26 Mar 2021

Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) Series

VLCD Very Low Calorie Diet PART ONE

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a Formulated Meal Replacement (FMR) and a Very Low Energy Diet (VLED) or a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD)? 

Today VLED and VLCD are marketing terms but there was a time when there was a draft FSANZ VLED standard that never got gazetted. 

For many years FSANZ deliberated over the nutritional requirements for this standard and in theory it was intended to be a complete meal replacement that would sustain life without the addition of any other nutrients.  To understand their thinking behind this we have to step back a few decades and examine the market as it existed then.  More to follow……..