Hidden benefits of meal replacements

If you wish to improve your health or overall efficiency, meal replacements can be one of the most effective solutions. You want to have more time for your projects and not have to worry about grocery shopping, cooking or doing the dishes? Or maybe you’re looking for the best way to reach your ideal weight without depriving your body of valuable nutrients?

Complete food has your back. It’s easy to prepare (or requires no preparation at all), it comes in convenient sizes and makes calorie counting a breeze. It can also be easily used alongside solid food. Most importantly, meal replacements like SATURO provide balanced nutrition.

However, many don’t know that meal replacements offer more than just health- and efficiency-related benefits. Keep on reading and find out the three additional ways in which complete food improves your life.

Save money

Going to restaurants, ordering food, and even cooking every day can be quite expensive especially if you wish to have high-quality meals. People intuitively believe that meal replacements are also a luxury. Although there are some exceptions, complete food products tend to be less expensive than other nutrition options.

For example, SATURO offers the most affordable meals on the market with as low as €0,99 per meal. At the same time, we haven’t cut any corners when it comes to the quality of the ingredients. Our meals also include 26 valuable vitamins and minerals, they keep you satiated for up to 3 hours and offer balanced nutrition.

Less food waste

Did you know that roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted?*

You’ll probably be quick to assume that most of the food waste happens when the food ends up in our home and isn’t consumed. In reality, in industrialized countries, 60% of food waste happens at post-harvest and processing levels*. This means that more than half of the food produced for our consumption is lost before it even reaches the supermarket. There are several reasons for these numbers. One of them is that fruits and vegetables are thrown away if they’re not the right shape or size.

Food is also wasted at restaurants, supermarkets, coffee shops and many other establishments due to quality standards. Supermarkets want to have only fresh fruits and vegetables so they throw away what they cannot sell on time. Bakeries have even stricter policies. They bake new pastries each morning and whatever isn’t sold on the same day goes in the trash. Some shops and supermarkets offer discounted food or make food donations. However, those businesses are just a drop in the sea.

Last but not least, food is wasted at home. If you wish to eat more healthy, experts usually suggest that you buy fresh ingredients and cooking the food yourself. However, you often end up buying and cooking much more than you need. Additionally, fresh products don’t have a long shelf life. Food is wasted not only when it’s not consumed. Many studies consider buying more food than you need (even if you consume it) also a waste.

How can meal replacements help? For once, the ideal portions for consumption are already standardized. You’ll know exactly how many calories you’re consuming, which nutrients are included and how long the meal will keep you satiated. With that, the risk that you’ll buy more than you need is greatly reduced. The storage time is also longer, which leads to less food waste.

Less strain on natural resources

Food loss and waste also lead to a major squandering of resources, including water, land, energy, labour and capital and needlessly produce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global warming and climate change*.

Meal replacements help with that as well. The amount of ingredients needed for the production of meal replacements can be precisely calculated. This reduces additional resources required. Furthermore, Saturo drinks are plant-based which implies a considerably reduced ecological footprint.

Most complete food companies are also very forward-thinking. They constantly look for ways to make the production process more sustainable. SATURO is one of these companies. You can read more about some of the steps we take to make our products more environmentally friendly here.