What are the best meal replacement shakes without stevia?

Written by Jack Schrupp and reviewed by Ella McGonagle, M.S. Nutrition

drink wholesome makes the best meal replacement shakes without stevia. They are also additive-free, dairy-free, and made with real foods, not protein isolates – 99% of meal replacements fail to meet at least one of these criteria. They are also sweetened with monk fruit, not stevia. This makes them perfect for people with gut issues and sensitive stomachs, as well as for people just looking to boost their protein intake without the processing and added junk. Order samples to see if our meal replacements are right for you. 

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What is stevia? 

Why should you avoid stevia? 

If not stevia, then what do you use?

What is stevia? 


Struggling to find a meal replacement without stevia? If a meal replacement does not contain sucralose or another artificial sweetener, it probably contains stevia. Stevia is an inexpensive zero calorie sweetener derived from the stevia rebaudiana plant. It is over 100 times sweeter than table sugar, and a “natural” alternative to artificial sweeteners. Over the past decade or so, stevia has found its way into many meal replacements looking to please health conscious consumers.

Why should you avoid stevia? 


People dislike stevia for a few reasons. First of all, although it is sweet, stevia has an unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Unlike sugar, it activates bitter taste receptors in addition to sweet taste receptors. This bitterness can ruin your shake and linger in your mouth for hours.

Second, stevia is 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. 

Finally, research has found that stevia can disrupt communications between different bacteria in the gut microbiome, the collection of microorganisms living in your small intestines. These microorganisms play an important role in digestion and overall health, so it is in your best interest to keep them happy and healthy.

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If not stevia, then what do you use?


If you are struggling to find a meal replacement without artificial sweeteners, try drink wholesome. Our meal replacements are sweetened with monk fruit. Monk fruit, also known as luo han guo, is a melon-like fruit native to Southeast Asia. Its intense sweetness, which is about 200 times that of sugar, is provided by non-caloric compounds called mogrosides.

We use monk fruit for a number of reasons. First of all, monk fruit sweetener is the most natural sugar substitute on the market. It is made by removing the seeds and skin, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice, which is then dried into a powder. What ends up in your meal replacement is basically concentrated fruit juice. We also like monk fruit because it is sweet like sugar, unlike stevia.

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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 . In case you were wondering, most companies do not use monk fruit because it is expensive.

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