Have you ever wondered about the difference between a Formulated Meal Replacement (FMR) and a Very Low Energy Diet (VLED) or a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD)?
Today VLED and VLCD are marketing terms but there was a time when there was a draft FSANZ VLED standard that never got gazetted.
For many years FSANZ deliberated over the nutritional requirements for this standard and in theory it was intended to be a complete meal replacement that would sustain life without the addition of any other nutrients. To understand their thinking behind this we have to step back a few decades and examine the market as it existed then. More to follow……..