Functional foods are an emerging field in food science due to their increasing popularity with health-conscious consumers and the ability of marketers to create new interest in existing products. The functional food category includes Meal replacement Bars and Shakes, Protein Bars and Shakes and anything that may be performance enhancing, such as Ready to Drink products (RTD’s), Sports Drinks and Greens Drinks.
Powders and Meal Replacements
There is a lot of talk about increasing protein intake or questions on how to utilize Protein supplements or Meal Replacement Powders. In this article we will define the differences between these things, explain all of the acronyms you see associated with these products and instruct on general usage.
Protein Powder is just that – Protein in a powder form. It is used to increase an individuals total Protein intake and can be very convenient.
Meal Replacement Formula (MRF) are products that have all 3 calorie containing macro nutrients (P,C,F). These products are generally used to replace a higher calorie meal and provide satiety because of the greater amount oif nutrition provided and the balance of macro nutrients.
Meal Replacement Bars – are similar to powders except that they are in a bar form. There are crunchy/crispy bars and savory bars and bars with tons of chocolate in them. The bar category can be wildly confusing because of the endless list of ingredients that can be added in to a formula.
There absolutely are benefits and uses for Functional Foods and for some, it would be a good option to switch to 1-2 shakes or bars daily to reduce calories, increase nutrition and enhance energy.
Functional Foods can also be beneficial post-workout for quicker absorption and specific nutrient timing.