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In this podcast, I attempt to answer the question “are meal replacement shakes a good idea?”. It’s quite a controversial topic and one that often leads to arguments. So, of course, I immediately decided to hump in with both feet.
Yes, meal replacement shakes can be a good idea in specific circumstances. But there are often better alternatives out there. Herbalife is often seen as the face of meal replacement shakes, but there are better products out there such as Huel.
The podcast was inspired by a funny thing that has happened to Google’s algorithm. An article I wrote titled “No, I won’t be buying your Herbalife products” went to the top of page 1 on Google. Meaning that my tiny website started to get a LOT of traffic to that page. Relatively speaking of course.
Three years after it was written, I still get comments on it, and a lot of hate from Herbalife sellers. But I wasn’t actually that harsh in the article. I thought that a podcast would be a good place to explain myself better.
If you have been reading my articles or listening to my podcast, then you may be aware that I am a huge fan of Belgian beers. Check out my love letter to Affligem beer here. There are so many good Belgian beers to choose from; Orval, Duvel, Affligem, Kwak, Delerium, Hoegaarden, Vedett. Even Stella Artois.
So you might be surprised to learn that Belgium’s number one beer (and it is not even close) is a fairly boring Pilsner called Jupiler.
Okay, it might not be that surprising as there is a large photo of a Jupiler bottle at the top of the article.
Jupiler is not a bad beer, I’ve had many worse pilsners. But it is nothing special, it is easily beaten by Stella Artois. Not to mention the hundreds of amazing Belgian beers out there. But perhaps that’s not too surprising.
While I love Belgian beers, they are not the sort of beer I’d grab while watching the football, or sitting outside on a sunny day. You can’t grab a six-pack of Orval and expect to function afterwards!
Is Jupiler a beer worth drinking? Sort of. I wouldn’t’ turn it down if offered one, and would happily drink it again. But there are better pilsners out there, and I’d be happier with one of the many fantastic alternatives that this great beer nation has created.
Matt Smith is the owner of Beer N Biceps. He has a degree in Sports Science, 10 years of experience working in the fitness industry, and has written for hundreds of fitness websites. He is a lover of good quality beer and believes that drinking in moderation can form part of a healthy lifestyle.