Medifast Shakes: Separating Fact from Fiction

There is so much buzz about the Medifast weight loss program that it is getting hard to separate the truth from the hype. Although the program has added a lot of food options over the past few years, the core part of the diet remains the product that launched the company: weight loss shakes. The shakes are available in a wide variety of options and flavors but the company continues to maintain the high level of quality and nutrition across the product line.

There are various types of Medifast shakes available:

  • Medifast 70 shakes for men or women with a high protein level.
  • There are Medifast shakes specifically designed for diabetic patients to provide them proper nutrition.
  • Ready-To-Drink shakes are super convenient for people with busy lifestyles because there is no mixing required. They’re ready to go, just pop them open and drink.
  • Medifast Plus shakes offer added appetite suppression while maintaining constant weight loss. They are similar in content to regular Medifast shakes but have the additional benefits of CitriMax.

Most of the shakes are completely vegetarian. The ingredients include soy protein, fructose, milk protein, cocoa, wheat fiber, and sweet dairy whey. They have a low lactose levels, and have a low enough amount of gluten to be considered “gluten free”. They are kosher certified and have low amounts of caffeine if at all they do contain communications. People who are allergic to eggs, fish and shellfish need be careful as these shakes may contain these ingredients as well. These are soy based shakes rather than milk based. These shakes are also beneficial for people who are lactose intolerant and those who have issues with digestion, and the best thing is that the taste is not compromised even if the product is soy based.

The Medifast 55 shakes are the most popular of the lot. The Dutch chocolate flavor contains 90 calories also containing some decent amounts of vitamins and minerals. one of these meals contains over 30% of the recommended daily iron, B1, riboflavin, niacin, copper, iodine, and chromium. They also contain over 20% of the daily recommended amounts of vitamins A, K, B6 and B12, as well as biotin, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, selenium and phosphorus, to name just some of the elements included. Most of the meals contain similar levels of nutrition and we get more than the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals by the end of the day.

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