This is a review of Saturo, the recently launched meal replacement drink that allows you to go free from solid foods while still getting the vital nutrients your body needs.
Launched out of Austria, Saturo is in following on from other meal replacement drinks including Soylent, Huel and Whole Fuel in an increasingly saturated market.
Unlike the others, however, it comes bottled and ready to drink in liquid form. No powder and plastic shakers required.
Instead, just make an order to receive your drinks in the post. You don’t even have to refrigerate them. Indeed, the company says it’s the first meal replacement in a bottle in Europe
What does Saturo taste like? What flavours does it come in? is it expensive? What is the nutrient contents?
Find out in this review.
The story of Saturo
Saturo is a startup based out of Austria and was founded by Hannes Feistenauer (CEO), Joerg Hauke (CMO) and Kambis Kohansal Vajargah (Founding Member). It aims to differentiate itself from all other meal replacements by being ‘RTD’ (ready to drink) straight from the bottle. Saturo calls itself a European company and sells its products across the continent.
What are the ingredients of Saturo?
According to the Saturo website, each bottle contains at least 25 percent of your daily intake of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals with no sugar, sweeteners or artificial flavours.
In a bottle you get, water, maltodextrin, soy protein isolate, high oleic sunflower oil, isomaltulose, canola oil, tricalcium phosphate, dimagnesium phosphate, potassium citrate, sodium fluoride, zinc sulphate, sodium selenite, chromium chloride, manganese sulphate, potassium iodide, sodium molybdate, vitamins A, D, K, C, B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin, folic acid, biotin, pantothenic acid, starch, oat fiber gluten free, isomaltooligosaccharide, emulsifier: soy lecithin; stabilizers: gellan gum, locust bean gum; salt and natural flavouring.
My only concern with these ingredients as a man is the soy content. Soy is a key phytoestrogen and there is compelling evidence it impacts a man’s natural testosterone levels.
What’s the nutritional value of Saturo?
As you can see, Saturo is jam-packed with vitamins and minerals, much like Whole Fuel and Huel.
Taste test. What does Saturo taste like?
Taste is subjective and in my view, Saturo is not going to win any taste tests soon.
It’s not that it tastes bad, it doesn’t. It just doesn’t taste great.
I was hoping the original flavour would taste similar to Huel original which I’m particularly fond of but it doesn’t unfortunately. That said, I prefer it over the Whole Fuel original flavour which for me is too sweet.
Again, the chocolate and coffee taste OK, just not great. Being honest, these types of drinks are never going to taste as good as a sugar-filled drink, at least not initially. Why? Because these drinks are optimised for health not taste.
The Saturo chocolate drink is not going to taste as good as a sugar-filled chocolate milkshake but from a health perspective, it’s much better for you.
Also, this is the first iteration of the product. No doubt in the future the company will refine the taste as Huel has done.
Where Saturo does come into its own however is on how satiated you feel after drinking one.
After finishing a bottle I feel full and don’t crave any food for a good few hours after. With both Whole Fuel and Huel, I feel I can still eat after consuming one. With 500 kcal a drink, Saturo has more calories per serving than both Whole Fuel (423 kcal) and Huel (402 kcal) so this is likely why.
How much does Saturo cost?
Saturo is not the cheapest meal replacement drink on the market. In fact, it could be one of the most expensive. This is due to the drink coming pre-made in a plastic bottle meaning the cost to make it is more expensive than those that come in powder form.
One bottle of Saturo Original will cost you €2.99 (£2.69) + €5 shipping and if you sign up for a subscription you’ll get it for €2.69 (£2.42) +€5 shipping.
Compare this with Huel which costs €1.79 (£1.61) per serving including shipping and there is a substantial difference. Huel you have to mix yourself, of course.
It looks like Saturo is going after a different demographic to the meal replacements that come in powder form. Perhaps people who are looking more for convenience and who don’t want to carry a shaker around with them.
Final thoughts on Saturo
If you’re looking for a no-nonsense way of consuming a meal replacement without the hassle of mixing your own, carrying a shaker around with you, cleaning it up after and you don’t mind paying extra, then Saturo is for you. Simply make an order from the website and once you’ve received them store them away ready to drink.
Would I buy Saturo again? Yeah, I would. Especially if I could buy it from a shop when I’m out in town. Given that it is ready to drink, you may see them in a shop near you in the future.