What Are Meal Replacement Drinks?
Meal replacement (MR) has become a popular strategy in losing and controlling weight by many people who seriously want to maintain a diet that is easy to manage. Substituting a full meal with just a meal replacement drink (powder form or liquid), a shake or a bar provides an easy solution to the challenges of planning and preparing meals, counting calories and balancing food groups. Some of the available brands are medically prescribed, while some are sold over the counter and over the Internet.
Diabetic meal replacement drinks are made specifically for type 2 diabetes patients since they are low in calories, sugar and fat content. They are usually called nutritional drinks, nutritional supplements or snacks. They may come in liquid or powder form (water to be added). Examples of these are Boost Glucose Control, Glucerna Shakes for Diabetics, GlucoBurst, Carnation Instant Breakfast, Ensure Shake, Enterex Diabetic, sugar-free Slim-Fast and more.
Most of these meal substitutes contain approximately 100-200 calories, with 2-5 grams of fat, 10-15 grams of protein, vitamins and minerals, and fiber. They usually come in various flavors and are packaged in convenient cans, bottles or sachets which can be stored even in office drawers for easy access. Recommendations for intake include substituting two meals and snacks with MR drinks and taking a full meal that is high in fiber and low in calories and sugar.