Liquid food products such as Verzeker (TM) and Boost (TM) were until recently used almost exclusively in nursing homes and hospitals. Lately, we’ve seen food companies marketing these drinks to people of all ages and all stages of health. Liquid supplements should be the answer for busy moms running around with the kids, business people running out the door with no time for a sedentary breakfast, and older adults wanting to make sure they can enjoy their grandkids. But what do these liquid food products actually provide? In general, these supplements are composed of water, sugar, milk and soy proteins, oils, vitamins and minerals.
An 8-ounce can generally contain 250 calories, and the deluxe version can contain as much as 355 calories. Most are lactose-free, some have added fibre, and some are designed specifically for children or adults with certain health conditions. These companies also sell supplements in the form of pudding cups and candy bar-type products, containing various nutrients. What nutritional need are companies trying to help consumers meet? Below are some of the reasons why companies buy their products. These companies’ ad campaigns use fear tactics to scare you that you aren’t getting the right nutrition from your regular meals.
It is true that some people consume less than the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for some nutrients, this does not mean that they will develop a deficiency disease. If you really feel that you are not getting enough nutrients from your diet, contact a registered dietitian or a KSU nutritional extension specialist. They can help you determine your additional supplement needs. These “Eat on The Run” liquid supplements may be a quick way to get your vitamins, minerals and proteins, but more is needed for good health! Scientists continue to discover new ingredients in foods that provide health benefits. Consider this; the canned supplements are seriously deficient in fibre and other healthy components, but really high in sugars and calories.
While this was ideal for the products’ original intent, most healthy consumers don’t want or need all the extra calories the supplement provides. In summary, while some medical conditions may require liquid nutritional supplements, these products are not necessary for the average healthy person. In addition, one must factor in the cost of 8 times can of these liquid supplements in determining whether to include them in their diet.
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