Artificial sweeteners do not get rated high in our book, and this is no exception.  There are several side effects linked to products with sucralose, including head and muscle aches, stomach cramps and diarrhea, bladder issues, skin irritation, dizziness and inflammation.

In conclusion, this shake has a lot of good qualities, but the presence of sucralose makes us recommend trying something else first!   

Perfect Blocks

Perfect Blocks is an almost-perfect blend of natural ingredients.  Using stevia rather than an artificial sweetener and lacking preservatives almost makes up for the fact that this shake uses soy protein – a big no-no in our eyes.   This shake contains 7 grams of protein, 24 vitamins and nutrients, and prebiotics and probiotics.  At $3 a shake, it’s not the cheapest product out there, but the all-natural ingredients make it a drink you will definitely want to try!

 

 

 

Prograde

Prograde

Prograde is a little deceptive, because at first glance it looks like a great shake with a surplus of vitamins, minerals and 35 grams of protein per serving.  35 grams of protein!  That’s a much larger amount than most of the shakes that we’ve looked at thus far.  However, upon closer inspection we saw that Prograde’s one serving size is actually a little more than the size of two regular servings in other shakes.  This means it’s actually more like 18 grams of protein per regular serving which seems a little more on par with the rest of the shakes out there.   This is something I’d take into consideration before deciding to go with this relatively pricey shake.

Slim-Fast

Slim-Fast

Slim Fast is an extremely well-known health shake that has been seen on shelves of grocery stores for quite awhile now.  We decided to take a closer look into the French vanilla shake mix.  It is popular because of its good flavor and the fact that it contains a good amount of vitamins and minerals per serving.  However, it is a pre-packed product, which typically means preservatives are added, and it contains both sugar and maltodextrin, which may store as fat.  There are definitely other options you could try for the same price.

Controversial Ingredients:

Slim Fast has a soy-protein base, which recent studies have linked to health concerns such as thyroid issues, food allergies, immune system problems and many more.

Slim Fast also contains a calorie-free sugar substitute called Acesulfame potassium, or Acesulfame-K, which is a potassium salt containing a carcinogen called methylene chloride.  Although it has been approved by the FDA to be used in numerous food products, a bevy of side effects have been reported relating to this ingredient, including but not limited to: nausea, headaches, impairment of liver and kidneys, trouble with eyesight, mood problems, and more.

Slim Fast also contains aspartame, which is one of the most controversial artificial sweeteners out there.  It has been known to actually contribute to weight gain, as it causes a craving for carbohydrates.  The American Cancer Society conducted a study of 80,000 women and found that those who used this ingredient gained more weight than those who did not use products containing this ingredient.  There have also been reports of headaches, anxiety, depression, arthritis, abdominal pain and more related to this ingredient.

Overall, Slim Fast may be one of the most well-known and popular health shakes out there, but with the controversial ingredients that make up this pre-packaged product, we’d suggest you try your luck elsewhere.

 

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