Product Review: MealEnders
I received 4 free bags of MealEnders courtesy of MealEnders and Fit Approach to sample and review. MealEnders is also generously allowing me to give away 4 free bags (one of each flavor) to one lucky reader!
MealEnders are lozenges/candies that are meant to be eaten at the conclusion of a meal in order to curb overeating. At the end of your meal you are supposed to pop a lozenge to help signal that it’s time to stop eating and cleanse your palate. They come in cinnamon, citrus, mocha and chocolate mint flavors. From the company’s fact sheet:
A first-of-its kind weight management product, MealEnders are lowcalorie, drug and stimulant-free Signaling Lozenges, designed to help people learn to avoid overeating and master portion control by clearing the desire to consume more than needed from the mouth and mind.
I was very interested to find out if they worked as reported.
First Taste Impressions
Citrus: The coating was very yogurt tasting and quickly melted into a somewhat minty/lime hard candy. The flavor was fairly well suited for the minty/tingly taste and sensation, but I wouldn’t say the flavor of the coating complimented it very well. After sucking on the lozenge for a few minutes it seemed like bursts of citrus flavor would pop up, punctuating the minty-ness. The mint/citrus combo was not unpleasant, but it did leave a lingering taste in my mouth that was reminiscent of pine cleaner.
Cinnamon: The fist cinnamon MealEnder I tried was shaped weird – like a peanut. Upon putting it in my mouth the coating began to dissolve in strange flaky layers. The taste of the coating was slightly cinnamon and reminded me of the yogurt coating on meal replacement bars. Not bad, but not great either. The inside hard candy part of the lozenge was kind of sharp and nubby and was a bit rough in my mouth. The cinnamon flavor all but vanished, replaced with a weird kind of buttery, apple, minty flavor with the stimulating/tongue tingling sensation of the other flavors. While I was very amped to try this flavor I think it missed the mark for me on my first try.
Mocha: Perfect dark chocolate quickly fades to a delicious coffee flavor. Almost as quickly the great coffee flavor starts to meld into a coffee/minty flavor with the tongue tingly/faintly menthol sensation of the other flavors. Loved this one at first, but the minty taste/sensation is not a great compliment to the coffee flavor. The tingly sensation is strongest with this flavor.
Chocolate Mint: Excellent flavor. Nice chocolate flavor in the coating. Inside is minty, but turns to a slightly tingly mint flavor/sensation. Reminds me of brushing teeth. Sweet, but not too sweet. Lasts a long time if you’re careful not to bite it. The flavor really does seem to cleanse your mouth and leave you with a clear palate.
General Feelings About the Product
I do not like some of the ingredients in the MealEnders. From palm kernel oil and partially hydrogenated palm oils to soy lecithin, corn syrup and “artificial flavors”, I feel like these ingredient inclusions are way off track for a product that is geared towards making healthier eating choices. I would hope that the developers would consider other ingredients with less stigma attached – perhaps coconut or other oils, sugar, honey or a similar sweetener in lieu of corn syrup, etc. Granted, the quantities consumed are relatively meager, I still think their inclusion will turn many people looking to make healthier changes away from these products.
I think the lozenges could be at risk for having the coating melt. The bag says to protect from heat, but I’d be inclined to keep a handful of these in my purse and I’m not sure they would fair well in the summer months.
Calories could add up/be high if you eat a few per day. Each lozenge clocks in at 15 calories. That’s 45 extra per day if you eat 3.
The price is pretty high for these. The MealEnders website sells single bags starting at $14.95.
That hint of something sweet along with the stimulating, palate-cleansing feeling really is a great way to end a meal.
I definitely experienced a palate-cleansing feeling after lozenge consumption.
The flavors are pretty unique and the coating and hard lozenge flavors are a fairly nice compliment to each other in most of the flavors. I most enjoyed the chocolate mint because I think the minty sensation I got from the lozenges best fit with that flavor profile.
I think the MealEnders concept is totally fantastic, but I am not 100% sold. The price alone makes me wonder if they are really worth it. Would it be possible to get a similar palate clearing, meal-ending signal by sucking on a Breath Saver? Maybe, maybe not. I definitely think there could be a bit of psychology at play in telling yourself that this particular item is special above other options. I’ll keep testing these out and see if they help me bring my eating to a halt.
Do you want to try MealEnders for yourself? The company has generously offered to send one reader 4 packs (one of each flavor) to sample. Enter the giveaway here:
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Good luck! Winner to be notified on 3/14/15. You will need to supply your shipping address if you win so MealEnders can send you your prize.
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About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.
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