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Meal Replacement & Weight Management Powders and Shakes Review

Find the Best Meal Replacement and Weight Management Products

Only 64% of Meal Powders & Shakes Pass's Tests of Quality
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Brands compared in report

Atkins Day Break Strawberry Banana Shake
FitMiss Delight Chocolate Delight
Garden of Life RAW Organic Meal Vanilla
Herbalife Formula 1 Healthy Meal French Vanilla
IsAgenix IsaLean Shake Natural Berry Harvest
Jarrow Formulas The Slim Whey Green Tea
Metagenics UltraMeal Rice Vanilla
Naturade Total Soy Chocolate
Nature’s Plus Spiru-Tein Vanilla
SlimFast Advanced Nutrition Creamy Chocolate
Special K Protein Vanilla Cappuccino
Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake French Vanilla

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More about this report

Nutritionally balanced powders and read-to-drink shakes can help people lose weight, improve blood sugar control, and build muscle. They're also a better alternative to snacking when you're on-the-go. But what's really in them? If you're not careful, you might not get what you bargained for. In this latest review and quality rating of meal replacement products, discovered defects in 36% of products, including:

    • 5 times the listed amount of sodium
    • Contamination with cadmium, a toxic heavy metal
    • 53% more carbohydrate and 24% more calories
    • 16% less protein

In addition to measuring the protein, carbohydrates, and fats in every product, each was checked for contamination with arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead. "Gluten-free" products were checked for gluten. identified some of the best quality meal replacement products and came up with a short list of its Top Picks.

Avoid problems and find the best meal replacement powder or shake at the best price using's reviews and recommendations. In this comprehensive review, you'll get test results for 13 products, including two which passed's voluntary Quality Certification Program. You'll discover:

    • Which powders and shakes failed testing and which passed, earning top quality ratings -- and why
    •'s Top Picks
    • Head-to-head comparisons of the protein, fats, and carbohydrates (including sugar and fiber) in all meal replacement products reviewed and rated
    • Nutritional intake recommendations
    • Clinical evidence regarding the use of meal replacements for weight loss, blood sugar control, and muscle gain
    • Concerns and cautions with using meal replacement products

Also see's Protein Powders & Shakes Review.

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Several members have reported that the company which sells one of the meal replacement products which failed testing has notified them, in response to their questions, that the product's label is being updated to reflect the higher amount of sodium it contains -- as uncovered by However, that company appears to be downplaying (but not disputing) the cadmium contamination found by For details, see the Update in the full review.

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