It is a relatively new company, founded in 2016 by supplement entrepreneur, Aaron Singerman. As the company name suggests, they are in business to develop hardcore products that deliver real results.
In military terminology, means a heightened state of readiness, on full alert, ready to move, and prepared to fight. The company continues with the military parlance in the name of their products such as:
- Double Tap
And, the subject of this review M.R.E. Meal Replacement, or Meals-Ready-to-Eat.
What is Redcon1 M.R.E.?
Redcon1’s M.R.E. is a Meal Replacement shake, to quote the website, “M.R.E., known in the military as Meals-Ready-to-Eat.” The product is a whole food meal replacement made from natural ingredients and a real protein blend, containing no whey. The protein blend is impressive:
- Brown Rice protein
- Pea protein
Beef proteins and early plant-based proteins had issues with taste, and salmon sounds even worse. However, in a YouTube video featuring the CEO of Redcon1, Aaron Singerman, he explains that the salmon they purchase for their blend is sourced through Glanbia, PLC, a respected protein supplement and ingredient supplier, whose processes eliminate all fat (and taste) from the salmon. Based on the favorable product reviews on their site, Amazon, and BodyBuilding.com it appears they have resolved any taste issues.
Complex carbohydrates are sourced from rolled oats, yams, and sweet potatoes; natural sugars from blueberries and goji fruit; and natural fats from Coconut powder and MCT Oils.
M.R.E.s are just that, a meal replacement, widely used for the repair and recovery of muscle tissue.
In reviews, virtually everyone was pleased with taste regardless of their choice of flavor:
- Fudge Brownie
- Blueberry Cobbler
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
- Sweet Potato Pie
- Dutch Apple Pie
- Banana Nut Bread
- Strawberry Shortcake
The recommended full dosage is four scoops, delivering a robust 130-gram serving. The nutritionals are 525 calories, 47 grams of Protein, 75 total carbs, with 8 grams from Dietary Fiber and 5 grams from sugars, and 4 grams of Fat. Obviously not Keto friendly, like many other meal replacements such as Soylent.
The company likes to state that the product works well for anyone who is active and concerned with excellent nutrition, not just serious strength athletes. It also suggests women who may not desire the full dose of calories, protein, and/or carbs use a two-scoop serving.
The company has extended the line to include an M.R.E. Lite with reduced calories and carbohydrates, and an M.R.E. (Meal Replacement) Bar.
Nutritional Benefits of Redcon1 M.R.E.
A whole food meal replacement shake to aid in the repair and recovery of muscle tissue. Key benefits real foods, whole foods, and no whey protein.
How Does Redcon1 M.R.E. Perform?
Reviewers rave about the taste, mixability, and texture of the M.R.E. product. In a rare occurrence, one Amazon reviewer extolls the virtue of Redcon1’s customer service. We see far more negative reviews of customer service on Amazon, so this is a very pleasant surprise.
The product gets overall high marks on Amazon, 4.5 stars for taste, with a significant number of reviews for a relatively new company. Likewise, the reviews on BodyBuilding.com are universally favorable. The only negative comment regarding product quality is that the product needs to be blended versus made in a shaker cup. We’re pretty confident the rolled oats (complex carb) is causing this less than ideal mixability in a shaker cup. Our advice is to use a blender, as the majority of reviews are stellar.
At $3.00 per serving, on Amazon, the product is rather expensive, resulting in a 4.2 out of 5.0 stars value rating.
Potential Side Effects of Redcon1 M.R.E.
No side effects reported on this product.
Best Places to Buy Redcon1
If you are considering an auto-replenishment program for your meal replacement, the Redcon1 website is your best alternative. Otherwise, you will find Redcon1’s M.R.E. online at Amazon and other e-commerce retailers, and in brick and mortar at specialty retailers such as GNC and The Vitamin Shoppe.
The price on Redcon1’s website is $79.99 for 7.15 lbs. for a one-time purchase. By subscribing for the auto-ship program, the price is reduced by 20% to $63.99. There is also a “pay over-time” option available.
In a sure sign that Redcon1 is looking for mass distribution of the product, the price quoted on Amazon is cheaper than the website at $74.99. Vitamin Shoppe and GNC both retail the product at parity to the company’s website at $79.99.
It was noted on several reviews that the company runs frequent specials and coupons to price promote the product.
Speaking specifically of the M.R.E. product being reviewed, we think Redcon1 has done quite a few things very well. We love the whole food, real food aspect of the product, the lack of whey protein, the complex carbs, and healthy fats.
We would have liked to learn more about the company’s certifications, such as NSA Safe for Sport and cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices). The company does exhibit a Nutravigilance seal from Supplement Safety Solutions. This is especially important to us given the founders previous association with another supplement company, Blackstone Labs. The company (Blackstone Labs) and six individuals, including Mr. Singerman, were indicted by the Federal Justice Department earlier this year for selling illegal dietary supplements, including anabolic steroids, SARMS (selective androgen receptor modulators), and prohormones.
We’ll adhere to “innocent until proven guilty” and will not let the indictments bias our rating of the new company’s Redcon1 M.R.E. Based on the website information, the YouTube video describing M.R.E. and the ingredients we would be favorably disposed to test the product ourselves. Taste will be a major determinant of the success of the product. But for now, we’d recommend you consider Redcon1’s M.R.E. as your meal replacement, particularly if you are looking to add size and muscle.