Meal replacements

Rootana Meal Replacement Shake Review

Does it Live Up to the Hype?

There is a new meal replacement shake in town, and it is generating a lot of excitement. Rootana is a meal replacement shake that avoids the use of any artificial sweeteners or preservatives. It also prioritises top-quality ingredients to promote health and weight loss. But does it live up to the hype? This Rootana meal replacement shake review will find out.

Rootana At a Glance

  • 400 calories per serving
  • 13-16 grams fat (depending on flavour)
  • 43-47 grams carbohydrates
  • 1-9.4 grams fibre
  • 20-21 grams of protein
  • 24 vitamins & minerals (20% RDA)
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • No preservatives
  • No artificial colours
  • Non-GMO

There are three flavours of Rootana available, and the macros vary slightly depending on which you go for. Original flavour has the highest fat and protein, while vanilla has the highest number of carbs. But the difference is minimal and won’t affect your results.

How Does Rootana Compare to Other Meal Replacement Shakes?

What makes Rootana different to all the other meal replacement shakes out there is their commitment to avoiding artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and colourings. No other company does this, even the most health-conscious use stevia for sweetness.

Rootana uses natural coconut sugars, which are very low in calorie but provide a deliciously sweet taste.

In terms of its macronutrient profile, it is similar to Huel, with decent protein, decent fibre, and lots of healthy low GI carbs as well as healthy fats.

It is not quite as high in protein and fibre as Instant Knockout Complete, but Rootana is aimed more at a balanced and healthy lifestyle whereas Complete is designed primarily for weight loss. Hence the larger amount of protein and fibre per serving.

Rootana Ingredients

There are six main ingredients found in Rootana, and we will go through each one in this section. There is also a vitamin and mineral blend which is pretty self-explanatory.

Oat Flour Powder

Billed as the world’s healthiest carbohydrate, oat flour is very popular in meal replacement shakes because it offers so many benefits. Firstly, the oat taste and texture is wonderful, helping to create a creamy and delicious shake. Oats are also highly sustainable, making them a great choice for anyone interested in the environment.

But it is nutritionally that oats really stand out. They are an excellent source of soluble fibre, which is known to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease [1] and help to reduce the risk of certain cancers [2]. Oats can also lower your blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol, and remove triglycerides from your blood.

Oats are also highly satiating, meaning that they can keep you feeling full for a long time after you have finished your shake. A 2016 study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that oats increased satiety and led to a reduction in total calories consumed throughout the day [3].

Thanks to the fibre and the phytochemicals found in oats, they can help to improve your gut health and the digestive process. They can also help to contribute to a robust immune system.

Pea Protein Isolate

Pea protein is a great choice for both vegans and people who suffer from allergies as it is plant-based and hypoallergenic. It is a complete protein and contains all of the essential amino acids required for building muscle. Other than that it works like any other form of protein. Helping to build muscle, prevent muscle loss during diets, and increase satiety. Pea protein has a high concentration of BCAAs, making it ideal for preserving muscle during a calorie deficit.

Golden Milled Flaxseed

Omega 3 fatty acids are a crucial component of health, but most sources come from fish, which is not ideal for vegans or people who dislike the smell or taste of fish. Flaxseed is a plant-based source of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), the building blocks for omega 3.

Thanks to its fibre content, flaxseed can help to stabilise blood sugars, increase satiety, and help with weight management. Flaxseeds are particularly effective at lowering cholesterol levels allowing good cholesterol HDL to thrive [4].

Sunflower Seed Oil

High in oleic acid, sunflower seed oil has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of heart disease [5]. The oil is also a good source of vitamin E and it is high in antioxidants.

Coconut Sugars

Instead of using artificial sweeteners, Rootana uses naturally occurring coconut sugars. Which provide sweetness, fibre, and nutrients such as calcium, potassium, and zinc.

Sunflower Lecithin

The main function of sunflower lecithin is as an emulsifier. It helps to provide stability and mixability. But sunflower lecithin has also been shown to improve mood and cognition by helping to support healthy brain function.

How to Use Rootana

Rootana is designed to be taken as a replacement for either breakfast or lunch, it can be used for both. Fill a shaker with 500 ml of cold water, add 5 heaped tablespoons of Rootana (100 grams). Tighten the lid of the shaker, and then shake for 10-20 seconds as hard as you can.

You can also choose to blend your Rootana if you have a good blender. Adding in crushed ice for a smooth, ice-cold drink. Perfect in hot weather.

Rootana Side Effects

As Rootana uses hypoallergenic ingredients, the risk of side effects is very low. Some bloating may occur if you are not used to a high-fibre diet, but other than that Rootana is perfectly fine for new users.

Rootana Meal Replacement Shake Review

Rootana is a superb meal replacement shake, and perfect for anyone who wants to avoid the use of artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or colourings. It is high in protein, high in fibre, and is packed full of vitamins and minerals. Rootana’s commitment to using real food ingredients is unsurpassed, and we’re really excited to see what the future holds.

If you are looking to lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, or even increase your weight and build some muscle, Rootana is a great choice. Combining it with exercise, a healthy diet, good sleep, and stress management will provide the best results.

References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5731843/

[2]  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6770293/

[3] https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07315724.2015.1032442

[4] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27807734/

[5] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15983523/

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