Do Kids and Teens Need Supplements?

  • Do kids and teenagers in general get adequate nutrition from their diet?
  • Does participation in sports activities like football, basketball and dance necessitate additional nutritional consideration?
  • Do kids get plenty of calcium and vitamins in their food?
  • Are there protein shakes and supplements that taste good enough for my kid to drink?

Very few kids and teens eat their recommended servings of fruits, veggies or protein per day. In fact very few of us do.  Most of us survive on lunch and dinner from a drive-thru, junk food, and soda. For one thing, few people really know how to determine what a “well balanced diet” is! And even if we KNOW what a well balanced diet is, it is not easy for most people to avoid the lure of fast foods, junk food, sugar, fatty snacks, and processed foods…and if adults have a hard time of it, what about children and teenagers?

According to Dr. Alan Gaby, in his book Preventing and Reversing Osteoporosis, there are many reasons why our modern diet may not be good for our bones. First, the majority of adults, kids, and teenagers ingest too much sugar, caffeine, and salt.

  • Sugar and salt is a serious problem with children and teenagers. And, while some may think that caffeine is an adult problem, that is not true. Just think about how much caffeine-rich cola a lot of the young people drink today.
  • The way food is grown and refined today contains less and less vitamins and minerals than it used to.
  • Processed foods cause chemical changes in our food that adversely affect the health of the tissues in our bodies.
  • Sugar can deplete our bodies of calcium.
  • 19th Century average sugar intake was 10 to 12 pounds.
  • Today, average sugar intake is 140 lbs.
  • 20% of total calorie intake is sugar.
  • 30% of the American diet is refined grains.
  • 50% of the typical American diet is sugar and refined grains! is a simple website focused on representing the relative sugar contents of popular food products by stacking the relevant amount of sugar cubes next to them. “The whole point of this site is to dramatically illustrate how much sugar you are consuming when you put that junk into your mouth.

Real Food:

Chicken, beef, salmon, tilapia, lamb, goat, apples, grapes, pears, strawberries, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, spinach, avocados, olives, cashews, peanuts, and macadamia nuts.

Something Other than Real Food:

Wheat Thins, cereals, bread, pasta, bagels, table sugar, flour, pancakes, Aunt Jemima’s maple syrup, tortillas, corn chips, potato chips, rice, “instant” anything, sweets, cakes, cookies, Ramen noodles, corn meal, anything from Little Debbie, McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets, French Fries.

Real food that has been corrupted by adding something other than real food:

Fruit juice, yogurt, tuna/hamburger helper, and mixed nuts.

Why an EVOLVE Meal Replacement shake from The Body Evolution will BENEFIT Most Kids and Teenagers:

The teen years are the greatest years of bone growth, hormonal change, and emotional stresses.  Athletic activities like football, basketball, baseball, and dance further stress kids and teens musculoskeletal systems.

  • Kids most likely eat better as a result of the better nutrients.
  • Kids have less sugar cravings.
  • Kids might feel emotionally more stable, less of a sweet tooth and stay slimmer.
  • Kids will be getting their RDA of vitamins and minerals.
  • Kids will have stronger bones.
  • Kids will have fewer colds and flu’s and in general feel better and stronger.

Of course, offering kids and teens vitamins and supplements and getting them to take supplements are two different issues. But if you knew what was in an EVOLVE Meal Replacement shake, and you knew how GOOD an EVOLVE meal replacement shake tastes, you would seriously think about the benefits it could provide your kids and teens (and most adults).

What is an EVOLVE Meal Replacement Shake?


It’s hard to get kids to take a supplement. Most supplements taste terrible to adults, so imagine a kid trying to choke down a supplement. The EVOLVE meal replacement shake tastes like a MILK SHAKE. Not Kidding! No more excuses like, “My kids won’t take vitamins or have healthy drinks because of the taste!”

Are ALL protein/meal replacement shakes created equal?

No, in fact in a recent study, some protein shakes could result in exposure to arsenic, cadmium or lead that exceed proposed limits for contaminants. For example, contaminants were found in Eas Myoplex (Arsenic, Cadmium), Muscle Milk-Chocolate (Cadmium, Lead), Muscle Milk-Vanilla Crème (Lead). It is VERY IMPORTANT to find a protein product without contaminants and harmful ingredients. EVOLVE only uses the highest quality ingredients. In an effort to make EVOLVE the most “bio-available” protein product on the market, there are no fillers, thickeners or hydrogenated oils. It also contains NO ASPARTAME, no harmful artificial flavors or colors and is lactose free.

What is the recommended dosage?

Kids Under 12: 1 Scoop Shake (15gms)
Women and Kids Over 12: 1.5 Scoop Shake (23gms)
Men: 3 Scoop Shake (45 gms)


General doctor recommendations include kids taking a well balanced multivitamin. 9 out of 10 diets in America are not well balanced.

Recommended Daily Allowance of essential vitamins and minerals, and includes Potassium and Calcium which are necessary for building healthy muscle and bone.

Vitamin C is involved in collagen, growing bone and cartilage material.  It also is beneficial in cold and flu prevention.

Recommended Daily Allowance for Calcium


According to health and nutrition experts, there is a “calcium crisis” among teenagers. “Nearly nine out of 10 girls and seven of 10 boys get too little calcium. The National Academy of Sciences recommends 1,300 mg of calcium daily for teens the equivalent of four eight ounce glasses of milk.  This amount of calcium is needed, because 15% of adult height and half of all bone mass are added during the teen years.”

NICHD research indicates that supplementing the diets of teenage girls with an extra 350 mg of calcium per day produced a 14 percent increase in bone density. “If this 14 percent increase in bone density could be maintained, its impact would be striking __ for every five percent increase in bone density, the risk of bone fracture declines by 40 percent,” said Gilman Grave, M.D., chief of the NICHD’s Endocrinology, Nutrition, and Growth Branch.”

“The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that all adults receive at least 1200 mg/d of elemental calcium; the typical American diet provides less than 600 mg/d.” Thus, even for adults, it is unlikely that most people achieve proper levels of calcium intake.

One serving of pepperoni pizza: 11  grams of fat, 800 mg of sodium, along with only 200 mg of calcium.

A glass of nonfat milk, for comparison purposes, provides 300 mg of calcium, with no fat.

Recommended Daily Allowance for Calcium


Although we recommend to ask your pediatrician, most agree that protein shakes are appropriate for those kids and teens who are active in various competitive sports. But it is important to realize the QUALITY of protein products and their use in moderation by using a balanced formula that provides carbohydrates along with protein, vitamins and minerals.

The EVOLVE meal replacement and protein drink tastes delicious, is mixed with JUST WATER, is a multi-vitamin, has healthy carbs and fats, and dietary fiber.

15 gms (Kids under 12), 23 gms (Women and Kids over 12) and 45gms (Men) of whey protein in a vanilla, chocolate, orange cream, strawberry or raspberry cheesecake shake, that is safe and healthy.

So, Could Kids/Teens (and Adults) Benefit from Protein or Meal Replacement Supplements?

Yes. However, it is important to know that kids or adults taking supplements should not feel that they can eat poorly because they are getting their nutrients from the supplements.

We should accept the fact that the typical child’s diet, and teenagers diet, is quite likely to be less nutritious than it should be. Every effort should be made to improve it. It certainly would be wise for teenagers (AND ADULTS) to take supplemental protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals.

A “protein shake” is appropriate for those teens who are active in various competitive sports. But it is important to utilize such products in moderation, using a balanced formula that provides carbohydrate along with protein, vitamins and minerals. EVOLVE provides just that!

Preventing and Reversing Osteoporosis by Alan Gaby

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, cure or prevent disease. NOTE: People with known medical conditions should consult with a physician prior to taking supplements. Exceeding the recommended serving or use restrictions may cause adverse health effects. The Body Evolution is not responsible for any adverse side effects due to use of this product.