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Artificial nutrition & meal replacements. Sustainable?

Emily Hurd | Aug 13 2021 | Tags: Health & Wellness

Artificial meal replacement and lab-made nutrition supplements are nothing new. They've been around for decades, yet many people seem to know little about them and the impact they have on our health. In this blog, we will be covering what exactly these things are and how they affect your health.

The truth about supplements

Artificial nutrition is defined as lab-made nutrition supplements that are used to either supplement diet or replace it. They can take the form of powders, liquids, tablets, capsules, shakes, and more. They are often prescribed to people by doctors as a last resort or for people with serious health issues.

SmoothieBox offer | $20 off your first boxNutritional shakes are used by people on a daily basis. These drinks often come in an assortment of sweet flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry. They contain a large number of ingredients that are ultimately unnecessary for your diet. These drinks are full of ingredients like pyridoxine hydrochloride, copper sulfate, and cellulose gum.  These ingredients are actually harmful and could have a negative impact on your health.

One of the more concerning aspects of these drinks is the amount of sugar they contain. Depending on the brand, each drink contains anywhere from 15-20 grams of sugar. A single one of these drinks may contain around 40% of your daily recommended sugar intake. All of this is fundamentally unnecessary for your nutritional health.

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The real deal

Why would someone choose to supplement their nutrition when sourcing it from fruits and vegetables is a much more sustainable option. The vitamins and minerals found in food sources are easier to absorb than those in supplement form. A balanced diet rich in whole food will provide the body with more benefits than dietary supplements.

SmoothieBox smoothies are full of naturally sourced vitamins that provide you with real nutrition. They don't contain any unnecessary ingredients and are full of nutrients to keep your body healthy.


Unless you are instructed by your health care professional to supplement your nutrition with artificial supplements, it is highly recommended to avoid using them.

Just like many other pharmaceutical drugs, they are more dangerous than beneficial in most cases.

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Emily is the Director of Member Experience at SmoothieBox and loves creating new recipes to share with our smoothie community. She gets help and ideas from her two toddlers, especially if it involves our Green Super Smoothie. In her spare time she can be found outside with family.

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