The meal replacements sold in pharmacies are designed as meal or snack substitutes, and are aimed at both people who are in good health and those who are not. It is important to choose the right product for you. Read on to discover how to choose the product that best meets your nutritional needs.
For people who are in good health, meal replacements can occasionally be an appealing substitute for a meal or as a snack.
They are also recommended if you have a health problem that makes it more difficult for you to eat or to help speed up recovery. For example, if you…
Meal replacements can be used as the sole source of nourishment for a few days. However, for long-term use, it is best to consult a nutritionist, who can draw up an eating plan tailored to your needs.
There is a wide range of meal replacements available on the market to fulfill various nutritional needs.
The meal replacements sold in pharmacies contain a balanced quantity of nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, etc.) as well as vitamins and minerals. The proportions of nutrients vary depending on the desired benefits. Some products may also be enriched to meet specific needs.
While products vary from one manufacturer to another, most brands offer the following:
Many meal replacement products are available in gluten-free or lactose-free versions.
Meal replacements are sold not just in the form of shakes or powders. They also come in fruit-flavoured drinks as well as bars and puddings.
They tend to be available in various flavours (chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, and others), and are generally sweet-tasting.
It is important to check the Nutrition Facts chart to see whether one serving is equivalent to a snack or whether it’s enough to replace a full meal. In general, it takes 250 to 300 calories to replace a meal, however this figure can vary from one person to another, depending on age and health.
Meal replacements can be stored at room temperature until they are consumed.
However, since they contain ingredients that can degrade quickly, they should not be consumed any later than the best-before date on the packaging.
Once the package is opened, any milk-based products, puddings, or powders already mixed with milk generally keep for two hours at room temperature or 24 hours in the fridge. Powders will keep for several weeks. Always follow the instructions on the package.
If you need to take a meal replacement in preparation for a medical exam, after being hospitalized, or for any other reason, your pharmacist can help you choose the product that’s right for you.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.