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Jun 3, 2019

Meal replacements. It’s an arm of the food industry that has exploded in the last few years. As more & more of us are on-the-go or trying to maximize office productivity, quick & easy nutrition climb higher in demand. The problem is, most of these products are not exactly what we’d call “healthy”.

Connor Young is the founder and CEO of Ample, an up-and-coming leader in science-based meal replacement drinks. With formulations consisting of whole-food ingredients, Ample creates specific products targeting ketogenic, vegetarian, and standard diet lifestyles.

While incredibly convenient, a meal in a bottle is perhaps the poster child of "processed food". Processed food, often associated with unhealthy snacks, has almost become a hush word for the health-conscious. Connor surfaces the notion that there's a spectrum between unprocessed and processed, and that processing food isn't inherently a bad thing. An example of this is the pea protein in Ample: By processing the peas, they are able to remove problematic lectins.

As a long-time health & fitness proponent, Connor has fascinating insight into what constitutes an optimal meal replacement.

"To a certain degree, everything is processed. You cooking your steak is processed. You cutting up an apple is technically processed. So ultimately, it's figuring out for each individual ingredient, what is the ideal state? Then, how do we get close to that state?"

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