What you should know about liquid nutrition

Liquid food is any food that is consumed in liquid form. This includes soups, smoothies, drinks and shakes.

As long as it contains important ingredients for the body, it can be described as "food". How healthy or unhealthy it is for your body will be explained shortly.

What is liquid food?

When we talk about liquid nutrition in this article, we are referring to complete drinkable meals that can replace a solid meal. These are offered either as a ready-to-drink shake or in powder form for self-mixing. However, if you have to replace all meals due to illness, you should use medical liquid meals, but only after consulting your doctor. Liquid medical nutrition is also administered in hospital. This includes Saturo explicitly not.

Liquid food usually consists of all the important nutrients (proteins, healthy fats and carbohydrates) and vitamins that the human body needs. The ingredients of the food must always be indicated on the packaging.

Of course, every manufacturer of liquid meals has its own secret recipe, so the exact distribution of ingredients remains a mystery. With Saturo for example, we use soy as a source of protein and isomaltulose instead of conventional sugar.

By the way: not every liquid meal is vegan, gluten-free or lactose-free.

It all depends on the manufacturer's recipe - although most already have several products in their range so that there is the right one for every requirement. If a purely plant-based diet is important to you, you should take a close look at the ingredients table.

Within this diverse world of liquid nutrition Saturo stands out with its high-quality, nutritious and convenient drinkable meals. In response to the growing demand for healthy, balanced and easy to consume nutritional options Saturo offers a range of products that have been specially developed to efficiently meet the need for essential nutrients. Whether for a quick energy boost in between meals, as a meal replacement for active people or to support specific nutritional plans - Saturo provides an optimal solution.

Liquid food and daily nutrition

How well does liquid nutrition actually fit into everyday life?

Perhaps this sounds familiar to you: In the morning, you'd rather stay in bed a few minutes longer than have a hearty breakfast. During your lunch break at work, you don't have enough time to eat something "sensible". In the evening, you want to go to the gym, but your hunger prevents you from doing so.

In situations like this, a liquid diet comes in handy. It takes no time and still fills you up.

But a few questions remain.

Can you only eat a liquid diet?

However, nutritionists point out that liquid foods are best consumed as part of a balanced diet.1 We do not recommend eating liquid food alone.

The advantage of eating liquid food is that you get all the essential nutrients and feel full. If you eat a liquid diet, you won't be tempted to eat too much unhealthy food. At the same time, a balanced diet with vegetables, nuts and olive oil and little animal fat is recommended.

If you have any queries or questions, please contact us directly. Our support team will be happy to help with any questions.

Advantages and disadvantages of liquid food

We have created the following table so that you have the most relevant advantages and disadvantages of liquid nutrition at a glance:

Advantage of liquid food Disadvantage of liquid food
High time saving Can be bad for your teeth
Low cost per meal Not always natural
Contain vitamins and minerals Certain plant substances are missing
Less tiredness after eating Taste takes some getting used to

In addition to the advantages already mentioned above, the low cost of liquid food stands out.

Because if you mix your own shake with powder, it can cost less than 2 euros per meal - with powder from Saturo even as little as 1.69 euros per meal.

And you'll still be full! Not even the unhealthy fast food chains can keep up. So much for the advantages.

One point of criticism that is repeatedly mentioned in connection with liquid food is possible damage to the teeth if the liquid food contains too much sugar.3

In addition, it must be said that - although it is often advertised as containing all the vitamins - a few plant substances are still missing. To be more precise, these are so-called "secondary plant substances" such as flavonoids and phenolic acids. 4

Although these phytochemicals are not essential for survival, they are certainly beneficial for our digestion and immune system. The German Nutrition Society recommends 5 portions of fruit and/or vegetables per day.5

At this stage, liquid food cannot yet fully replace these, but it certainly offers a healthier alternative to junk food. If the liquid diet contains too little fiber (less than 30 g per day), this increases the risk of constipation.6

The last disadvantage of liquid food, which should not be neglected, is that the social factor of "eating together" is lost. Logically, this only applies if you eat exclusively liquid food, which we do not recommend, or if you eat your main meals as drinkable food.

Where you can buy liquid food

Not every supermarket already offers the modern form of nutrition known as liquid nutrition for purchase. Liquid nutrition, which provides all the essential nutrients for humans in a convenient liquid form, is an innovative option for those who value a balanced diet. These products are also often available in pharmacies and selected retail outlets, making it easier to access healthy nutrition.

If you want to know where you can buy liquid nutrition, it often helps to take a look at the manufacturers' websites, which often have a store finder. This tool allows you to quickly and easily find a retailer in your area that stocks such products.

If the liquid food is not available in your local supermarket, there are two other ways to order your own ration of drinkable food: You can buy liquid nutrition from online retailers such as Amazon or order it directly from the manufacturer's website. Both options offer a convenient way to ensure you always have access to these nutrient-rich liquid foods.

Saturo: our own liquid nutrition

Admittedly, we're not entirely unbiased here, as this is our own product.

In the test Saturo offers the drinkable meal as a powder as well as in 330 and 500 ml bottles. With the large bottles, you can choose between three flavors (original, chocolate and coffee), while the small portions come in four flavors.

The 500 ml bottles can be ordered in packs of six, at a price of 3.49 euros per bottle. The ready-made shakes from Saturo are 100 percent vegan and use soy protein.

Liquid nutrition as a real alternative

Liquid food, whether from Saturo or another provider, has established itself as a real alternative. Not because this form of nutrition can completely replace solid meals. But because the products offer a change from the typical "in-between meals", which usually consist of junk food.

After all, who wants to stand at the stove every evening after work and cook something or prepare for the next working day?

This is exactly where liquid food products come into play and solve this problem for you - at least from time to time. Fortunately, the various companies offer trial packs so that unsure customers can test their way through the range.

The most important information at a glance

  1. Liquid food is generally a complete meal and contains all the important nutrients.
  2. Not every liquid food is vegan, as some manufacturers use cow's milk as a base.
  3. Liquid food is an excellent and healthy alternative to junk food.

FAQ: Liquid food

What is the best liquid food?

The best liquid food is characterized by a balanced composition of macro and micronutrients as well as a pleasant taste and takes individual nutritional needs into account. SaturoThe best liquid nutrition, known for its high quality products, offers a variety of options that contain proteins, healthy fats, carbohydrates and essential vitamins and minerals. With options for specific dietary needs, such as veganism, gluten-free or lactose-free, the Saturo is an excellent choice for finding the optimal liquid nutrition.

What is liquid food?

Liquid foods include all foods that can be consumed in liquid form. For example, soups, milk, drinks or shakes.

Is liquid nutrition healthy?

Most meal replacement drinks contain all the essential nutrients and vitamins that the human body needs.

Is liquid food vegan?

Not necessarily. There are purely plant-based drinkable meals that are based on soy or pea protein. However, some manufacturers use cow's milk as a source of protein.

How expensive is liquid nutrition?

That depends on the manufacturer. Prices for a 500 ml bottle vary between 3 and 4 euros. It is even cheaper in powder form.

Why liquid food?

Liquid nutrition offers numerous advantages, especially for people with special nutritional needs or a fast-paced lifestyle. It allows for easy and efficient nutrient absorption, is easy to digest and can serve as a complete meal replacement, providing all essential vitamins, minerals and macronutrients. It is also ideal for people who have difficulty chewing or swallowing and provides nutritional support for specific health conditions. Liquid nutrition can also help with weight management by providing a controlled calorie intake.

Which liquid diet for weight loss?

Low calorie liquid foods with balanced nutrients are suitable for weight loss. Products such as Saturo offer a satiating solution, rich in proteins and vitamins, ideal for weight management and healthy eating.

Can you lose weight with liquid nutrition?

Yes, you can lose weight with liquid nutrition, especially if it is calorie-controlled and provides a balanced composition of proteins, healthy fats and carbohydrates. It can replace meals and help manage calorie intake, which is crucial for effective weight loss.

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