Can You Really Replace a Meal with a Beverage?
Information provided by the American Dietetic Association: Your Link to Nutrition & Health
With the fast pace of society more and more people are searching for fast and easy ways to get in a meal, but can a beverage really replace a meal?
Meal replacement beverages are popping up on grocery and convenience store shelves all across the country. They market their ease, taste and ability to replace a meal but a closer looks shows you might not be getting the nutrition you think.
The average meal replacement beverage is between 170 and 280 calories and between seven and twenty grams of protein. A typical meal would provide closer to 500 calories and around 20 to 30 grams of protein.
These low calorie levels may be enticing for weight loss but the problem is they may not give you the satisfaction a meal can. Eating satisfaction comes from the taste, texture and feeling of fullness a meal provides. Liquids often lack that feeling of fullness, meaning you may end up eating more not less.