You probably must be thinking that the nutritional shakes are really good for health but think again.
The nutritionaldrinks can certainly be a lot helpful for the people who are struggling with the low appetite problem or those who have difficulty chewing, but if you think they have a magical power of providing nutrition to your body, then you are wrong. If you are eating a full meal and you are drinking them as a supplement, then they will increase the amount of calories in your body which will ultimately lead to weight gain.
Shakes aren’t always the best option
Yes, we all have heard that they provide valuable nutrients and they can support in weight loss too, but the fact is that they can pose great health risks which many of the users are unaware of. Keep in mind, whether it is a nutritional shake or protein shake, because not all of them are equal.
Research says that not all of the shakes are great. People buy them thinking they are natural but they contain plenty of ingredients which are processed. As a result, you are eventually drinking non-healthy stuff which will never lead you to the results you are looking for. The idea is that nutrition in a bottle is not the same as nutrition in food. Even if you are drinking a fortified nutritional shake, it still will not contain the nutrients that whole food contains. You can always substitute one meal with a drink but if you are consuming drinks throughout the day, you are risking calories. It will not just lead to obesity but high blood pressure and in severe cases diabetes too.

What is the alternative?
If you really want to drink a nutritional drink, you can opt for the fruit smoothies that contain less sugar and processed ingredients. To stay at the safe side, examine the ingredients. Check the protein level, sugar and calories. Experts suggest that instead of replacing one whole meal with nutritional shakes or drinks, it is ideal to replace them with snacks. You will feel fuller and even if you have sugar cravings, you will eventually satisfy them.

What’s the better way?
If you really want to get liquid nutrition, instead of buying nutritional shakes make a natural smoothie at home. If you are always on travel or you have a short time in between work, you will probably find it best to drink shakes. But shakes are not a suitable option for all people. It is never a long term strategy to get the supply of nutrients that your body needs. Therefore, the best way is to consume real food and healthy supply of vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
If you have plans to take nutritional drinks for a long time, they won’t really do any harm to your health especially if you have made them at home with all-natural ingredients. Get your doctor’s advice before you use the shakes as meal replacement for a long time. You need to be sure that your regular nutritional requirements are being met.
The bottom line
Do not compromise on your health by drinking unhealthy nutritional drinks. They might be building up some health risk internally so the suggestion is to minimize the consumption of nutritional shakes because they don’t really contain the right supply of nutrients needed by the human body.'
Bayan Tayeh
Bayan works as a content writer and graphic designer. She is highly interested in the field of healthcare and health education. Her goal is to change the way people think about sticking to some dietary habits, and to encourage them consume real food, as possible, so we can build a healthier world.