We’ve heard a lot of buzz about Almased meal-replacement shakes, so we did one of our in-depth reviews, examining the ingredients, side effects, clinical research and customer-service quality. Plus, we read hundreds of user comments and experiences from around the web. We then summarized and condensed to give you the info you need.
What is Almased?
First off, Almased is a meal-replacement containing a mixture of fermented soy, skim milk yogurt powder and honey enzymes. When mixed into a shake and taken twice a day, the product supposedly supports weight-loss. One benefit is you can consume it anywhere and it’s easy to mix.
The product, which was introduced as a diet program in 1998, doesn’t use synthetic ingredients, which is a good sign. It’s available in health stores and on its official website. We do like Almased’s good BBB rating, longevity as a company and some positive comments about the product on forums and other websites, but read on…
Yesterday was fine, had energy. Today I had upset stomach and feel like throwing up.
Price – “Yee-Ouch”
The first concern we had with Almased is cost. “If you replaced all your meals with Almased shakes, you’d probably lose weight,” said our Research Editor. “But at $99.95 for 3 canisters, with no money-back guarantee, you’d also lose your bank account. It’s one of the most expensive diet programs we’ve seen- and with no guarantee.” If you took Almased twice a day, you’d spend a whopping $200/month.
“A tad expensive for me,” said one user.
“This stuff might work wonders, but it’s not affordable?,” said another.
There can be changes in cost that make it more affordable, according to one user that said, “Thanks for bringing the price back down, i ordered more and will continue to. :)”
Another buyer agrees, ” It is super easy if you don’t have a lot of time and in comparison the price is not bad at about 2.50 per drink, you cannot make a meal for that amount.”
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Taste – “Good or Bad?”
According to a good number of people we found on the web, Almased is not exactly delicious. In fact, many customers reported quickly getting tired of the flavor. “I started Almased today and am having a hard time making this stuff taste good enough to keep down,” said one customer online.
“This stuff tastes bad,” said another. In reading through forums, many customers agree. Some people mix the drink with unsweetened cocoa, Stevia, vanilla or cinnamon to improve the taste. “vanilla milk makes it tastier,” said one person.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, some people didn’t mind it at all. “Some people do not like the taste, I guess, but I have no problem with it.”
Another said, “Almased is not awesome tasting, but after a couple of days, I started looking forward to it.”
Our research has shown if there is some particular part of a diet program that is especially troublesome, like poor taste, the likelihood of long-term success is slim. If Almased isn’t flavorful, this could be problematic.
Now, if you’re dead-set on trying these types of shakes, perhaps substitute just one meal a day, says Emma Sterling, a practicing dietician for over 17 years.
The Science – “Clinical Proof?”
While the official Almased website claims the product is “scientifically proven,” we couldn’t find any published studies that speak directly to the weight-loss benefits of the ingredients in Almased’s formula. For us at DietSpotlight, being able to find published scientific research about a product’s ingredients supporting weight-loss claims is critical to us. If there’s no good science, we see big red flags.
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The Bottom Line – Does Almased Work?
Are we racing out to buy some? We like Almased’s longevity as a product and some positive comments we saw about it online, but we have reservations because its weight-loss claims are not backed by published clinical studies. Plus we’re concerned about its high price and less-than-savory taste.
If you’d like to melt off more pounds, we suggest you go with a supplement that delivers both bang for your buck and a formula supported by published scientific research.
Among the best products we’ve seen in 2016 is one called Leptigen. Its formula is a proprietary blend of four ingredients, which have been shown in published clinical research to help accelerate fat loss and boost metabolism. We can’t find any talk of any harmful side effects and comments around the web indicate people are seeing great results.
Also, the makers of Leptigen are so confident in their product they’re offering a Special Trial Offer, which is a good sign.
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What You Should Know
Almased, otherwise known as The Almased Synergy Diet Program, is a diet program designed by Almased USA Inc. that relies on a specialized, all-natural drink as part of their diet program. Almased claims this program will help people lose up to 15 lbs. in 6 weeks by following their diet, which combines liquid fasting and nutritionally based meals. This seems to be a common theme among meal replacement programs like GNC Lean Shakes
. The Almased drink, available for purchase from their official website
, contains a mixture of fermented soy, skim milk yogurt powder, and honey enzymes, which they claim eliminate hunger and promote additional weight loss.
Available through their website or in select health stores, you can purchase a kit for $99.95, which contains 3 canisters. Almased is one of the most expensive diet programs available. It is also one of the few developed with all-natural ingredients, according to manufacturer claims. Almased first became available as a general health supplement in 1985, and was introduced as a diet program in 1998 just like Visalus
. Almased's website is very thorough and backs up several claims with detailed studies.
Almased contains a mixture of soy protein, honey enzymes, skim milk yogurt powder, and several amino acids.
Almased places heavy emphasis on its diet drink, which is consumed two times daily. The Alkaline Diet
similarly requires unusual diet restrictions. It contains a "unique" blend of soy protein, skim milk yogurt powder, and honey enzymes, which the manufacturers claim promotes safe and effective weight loss. Weight loss drinks and shakes are rapidly growing in popularity as similar products, Myotein
and Metablend RK
demonstrate. When beginning the program, Almased instructs users to begin a short three day liquid fast with this diet drink. The Afterward, users follow the specific diet plan provided, consuming the Almased drink two times daily. All Day Energy Greens
would also have you drink it daily, with food though. Although they do not list how many grams of these ingredients they include, we have been informed that Almased contains 53% soy protein, 25% honey, 22% skim milk yogurt powder.
The Almased program is available for $99.95, whereas one canister of the Almased drink costs a surprising $34.95. Although there are no other diet supplements containing Almased's specific brand, there are many diet supplements that use similar ingredients for roughly half the cost.
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- Almased's drink is created from all-natural ingredients, backed up by several scientific studies.
- Almased's formulated drink is available to consume anywhere and easy to mix.
- Almased is available in select health stores and through its official website.
- Almased is more expensive than other diet programs, priced at $99.95 per kit or $34.95 per canister.
- This excludes dieters with soy allergies or lactose intolerance. (See Almased Side Effects.)
- There are no money-back guarantees that we could find.
- Some individuals may find product unappetizing. (See Almased Recipes.)
Although Almased claims
it does not use any synthetic ingredients, which is encouraging. It's formula is packed with more inatural ingredients on average than other diet drinks like Meizitang
. Almased also does not offer any substitutes for those with soy allergies or lactose intolerance. Just as Almased requires you drink it regularly, other similar drinks like Thermo Buubles
require that as well. Almased's diet program would seem to be a suitable solution for those looking for a naturally based diet, but the price could be high for some.
Almased Questions & Answers:
We boiled down hundreds of user comments on Almased into this useful FAQ.
What are the side effects of Almased?
Almased side effects may include constipation and headaches, as reported by users.
What is in Almased?
Almased ingredients are fermented soy, skim milk yogurt powder and honey enzymes.
What is the active ingredient in Almased?
The active ingredient in Almased is fermented soy.
Does Almased work?
The official website for Almased claims the product is scientifically proven, but no research is listed for potential buyers to review. In our search, we found no proof that this formula is any better than other meal replacements out there today.
Does much does a bottle of Almased cost?
A bottle of Almased costs $31.32 and supplies 10 servings. It is suggested that you replace two meals a day, which means one month could cost around $200.
How do you take Almased?
You take one serving of Almased, mix into a glass of milk or water, shake and replace two meals per day.
Can I take Almased if I have a health condition?
You should always consult your physician before using Almased or another meal replacement shake if you are pregnant or nursing, under the age of 18, taking prescription medications or you have a medical condition of any kind.
What do users like about Almased?
We found users who liked that Almased has quite a few years in the business and that the company has earned a strong Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating. The fact that no synthetic ingredients are used is another positive that often comes up.
What do users NOT like about Almased?
Some users are not happy with the price, claiming it is a little expensive. The taste is not a positive in some cases and there are reports of adverse reactions. Others claim they saw no benefits from using Almased.
Do I have to use a blender with Almased?
No, you do not have to user a blender with Almased, but it does help dissolve the powder more effectively.
Can I use Almased if I am lactose intolerant?
Almased contains skim milk yogurt powder. This ingredient could cause issues if you are lactose intolerant.
Who makes Almased?
Hubertus Trouillé makes Almased.
How do I contact Almased customer service?
You can contact Almased customer service by phone at 1-727-867-4444 or 1-877-256-2733. You can also choose to email questions directly to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the official website.
Can I contact Almased through social media?
Yes, you can contact Almased through Facebook and Twitter.
Almased User Tips:
Top 7 User Tips
Almased is a popular diet powder that’s supposed to help users reach their goal weight. Sometimes the taste leaves a little to be desired, but there are plenty of tips to make the most of your experience.
“I used lots of cinnamon, 1 pack of stevia and Silk vanilla almond milk… I will say though that in order for the flavor to be at my liking I did 5 to 6 scoops. Any more than that and the taste was just too concentrated.” Maddie
“The trick is to mix cinnamon with the mixture for it to taste good other wise it tastes like plain oat meal.” Karly
“I have…adjusted the taste for my liking. I use the coconut oil, 2 stevia’s, 1-2 tsp vanilla, 2 tsp cocoa.” Cynthia
“I can tell you it takes some getting used to the taste. It is most helpful to add the oil as it smooths out the shake.” Paula
“But the reviews about taste are correct this stuff does not taste good but you get to used to it honestly and you could use natural things to help mix in it, like cinnamon powder or chili powder or cocoa powder, or vanilla extract.” Anjelica
“I prefer the water over a coconut milk or Almond milk because I find those make it thicker and it is creamy on its own. Only advice I have is drink it through a straw!!” Melissa
“I just add a bit of crystal light or similar product to my drink. makes it taste light a smoothie.” David
Almased Side Effects:
Almased is a meal-replacement shake that’s not often associated with side effects. We did, however, find a few reviews that mentioned some unexpected reactions.
“Yuck. And really upset my stomach. I threw it away after using it for three days.” Kimberly
“I did all the things they said to, mixed it, guzzled it, and the minute it hit my stomach it came right back up.” Jana
“On the very first day of trying Almased it caused horrible stomach pain and made me incredibly nauseated.” Jean
“This made my stomach so sick.” Ann
“I had my first shake today. Never again! My throat started itching even before I had it all drank, starting pouring mucus out of my nose, and had horrid stomach cramps.” Debbie
“After about a week of taking Almased, I experienced a severe allergic reaction (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea).” Beth
“I got very sick with vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, headache. I thought start of symptoms was just due to change, but continued to get worse with each shake.” Maddie
“The 2nd day it made my blood sugar sour to over 300. I had nausea, heartburn and diarrhea.” Laurie
“I felt physically sick, chronic headache, possibly due to no caffeine, and my daughters said I looked and sounded ill.” Roxanne
“Unfortunately Almased didn’t agree with me. I used the product for four days and I had horrible headaches each day.” Margaret
Almased is a self-proclaimed "Weight Loss Phenomenon." The shake supplies 180 calories, 27g of protein, 15g of carbohydrates (sugar) and 1g of fat. There is less than 1g of fiber. The ingredient label shows the complete vitamin profile, but few details about how much of the active ingredients are used.
Almased Ingredients and Supplement Facts
Serving Size: Between 6 and 10 TBSP
Serving Per Container: Varies
|Amount per Serving
|Soy Protein Isolate
|Skim Milk Yogurt Powder
Other Ingredients: Potassium chloride, magnesium carbonate, calcium citrate, vitamin C, niacin, color additive, riboflavin, vitamin E, zinc oxide, ferrous fumarate, manganese sulfate, calcium pantothenate, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, vitamin A, folic acid, potassium iodide, sodium selenite, biotin, vitamin D3, vitamin B12
We dug deep into the Almased ingredients to give you the details you need.
Fermented soy is often found in Asian cuisine. You can find it in miso, soy sauce, and tempeh. The fermenting process converts minerals into forms that are more easily absorbed by the body.
What is it Supposed to Do?
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “A number of studies suggest that soy protein may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol.”
There have been several studies on soy and fermented soy products, each showing a number of benefits. According to the Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering, “[Fermented] Soy sauce possesses antimicrobial activity against bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Shigella flexneri,Vibrio cholera, Salmonella enteritidis, nonpathogenic Escherichia coli and pathogenic E. coli O157:H7. Soy sauce also contains an antihypertensive component.”
Skim Milk Yogurt Powder
Skim milk yogurt powder is dehydrated nonfat yogurt. Basically, it’s a powder of yogurt cultures, that can be reconstituted to make yogurt.
What is it Supposed to Do?
According to WebMD, the live bacteria in yogurt, probiotics, have many benefits depending on the strain. “Many provide their benefits by adjusting the microflora [the natural balance of organisms] in the intestines, or by acting directly on body functions, such as digestion or immune function.”
The benefits of probiotic bacteria have been proven in multiple studies. According to the International Dairy Journal, “A number of health benefits have been claimed for probiotic bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium spp., and L. casei. These benefits include antimutagenic effects, anticarcinogenic properties, improvement in lactose metabolism, reduction in serum cholesterol, and immune system stimulation.” Possible side effects may include minor stomach discomfort, gas, and bloating.
Enzymes are found in raw honey. Processing the honey for commercial sale removes a great deal of the enzyme content.
What is it Supposed to Do?
According to Healthline, raw honey is a source of enzymes that help with a number of things. These enzymes provide antioxidants and phytonutrients to help with digestive issues. They also have antibacterial and antifungal properties, which may be helpful for healing wounds and soothing coughs and sore throats.
Honey has been proven to have a variety of health benefits. According to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, “The main nutritional and health relevant components are carbohydrates, mainly fructose and glucose but also about 25 different oligosaccharides. It contains small amounts of proteins, enzymes, amino acids, minerals, trace elements, vitamins, aroma compounds and polyphenols.” Side effects may include allergic reaction, changes in blood sugar levels, low blood pressure, and may interact with certain medications. Use with caution if you take antibiotics, nervous system agents, intestinal medications, nervous system agents, or weight-loss agents.