Are shakes the future of nutrition?
Gym goers often drink a protein shake to aid in the growth and repair of their muscles after an intense workout, most commonly straight after a session. It’s a proven fact that they aid in the development of muscles, which explains why you see so many people consuming them. They’re dead easy to make too, some only requiring water to be added to powder. But can shakes be the future of all our nutritional needs? Not just protein?
Put it this way, it’s encouraged. Companies across the globe are emerging, including ‘Nurtibullet,’ and ‘Missfits Nutrition’ who encourage people to have a shake as an alternative to a meal. It’s claimed that a simple shake can have the same amount of nutritional value if not more and be better for you than a traditional meal. Impressive, right?
A good thing about these Smoothies and Shakes are that you can literally put anything in them. Companies even provide different sachets, for example Missfits Nutrition provide a solution that has the 9 essential amino acids for replenishing muscles, as well as glutamine to speed up recovery time, all in one little packet. As long as it isn’t ridiculous like adding a fish finger to a shake with custard in there. Sorry Matt Smith!
It’s a great concept that you can literally have your five-a-day from just adding it to a blender and pressing the button, but it can be an expensive process in all honesty. One Nutribullet retails for roughly £60. You can buy a fair few meals for that amount, and that’s not even taking into account the cost of the posh sachets and powders you add to the shake. But is that the only con? After all, the blender is a one-off payment. There is the argument that you can be consuming too many calories in one 10-minute sitting. Too quickly. One smoothie can have the equivalent of a whole meal or even several meals in one, something that should be consumed over a longer period of time.
More importantly (for me especially), a lot of people find that they are still hungry after having a smoothie, which if it’s being used as a meal replacement is worrying. This can be the case even when they have had the equivalent of a meal that would normally fill them up. You’re obviously going to be tempted to eat more food because you still feel hungry after having the shake. One thing will lead to another and you’ll gain weight. Simple as that.
So, that leads me to the conclusion. Are smoothies and shakes the future of nutrition? Yes! But not yet. I personally think that simple sachets filled with nutritional goodness and essential vitamins and minerals are great, but for now, I don’t think you could replace all your meals with them. In the future who knows? In my view, smoothies are great for boosting essential nutrients, but not whole meals!
Liquid food in the future doesn’t sound like an attractive offer, I’ll stick to my solids for now!
Hope you enjoyed the read, let me know what your view is! @Jack_BYP