Many of us wonder what a Formulated Meal Replacement actually is? It’s a pre-packaged product, specifically formulated as a replacement for one or two meals. The idea basically is that you replace a food meal with a well-designed liquid meal. Meal Replacements needs to include a certain minimum level of protein (12 grams) and also a certain minimum level of micronutrients.
To answer the question: “What should a man meal replacement have in it?”, we need to cover a short crash course in Food Label Reading. You will find two parts to the nutrition information labelling on almost any edible product.
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First, you will see the “Nutritional Information” containing energy, carbohydrates, protein, fibre and so on. You will also find the “Ingredients”. What’s really essential to know about the ingredient list, is that ingredients must be listed in descending order by weight, meaning that the first ingredient is the “main” ingredient and is present in greater quantity than any other ingredient, and the second ingredient is the second richest ingredient found, and so on. This is really handy because it means that you can look at the first two ingredients on a product and essentially work out a) what it actually contains, and b) whether, in fact, it’s healthy.
Let me give you a simple example: If a product has “sugar” listed as a first ingredient, essentially, you’re ingesting a lolly. In fact, if sugar is even listed as a second or perhaps third ingredient, yep you read me: it is kind of like a lolly-product. Compare that with say an ingredient, such as milk, or whey, or soy protein – that latter product is likely to be a more “real” product ie. filled with more goodness or of more nutritional value. To illustrate the point further, a very popular weight-loss shake on the market has many claims (such as “proven results”) but has the following first ingredients: “wheat protein (gluten), sugar…”.
Gentleman, I rest my case. The Healthy Man Meal Replacement has milk solids (skim milk powder, whey protein concentrate), whey powder, soy protein. ”Sugar” is not in the ingredient list of The Healthy Man Meal Replacement (nowhere), and neither is “wheat”. It does, however, have some very handy ingredients such as cacao (pronounced ka-cow), fibre (to remain full and for a healthy gut – inside), multiple vitamins and minerals, probiotics (for healthy digestion), green tea extract and more. The other (undisclosed) product that I referred to had no fibre, no green tea, no probiotics. You get the idea.
Another part of the label you want to check out is the Nutritional Information – often presented as a table, so it’s easy to find. This table gives you insight into the real amounts (eg. grams) of various nutrients like protein, carbohydrate, vitamin C etc.
The Nutritional Information is as important as the Ingredient List and tells a trained eye (eg. a dietitian) what’s really cooking. What’s the actual amount of eg. Protein in the final product. The Healthy Man Meal Replacement Vanilla has 23.3 grams of protein in a serve. Consider that a large egg white has around 7 grams. The amount of protein is important if a product is to be used as a real meal replacement, as a “real” filling meal always has a good dose of protein in it. It also has 26.3 grams of carbohydrate – about the same as half a cup of cooked brown rice. Formulated Meal Replacement products have to contain a comprehensive list of vitamins and minerals. What is also impressive about The Healthy Man Meal Replacement is that it has really good amounts of micronutrients too, like vitamins and minerals. As a matter of fact, many vitamins and minerals listed in a serve of the shake are present about 40-50 per cent of the Recommended Daily Allowance.
But it’s not only about the ingredients and level of nutrition. Blokes love their “tucker”, and a tucker-replacement has to score high in flavour and consistency. Not any liquid shake is capable of replacing the meal-feeling and because The Healthy Man Meal Replacement contains a formula similar to “Australian Tucker” – protein, fibre, and micronutrients, and low in sugar – it’s a classic example of a what a meal replacement should look like. Tuck in!
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