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Both Factor 75 and Freshly deliver fully prepared meals. Subscribers choose their meal plans online or by phone.
Each plan includes a certain number of meals per week, which a person selects from a menu of 20 or 30 options.
Factor 75 and Freshly provide very similar services, with slight variations in menus, packaging, and pricing. This article explores some potential pros and cons of each service.
Please note that the writer of this article has not tried these products. All information presented is purely research-based.
A person can find each meal’s nutritional information on the company’s website or app, or on the meal’s packaging.
The companies update their menus weekly. Each week, a subscriber chooses their meals for the following week.
Factor 75 offer 20 meal options each week, including choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
They also provide a complementary 20-minute consultation with a registered dietician, who can advise about healthful meal combinations.
The company cater to various diets and preferences, offering meals that are:
- low calorie
- high protein
- low carbohydrate
Freshly’s menus contain more than 30 meals every week. The options do not include snacks or breakfasts.
The company employ wellness experts with backgrounds in nutrition and public health, rather than dieticians.
Also, while Freshly offer more meals each week than Factor 75, these meals are not vegetarian or vegan. All their meals are gluten-free — but they do not cater to specific diets, such as the paleo diet.
A subscriber chooses a plan that includes a certain number of meals per week.
Freshly offer either 4, 6, 10, or 12 meals per week, while Factor 75 offer 4, 6, 8, 12, or 18 meals per week.
A person can pause, cancel, or change their subscription to either service at any time, and any menu orders or changes need to be made before a weekly shipping deadline.
The cost of each service depends on the number of meals included, but in a comparison of similar plans, Factor 75’s meals are more expensive.
Though the per meal costs of Factor 75 are higher, a person may prefer them to Freshly because they offer more dietary variety.
Both Factor 75 and Freshly use specialist packaging to keep their meals fresh — not the usual chemical preservatives that increase the shelf life of prepared meals.
Factor 75 uses plastic packaging that they say is safe for heating in the oven or microwave. It is also recyclable.
The packaging is free from bisphenol A, better known as BPA. There is controversy over the effects of this chemical on human health.
Each meal has a use-by date on its label. A person might wish to freeze their meals, which can be done safely before this date.
The company ship their products in insulated boxes that contain gel packs to keep the meals cold. A person can recycle these packs, reuse them, or donate them to, for example:
- Meals on Wheels
- scout organizations
- religious charities
A person can also recycle the cardboard delivery boxes and the insulation, which is not true of Freshly’s insulation.
Freshly’s meals come in microwave-safe Go-Green plastic containers. A person can recycle the containers, their plastic seals, and any paper products that arrive with the meals.
Freshly encourage people to reuse the gel packs that keep their meals cool during shipping. Otherwise, a person can open the gel pack, toss the contents in the trash, and recycle the plastic casing.
The insulation in delivery boxes is made of denim and is 85% biodegradable. A person might also reuse it, for example, in pet bedding.
Researchers have analyzed the nutritional qualities of meal kits — proportioned ingredients and cooking instructions delivered to people’s doors, a similar service to Freshly or Factor 75. They found that meal kits containing reduced amounts of salt and fat and increased amounts of dietary fiber may be more nutritious than takeaway or convenience foods.
Overall, research into the health effects of meal delivery services is lacking. While these meals may be more healthful than carryout, there have been few comparisons with regular home cooking.
Freshly and Factor 75 deliver prepared meals that only require reheating. They have many similarities.
Freshly offer more choices per week and may be less expensive, while Factor 75 provide more variety and cater to a broader range of diets and preferences.