12 Foods You Should Never Eat for Lunch

By Beck Robertson / Nutrition / June 28th, 2023

6. Protein Shakes

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Though protein shakes can come in handy as a supplement to your diet, or as a quick snack option, they are not a meal replacement, so they simply aren’t suitable for a lunch.

While they do deliver a huge protein hit, which is good if you have low levels, they lack many of the other important micronutrients that your body needs to remain in good health. You won’t be getting the nutrients and antioxidants found in vegetables, fruits, wholegrains and other whole foods – so over time, you can become nutritionally deficient. If you just consume protein shakes at lunch, you also likely won’t feel as full, as solid, whole foods take longer to consume and break down in your body, which keeps you feeling satisfied.

If you’re not eating the fibre and bulk that solid food typically provides, you’ll start feeling hungry sooner, which can lead to snacking or overeating later on. According to research, protein supplements and shakes can also cause an imbalance of your gut’s flora, so overall, consuming them for lunch daily isn’t a great idea.


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