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5 Facts You Must Know About Meal Supplement Quality

Not All Meal Supplements Are Created Equal

In the modern North American diet, replete with junk food and short lunch breaks, finding time for the appropriate number of square meals is difficult. Correctly incorporating a meal supplement into daily dietary needs can present a unique opportunity to add essential components to daily uptake. These dehydrated, energy-packed products are ideal for athletes and civilians alike, but not all meal supplements are created equal which makes it all that much more important that your supplements of choice come from an NSF certified facility such as Dure Foods.

These 5 facts about meal supplement quality will give you an essential rubric for evaluating these products for sale and consumption.

Low Calorie Content Is Important

This isn’t necessarily just an indication of the products usability in the fields of weight loss or fat burning, but also represents the products constituent ingredients. High quality meal supplements will likely contain a fraction of the calories of lower quality competitors, likely averaging around the 50-100 calorie per serving range. At the same time, empty calories located in artificial trans fatty acids are not only an indication of poor ingredient quality, but also represent potential health hazards.

Low Quality Means High Sugar Content

This is certainly not a hard and fast rule for all meal supplement products, as certain brands may offer items that are responsibly sweetened with natural ingredients. However, a high sugar content will likely represent the brand looking to compensate for the bad taste of inorganic ingredients. At the same time, use of bleached or inorganic sugars can be a health hazard. Look for products that offer natural sweetener alternatives such as Stevia. This will lower the overall calories and provide a more effective sweetening alternative that is healthier, sourced naturally, and tastes better.

Not all Proteins Are the Same

Protein is essential to rebuild muscles, provide energy, and help round out the nutritional content of meal supplements. In many cases, the more protein a meal supplement offers the better, but some proteins are difficult to digest and therefore less effective. Though the constituent chemicals may be the same or similar, such as amino acid content, looking for protein components which are more soluble will lead to more effective protein intake. Some good choices are:

1) Whey Protein
2) Soy Protein
3) Hemp Protein

Whey protein is potentially the best example, representing about 20% of the protein found in milk. This protein is not only easily digestible but will also dissolve well when mixed with liquids, ensuring a more pleasant consumption experience.

Dietary Fiber Is Extremely Important

This factor is often overlooked by health conscious consumers, or individuals looking to locate the best quality meal supplements. Appropriate consumption of dietary fiber has important effects on digestion, and will make you feel full faster. However, not all dietary fibers are created the same. Some natural sources such as roughage and grains have certain health effects that artificial fiber sources do not. There is a plenitude of research on the importance of dietary fiber, as well as the deficiency in the average diet. However, there is no effective evidence which proves artificial alternatives provide the essential benefits received from whole food sources. Looking for a meal supplement that has a high percentage of fiber, derived from natural sources, will demonstrate overall quality.

Meal Supplements With Natural Ingredients

Based on the four preceding facts about meal supplement quality this may seem obvious, but it cannot be stressed enough. Natural ingredients are overall much better for the quality of the product. This includes sugar, protein, and fiber sources, but also includes essential vitamins and minerals. A high-quality meal supplement will provide more than just the bare bone essentials of fat and protein. Look for a product that has a high daily serving of essential vitamins and minerals. Plus a recognized food standard inspection certification such as NSF.

Healthy Kids and Healthy Meal Supplements

Convincing kids to eat healthy is a leading problem that most parents have in common. Every parent wants to be sure that their child is getting the proper balance of vitamins and nutrition to help them strive and lead a healthy life. A major question among parents is whether or not meal supplements are safe for children and what are the risks and benefits of using meal supplements when you are struggling to meet the dietary standards of children.

Generally speaking, meal supplements are safe for children, you can even purchase child specific meal supplements to aid with picky eaters. The key Is to find a supplement that meets your child’s dietary needs. Using an adult supplement may not be a realistic choice. In order for a meal supplement to be a healthy choice for children, you need to be sure that you are using the right supplements, like the ones produced here at Dure, and not just giving your child liquid junk food in the illusion of something healthy.

  1. Sugar Content

Chances are that if you looking to give your child a meal supplement, you are looking to feed them something nutritious like Dure’s Strawberry Banana Children’s Meal Supplement; unlike the doughnuts and candy that they would probably prefer.

  • Always take a close look at the nutrition label, sugar should never be one of the first two ingredients. Even some of the most popular store bough and recommended brands warrant a glance at the nutrition chart.
  1. Proper Vitamins and Minerals

Choosing the meal supplement that is proper for your child is the most important part of selecting a meal supplement to begin with. Be sure that the supplement that you select has the proper amount of daily nutritional value that is recommended for your child.

  • Start by consulting your pediatrician about the daily recommended amount of vitamins and minerals your child needs. Your pediatrician can also help you to understand if your child is falling behind in growth and needs more than just one meal supplement or if they need added protein in the mix to help them meet the growth standards.
  1. Consider the Other Ingredients

Sugar isn’t the only ingredient you need to be weary of when choosing a food supplement. Always keep in mind things like dairy, gluten, and soy.

  • If your child is continuing to drink whole milk on a daily basis, chances are you are already meeting their needs of calcium and can focus more on a meal supplement with less calcium or milk in it.
  • Consider any food allergies that your child may have. Purchasing a pre-made meal supplement means that it will probably contain dairy, soy, and gluten. Consider making a meal supplement smoothie at home from Dure’s powdered health additives rather than mixes you just mix with milk.
  • Depending on your child’s needs, this may be as simple as adding milk, ice, and a banana in the blender for a snack or quick breakfast on the go. You should also consider using natural sweeteners, such as, bananas or dates in place of honey, sugar, or other processed sugars.

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