The ratios in BENJA
and the Mediterranean diet
differ substantially from standard meal replacement shakes
, and from the typical unhealthy Western diet
Many meal replacement shakes contain too many proteins
. They also contain too many carbohydrates
(sugars and starches) and too little healthy fats
In the typical Western diet
, the average ratio of macronutrients
is as follows:
- Carbohydrates (sugars and starches): 50% (and up to 70%)
- Fats: 35%
- Proteins: 15%
Healthy diets, such as the classic Mediterranean diet
, contain fewer carbohydrates, less (animal) proteins and more (healthy) fats:
- Carbohydrates (sugars and starches): 45% (instead of 60%)
- Fats: 45% (instead of 35%)
- Proteins: 10% (instead of 15%)
Many meal replacement shakes
contain very different proportions. An example of one meal replacement, which we do not mention by name, contains the following macronutrient ratio:
- Carbohydrates (sugars and starches): 60% (instead of 45%)
- Fats: 15% (instead of 45 %)
- Proteins: 25% (instead of 10%)
The ratio in BENJA on the other hand is as follows:
- Carbohydrates (sugars and starches): 44%
- Fats: 44%
- Proteins: 12%
This is in line with the healthy, classic Mediterranean diet, and with scientific studies showing to ideal macronutrient ratio for a long, healthy life.
BENJA and the Mediterranean diet contain more healthy fats, less carbohydrates
(sugars and starch) and fewer proteins
than the typical Western diet, and certainly compared with the average meal replacement shake.
Moreover, all proteins in BENJA are of a plant origin
– and therefore not of animal-based. Many governments recommend eating more vegetable protein
than animal protein because it is healthier.
A good meal replacement shake should have a good ratio of macronutrients
. Unfortunately, this is not the case for almost all meal replacement shakes existing today.
BENJA however has put together the right amount of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, to achieve an as healthy as possible ratio.