USANA Nutrimeal

USANA Nutrimeal Shake Reviews
Protein type
Soy
Taste
Good
Price
$3.33/serving
Guarantee
30 day
Label Rating
Controversial
User Rating
Cal 240
Protein 15
Carb/Sugar 33/18
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INGREDIENTS:
  • Soy protein

    Soy is the most controversial protein today.  Unlike the Asian culture, where people eat small amounts of whole non-GMO soybean products, western food processors separate the soybean into two golden commodities—protein and oil.  And there is nothing natural or safe about these products.  Soy foods contain anti-nutritional factors such as saponins, soyatoxin, phytates, protease inhibitors, oxalates, goitrogens and estrogens.   

    Do your research as soy protein has been linked to breast cancer, brain damage, Infant abnormalities, Thyroid disorders, Kidney stones, Immune system impairment, Severe, potentially fatal food allergies, Impaired fertility, Danger during pregnancy and nursing.

  • Crystalline fructose

    Per Dr. Mercoloa study after study are taking their place in a growing lineup of scientific research demonstrating that consuming high-fructose corn syrup is the fastest way to trash your health. It is now known without a doubt that sugar in your food, in all it’s myriad of forms, is taking a devastating toll.  And fructose in any form — including high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and crystalline fructose — is the worst of the worst!

    Fructose is a major contributor to:

    • Insulin resistance and obesity
    • Elevated blood pressure
    • Elevated triglycerides and elevated LDL
    • Depletion of vitamins and minerals
    • Cardiovascular disease, liver disease, cancer, arthritis and even goutThis is the main compound found in sand and often raises a concern when used as an additive.

  • High oleic sunflower oil

    High oleic sunflower is a trans free oil.

    High oleic sunflower oil is very high in oleic (monounsaturated) acid.

    Monounsaturated fats have been linked to an increase in good cholesterol and beneficial health effects.

  • Maltodextrin

    Maltodextrin is a white powder often used in processed foods as a thickener or filler since it’s fairly inexpensive, as well as in pharmaceuticals as a binding agent.

    You’ll find it in canned fruits, snacks, cereal, desserts, instant pudding, sauces, and salad dressings.

    Since it contains fewer calories than sugar, it’s also found in sugar substitutes, such as Splenda or Equal.

  • Soy fiber

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  • Cane fiber

    Cane fiber is the fibrous matter that remains after sugarcane or sorghum stalks are crushed to extract their juice.

    [1] It is currently used as a biofuel and in the manufacture of and paper products and building materials.

  • Natural flavors

    The definition of natural flavor under the Code of Federal Regulations is: “the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”

  • Oligofructose

    Inulin and oligofructose are natural food ingredients commonly found in varying percentages in dietary foods.

    They are present in >36,000 plant species (Carpita et al. 1989).

    In fact, it has been estimated that Americans consume on average 1–4 g of inulin and oligofructose per day and Europeans average 3–10 g/d (Van Loo et al. 1995).

    Inulin and oligofructose are present as plant storage carbohydrates in a number of vegetables and plants including wheat, onion, bananas, garlic and chicory.

  • Gum arabic

    Gum Arabic is a natural gum made of hardened sap taken from the acacia tree.

    It is primarily used in the food industry as a stabilizer and a natural dietary fiber.

  • Prune powder (calcium sterate)

    Although calcium stearate has many potential ingredient functions, it isn’t found in many foods. It is used as a stabilizer in fruit and cereal snack bars and may also be found in candy and confectionary products. It is used as an anti-caking agent in some baby formulas.

  • Potassium phosphate

    Potassium phosphate is used to acidify the urine and lower the urinary calcium concentration.

    Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate is in the FDA pregnancy category C.

    This means that it is not known whether potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate will harm an unborn baby.

    Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

  • Xanthan gum

    Xanthan gum is a sugar-like compound made by mixing aged, or fermented, sugars with a certain kind of bacteria.

    In manufacturing, xanthan gum is used as a thickening and stabilizing agent in foods.

  • Inulin

    Inulin is a carbohydrate belonging to a class of compounds known as fructans and is closely related to fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS).

    Although they aren’t the same, you will often find them used interchangeably.

    These are all starches (carbohydrates), just varying in structure.

    Since inulin is not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, it is considered to be a fiber.

    It is a soluble fiber as opposed to cellulose, which is insoluble.

  • Cellulose/cellulose gum

    One of an array of factory-made additives, cellulose is increasingly used by the processed-food industry to thicken or stabilize foods, replace fat and boost fiber content, and cut the need for ingredients like oil or flour, which are getting more expensive.

    Cellulose is especially popular because it can be used in many ways in food and is relatively inexpensive.

  • Soy lecithin

    Soy lecithin is not soy protein, but instead a component of the soybean plant that is used an emulsifier in a variety of foods.

  • Calcium carbonate

    When a manufacturer wants to ensure a baked good will rise, it may include calcium carbonate, which, as a leavening agent, promotes rising. Others use the additive as a calcium source. The uses of calcium carbonate are almost infinite and it can be found in almost all kinds of foods from dried fruits to canned sardines, also in frozen foods, cereals, aromatized beverages and processed meat and fish products

  • Salt

    The average person in the U.S. consumes 3,500 milligrams of sodium a day. That’s equivalent to almost 9 grams of salt, or nearly 2 teaspoonfuls—way more than the 2,300 milligrams per day suggested by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  Although salt in moderation has not proven harmful an increasing body of evidence indicates that we should reduce the amount of salt in our diet. The American Medical Association (AMA), the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), and the National Institutes of Health have begun a campaign to cut the salt intake of Americans by one-half.

  • Magnesium oxide

    Magnesium is an element your body needs to function normally.

    Magnesium oxide may be used for different reasons. Some people use it as an antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach, or acid indigestion.

    Magnesium oxide also may be used as a laxative for short-term, rapid emptying of the bowel (before surgery, for example).

    It should not be used repeatedly. Magnesium oxide also is used as a dietary supplement when the amount of magnesium in the diet is not enough.

  • Ascorbic acid

    Ascorbic acid is another word for Vitamin C. Ascorbic acid is a naturally occurring organic compound with antioxidant properties. Ascorbic acid works to preserve food.

  • Ferrous fumarate

    Another name for an iron supplement.

  • Zinc gluconate

    Zinc gluconate is the zinc salt of gluconic acid. It is an ionic compound consisting of two moles of gluconate for each mole of zinc.

    Zinc gluconate is a popular form for the delivery of zinc as a dietary supplement.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers zinc gluconate to be generally recognized as safe (GRAS) when used in accordance with good manufacturing practice, although this does not constitute a finding by the FDA that the substance is a useful dietary supplement.

  • Niacinamide (niacin)

    Niacinamide and niacin are slightly varying forms of vitamin B3.

    Vitamin B3 is naturally in many foods like fish and green vegetables and is also found in many vitamin B complex supplements.

  • Folic acid

    Folic acid is a B vitamin. It helps the body make healthy new cells.

    “Folic acid” and “folate” mean the same thing.

    Folate is found naturally in some foods and folic acid is a manmade form of folate.

    Since 1998, folic acid has been added to most enriched bread flours, cornmeal, pasta, rice, and other grain products in the U.S. and Canada.

    This was done to help prevent spina bifida and anencephaly, two birth defects that are caused in part by too little folate in a mother’s body around the time her baby is conceived.

  • Pyridoxine or pyrodioxine hydrochloride

    Pyridoxine is one of the compounds that can be called vitamin B6, along with pyridoxal and pyridoxamine.

  • Riboflavin

    Riboflavin also known as vitamin B12. This is naturally found in many foods and it is added to many protein shakes.

  • Potassium iodine

    Potassium iodine is an organic compound that is commercial sold as white table salt.

  • Thiamine hydrochloride

    Thiamine hydrochloride is a white, crystalline hygroscopic food-additive used to add a brothy/meaty flavor to gravies or soups.

    It is a natural intermediary resulting from a thiamine-HCl reaction, which precedes hydrolysis and phosphorylation, before it is finally employed (in the form of TPP) in a number of enzymatic amino, fatty acid, and carbohydrate reactions.

  • Cynocobalamin

    Cyanocobalamin is a man-made form of vitamin B12 used to prevent and treat low blood levels of this vitamin. Most people get enough vitamin B12 from their diet. Vitamin B12 is important to maintain the health of your metabolism, blood cells, and nerves. Serious vitamin B12 deficiency may result in a low number of red blood cells (anemia, stomach problems, and permanent nerve damage.

  • Dl-alpha tocophyl acetate

    Dl-alpha tocophyl acetate is a form of vitamin E.

  • Vitamin E acetate

    Vitamin E acetate, also called tocopherol acetate, is a dry form of vitamin E that is commonly referred to as tocopherols. The acetate form is an ester, which has a much greater stability than unesterified tocopherols. One of the principle differences between the dry and oil forms of this vitamin is that the former has no immediate antioxidant properties. An antioxidant is a substance present in many all natural foods that are rich in nutrients. They help to retard the aging of cells and play a vital role in protection against free radicals.

  • Vitamin A palmitate

    Vitamin A palmitate is the form of vitamin A found naturally in animal sources and also produced synthetically.

  • Cholecalciferol

    Cholecalciferol is a form of vitamin D, also called vitamin D3.


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USANA Nutrimeal touts having a protein blend that is derived from soy, which our editors immediately recognize as a red flag. Listed first on the label doesn’t help the cause, and the second ingredient only further drives the issue further, as fructose is the secondary ingredient. These two together, in such a high dosage is definitely not a good option for weight loss or meal replacement.

If the aforementioned was not enough, you’ll have to utilize 60 grams of the powder in order to get the benefits that the company is claiming to deliver with this shake. That large amount of powder will affect the taste and consistency of the drink, which can prove to be a detriment beyond the ingredients found inside.

Controversial Ingredients

Soy – In our opinion, soy is not an ideal protein source, as there are a lot of alternatives out there. Recent studies have linked soy proteins to thyroid issues, food allergies, danger for pregnant or nursing women, immune system problems, and much more.

Crystalline Fructose – Per Dr. Mercoloa study after study are taking their place in a growing lineup of scientific research demonstrating that consuming high-fructose corn syrup is the fastest way to trash your health. It is now known without a doubt that sugar in your food, in all it’s myriad of forms, is taking a devastating toll.  And fructose in any form — including high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and crystalline fructose — is the worst of the worst!

Fructose is a major contributor to:

• Insulin resistance and obesity
• Elevated blood pressure
• Elevated triglycerides and elevated LDL
• Depletion of vitamins and minerals
• Cardiovascular disease, liver disease, cancer, arthritis and even gout.

Conclusion

USANA Nutrimeal has an interesting formula, but it relies too much on fructose, soy, and an extra-large serving size, which is not going to deliver the best blend available. For that reason, we cannot rank this higher.

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