Dr. William Vitale developed Medifast in the 1980s. Since then, many other physicians have recommended the program to more than one million customers. As reported by RedOrbit News, Medifast recently introduced new types of cereal, cheese puffs, and shakes to the market. The new meal options are designed for weight loss and portion control, similar to the other meals Medifast currently offers.
Mixed Berry and Cinnamon Brown Sugar Cereal Crunch are two new breakfast items. The Mixed Berry Cereal Crunch contains 100 calories per serving with 0 grams of trans fat, 3 grams of sugar, 4 grams of fiber, and 150 mg of sodium.
Cinnamon Brown Sugar Cereal Crunch contains 100 calories per serving with 0 grams of trans fat, 3 grams of sugar, 4 grams of fiber, and 140 mg of sodium. When compared, the Mixed Berry and Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crunch contain about the same amount of vitamins and minerals, but the Cinnamon Brown Sugar flavor has slightly less sodium.
Medifast has also introduced new cheese puffs, which include Parmesan and Chili Nacho Cheese flavors. The cheese puffs are a great way to indulge in cheesy goodness without tipping the scale on calories.
Medifast’s Chili Nacho Cheese Puffs contain 110 calories per serving with 0 grams of trans fat, 1 gram of sugar, 4 grams of fiber, and 360 mg of sodium. They also contain 20 percent of the daily requirement of vitamins A and C.
The Parmesan Cheese Puffs contain 110 calories per serving with 1 gram of sugar, 4 grams of fiber, and 320 mg of sodium. Our resident dietitian, Mary Hartley, RD, noted that both products are nearly identical when it comes to nutrition, which leaves the preference of Parmesan or Chili Nacho Cheese up to the consumer’s taste buds.
The latest shakes added to Medifast’s meal options include two flavors: Mocha Ready-to-Go and Banana. The Mocha-Ready-to-Go comes in a ready-to-go package, and there’s no mixing required. One serving of the Mocha flavor contains 110 calories per serving, 0 grams of trans fat, 7 grams of sugar, 11 grams of protein, 180 mg of sodium, and 20-30 percent of the daily requirement of vitamins A, C, D, and E.
Medifast’s Banana shake requires blending and has a nutritional value similar to that of the Mocha-Ready-to-Go, except it contains 280 mg of sodium and 14 grams of sugar. Otherwise, the only difference between the two shakes is that one requires blending and the other is in a ready-to-go container.
Medifast’s new products are available for purchase on their website. The products are interchangeable with other Medifast meals, and most of the new options are similar in nutritional value to other Medifast meal options. But, depending on a Medifast user’s taste, they may prefer to have a Banana shake for breakfast over a bowl of Mixed Berry Cereal Crunch. That’s the beauty of having options.
August 22nd, 2012