Hormel Mighty Shakes are frozen supplements designed to provide extra nutrition, protein and calories for patients unable to eat or losing too much weight. Fortified with 15 essential vitamins and minerals and available with no added sugar, these drinks are ideal for patients with cancer or HIV/AIDS. Manufactured by Hormel HealthLabs, Mighty Shakes are not available to the general public, but are sold only to the health care industry.
Ingredients in Mighty Shakes
Sold as a nutritional supplement, Mighty Shakes contain skim milk, water, maltodextrin, sugar, corn syrup, corn oil, high fructose corn syrup, soy protein isolate, milk protein isolate, natural gums -- guar, xanthan, carrageenan, locust bean -- artificial flavor, dextrose, mono and diglycerides, vitamins and minerals.
Basic Nutrition Facts
A 4-ounce serving of Vanilla Mighty Shake contains 200 calories, with 6 grams of fat and 16 grams of sugar. Close to half the calories in this shake come from sugar, which isn't surprising, since sugar, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup are all ingredients. Sugar is a quick and inexpensive way to add calories, but it does not add any beneficial nutrients. The 6 grams of protein is coming from soy and milk isolated proteins, so this product is not suitable for anyone with lactose or soy allergies. On a more positive note, there are only 60 milligrams of sodium and 5 milligrams of cholesterol.
Vitamins A and C, as well as several B vitamins are added to Vanilla Mighty Shakes. Thiamin, also known as B1, riboflavin, known as B2, niacin which is B3, B6, folic acid, also called B9, and B12 are all added. B complex vitamins help your body make energy from the food you eat. The National Institutes of Health say that a lack of B6 or B12 may cause anemia.
Iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and zinc are added to Vanilla Mighty Shakes. Iron also may prevent anemia and potassium and magnesium are electrolytes which are essential for blood chemistry and muscle processes. Potassium regulates heart rate and a potassium deficiency affects your nervous system. Zinc is necessary to heal wounds, to grow and sexually mature, and it aids with your sense of taste and smell.
Hormel HealthLabs offers regular Mighty Shakes in five flavors, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cappuccino and orange creme. There are four no-sugar-added flavors that are sweetened with aspartame -- vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and strawberry/banana. For patients that are dairy-intolerant, Hormel offers a low-lactose version in vanilla, chocolate and strawberry made with lactose-reduced skim milk.