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The Single Most Important Part of a Meal Replacement Shake

by Dr. David Minkoff September 21, 2017 4 min read 0 Comments

The Single Most Important Part of a Meal Replacement Shake

Our modern world of go-go-go and stress and ever-shrinking time has all of us trying to find ways to cut corners here and there. It’s only natural to simplify our meals, something fast and easy that will fulfill our needs and keep our energy up throughout the day.  

And this is where meal replacement shakes come in.

The main difference between a “meal replacement” shake and a “protein” shake are more carbohydrates and (hopefully) more full-spectrum nutrition. They are more or less a protein shake with a bunch of extras to help give you more energy through the whole day, not just the raw ingredients for building muscle. 

But still, at their core, they are basically pumped-up protein shakes.

So what is the most important ingredient of a meal replacement shake?

It’s the protein source.

 

Why The Protein Source Matters

The protein source is the base of a meal replacement shake. With any building, if the foundation isn’t solid, it doesn’t really matter what the extras are. It doesn’t matter if you have fancy lighting and radiant floor heating when your house is sinking into the ground or seeping water.

If the protein source isn’t high quality, your body isn’t going to put the shake to use.

All the vitamins and carbohydrates and all these things added into a meal replacement shake are valuable if they are quality. But your body is made from protein.

Your muscles, your bones, your enzymes, the electrical firing of neurons. These are all protein. Your cells aren’t much more than watery protein factories made of other proteins encased in a bubble of lipids. Vitamins and minerals and carbs are really important – they fuel, augment, and facilitate protein production and function.

But without the raw material of protein itself, they won’t do much.

 

Not All Protein Is Created Equal

It’s not common knowledge, but an egg does not equal a steak does not equal hemp protein powder does not equal branched-chain amino acids.

This is because your body doesn’t absorb protein directly. It breaks them down into amino acids and absorbs those, using them to build its own protein. But even then, it only uses a small percentage of them to actually build protein and the rest get converted into energy and wasted. The percentage that is used is called the Amino Acid Utilizationtm  (AAU), and each protein source has a different AAUtm.

The highest natural AAU can be found in human breast milk, with a 49% utilization. This is fantastic for growing babies, but not so useful for the rest of us. The next highest ratio can be found in whole eggs, with a 48% utilization.

And after that? It just keeps going down.

When we get to the protein source used by most protein and meal replacement shakes, things like whey protein or pea protein, these are all in the 16 - 18% AAU range. So for every 20g of whey protein you consume, your body is only using a meager 3.6g to build protein.

And the highly touted BCAAs? 2% AAU. You would have to eat 50g of this tasteless powder just to turn 2g of it into usable protein. That’s not to say BCAAs don’t have benefits for your muscles because they do. Especially if you are fasting. However, they are not a complete protein without the 5 other essential amino acids and cannot be fully utilized without them.

No matter how much “protein” these highly marketed protein and meal replacement shakes make of the amount of protein, the quality of the protein is just not that great.

They are inefficient at best.

 

The Perfect Protein Source

So clearly the source of protein is important. But if an egg is as good as we can get, how can we hope for anything better in a meal replacement shake?

Fortunately, we have curious and diligent scientists to figure this out for the rest of us. It turns out, there is a very specific ratio of essential amino acids that maximizes protein utilization by our bodies.

This ratio is the basis of PerfectAmino, our highly regarded product used by champion athletes around the world. It achieves a 99% AAUtm, an incredible improvement to the typical protein powder.

This is by far the highest quality protein source available.

And this is the foundation of PerfectAmino Power Meal, the most advanced meal replacement anywhere in the market today. By starting here, with a fully utilized highly efficient protein source, your body has the resources to make the most out of the rest of the equally high-quality ingredients we put into it, including:

  • MCT Oil for long-lasting energy and high-powered brain fuel
  • Carb10, a unique carbohydrate that won’t spike your blood sugar or insulin but give you the energy your body needs
  • Full Spectrum of Vitamins and Minerals, to keep your whole system at optimal function
  • Superfoods Blend to provide all the phytonutrients, trace minerals, and antioxidants you need to stay focused and strong all day long

Each one of these individually can powerfully impact your health, vital energy, and performance.

All of them together?

This is next level performance nutrition.

Are you ready to see what PowerMeal can do for you? Click here to learn more!


Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego.

He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine.

In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein.

The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness.

Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 44 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teachers to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.



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