If you have spent any amount of time on Facebook lately, you have probably seen a few dozen advertisements for MealEnders signaling lozenges. With the possibility of candy helping out in a diet, I had to head over to their website and have a look. After reading through their description of the lozenges, I came to the conclusion that it was just expensive candy. Later, I saw some people being offered free samples after they commented with questions on the MealEnders Facebook page, so I wrote MealEnders on Facebook and asked for a sample. They were quick to respond with the samples…no questions asked. So, if you are considering these, definitely go to their Facebook page and put in a request to try them yourself. They will send you at least one of each flavor.
So far, I have only tried the chocolate mint lozenge. It could be assumed that these could be eaten 3 times a day (one for each meal). This would add 6 grams of carbs to the day. That isn’t much for a typical American diet, but since I am trying to keep my carbs fairly low, one a day is enough for me.
The above picture shows what arrived…a total of 7 candies (4 chocolate mint and 1 each of the citrus, cinnamon, and mocha) plus a pamphlet sharing what Meal Enders is all about.
From the pamphlet: “MealEnders consist of two components: a sweet, outer reward layer and a cooling/tingling center. The outer layer provides a measured dose of “dessert,” a signal typically associated with the end of a meal. The center engages the trigeminal nerve (the nerve that senses “taste” sensations) to cue the end of eating and clear the palate.”
Here’s how Meal Enders is supposed to work.
1. Two part candy – The outside is chocolatey (at least on the chocolate mint) and the inside is a hard candy. The outside is the “dessert” and the inside is the palate cleanser.
2. Engages Body + Brain – Supposedly the two part candy combo signals your brain that eating is done.
3. Encourages healthy portion control. You can have the lozenge at the end of a meal instead of dessert, when you want to eat food just because it’s there, when you are wanting to eat more than you should during your meal, or when you’re craving a snack between meals.
Selling points for the MealEnders:
- No drugs
- No added stimulants
- No herbs
- Low calorie
- Low fat
- Gluten free
So how was my experience?
Well, if we’re going on “eye candy”, this wouldn’t be the candy I would choose. It looks like a sad little squished Milk Dud a little smaller than a quarter.
The chocolate could be compared to that on a Milk Dud, although a little thicker and softer.
The inside looks like the Christmas candy that Grandma puts out in a candy dish and nobody eats.
The directions stress several times to let the lozenge completely dissolve…no chewing. As the middle dissolves there is definitely tingling. It’s a pretty strong mint…maybe not as strong as an Altoid, but close. I tried to figure out what kind of mint it was. I’m still not sure…maybe spearmint?
As you can see from the ingredients, there isn’t anything unusual listed. My initial assumption that this was expensive candy seems pretty spot-on. Perhaps there is some brain science going on here, but I’m not totally convinced. I wrote this review immediately after trying it, and I’m not hungry, but I had just eaten a high protein, low carb meal.
Do I need this? No. I have learned to curb my appetite by keeping my carbs low and eating higher protein/fat.
Would it be nice to have every once in a while to settle a chocolate craving? Maybe.
Am I willing to pay $14.95 per bag of 25 lozenges? Nope. Unless if one of the other flavors blows my mind, $14.95 is too pricey for me.
Since I’ve been on a low carb diet for close to six months now, my cravings are not all that strong the majority of the time. In retrospect, I’m probably not the ideal person to test and see if this really works. I keep my carb and sugar consumption really low so my insulin levels aren’t causing those crazy cravings I used to have.
I think this company is banking on the assumption that people’s eating problems have a lot to do with hunger or a delay in getting the hunger-settling signal during what they call the “Overeating Zone”. I have read that if you wait 15-20 minutes after eating a portion-controlled meal, your body will catch up and then feel full. This lozenge would help during the wait. But, if you’re an emotional eater, I don’t think this would help a bit.
My suggestion would be to first figure out what type of eater you are. If your main issue is having huge cravings, then ask for a sample and see if it works for you. If you try the lozenges and love them, MealEnders does offer discounts for purchasing multiple bags.
Hope this review was helpful. Be sure to check out my other review for meal replacements from Bariwise, Medifast, Wonderslim, and more!
(Reviews of the lime, mocha and cinnamon will be added below as I try them.)
I tried the citrus lozenge this morning. Lately, I have been trying out intermittent fasting to see if it speeds up my weight loss. I typically quit eating around 8pm and don’t resume eating until noon. It’s usually easy to do during the summer since I have the luxury of sleeping in. My kids have VBS this week, though, which has gotten me out of bed MUCH earlier than usual. I have a hard time holding off on eating when I wake up (creature of habit), so I thought I’d try a lozenge to see if it would help. As I understand it, with intermittent fasting, calorie intake of 50 calories or under keeps the body in the fasting (fat-burning) mode, so a 15 calorie lozenge could hypothetically be a big help in controlling appetite until it’s time to eat.
My sample pack must have melted in transit as most of the samples I’ve seen on line have a more chocolate covered raisin type of look. My lozenges look less than appetizing.
The outside of the citrus mint is covered in what I would describe as lime-flavored white chocolate. It didn’t taste bad, but I would prefer they kept the lime out of the white chocolate.
The inside is a white candy. While the mint chocolate lozenge had a tingle to it, the citrus has a tongue numbing tingle to it. The taste seemed like a mix of Chloraseptic spray, lime, and a faint hint of what I would imagine floor cleaning water to taste like. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t horrible. Just very medicinal and a little too much palate-cleansing for my taste.
The lozenge held me over for an hour before I decided to dig into my first meal of the day. So, it did the job for awhile, but I also relied on a stick of sugar free gum in-between the lozenge and the meal. I’d say I’m still unconvinced. Seems like it might work for some, but I’m not sure that it works for me. My initial concern of overeating these things, though, is no longer a concern. I like having feeling in my tongue.
Just tried the cinnamon. Out of the 3 I’ve tried, I like this one best. This is also the only one so far that came out of the package unmelted. So, instead of it looking squished, it looks like chewed gum or a chocolate covered raisin. Not sure if that’s much better.
The outside tastes like a white chocolate cinnamon combination…very pleasant-tasting.
The inside is another white candy. This has tingling but it wasn’t overpowering. It had a faint cough drop taste with some apple flavor. My tongue was not numb after having this which was good!
Since MealEnders is trying to control hunger in that 20 minute period of time where a person is waiting for the body to signal the end of eating, I decided to time how long it took for this lozenge to dissolve. For me, it took 11 minutes…not quite the 20 minutes some might need, but pretty good.