Can a Meal Replacement "Replace" a Meal?
Information provided by the American Dietetic Association: Your Link to Nutrition & Health
Today's fast-paced world has led many people to turn to meal replacement options. Nutritionally speaking, can you "replace" a meal?
Meal replacements come in liquid form and bar form, but many don't provide the calories, satisfaction or variety of nutrition of an actual meal.
Many meal replacements lack fiber and most lack phytochemicals, plant compounds that aid in disease prevention. In addition, meal replacements just don't give you enjoyment of a sit-down meal.
Better than skipping a meal if you must eat on the run, try to keep healthy snacks or quick-to-fix items handy.
Spend some time planning your meals in advance and you'll always have nutritious and tasty food available.