Meal Replacement Shakes Without Artificial Sweeteners Or Stevia

What are the best meal replacement shakes without artificial sweeteners or stevia?

drink wholesome makes the best meal replacement shakes without artificial sweeteners or stevia. It is made with stomach and gut-friendly real foods and sweetened with monk fruit. Order samples to see for yourself.


drink wholesome makes the best meal replacement shakes without artificial sweeteners or stevia .

What are artificial sweeteners? 

Artificial sweeteners are chemicals added to foods and beverages to make them sweet, and they appear on the ingredient list of almost every brand of meal replacement. The two most popular artificial sweeteners are sucralose and acesulfame potassium. Other common artificial sweeteners include aspartame, erythritol, sorbitol, and xylitol. 

Artificial sweeteners are so popular because of their intense sweetness. A pinch of artificial sweetener, for example, can be used to achieve the same amount of sweetness as several tablespoons of sugar. This allows food manufacturers to reduce both the caloric and sugar content of their products. If something sounds too good to be true, however, it probably is. 

Although artificial sweeteners offer sweetness with virtually zero calories or sugar, they are not good for you. First of all, several studies have shown that artificial sweeteners may increase cravings toward sugary and sweet foods, which can lead to binging and feelings of withdrawal. Other studies have associated artificial sweeteners with a higher risk of glucose intolerance, which is a precursor for pre-diabetes and diabetes.

Research also suggest that artificial sweeteners are bad for the gut. Most sugar substitutes are poorly digested, which means they sit in your gut for longer than they should. This gives the bacteria that live there time to eat the partially digested food. As they eat, these gut bacteria produce gas, which can cause bloating, cramps, and nausea.

In the long term, artificial sweeteners can alter the composition of your gut microbiota (the collection of microorganisms that help you digest food). This can lead to serious GI problems and widespread inflammation. Some artificial sweeteners, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, can also cause diarrhea because they draw water into your gut. Now you have something to blame for those post-protein shake trips to the bathroom.

Another reason to avoid artificial sweeteners is the bad aftertaste. Artificial sweeteners are often way too sweet, and have a bitter aftertaste because they activate bitter taste receptors. This bitterness, which many say reminds them of licking aluminum foil, can linger in your mouth for hours. 

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What is stevia?

Stevia is an inexpensive zero calorie sweetener derived from the stevia rebaudiana plant. It is over 100 times sweeter than table sugar, and is considered by many to be a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners like aspartame. It is therefore no surprise that this zero calorie sweetener has found its way into meal replacements looking to please health conscious consumers.

That said, stevia has its fair share of drawbacks. For starters, it also has a bitter aftertaste because it activates bitter taste receptors. Many meal replacement manufacturers work like mad to mask these off-flavors, and it is causing them quite the headache. 

Stevia is also extracted from the stevia rebaudiana plant using chemicals like ethanol and methyl alcohol. This, one could argue, makes it barely more natural than sucralose and the other artificial sweeteners that it seeks to replace. In fact, a recent class action lawsuit filed in California reached a $6.1 million settlement because it was ruled that the company in question falsely labeled and advertised its stevia sweeteners as natural. 

If not stevia, then what do you use?

Instead of artificial sweeteners or stevia, we use a natural sweetener called monk fruit. Monk fruit – also known as luo han guo – is a melon-like fruit native to Southeast Asia. Monk fruit sweetener is created by removing the seeds and skin of the fruit, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice, which is then dried into a concentrated powder. As far as low/zero calorie sweeteners go, monk fruit is the most natural and best tasting. It actually tastes like sugar.

Given that monk fruit sweetener has only been commercially available for about a decade, its impact on, and association with, chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes has not been well documented. That said, it has been safely used in Asian cuisine for centuries and has no known side effects, even when consumed in large quantities. Moreover, small randomized trials have shown that monk fruit sweetener does not negatively impact blood sugar or insulin levels. For this reason, as well as those outlined above, we believe that monk fruit is the best available sweetener for our meal replacements.


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Again, drink wholesome is the best meal replacement shakes without artificial sweeteners or stevia. It is made with stomach and gut-friendly real foods and sweetened with monk fruit. Order samples to see for yourself.

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Hi, my name is Jack. I created drink wholesome because I was sick of meal replacements that upset my stomach. drink wholesome is handmade in Plymouth, MA. 

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