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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 July 4, 2022

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 that 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 for Balanced Nutrition

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, including our #1 selling product: Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix. 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 shake is easy to make and a 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 are made with soy protein, some utilize other protein sources like whey, milk, and pea.

One serving of Formula 1 contains:

  • 17–24 g of high-quality protein per serving, when prepared with 8 fl. oz. of nonfat milk or one serving (2 scoops) of Protein Drink Mix 
  • A good source of fiber 
  • 21 vitamins and minerals 
  • An excellent source of antioxidant Vitamins C and E

Here’s a quick recap of the benefits of nutritionally balanced protein shakes:


  • They can help meet nutrient needs
  • They are quick and convenient
  • They come in a variety of flavors
  • They make it easy to keep track of calorie intake

We invite you to try our Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix and experience these benefits for yourself!