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The Benefits of Protein Shakes

Susan Bowerman M.S., R.D., CSSD, CSOWM, FAND, Senior Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training April 8, 2024

It’s a sad truth – and it also sounds like a paradox – but millions of people around the world are both overfed and undernourished. The fact is, malnutrition can exist even when calories are plentiful – it just requires too much food with too little nutritional value. The modern food supply is overloaded with highly processed, high-calorie, appetizing foods that are lacking in vital nutrients. On top of that, most of us aren’t as physically active as we should be.


As a result, many of us have become overfed and undernourished. With a diet that supplies an excess of calories and a shortage of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, there’s a good chance that our health is going to suffer.


The way to push back is to put an emphasis on foods that pack a good dose of nutrition into the calories they provide. And meal replacements, such as protein shakes, can fill the bill. Not only can they provide balanced nutrition, but they have also been shown to be safe and effective tools for weight loss and weight management.


Protein shakes can serve a variety of purposes. Some shakes are designed to simply supplement the diet with protein, while others are more nutritionally complete and can be used to replace a meal. We have both types of shakes at Herbalife Nutrition. Our No. 1-selling product around the world is Formula 1 Meal Replacement.* In 2021, we sold 87 million canisters of Formula 1 shakes around the world – that amounts to 1.9 billion servings!


When prepared according to label instructions, a Formula 1 Meal Replacement is simply this: an easy-to-prepare, balanced meal. This delicious meal replacement shake provides protein and other key nutrients for good nutrition and weight management. While most varieties of Formula 1 Meal Replacement are made with soy protein, other protein sources are available including whey, milk, and pea.


One serving of Formula 1 Meal Replacement made with 250 millilitres of 1% partially skimmed milk contains:


  • 18 grams of protein
  • 21 vitamins and minerals
  • At least 30% of your recommended daily intake of antioxidant Vitamins A (as beta-carotene) and E, and 25% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C
  • No cholesterol, no trans fats


The benefits of nutritionally balanced protein shakes are numerous:


  • They can help meet nutrient needs
  • They are quick and convenient. The fact that protein shakes are portable is a huge plus. Once your shake is blended, it’s ready to go.
  • They come in a variety of flavours
  • They make it easy to keep track of calorie intake


*Formula 1 is a meal replacement that is useful in weight reduction only as part of an energy-reduced diet.