The Benefits of Protein Shakes: Convenient, Delicious Nutrition

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 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. Our #1 selling product around the world is Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix®. In 2015, we sold 67.1 million canisters of Formula 1 Shake – that amounts to 1.53 billion servings!

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

One serving of Formula 1 Shake made with 8 oz. non-fat milk contains (U.S. intakes):

The benefits of nutritionally balanced protein shakes are numerous:

And like starting with a blank canvas, you can customize your shake with all kinds of add-ins, like additional protein, fruits and vegetables, and more. Here are just some of the ways:

So even if you start with a basic vanilla shake, the add-ins allow for an almost endless variety of options, making protein shakes a versatile choice for people who want healthy, on-the-go nutrition.

Susan Bowerman, M.S., RD, CSSD, CSOWM, FAND –Sr.Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training

Susan BowermanM.S., RD, CSSD, CSOWM, FAND – Sr. Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training

Susan Bowerman earned a B.S. in biology with distinction from the University of Colorado, and received her M.S. in food science and nutrition from Colorado State University. She is a registered dietitian, holds two board certifications from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a certified specialist in sports dietetics, and a certified specialist in obesity and weight management, and is a Fellow of the Academy.