After writing my reviews of Herbalife, Isagenix, and Advocare, the next protein/meal replacement shake I’m asked about most is Shakeology. Keep reading for an unbiased review of Shakeology!

I find that in lieu of actually putting time and energy into one’s own health, some people would rather drink a protein shake they think is the end-all-be-all to nutrition and call it a day.

Except it doesn’t work like that. Shakeology is a company that touts its products as superfoods, the best nutrition available, and as a safe, healthy and effective way to lose weight.

Is this true? Well, not exactly.

Before it’s asked, this is the protein I use and recommend. I couldn’t find one good enough on the market, so I made my own. Grass-fed collagen with six organic superfoods: kale, spirulina, wheatgrass, broccoli, spinach and turmeric. I drink it in my daily smoothies and it gives me LIFE. Aka a healthy gut, glowing skin, strong digestion and energy for DAYS. Use code 10OFF for 10% off!

An Unbiased Review of Shakeology

Does Shakeology really help you lose weight? 

The answer is short, but not simple. Let’s dive right in: Will it help you lose weight? Yes.

Is it safe? No. Is it healthy? No.

Now here’s why.

Let’s take a look at Shakeology’s list of ingredients: 

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Whey Protein Isolate

Whey protein provides great protein. But that’s if and only if it’s grass-fed and organic. Which Shakeology’s is not. Purchasing inorganic whey is a cheaper option, but it is one that will lead to health issues.

According to their website, their whey is “the highest commercial grade available” which sounds good but actually means nothing. There is no scale for highest commercial grade availability, and if this statement were true, they’d be using grass-fed and organic whey. This is why I wrote an unbiased review of Shakeology, I have nothing to gain from being buying (or not buying) these products. And people deserve to know what’s in them.

The website does say the whey is antibiotic and BST free (they make no mention of whether or not the whey is free of BGH – or bovine growth hormone), but without regularly sourcing from grass-fed and organic farms, there is no way to guarantee this.

And I haven’t even mentioned the fact that if these cows are not grass-fed and organic, they’re eating genetically modified corn and soy. Cows are meant to eat grass.

Bovine consumption of corn and soy (which are two of the highest genetically modified crops) leads to infections in the cow. They raise the omega-6 content while lowering the omega-3 content (making the whey much more inflammatory).

In fact, this study demonstrated how organic dairy contains 62% more omega-3s and 25% less omega-6 fatty acids than inorganic dairy. Vitamins, particularly A, E, D, and K are also higher in grass-fed dairy.

shakeology chocolate shake

Every time you spend money on food or food products, you vote.

You vote for small farmers, for organic food, for health. Conversely, you can vote for giant corporations and GMOs. Purchasing Shakeology supports the genetic modification of our food.

Are there good ingredients in Shakeology? Absolutely. But that doesn’t mitigate the fact that the very first ingredient, aka what the product itself is mostly comprised of, is unhealthy.

It’s kind of like eating fried Oreos and then a salad to make up for it. Is the salad healthy? Yeah, but you still just ate some gnarly food that will have a negative impact on your health.

The other issue is how the whey is processed. Unfortunately, Shakeology’s whey is completely denatured. They use ion exchange to extract it. Here’s what Milk Specialties Global has to say about this method of extraction:

“Ion exchange is a chemical method that utilizes pH adjustment in order to achieve protein separation. Raw whey is sent through a column that has an affinity for protein. The protein is collected and all the other macronutrients pass through. Chemical reagents sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid are introduced in order to release the protein, by adjusting the pH.

While this yields a very high protein ingredient – 90-96%, with no fat or carbs (lactose), this pH adjustment can denature the protein and can reduce the biological activity of the protein and its micronutrients. Reduced or eliminated are antioxidants, essential amino acids, protein digestion, calcium absorption and immune support to name a few.”

Folic Acid

Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate that is naturally found in food. This is a huge problem. Folate is a naturally occurring water-soluble B vitamin. Folic acid, however, is a synthesized form of folate that the body is unable to properly absorb or utilize.

In fact, folic acid supplementation has even been linked to cancer.

“…in the Journal of the American Medical Association — suggesting that all the extra folic acid might increase your odds of developing cancer. “The more we learn about folic acid, the more it’s clear that giving it to everyone has very real risks,” says folic acid researcher David Smith, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacology at the University of Oxford in England.”

Another study out of Chile linked folic acid supplementation with an increased risk of colon cancer.

And yet another study out of Norway linked folic acid supplementation with a 21% increase in lung cancer.

“Folic acid and B12 supplementation [was] associated with a 21% increased risk for cancer, a 38% increased risk for dying from the disease, and an 18% increase in deaths from all causes.”

While folate is a necessary part of a balanced diet, folic acid has actually been linked to increased rates of cancer (another source for ya).

Again, this is why you need an unbiased review of Shakeology from someone who isn’t trying to sell it to you. Folic acid is absolutely not safe. Folate is. There’s a difference.

What about the vegan shakes?

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Holy phytic acid.

Oat, rice, quinoa, and amaranth are all loaded with lectins and phytic acid, gut irritants, and enzyme inhibitors. Phytic acid binds to calcium, zinc, iron, manganese, magnesium and other minerals. The action prevents them from being absorbed.

So while there are benefits to this shake, there are also a ton of downfalls. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, mostly due to the fact that it would be so irritating to the GI tract.

What type of food does Shakeology promote for achieving weight loss? 

I was also curious about the type of food Shakeology promotes. If there had been an emphasis on real, unprocessed, organic food, I would have been impressed.

You know – the food that actually helps people attain healthy weight loss and keep it off.But then they wouldn’t have repeat customers, would they?

1. Shakeology Pancakes

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Really? This so-called health company is promoting Fiber One pancake mix? Let’s take a look at the ingredients.

Recipe here.

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Bleached wheat flour, genetically modified canola oil, genetically modified and defatted soy flour, genetically modified corn, additives and preservatives? If that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about this company, then I don’t know what will.

Oh, but it gets better.

2. Key Lime Shakeology Pie

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Recipe here.

Wheat, even more genetically modified soy and dairy, and Jello-O mix? Jell-O also contains preservatives, but in addition, they throw in food coloring, aspartame, and artificial flavor. YUM!

They also promote the consumption of gluten, despite the fact that it’s highly inflammatory and a gut irritant. It will spike your blood sugar and hinder any weight loss effort. Recipe here.

3. Chocolate Shakeology Pie

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Really, more tofu?

I think the people who recommend this trash need to read my article on soy (found HERE). Soy causes aggression, decreases fertility, increases the rate of cancer, disrupts hormonal balance and increases the need for B12.

And skim milk? What is this, the 80s? The food industry created skim milk as a highly processed byproduct. It has no nutritional value.

If you want a truly healthy meal replacement, use this grass-fed and undenatured whey protein. And here’s my video on the ultimate protein shake:

So, is Shakeology good for me? 

Now, I’m not denying that there are good ingredients in these shakes. But is it worth it to take good ingredients with bad ingredients? No.

You really still consume unhealthy products. I know that all of us could use a boost nutritionally. Unfortunately, our food isn’t as nutrient dense as it once was. Toxins bombard our bodies every day.

This is why I recommend a nutrient dense diet along with targeted supplements. Because in the end not everyone has the same health issues, goals or needs. We all vary. I hope you found this unbiased review of Shakeology helpful and informative!

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Sources:

http://images.beachbody.com/tbb/store/shakeology/pdf/shakeology_vanilla_supp_facts.pdf

http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0082429

http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm

Membrane vs. Ion Exchange – Which Process is Best for Whey Protein Powder?

http://images.beachbody.com/tbb/store/shakeology/pdf/ShakeologyChocolateVegan_Ingredients.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2998440

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1311753

445 Comments

  1. dani stout Reply

    Not the best but they’re okay; the cows are grass-fed for most of the year and they’re GMO-free.

  2. Thanks for this review on shakeology. I was just looking into purchasing it because I like their workout programs. Glad I read this along with the ingredient list. Why is gluten bad? I make fresh bread everyday and have lost 15 lbs doing so in just two months. I include tons of fresh veggies and fruit in my diet. Also have you heard of emer and Iroquois wheat? Are those also forms of gluten you would suggest not ingesting? Thanks a bunch.

    • dani stout Reply

      I don’t recommend ingesting any gluten. Haven’t heard of that product, could you provide a link?

    • Use the vegan formula. The company that represents Shakeology is called Beachbody. Unfortunately, this author chose not to research and made some very large assumptions.

      • dani stout Reply

        Yeah – facts are totally “large assumptions.”

        • Shakeology doesnt contain soy. Lets start with that fact. Also no Asparatame in it as well. Sweetened with Stevia

          • dani stout

            I never said they did. I said they recommend eating soy.

          • Tammy Wells

            They have soy in recipes, that doesn’t mean they roccemend

          • dani stout

            Well if they include soy in their recipes, they clearly recommend eating soy.

          • Love your last response Dani. I know of a fellow Coastie Wife that has been trying her hardest to recruit anybody interested in health and fitness to sell and use this item, and she’s lassoed a few… If you can use Google, then you wouldn’t use Shakeology. Research is the easiest thing nowadays, and when concerning our one and only body, it should not be skimped on!

          • Eddy, ya let’s get started with the FACTS. I have a shakeology container in my hand… under the ingredients… verbatim ”

            Allergy information : This product is manufactured in a plant that also processes soy, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts.”

            Shakeology has a risk of cross-contamination at ANY time…hence why it doeant say “soy free” on the package.

            I sincerely hope u are not a bb coach, misguiding people like this. Get yoir facts straight, people’s health is at risk..genious.

      • Thank you! She did. Terrible read ;/ Shaekology is an excellent product.

    • I also want to point out, since I have read through the rest of the comments on this post: There are two different shakes being argued about below. One is the Beachbody meal replacement shake, and the other is Shakeology. People have gotten extremely confused on the two of these. This article is titled An Unbiased Review of SHAKEOLOGY. Shakeology is a different product from Beachbody meal replacement shakes. Shakeology contains no soy, artificial sweeteners, or artificial ingredients. Beachbody shakes DO contain soy protein and whatelse I’m not sure because I haven’t read that much into them. But just so future readers don’t have to be as confused as everyone else: Dani is right when she says Beachbody shakes have these ingredients. Shakeology, however, which is what the article was supposed to be about, does not. 🙂

    • Everything in moderation.
      Eat your bread, do your excercise routine and enjoy your life.

    • Ellen Hensley Reply

      I wouldn’t believe this article. I’ve been drinking Shakeology and eating a healthy diet that goes along with the 21 Day Fix plus using the Beachbody exercise programs since February 14, 2015 and have never felt better. I’ve lost 240 lbs plus have more energy than I had in many years. You should check out the go creator of Shakeology Darin Olien’s book Superlife The 5 Forces That Will Make You Healthy, Fit, And Eternally Awesome plus follow him on Facebook. He can also answer any health questions you might have related to Shakeology. I love it and drink it daily. Like I said, I’ve never felt better.

    • I wouldn’t listen to this guy, for if you do enough research shoot breathing air is linked to cancer. Secondly, no matter what shake or diet you get on, it’s mixed with some bad and good ingredients. That’s why it’s called a BALANCED DIET. Anyway, do you own stuff guys, don’t listen to people like this they promote their own shakes or diets like this guy is. Do your own research.

  3. Nicole Tozier Reply

    Scary stuff! Now I know why I always got a bad vibe from them….
    BTW, fried Oreos…. Ew!!! *shudders*

  4. so the one thing i WILL say with certainty is that beachbody DOES promote whole, real, organic foods from the earth. If you use any of their meal plans or do any of their fitness programs, the nutrition plans are centered on whole foods and avoiding processed foods ENTIRELY.

    those recipes you posted…ive never even seen them! im with you on that…it’s pretty nasty to have those things posted up on their site! I would never share them with my clients.

    i appreciate what you do and am happy to have stumbled upon your site!

    • dani stout Reply

      Beachbody promotes Shakeology and Beachbody shakes contain soy, artificial sweeteners and synthetic vitamins. Unfortunately they do not promote whole, real or organic foods from the earth. 🙁

      • Shakeology DOES NOT contain artificial sweeteners, soy or artificial ingredients. You should get your facts straight before posting.

        • dani stout Reply

          I never said their products contain artificial sweetener, soy or artificial ingredients. I said they contain inorganic and denatured whey – which they do.

          I also said they PROMOTE these ingredients. Which is why I posted links and pictures to recipes promoting soy, artificial sweeteners and ingredients. I think I’ve made that abundantly clear.

          • Louie222

            Except that you DID say they contain soy and artificial sweeteners two posts above on August 27 2014 @ 12:21 pm! So now you are rescinding that statement?

          • Again, actually, you did.

            “dani stout says:
            August 27, 2014 at 12:31 pm

            Beachbody promotes Shakeology and Beachbody shakes contain soy, artificial sweeteners and synthetic vitamins. Unfortunately they do not promote whole, real or organic foods from the earth. :(”

            That comment made by you, is what these replies are directly referring to, and it is right there in black and white. You *did* say that.

          • dani stout

            Are you guys unable to understand basic English? Let’s try this again.

            “Beachbody promotes Shakeology.” This is true.

            “Beachbody shakes contain soy, artificial sweeteners and synthetic vitamins.” This is true.

            Get it?

          • Are beach body shakes and shakeology two different things? I think this is the confusion…you keep saying “beachbody shakes contain soy and artificial sweetners” then someone says “shakeology does not” and then you say you never said that…so I’m guessing they are two different shakes? Whatever the case, love your articles, very imformative. Can’t wait to see what you say about ItWorks.

          • dani stout

            Yep, two different shakes.That’s why they have different names (I don’t mean this sarcastically). Didn’t realize people didn’t know that.

          • See YOUR reply above of August 27, 2014

            “Beachbody promotes Shakeology and Beachbody shakes contain soy, artificial sweeteners and synthetic vitamins.”

            Unless someone hacked your account looks like you said that perfectly clear. However, shakeology does not contain these products. Your article is very biased because in the end you promote doTerra and their products and even there products do not indicate that is it organic and contain some of the very same ingredients as Shakeology.

          • dani stout

            I really don’t know what else to say to this than to repeat myself yet again.

            Beachbody promotes Shakeology. This is true.

            Beachbody contains soy, artificial sweeteners and synthetic vitamins. This is true.

            They are two separate products. So where exactly did I say that Shakeology contains these ingredients?

          • You post says…..dani stout says:
            August 27, 2014 at 12:31 pm
            Beachbody promotes Shakeology and Beachbody shakes contain soy, artificial sweeteners and synthetic vitamins. Unfortunately they do not promote whole, real or organic foods from the earth.

            Nice try Dani, but you did say artificial sweeteners. It amazes me when people say something then deny they did. The above is copied directed from the comments. Don’t believe me go back to the date and time shown in the copy.

          • dani stout

            “Beachbody promotes Shakeology” – This is true.

            “and Beachbody shakes contain soy, artificial sweeteners and synthetic vitamins. Unfortunately they do not promote whole, real or organic foods from the earth.”
            – This is true too.

            Where exactly did I say that Shakeology contains artificial sweeteners? Literally nowhere in that sentence that people seem to be able to comprehend did I say that.

          • These people who keep repeating themselves are nuts! I understood what you were saying from the get-go! #somelackcommonsense

      • Sirry Dani but Shakeology does not contain any artificial sweeteners, it does contain Stevia which as you know is a plant based natural sweetener. Also In all the programs I use from Beach body, none promote fiber one pancakes. All the programs soecifically recommend whole foods that are unprocessed. Shakeology is gluten free and organic. I have done extensive research on this product before I even began using it. Thank you for your blog and for what you do.

        • Judlst an fyi, there is absolutely no soy in any of the shakeology flavors.

          • dani stout

            I never said there is soy in Shakeology.

            I said they promote eating soy. Which they do.

        • dani stout Reply

          Clearly you haven’t done extensive research as their products are not organic. The whey is commercial whey, aka fed GMOs and from a CAFO.

          • Oh my goodness you pour girl. How frustrating reading through these posts. Wow! I was considering purchasing this product because a friend of mine is selling it. I have pretty severe depression and he claims this product will help. You are very patient with many of these people posting here. I give you huge credit for that. I have not done my homework on any of this so I’m turning to you for the best advice you can offer based on your research. I need to get fit and I need help with depression. Are there any healthy substitutes to shakeology? I am going to trust your judgement simply based on your approach taken with many of these posters. Thanks.

          • dani stout

            Thank you! I don’t recommend a protein shake for depression, I recommend a healthy diet and essential oils. Changing my diet and using essential oils has really helped improve my anxiety.

          • Please tell us all the research you’ve done on big, bad, scary GMOs! I love when people don’t understand GMOs and spout off nonsense. Maybe you should educate yourself a bit more about what GMOs do and WHY they are so important. People who don’t understand science shouldn’t be allowed to perpetuate false information to the public.

          • dani

            Actually I’ve done a significant amount of research on GMOs and have studied them extensively. Perhaps you’re the one who should educate yourself on GMOs because you clearly do not understand the dangers of them. Anyone who is up-to-date on current GMO research knows that the WHO has labeled glyphosate as carcinogenic and independent studies have concluded that they are cancerous. You can search my site for various information I’ve written on the topic.

            https://ancestral-nutrition.com/top-10-gmos/

          • I’m SO glad to see people DEFENDING BB and shakeology, it is made of as organic WHOLE foods that are ONLY bought from fair trade farmers, so they’re actually SUPPORT ING small farmers and local economies. Also, there is NO gluten in it either….it is made in a plant where other products containing gluten are made, therefore it could be classified gluten free but they choose not to since it’s made in a plant where there could be traces of gluten. They are very transparent and just because you can find recipes inline, it does not mean that it was an official BB recipe. BB promotes clean eating and have made many cookbooks about eating whole foods/clean. I find it ironic and a farce that you call this UNBIASED. Have your do terrace shakes that you promote help ppl with vit deficiencies? Come off of meds? Decrease effects of MS, autoimmune doseases, etc, etc???? I would never believe anything you say bc you BELIEVE you’re being unbiased and you contradict yourself

          • dani stout

            You clearly have no idea what you’re promoting or consuming – it took very little research to find out that neither products are made from organic or whole food ingredients. Maybe do a little research before commenting.

        • OH MY GOSH PEOPLE… CAN’T YOU READ. SHE/HE SAID.. BEACHBODY PROMOTES SHAKEOLOGY and BEACHBODY shakes contain soy, artificial sweeteners and synthetic vitamins. … THAT IS WHAT YOU SAID, RIGHT DANI?
          I don’t know anything about either of these products, but this conversation and the lack of understanding what he was saying drove me to post.

          • dani

            It’s as if some people are unable to comprehend basic English.

          • Very few people have ever heard of Beachbody meal replacement shakes. People can read English, Dani. The problem lies in the fact that Shakeology is pretty much the only shake that people know related to Beachbody. I guarantee that 100% of the naysayers thought that Shakeology and shakes were the same thing. 🙂

          • Ok all this just gave me a huge headache. Really WTFFFFFFFF?

          • From the amount of people that aren’t comprehending what you are saying, it would stand to reason that they have consumed too man GMO’s! Can you say ZOMBIE apocalypse! LOL

        • Do you know this to be true that shakeology is non-gmo & organic? Twice I called and questioned them and they assured me it was all organic! My problem with this is..why doesn’t it state this anywhere? I’m feeling lied to! I need solid evidence and can’t seem to find any!

      • Just coming across this article now. I’ve worked with a Beachbody coach for awhile now and all she has talked about with me is how the shakeology and workouts will only give me the results I want if I’m fueling my body with the proper nutrition. The TBB coaches I know are all about promoting clean eating, organic, etc. So I’m not sure if you have old information or if there are just different coaching styles? Also, where did you get the recipes you posted that contain products like Jello and Fiber One mix? I haven’t seen anything like that on beachbody’s website. Is that old as well? I don’t know if they’ve recently changed their outlook on nutrition, or if those recipes are from other websites using beachbody products?
        Also, you do seem to shoot yourself in the foot a lot in the comments on these posts (I read the isagenix one as well) because you lump the main product you review in with the company’s other products that do contain certain ingredients, and then claim you never said the main product does have those ingredients. By including it in the group that contains those ingredients, you are implying that it has them also. Maybe that’s where some of the confusion is coming from with some of the commenters.

        • dani stout Reply

          No, it’s not old. It’s directly on the website and I provided links at the bottom of the article.

          No, I don’t do that. I’m very clear about what the products do and do not contain and what the company promotes. Not sure how this is difficult to understand considering I clearly provide the ingredient lists.

          • Oh dear. I also just read through your about page and disclaimers. Upon seeing those, this post being titled as “Unbiased” is as truthful as an Isagenix or even Shakeology distributor claiming to give an unbiased review of shakeology. You can’t say you have no bias for or against any kind of meal replacement or protein powder, and then turn around and say that you DO get compensation for promoting certain brands of such products. That’s just dishonest, sweetie. You really should take the “Unbiased” out of these titles, and open them with the disclaimer that you are compensated for promoting certain products, because that definitely influences whether you demote certain others. I have suffered from systemic candidiasis for over a decade and began Shakeology is the ONLY meal replacement shake that I can use. Being a busy new mom, I need something quick like that lol. Your review is dishonest from the start by claiming you have no bias (due to the aforementioned reasons), and then misleading by implying it contains certain ingredients with your graphic that it doesn’t simply because the company that makes it sells other products that do contain it. I truly hope everyone does their own research on these products, as I did before using it myself.

          • dani stout

            Maybe I should re-do the language on my disclaimer. I’m not paid to promote anything. I am paid for Amazon affiliate links – products I use myself and therefore promote. If someone clicks on my link to those products and purchases, I receive a commission.

            If you suffer from systemic candida then you really shouldn’t be consuming majority of the ingredients in Shakeology. GMO dairy, fruit and quinoa all feed candida. Not mitigate it.

      • I don’t think YOU understand basic English.

        “Are you guys unable to understand basic English? Let’s try this again.

        “Beachbody promotes Shakeology.” This is true.

        “Beachbody shakes contain soy, artificial sweeteners and synthetic vitamins.” This is true.

        Get it?”

        Do your homework. You’re incorrect.

        Shakeology is not a company. Beachbody is a company. Shakeology is their shake. You keep contradicting yourself.

        • dani stout Reply

          What does that change? What does it matter if Shakeology is not a company? Where did I say that Shakeology is a company? I am not disputing that.

          Beachbody STILL promotes Shakeology.

          Beachbody shakes STILL contain soy.

          So what I am contradicting exactly? I kind of feel like it’s the millionth time I’ve said the same exact thing.

          • In order to write an unbiased review, you yourself would actually have to be unbiased which clearly you are not. You seem to think that look up “facts” makes it an unbiased review when you are looking at facts given by people who like yourself promote other products. Beachbody promotes living a healthy well balanced life style. Shakeology is one of their products, of course its promoted! It is not for everyone. It is however healthy and it is a meal replacement shake. they do not AT ALL promote drinking these instead of eating, they encourage you to get all the nutrients you need in different meals. When I saw your “shakeology recipes” you should have saw that A. these are recipes people make up & B. You add things to your shake not always ingredients that are as healthy for you as the shakeology itself.

            So again this is a HORRIBLE “unbiased” review

          • dani stout

            Great, then want to explain how denatured whey from GMO dairy is healthy? Or want address how, why and what in my homemade protein shake is unhealthy?

            Like most people who leave comments, I’ll likely never get a response from you. But if you do read this, at least recognize that the recipe is directly from the Shakeology website and not user submitted. I thought this would be pretty easily understandable considering I directly provided a link to the Shakeology website promoting the recipe. Apparently not.

          • I’ve just come across this page after a beachbody coach in America (I’m in Australia) PM’d me re. Shakeology and I was curious to see if it was as bad as Isagenix. Thank you very much for your review. If I were you, I’d be banging my head against a wall in frustration at these comments! Can any of you people actually read?! She keeps repeating herself and you STILL don’t get it… unfortunately I noticed the same sort of responses with the Isawarriors that were so gungho about Isagenix…

          • The Beachbody shakes only contain soy if you CHOOSE to use soy milk or any other form of soy in their recipes. I am a breast cancer survivor and the first thing I can NOT have is soy. Maybe you should be a little less defensive of people’s criticism and do a little more research.

          • dani stout

            I’m aware of that, and it’s why I’ve never said Shakeology contains soy.

          • The ENTIRE Controversy in the comments and replies is that your article is all about shakeology, then you contain a blurb about Beachbody Shakes with a link showing the nutritional label. It is not clear to the reader that Shakeology and the “Beachbody Shakes” are 2 totally different products. So when you say “Beachbody Shakes contain soy” it looks as though you are talking about shakeology since that is what your entire article is based on. You lead the reader to assume, since you do not make the distinction that you are talking of a different product, that they are one in the same because shakeology is also a shake.

            That being said, if you know the company at all you will know that they do not widely promote the Beachbody Meal Replacement Shake, it is on their site as people want an option of something more cost efficient than shakeology. They are actually phasing out those older original products. That particular Meal Replacement shake is listed as the very last product on the page for a reason.

          • dani stout

            Since most of these comments are from people who use/sell these products, shouldn’t they know that Shakeology and BeachBody are two separate products?

          • First of all, I really appreciate the information you have provided. I’m super green-eco-friendly-love-nature-etc), and with that said, I’m currently researching protein shakes cuz I ain’t putting none o’ any crap in maaa body (know what I’m sayin?).
            My question is….

            If Beachbody promotes Shakeology (yes), and Beachbody shakes contain soy (yes), and Shakeology is in fact the shake made by Beachbody (yes), then does it stand true that:

            Beachbody shake = soy
            Beachbody’s brand shake = Shakeology
            Therefore,
            Beachbody shake = Shakeology = soy??

            You’re above points make sense except for this one link that, if in fact Beachbody’s only shakes are Shakeology, then in fact Shakeology must be the Beachbody shakes that have soy. >.<
            WHY CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG PEOPLE

          • dani stout

            Haha, no. I’m not saying Shakeology is bad because BeachBody contains soy. They’re separate and not very good for different reasons. Maybe people don’t realize they’re two different products?

          • You know what? Scratch everything I just said. So basically, Shakeology is ONE of the brands of Beachbody shakes? Yeah? Ok got it got it….BLA. Please excuse the additional hitting my previous post may have influenced.

          • I’ve never tried a single protein shake, and yet I understood every last word of the review. It’s really not difficult to understand. I’m sorry you’re having to deal with these comments but it has been pure entertainment for me to read! I wish I had your discipline to eat by the same standards, but I do pretty well and I appreciate people like you who do the research to bring information into the light so I can make educated decisions about how to feed my family. Thank you!

          • dani

            You are very welcome! The most important part is just doing the best you can. It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s taken me years to get to this point! Progress, not perfection.

      • Shakeology does not contain soy or artificial anything. They don’t certify it GMO and Organic because it costs so much money and would increase the cost significantly to my understanding. Shakeology is the best shake around from the research I have done. I’m a little surprised that you took recipes from a wide variety of recipes that have nothing to do with shakeology and made such connections.

        • Plenty, in fact thousands of companies have gotten certified organic and source grass fed whey yet remain reasonably priced. It’s just an excuse to increase profits, they know most people arent going to know the difference anyway.

      • What are you talking about? Aside from the shakes, the eating plan is ALL WHOLE FOODS, VEGETABLES, FRUITS, VERY FEW IF ANY PROCESSED GRAINS, HEALTHY FATS AND NO PROCESSED SUGAR. You are just wrong.

      • Will Fuller Reply

        So these are “unbiased” reviews but hey people can sign up for your 21 day program instead? Lol

    • The recipes many times are not produced by the company. They come from the customers and people that drink shakeology. Are the ingredients you posted bad from the recipe ingredients bad? They can be when ingested in large quantities. There are many things in our foods that are bad. The FDA allows ingredients in all our food that are harmful in large amounts but not harmful in the food we have.

      • dani stout Reply

        The recipes are directly from Shakeology – not customers.

        • Where do they get the info for the ingredients from, obviously from a supplier whom makes it for Shakeology….

  5. dani stout Reply

    I didn’t say their products contained gluten, I said they promoted eating gluten, soy and vegetable oils. Your savvy search methods ain’t so savvy! You can find the recipes here: http://www.shakeology.com/shake-recipes?SHAKEOLOGY_CART_ID=0

    And specifically, in regard to your Kraft Cream Cheese and Jell-O comment: http://www.shakeology.com/shake-recipes?SHAKEOLOGY_CART_ID=0#6e5b9f34-5341-4559-85d3-da4b4cf087c5_Key-Lime-Shakeology-Pie

    BOOM.

    As you can see, they’re directly from the website. Not any coaches.

    Sprouting does mitigate the phytic acid, but not all of it. Heating it doesn’t do anything to it. And they’re both extremely high in phytic acid!

    You’re right about doTERRA – but you don’t see me promoting their v-shake.

    You really need to actually look at the recipes. They specifically contain everything I said – I even screen shotted! I don’t know why people think I lie about these things. It’s right there!

    • dani stout Reply

      They aren’t listed as “fan recipes”, they’re listed directly under the recipe tab. http://www.shakeology.com/shake-recipes?SHAKEOLOGY_CART_ID=0

      So it’s not a matter of if I feel like they’re promoting these unhealthy ingredients – they are promoting these unhealthy ingredients.

      No, I’m not confusing BeachBody and Shakeology. BeachBody does use those ingredients.

      Again, and I really hate repeating myself and having to defend basic language.

      BeachBody does promote Shakeology.

      BeachBody does contain soy, artificial sweeteners and synthetic vitamins.

      These are facts, and I did say that. Nowhere in that sentence did I say that Shakeology uses those ingredients. So how is that contradicting myself?

      Where in that sentence did I say “Shakeology contains soy.”?

      I didn’t. I said Beachbody promotes Shakeology. Is this false? Did I get that wrong?

      What am I missing here? I truly do not understand how so many people have misunderstood a simple sentence. I’d really like a response on this.

      I did say BeachBody promotes Shakeology. They do.

      I did say BeachBody contains soy, artificial sweeteners and synthetic ingredients. It does.

      So what in this statement is false?

      • You’d really like a response? Okay. I’m sorry that this will be lengthy.
        The confusion is mainly being caused because you’re are not differentiating. The Beachbody Meal Replacement Shake (which contains soy, sweeteners, etc), is one product which Beachbody sells. Shakeology (which does not contain the stated ingredients) is another such product. The way you’re phrasing it makes it sound as if all the shake products Beachbody promotes contain those ingredients.
        As for the recipes, it took a bit of digging to find the ones you were talking about (all of which are under the dessert label). If you’re going to tell commenters that you have the links posted under your sources, it would help to actually post those links under your sources. The pancake recipe was the only one I was concerned about with it’s FiberOne recommendation, but in the actual recipe it says:
        “NOTE: You can use any pancake mix you want, but Shakeology customers find that the Fiber One mix has the best combination of taste and healthiness. However, there may be better choices for you depending on your exercise and weight-loss goals.”
        I was also going to mention the soy issues, but the studies on soy are pretty inconclusive, so I’ll leave that out.
        Now I’m going to address other thoughts I’ve had. You stated early in the comments that you don’t recommend eating any gluten. That bothers me. My mother-in-law has celiac disease and so her body cannot process gluten. It makes sense for her to avoid all gluten, but for the rest of us a gluten-free diet is not healthier. We may initially feel better since it means we don’t eat out at restaurants (fast food or otherwise) but ultimately, we most likely would be lacking nutrients.
        Lastly, you cannot give an unbiased review of a product you obviously feel so strongly about.
        Here are my sources if you care to look at them. I highly recommend the gluten one.
        Beachbody Meal Replacement Shake
        http://www.beachbody.com/product/supplements/meal_replacement/meal_replacement_shake.do
        Shakeology Recipes
        http://www.shakeology.com/shake-recipes#_
        Gluten
        http://www.webmd.com/diet/truth-about-gluten
        Soy
        http://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/trends-news/article/tofu-what-does-science-say

          • Courtney

            First, you didn’t link to a study. You linked to a BLOG POST that cites some scientific studies and OTHER BLOG POSTS. And I’m sorry, no. Someone’s opinions don’t qualify as a study. I’m not sure why you didn’t link to an actual study directly since someone’s interpretations of scientific work is irrelevant.

            And all of the scientific studies I managed to find (after quite some digging) had to do with the POTENTIAL harms of gluten to people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, not normal healthy people.

            It’s people like you who decide to be scared of specific nutrients because of studies incorrectly interpreted by bloggers on the internet and spout that as truth drive me crazy. If you’re healthy, eat the damn bread.
            /endrant

      • I don’t see anything wrong with what you are saying, I looked up the nutrition label on Beachbody shakes, and you are correct on your assertations of the Beachbody brand meal replacement shake.

        I think the problem comes in that you simply did not specify (because this is the internet and people do not know you) that you acknowledge that Beachbody brand shakes are different than Shakeology shakes. It actually reminds me of when I looked up dog food reviews – I was blown away to see that some of a company’s products were excellent for animals, while others from that same company were not. It was the first time I really contemplated that you must look to a line, not a company, to see the value of the product.

        I see their points. I also see yours. I think better phrasing (the overt phrasing that must be used when you aren’t having a conversation with a person you know, especially on the internet) would help correct the problem.

      • Beachbody is the company. Shakeology is one of their products.

    • I can understand your argument is that since BeachBody has a product that contains soy, And they promote Shakeology, therefore Shakeology much contain soy. –

      LOL! That isn’t her argument at all. She NEVER stated that Shakeology contains soy… She simply states that BeachBody shakes contain soy and also that BeachBody promotes Shakeology. These are 2 separate statements… How hard is that to understand?

  6. I had my mom/doctor review Shakeology and she said it was awesome. Doesn’t use soy protein, sucralose, or any other harmful ingredients. She has a medical degree, and an additional master’s degree in nutrition. I trust her over this review, I feel like this review was stretching to make it seem bad when it’s not.

    • dani stout Reply

      Yeah – inorganic and denatured whey from GMO cows is AWESOME.

      Time to get a new doctor.

      • Where did you get your information on whey in Shakeology and how they are raised.
        Also the rest of your information how any ingredients are how processed

          • provide sources for your research on where they get the whey

          • dani stout

            I did. I got that information directly from the company.

      • Reading these comments would deter me from becoming a writer.
        Your patience is commendable. A friend wanted to start their shake so I googled reviews and found yours. Thank you for your diligent work.
        I will recommend doTERRA.

          • I agree with Vonda. I simply shared your blog and just about got bashed over the head. Seriously, you would have thought that I was posting about politics or something. I’m so grateful for people like you who put yourselves out there wi th, what I clearly see as solid, thoroughly done research. These people clearly get offended too easily. Thank you for sharing.

          • dani stout

            It’s insane. It’s almost as if it’s become a religion to some people. Thanks for sharing!

        • Wow, What a mess of a post, Dani has said it best, just go organic people, and stop buying product with tons of ingredients, especially ingredients that you may not know what it is.
          You know these “shake” people are only out there to make money on un-educated fitness/nutrition people?
          Workout, eat real food, period!
          This would be much more entertaining to read if every person who posted a comment included their height and weight and how long they have been at that weight, or of they just need to loose weight, and they need a short term “fix” plan.
          If you eat healthy and exercise, you will not be looking for a “shake” to replace a meal!

        • Well said Vonda, I’m truly amazed of how so many people have taken something so simplistic in it’s approach and have twisted it and wasted much time debating comments and statements that were made. These are opinions on their products utilizing her knowledge and industry experience, leveraging the information the company publicly provides. If you don’t like what she’s stating or don’t understand the comments previously listed then perhaps reading and responding to reviews isn’t the best past time for you, Full Stop!

          I thought what Dani Stout was providing was clear and concise, however I don’t agree whole heartedly on all aspects of her statements I think overall it’s a Good Review, keep up the good work!

          • dani stout

            Thank you! It’s awesome when people disagree with me, I just wish they did it in a manner that promotes intellectual discussion.

          • Actually, Mike, this is not a good review. The reason I say this is because it is suppose to be a review about Shakeology. But she goes off in another direction talking about all the bad things wrong with a “different” shake. Why??? This is a review about Shakeology…not another shake. And the way she does this is very misleading and when questioned she doesn’t try to explain it she just keeps repeating herself; while continuing to insult others. If she is there to inform people then that is what she should be doing and not assuming people know these are two different shakes. I believe this was never “unbiased”. How can you be unbiased when you are doing a review on a competitor. Her word would hold more truth if she wasn’t trying to push her own product during the review. Now her followers (mostly the ones who never understood she was talking about two different shakes) think Shakeology has soy, artificial sweeteners, synthetic vitamins, etc. This is just another example of someone putting down someone else’s product just to make their own look better and I have NEVER trusted any store, business or person that does that.

        • No kidding. It appears many of these people failed reading for comprehension. On top of that, they ask for sources, which are clearly given at the end of the article.
          I would not even dignify these people’s comments with an answer.

      • How can you claim unbiased review when your clearly against the use of gmo products? Apparently the billions of people who consume gmo products are not so healthy.

      • “Time to get a new doctor”? Dani, did you not just read that the doctor to whom Beth is referring is her mother? Are you suggesting she get a new mother? Nice work there Dani, spot on. As usual.

        • dani stout Reply

          Yes. Obviously that’s what I’m suggesting by saying she get a new doctor. She can’t possibly get a new doctor and have the same mother.

          • Ok Dani I have gotten down this far and your responses have me in stitches. I think I’m officially in love lol! Intelligent, caring and fantastic wit!! Keep up the great blog.

          • I pi can

            I can’t read any more.. The stupidly is hurting my brain. But Dani good luck. You have more patience then I trying to convince these idiots. This last comment was the icing on the cake and I can now go to sleep.

      • I really don’t understand why because someone else has a different opinion or different research or what have you that it gives you the right to be a complete bitch. I mean, REALLY DANI??

        • dani Reply

          I don’t think I’m a bitch, I just don’t pull any punches. Also it’s not a matter of opinion. I’m not stating my opinion. I’m stating facts.

          I also think it’s not very nice to call me a bitch.

          • Dear Dani,
            I am very glad I stumbled on this blog, I and a Healthcare Practitioner. I tried Shakeology, I just did not care for the taste. I think your research is valid, they may have changed a few items since you wrote this. To “Clean Up” their act. I simply do not think its necessary to consume this product for nutritional reasons if you follow a whole food and primal diet. I know of coaches that consume this, promote claim they are eating correctly to achieve very lean results, I know for a fact that one just simply does not eat. She does indulge in prepackaged “organic” foods claiming to eat healthy. My opinion is to just rely on this product without consuming real food, preparing your own food as fresh and simply as possible is waiting for a real health issue to crop up, they may get away with it while still young but the long term effects are calamitous. Most of the coaches are young, so I would like to see the long term effects from consuming this as a major portion of their diet, like say when they are 60 years old as I am. I am a avid Weston A. Price fan and believe dense nutrition is the way to go. bottom line, shakeology is still a prepackaged processed food simply for convince. Well I guess I had said enough, I think your article was great.

      • You’re really negative and mean to people. I understand you have beliefs of how to eat, as do I. But you are just rude to anyone who goes against what you believe to be true. Even if they just make an innocent comment about how they disagree with you, you attack them:(

  7. Susan Lucas Reply

    Okay, so first and foremost, Beachbody is the name of the company, NOT Shakeology. Shakeology is a product that Beachbody sells. Secondly, there are NO artificial flavors in Shakeology. Also, Shakeology has been clinically tested for numerous things such as weightloss, cholesterol levels, and blood sugars, based on using it as a meal replacement, and without a change in physical activity. You can look it up on YouTube or the website. Also, Shakeology is made with gluten free products. And those recipes that you used are not derived from Shakeology creators or Beachbody. They are created and posted by Shakeology customers, to give ideas of recipes to make. The recipe suggestions that Beachbody offers do not promote any name brand products. And for anyone ignorant enough to believe this “unbiased” article, did you read the disclaimer notice that he is paid to write certain things? Just saying! I am a Shakeology drinker. I love it. My kids drink it, my grandma drinks it…. it IS safe. And if you need further advice, message Sagi Kalev, trainer of the Body Beast program, who also happens to be a Clinical Nutritionist, with a Ph. D. and a professional Body Builder. For anyone on the fence about trying Shakeology, you should message me! This article is bogus. [email protected]

    • dani stout Reply

      I would never, ever feed this to my children. Shakeology uses commercial whey, aka whey from animals that are fed GMOs. So you realize your pumping your kids full of this junk, right?

      Also, no one pays me to write anything. Who would even pay me to write this? That doesn’t make any sense.

      I mean – you don’t even know what you’re eating. The whey ISN’T organic. They whey IS denatured. I’m not the only who needs to email anyone at Shakeology – you are. You don’t even know what the garbage is in the product you’re pushing.

      Also – the recipes are DIRECTLY form the Shakeology website, not Shakeology customers. I provided a direct link to this.

      Are you in completely denial about the facts I’ve provided or just blatantly ignoring them so you can continue to make money off of a garbage product? It’s completely unacceptable (and incredibly lame) to try to promote on MY website. I’m only approving this article to demonstrate to others that it will not be tolerated (and to refute your completely uninformed points).

      • everyone needs to go do their research. Even if you are an active shakeology drinker you need to be aware of the facts, and that even if someone has a Ph.D. doesn’t mean they are not willing to PROMOTE certain brands and products. Beachbody is amazing! But it is also true that Beachbody is not Shakeology. Beachbody sells Shakeology! I have been drinking shakeology for almost two years, but now in studying to be a dietitian (which is not the same as a nutritionist (look up difference)) I am not fond of taking it anymore. P.S! everyone who keeps saying that Shakeology doesn’t promote unhealthy products like jello or fiber one…IT DOES! I just check a couple seconds ago because I could not believe what this posting was saying…sadly it is on the Shakeology website :(…..once again I said shakeology promotes this…I did not say Beachbody does…ONLY Shakeology

        • Agreed that everyone needs to do their own research from a multitude of sources and not simply picking and choosing the ones that are favorable.

      • I would TRULY be surprised if DANI never ate a burger or anything GMO in her entire life. She’s perfect

        • dani Reply

          I’m totally down with burgers. I’m makin’ some grass-fed burgers tonight actually.

          • I hope those were “grass finished” burgers. 🙂

            Love your blog and the researched info you have provided. Wish people would go back to the point of the article where you are clearly stating that the whey that is used is unhealthy.

        • There is a huge difference between eating what we have been fed as youngsters and in later years, and eating what we now know (with proof) can lead to cancer and other sickness. I now rarely eat foods that are not GMO-project verified and organic, and I choose to feed my children the same. There are the odd times that this isn’t possible, but I think that a person should try as often as possible to search out the healthiest food available. I don’t think that Dani thinks she is perfect at all, but I truly cannot believe how threatened you must feel to make such pissy statements. You’re being totally immature and ridiculous.

      • Shakeology DOES NOT use denatured whey protein. It uses a state of the art cold-filtered process to specifically prevent denaturing. If you want the source for this, i will provide it. Please double check your info and update this review.

  8. What are your thoughts regarding Warrior Force / Warrior Food Extreme protein shakes, website is https://healthforce.com/warrior-force.

    I purchased the Vanilla Plus flavor and I mix it with coconut or almond milk and also add a little bit of stevia in it to give it some sweetness. It’s very grainy and hard to drink a lot of it. I mix it in a shaker cup, but perhaps if I used a mixer and added some banana or something, then it would be easier to drink.

    I also ordered a trial size of the Chocolate Plus, but when I added it with coconut milk, the color turned to green which I thought was odd for a chocolate flavor and it also was not very tasty.

    I also ordered a trial size of their “Warrior Greens” product but haven’t tried it yet.

      • Hi Dani,

        Why don’t you recommend plant based proteins? Just curious.

        • dani stout Reply

          Difficult to digest, lectins, phytic acid, not as nutrient dense as grass-fed whey protein.

      • I drink Shakeology. I have for about 2 years now. I also have started getting hives….about 2 years ago. I lost 30 pounds from it though so I kept it up. I still get hives though…..your article got me thinking. I’ve tried to give it up for 3 weeks buts the hives didn’t go away. I’ve ruined myself lol!

        Why don’t you recommend a plant based protein?

        • dani stout Reply

          The body can always heal!

          Because they’re very hard on the digestive tract, loaded with phytic acid and lectins. Not as nutrient dense as grass-fed whey protein.

  9. dani stout Reply

    All of doTERRA’s product are third party tested and verified. They also test each batch of oil seven different ways.

    I’ve never seen any actual, verified third party lab reports that indicate doTERRA uses synthetic materials but feel free to provide a link if you have one.

  10. You should likely get your facts straight. There is NO soy in Shakeology and NO GMOs AND nothing artificial. If you are looking at the recipes on the website, the ingredients that SOME people use to make their shakes may have those ingredients but SHAKEOLOGY itself does not. Further, you are very misleading with the word “unbiased” really?? You’re selling another shake so of course you’d support who you sell for, but with that said, know your facts because as a “blogger” you still have to present factual information before you’re reported for libel.

    • dani stout Reply

      Hi Ann. Glad to hear from you again. Not glad to see that you are unable to understand basic concepts.

      I never said there is soy in Shakeology. I said they promote soy. Which they do.
      They use GMO dairy. This is a fact. The cows are fed GMOs. Maybe you should take that up with the company, like I did.
      The recipes are directly from Isagenix, not from people submitting recipes.

      Clearly, I’m not the one here who doesn’t know my facts. And we’re going to have an issue if you keep accusing me of libel.

      • dani stout Reply

        Let me break this down again. I thought basic literacy would prevail here but apparently not.

        One again, I said:
        “Beachbody promotes Shakeology” -this is true

        and

        “Beachbody shakes contain soy” -this is true

        So where exactly in that sentence did I say that Shakeology contains soy?

        I don’t disable comment on this particular discussion, although I should because I’m tired of breaking down a very simple sentence. Also, how does doTERRA make me biased? Essential oils have nothing to do with subpar meal replacement shakes.

        • I just want to commend you for remaining steadfast in your comments. I was looking for reviews to different meal replacement shakes and ran across yours. After reading all of the comments, I couldn’t imagine being as patient as you. I am literally laughing out loud at the misunderstandings people continue to repeat and you continue to answer as if it was the first time responding. Kudos to you.

  11. Very deceitful. Took down the truth. Too bad you’re going to be reported for libel anyway.

    • dani stout Reply

      Yeah…it’s only libel if I’m lying. Were you unable to understand I got this information directly from the company?

      If you have an issue with the ingredients they use, common sense would dictate taking it up with them. Not accusing me of libel.

      • Dani, you rock! I’ve been reading these comments … really people?! There is a huge lack of comprehension and education on why we shouldn’t be putting harmful junk into our bodies. Keep it up, you’ve got more patience than I do!!!

  12. Hi Dani..I am SO glad I came across your website. I am a 35 year old mom of 3 and was seriously considering starting either isagenix or shakeology to lose weight and get healthy. After researching extensively both of those products (online reviews and ingredient lists) and what goes into the products – I am confident that I can make my OWN smoothies and meals using the non GMO and organic recipes you have provided (for free i might add!)..Thanks so much for the free recipes and all the amazon links..even for a water purifier! I feel like I can actually take small steps to change my life, and in turn my family’s health and what we put in our bodies! After using your recipes and links for a week or so I will consider investing in your book – I have a feeling it will be a wealth of information (on top of all the free info you have all ready provided!) that can help me on this journey. I applaud you for not being a “sell out” and stating the simple facts. Keep up your good works. Nicole

    • dani stout Reply

      Thank you!! And let me know if you ever have any questions!

  13. On Dr. Oz they had an independent lab test some protein powders including the green Shakeology. They tested with a huge amounts of LEAD!! Basically you are poisoning yourself! I have tried to find it, but I can’t! But I was shocked! Maybe you can find it?

      • I have a lot of friends who sell this and say it’s so awesome. For one it’s expensive and two this girls comment about the lead. I did hear about this from a personal friend that her (chicago) company was hired to keep this study out of the press. From what she told me, of all the supplemental shakes on the market she said shakeology was the worst. Now what does this mean and how bad is it, that I don’t know? The thing that kills me is, if you are trying to sell your shakeology to a consumer, don’t you think you should be educated on this product other than saying it so great. My friends and I love them, but WTF how can you sell something you nothing about? They make a ton of money on these shakes. Also Dani i was not aware based on all the comments back n forth about beachbody and shakeology was two different things. Someone I know posted your article on facebook, so to get a little education I had to check ot out. thxs

    • Yeah. Let’s trust Dr Oz’s judgement and “third party lab testing” considering he himself was exposed for being biased for the products he recommended and admitted to LYING to millions of viewers who were DESPERATE to lose weight and tried EVERYTHING he recommend with NO results all while being compensated by the companies he recommended.

      But by all means lets listen to “Dr. Oz”.

      That is all. I just needed to clear the air.

  14. Victoria Weslek Reply

    Dear Dani,

    I really appreciate your review. I align myself with a lot of the principles and philosophies you believe in. That is why I am a little embarrassed to say that I have been drinking regular Shakeology for the past 4 months. I also have been telling everyone I know about the product and the fitness program I am doing because I have seen amazing results. But now, of course, I am very wary of continuing to promote the regular Shakeology.

    I wanted to share something with you, though. The program I am following is the 21 Day Fix. It is daily exercise and a meal plan based on clean eating. The meal plan in the fix would NEVER promote eating the kinds of recipes you posted in the above post. So while it is unfortunate that Beachbody (the parent company for both Shakeology, The Fix, and various other programs) would post such garbage, please know that they do have a program that encourages eating whole, nutritious, and clean food.

    I have a question: your biggest problem with the vegan Shakeology is the overload of phytic acid, right? I found an article that talks about the potential health benefits of phytic acid and that plant-based protein powders often use a process that will remove the phytic acid. here is a link to the article: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-phytates-phytic-acid.

    Like I said, I really appreciate your review and I will be considering this further. I also emailed the company to see if they would consider replacing the whey they are currently using with a grass-fed whey. In the meantime, I am going to start drinking the vegan variety. I would love to know your take on the phytic acid issue, Do you think it is possible that the mineral absorption factor is minimal and that even if there is enough to inhibit said absorption, that one can replace those minerals by eating a whole diet otherwise?

    Thanks for taking the time to read this.

    Sincerely,
    Vicki Weslek

    • dani stout Reply

      Hi Vicki,

      The phytic acid can be minimized but not removed. I also doubt that Shakeology is going through the traditional steps of fermenting/soaking to remove some of the phytic acid. Not to mention that the grains can still be extremely difficult on the digestive tract.

  15. I have been drinking Shakeology off and on for about a year. So disgusted in myself for falling for their trap. I cancelled my monthly order, and was looking at starting it up again. I was researching all protein powders and came across this review. Thank GOD!!! I was just about to start ordering again.

    I watched your video on making your homemade protein shake, but really would like to find a organic brand to purchase. What do you recommend???

    Thanks so much,
    JB

    • dani stout Reply

      I recommend Reserveage Whey or doTERRA’s protein shake, which is grass-fed.

      • Although, it actually equals out to what I was paying for Shakeology LOL, sooooo maybe I will give that a shot down the road 🙂

      • dani stout Reply

        I actually contacted doTERRA directly about the source of whey and how it’s processed and that’s what they told me.

        • Thanks. I guess I will do the same. I would love to believe it since I love their other products. But I wouldn’t believe that as a source from any other company…it seems it should be in writing somewhere. Any company can tell you anything. If we are going to hold all of these other shakes to these standards and pull things off the internet and in writing, I would want the same from them. And so far I have not found it.

      • So I’m guessing 6 star is really quite a joke to even ask about…? I’ve had it a couple times- mixed in with (all natural) fruit smoothy, more like a ‘treat’ if you will. So 6 star…yeah…

  16. Would the protein shake, or something similar, to the one outlined in your video be suitable for a 3.5 year old, or is there something else that you would recommend for that age?

    • Which is again another reason why Shakeology IS a great product. There is nothing harmful in this product and it is suitable for children. 🙂

      • dani stout Reply

        Genetically modified and denatured dairy is great and is suitable for kids? Who knew.

        • Wow….amazing simple points don’t resonate with people who like to consider themselves intelligent. You have the patience of a saintess.

          • Why she entertains these shenanigans is beyond me. The question has been asked and answered several times in plain second grade english. Geez.

  17. Hello,
    Thank you for your review. Your logic makes perfect sense. My question is regarding another meal replacement shake option. I tried the Reserveage Organics – Whey Protein Grass-Fed Vanilla & Chocolate and was not a fan of the taste. I stumbled upon Amazing Grass Amazing Meal. What are your thoughts on this product? http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_16?url=search-alias%3Dhpc&field-keywords=amazing+grass+amazing+meal&sprefix=amazing+grass+am%2Chpc%2C207

    Thank you!

    • dani stout Reply

      Good for supplementing diet, not for protein though.

  18. Ck out the Organifi Green Juice for me. It looks straight forward and is the better option to Shakeology for those in a hurr like my self. I use it in the morning since I dont have time for breakfast.
    Thank you

    • dani stout Reply

      I’m happy to check ingredients for you, but please do not demand it of me. And please provide a link.

  19. What do you think about vega protein smoothie. I have a very sensitive stomach and I’m lactose Intolerant. I’m looking for something safe to replace a meal with

      • I know I’m a little late to the party, but was interested in this as well. The product I believe they are referring to is Vega One and is plant-based protein. I know I read above that you don’t really care for the plant-based proteins, but like the person who posted above I don’t handle dairy very well. They have the ready made shakes, but all I have tried is the powdered mix. Here is a link to the product:

        http://www.gnc.com/Vega-One-All-In-One-Nutritional-Shake-Chocolate/product.jsp?productId=12895335

        I also wanted to take a quick moment to say that I appreciate your opinion. I was recently almost roped in by someone who is an “Isagenix Associate”, until I saw the cost for my first shipment would be over $400.. and you have to sign up for automatic deliveries. Whether or not the product is good (I’m not sure because I have not done any of the research), something doesn’t sit well with me when you are required to get automatic shipments. If you trust in your product, you shouldn’t require people to get it delivered automatic (unless they like it and choose to). Thank you!

  20. Shimon McLean Reply

    THANK YOU so much for your informative review! You have done your research for sure! I wasn’t going to actually buy shakeology for the price alone($120 for a 30 supply) but was very curious as to why it was so expensive. And as I suspected it’s just a bunch of hype! What I’m surprised at (but not really) is how many people refuse to look at facts. But I guess that means that the advertisers at Beech Body have done their jobs. I’m not saying it’s a terrible product but it’s certainly not worth the sticker price. Anyway! Thanks again! I will be keeping up with your website!

    • dani stout Reply

      Awesome! And wow, I had no idea it was that much.

  21. I’m 57 and sadly, as you age, the weight is harder to come off. I lost 30 pounds a couple years ago but during Jan/Fed, seems I gain 10 and then have to fight to get that off as well last the additional weight I want off. Is there a protein drink you can recommend for people like me? I am active, I run, and do work out programs, but what worked for me 2 years ago is failing miserably now. 🙁

    • dani stout Reply

      The only thing I recommend to effective lose weight and keep it off is diet. Many women in the 40s, 50s and 60s have trouble losing weight due to imbalanced hormones, so that’s something you may need to address as well. But a protein shake won’t do the trick.

  22. dani stout Reply

    I personally use TerraGreens. What do you feel they fall short in?

    • Heidi Jones Reply

      I mean they don’t have some of the ingredients I listed above. I realize that some of them are “trendy,” but it’s also the most recent research that makes them trendy. I just want get as many “super foods” from my shake, as I am an adventurous eater, but not THAT adventurous (if that makes any sense).

      Also, how do you feel about how TerraGreens are processed? I haven’t looked much into this with regard to any powder supplement, but is there research to suggest that the powdered form still imparts most (or all) of the benefit?

      • dani stout Reply

        TerraGreens are just dried so I’m okay with that level of processing.

  23. Tammy Wells Reply

    I have 6 tubs of trim shake. I hate it. If a company needs to ADD fillers to make it taste good, I don’t need it. I think it tastes nasty. Like sulphur and sugar.

  24. Dani, I stumbled on this page while looking for nutrient / Health information about shakeology. Thanks for the info. Also, just my opinion, but man… you are quite argumentative! Blogs generate opinions and feedback from people… you don’t handle that well! Best of luck.

    • dani stout Reply

      I don’t think there is anything wrong with taking part in a spirited debate. I think I handle it incredibly well considering I’ve moderated over 2,000 comments specifically about meal replacement shakes. Thanks for that backhanded compliment though.

      • I love your website, and I hear passion in your response not biased….however, I would love to see a review on It Works-ProFit shake. Like you I truly believe in Whole Foods, and am not a fan of meal replacements nor protein powders as a way of life! However, to help loose weight or to get your going on a lifestyle change, or as a quick meal once in a while I am all for it. So with that being said, no its not perfect, nothing in a package can be, but in my humble opinion I feel ProFit by It Works is awesome and would love to see your opinion as well!

    • I think she handles it INCREDIBLY well. When people presented incorrect facts, misinterpreted what she said, and argued with her factual information she simply calmy and straight-forward stated the facts in response. How is she being argumentative by simply clarifying?

      I’ve always found it interesting in life, when someone simply responds with the correct information and/or clarifies what they said/mean, that this is even considered being argumentative. It seems like people just don’t like to receive the truth if it differs from their opinion. And I think it’s important for her to follow up with those people. Did you notice how most of the people she responded to, failed to even respond back?

      If she were to write this blog and not respond to the massive amounts of misinformed and confused people, those very people who she is trying to inform by writing this article, would remain misinformed. How would that help anyone? Way to go Dani! I am actually a BB coach and I really appreciated what you wrote, and am really going to take it seriously and figure out how I’m going to proceed from here with this knowledge. Thank you for sharing.

  25. I have taken both “organic” and non-organic whey and I have never seen a difference. Come on, we will die from something… I’d rather know what is killing me. And you are biased, biased against capitalism and pushing “organic” down our throats like every other Communist hipster out there. And is this never makes it to the comment page then I will really know that this is all true. Have fun saving a world that one, is going to destroy it’s self and two, doesn’t want to be saved.

    (Mic Drop!)

    • dani stout Reply

      You likely won’t notice a difference, that doesn’t mean that a difference isn’t taking place on a cellular level.

      Also, how do you know I’m biased against capitalism? I’m not actually. I plan on being a millionaire.

      I think it’s hilarious you called me a communist hipster.

      Go Michigan!

    • The benefit of organic food is that is does not contain glyphosate (round up) that is a broad spectrum antibiotic. When you consume non-organic corn, soy, wheat, papaya etc. that have been GMO modified (insecticide is in the seed) you are consuming round-up.. And as a broad spectrum antibiotic, it will remove the ability for any other antibiotic to be of any benefit to you over time, it will destroy your gut flora and leave you win an increased risk of Alzheimer’s, celiac and autism in your children.

  26. dani stout Reply

    Because I’m not selling or promoting meal replacement shakes.

  27. Hi! I came across this site when I was looking for reviews on Shakeology (aside from ones that were promoting it). I agree- it’s all hype; plain and simple!!! My brother-in-law gave me half of a bag and I actually thought it tasted disgusting. I recently tried Herbalife, which was delicious. Although, after reading more about it, it is not nearly as healthy as it claims. There is no easy way out. Just eat real food. Thanks for the information you have provided 🙂

  28. Tiffany Laguna Reply

    I’m really glad I found this article. I was about to buy Shakeology but I first wanted to see more information on it. I had no idea it had GMO and Aspartame! Yuck! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Tiffany, Shakeology does not have any GMOs or aspartame. It is sweetened with Stevia. The only possible source of GMO is if the cows from which the whey was derived were fed GMO products. There is no specific reference to whether the cows are grass fed or GMO free, hence the assumption that the protein source is from conventionally raised cows who are typically fed corn and or soy, most of which is GMO in today’s market.

  29. It may be to late to comment on this, as it’s a bit older, but in regards to your comment:

    “I find that in lieu of actually putting time and energy into one’s own health, some people would rather drink a protein shake they have convinced themselves is the end-all-be-all to nutrition and call it a day. Except it doesn’t work like that.”

    I think I completely see where you are coming from, however, as a mom of not one but two children with sensory processing disorder it seems often my options are not breakfast or a quick shake breakfast.

    My body actually reacts pretty significantly with both dairy and gluten, so I’ve been using a plant based product called Nutra Fusion (link below). After reading your article I’m rethinking this choice.

    I sometimes share my shake with the boys too, which frightens me now as a lot of their issues are aggravated when the gut is disturbed. They are actually gluten/dairy/soy free primarily for their gut issues…

    If you have a moment, would you mind sharing any advice… THANKS!

    http://www.allstarhealth.com/de_p_ref/30845/pla30845/NUTRA_FUSION_Plant_Fusion_Chocolate_Raspberry.htm?utm_source=google&utm_medium=GPS&utm_campaign=30845&gclid=CjwKEAiAi52mBRDkq5bX0vq1-RQSJAAq_7IGj8UasQW5CqN9efJRIxqsujxFcsLFMjEUqZDzyybtzhoCVpLw_wcB

    • dani stout Reply

      I don’t see an ingredient list, just and other ingredient list which is a partial list of what they use.

  30. Jeannie Gross Reply

    Hey Dani,
    This was a great and super helpful article!

    I have a question that is somewhat releated:
    do you know of any protein meal replacement bars that you could reccommend?

    For breakfast on days that I have work (4 days a week) I like to have a Luna protein bar. I enjoy them (esp the chocolate peanut butter ones) because they’re tasty, quick, and I feel fed till 12-12:30 and yet they’re only about 190 calories. I am a long distance marathon runner and at a healthy weight for my height and frame so I’m not trying to lose or gain weight.

    However, I know it’s probably not an ideal healthy breakfast because of the sugar content and the first ingredient is soy protein isolate.

    So, just wondering if you could suggest any other bar out there that would be better? Thanks so much for your help!

    Jeannie

      • Jeannie Gross Reply

        Anything a little less meaty and gamey and slightly more on the sweet side that would go nicely with a cup of coffee? 🙂

  31. Sorry one more question, 🙂 Could you possibly offer a hypothesis as to why people are loosing weight on Shakeology?

    • dani stout Reply

      Switching from a highly processed diet and eliminating one-two meals a day will cause anyone to lose weight.

  32. Couple of things. I want to commend you on your extreme patience and how impressive it is to see someone keep composure in this kind of situation. So many times when people are sending comments as above it is cowardly due to the fact they would never have to guts to speak face to face to someone so rudely. For you to keep your cool and just stay methodical about your answers is applaud worthy!
    Okay, I only found your blog because literally at the moment I had gotten in the mail two samples of the shake from a friend who lives in Dallas. She had wanted me to try them. I have such a sensitive stomach to over processed foods and to artificial sweetners I was very skeptical but thought I would try a few sips and see if my gut reacted. To my surprise it didn’t at first so I maybe drank 1/2 cup of the mixture. I had to then throw it out, the flavor is fine but the overbearing sweetness is just too much for me. Too much Stevia used. Anyhow, I grabbed an apple and headed out the door to take my daughter to her training. After I dropped her off, mind you this was about 20 minutes after consumption, I burped and regurgitated something unusual, our bodies normal response is to push it down our throats but this felt strange so I spit it out into a napkin at the stop light. It was as if the fiber, ground quinoa, flax and whatever they put in this shake had reconstituted in my stomach and formed a log of about 2 inches. Disgusting I know but I thought I’d share to see if this has happened to anyone else. My husband is always picking on me on how sensitive my body is but honestly what happens is it rejects anything bad. I have always made people shocked by expressing my thoughts on foods, I am a proponent of fat, real sugar if you are gonna eat sugar, and whole wheat/organic whole grain bread if you are gonna do breads. In turn I am 39, have always weighed my high school weight and feel great. Soooooo I support your whole food style of living as it has served me well. If you are gonna make a shake, don’t ingest something you would never ingest in the first place……

    • dani stout Reply

      Yuck! Thanks for sharing your experience, if other people had that happen to them I’m not sure they would’ve shared without someone else bringing it up first!

  33. I used Shakeology for two years. The product is excellent. In fact, aid in weight loss, provides energy and its ingredients are healthy. Your description of the product seems to me that is unfounded. We suggest you write your personal opinion, but it is not based on exhaustive research. You get to concluciones based on the description given by the company of the procedures they perform. That is not research, and whether it can be considered defamation. If we consider all the people who have commented on your post defending Shakecology certainly the product is good.

    I do not know if you’ve used Shakecology, but from experience I can say that the product works and is healthy.

    I think you’re not objective when making your review, and obviously you promote the product V-Shake. Incidentally, the V-Shake is not organic, contains more monounsaturated fat that Shakecology. In addition, the V-Shake contains: soluble corn fiber and tara gum, which is found to be harmful ingredients to mention other product salud.Si: Trimshake also have harmful ingredients.

    I would trust more in a product that says on the label: Non-GMO fructose (which could be claimed if what he says is misleading), a product as V-Shake, which does not say.

    So you’re defending the indefensible.

    • dani stout Reply

      I’ve literally never recommended or promoted V-Shake so…

      You’re still consuming denatured whey from GMO dairy. Care to comment on that?

  34. Hi, Dani! It seems as though your only REAL valid point about Shakeology is the fact that the whey is derived from nonspecific sources (probably conventionally raised cattle).

    Most people already eat conventionally raise cattle anyways. I’m not trying to downplay the fact that organic, grass fed and finished beef and dairy are much healthier for consumption.

    I am only saying that compared to pretty much every other commercially produced shake, Shakeology is about as good as it gets.

    I personally am a HUGE ingredient nerd and have compared this with just about every other shake it have ever seen, and the ingredients are impeccably clean.

    This does not mean that I think BeachBody has all their stuff together. There are definitely other products they sell that should not be promoted as healthy, but that is a different case.

    I get the impression from this article that you are not truly unbiased. You seem to be extremely opinionated (which is not bad), and feel the need to disparage anything that may be compile tuition for the products you yourself promote.

    There is nothing wrong with expressing your opinion, but please do not call it unbiased when it in fact is very clearly NOT.

    • dani stout Reply

      I disagree, Shakeology compared to Reserveage or SFH, both of which I recommend, is junk. That may be my main argument, but it’s also the main ingredient. Using denatured, GMO dairy is the basis of their shake (I’ve confirmed it’s GMO dairy with the company).

      You’re right, I am very opinionated.

  35. By the way, I do want to let you know that I agree with your overall message completely. Whole unprocessed foods are the BEST source of nutrition ALWAYS!

  36. I really appreciate your comments and for getting down to the nitty, gritty in the ingredients. I am studying to be a holistic nutrition coach and reach labels like crazy and the first thing that jumped out at me was the sugar and the fact the Whey is not organic. I would like to keep my diet GMO free since I know how harmful ingesting “frankenfood” as my fellow students like to call. Everything that you consume, you really need to read the labels and know what to avoid. When in doubt, I use Dr. Mercola’s website and look through and read his articles as I pick apart each individual ingredient when researching a product. Well, you saved me the time. I appreciate the information you shared and I concur 100%.

    • dani stout Reply

      Wonderful! The world needs more holistic nutrition coaches!!

      Also if this sounds sarcastic it’s not, I’m completely serious.

  37. Dani,
    I would like to say good job, keep up the good work.
    I was looking for a loophole with this fad shake stuff and you helped close it. All these prepacked meals are packed with over processed stuff, hey they may be made with something that used to be a nutritious ingredient, like maybe before it was dried up, ground up and then irradiated (if brought in from another country). Which is why I only buy spices and vitamins from USA manufacturers, I don’t need my supplements to be irradiated, thank you.
    Supplements are just that, and nutritious food is just that, if you eat fresh food and supplements, not from a BPA lined shiny package, you will succeed in creating a healthy environment for your body and you will thrive on eating smaller more nutritious meals..not by skipping them and replacing them with over processed dried up powder and some water. It is not rocket science and there is no need to over-analyze it.

  38. I don’t make an effort to purchase organic foods and given the news regarding the unreliability of organic labeling, it doesn’t seem like it’s worth the effort. I also drink skim milk and consume the occasional processed whey product. 🙂

    My understanding from your review is that unless I’m going to start sourcing everything I eat from local farms for which I’ve verified their organic GMO-free feed, I’m only going to benefit from the other excellent ingredients in this nutrient-dense product.

    Tony Horton really promotes Shakeology a lot in his P90X3 workout videos, so I thought I’d do a little check on reviews. If processed whey is the only negative, then thanks, it sounds perfect for me!

    • dani stout Reply

      Well if you already acknowledge that you have a bad diet, and you don’t mind spending money on a subpar product that isn’t going to improve your health, performance or musculature – then yes, seems like the perfect product for you.

      • Your condescending tone is enough to make me never buy any of the crap you are paid to push. I actually enjoyed your article and found it informative, but reading your nasty, sarcastic remarks proves you are desperately trying to push products you get paid to sell, even if it means bullying people who disagree with you. Good luck with that, sweetie. Let me know how it works out for you. 😉

        • LnowledgeIsPower Reply

          I agree with you…. I don’t know anything about her other than she “blogs” so I do not know what credentials she has to even be reviewing products for their national standards but it is VERY clear that she is biased and gets indignant and condescending when challenged. She is also a representative for a competing company with every other product she claims to “Unbiased” review. Shakeology is not a promoted as a protein shake but rather a meal replacement. She also references her own blog posts as a place to confirm information a factual. That is not appropriate or a valid source. She is just another “pushy sales person for another health care product”. I am a scholar on my way to the bar exam, I do not simply believe something because a blogger posts it and neither should you. If she claims to have links to support her negatives and then uses the I called the company and they told me to support her positives… She is clearly NOT a valid source. Now be careful in your tart reaponses, especially to anyone clearly more educated than you. Yes words can be effective but just because you can be sarcastic to deflect responsibility for what you write in previous posts when proven to be incorrect does not mean you are correct. Many people can bring ou their ugly if they choose so your ignorance is not a showcase of intelligence… Just a show case of your ability to use words to try to belittle others and that my dear makes you look like an “Ugly, biased, insecure little girl”. Be more responsible and stop claiming to be an “Umbiased Reviewer” when you absolutely are NOT and placing a disclaimer does not take away your liability for your claim in your post. If you can’t promote your product without bashing others products then perhaps your product is the problem. Just because you post on the Internet does not make what you say true or based on recent scientific evidence. Anyone can find something to reference to support any point of view on the Internet. People… Please do your own research from valid references not BLOGGERS…

          • dani stout

            Well, common sense would dictate clicking my “About” page to look at my credentials. They’re right there. If you pass the Bar, you may want to brush up on your basic examination skills.

            I referenced a myriad of scientific and medical sources, I literally never reference myself as a source unless I’m linking to an expanded article on a particular ingredient, which contains even more scientific and medical sources.

            You say I look like an “ugly biased, insecure little girl” for trying to belittle others – when you literally said you’re more educated than me (yet – only one of us can use proper grammar) and called me a “blogger.” I’m a Certified Nutrition Consultant with years of experience and hundreds of clients. Hypocritical much? Not to mention that you’ve made your entire argument invalid. Best of luck becoming an attorney.

      • Pretty bold statement to suggest that everyone that hasn’t gone organic has a bad diet, or was it that I drink skim milk?

        I understand that you believe there is a better product option that will deliver better results. However, you noted that Shakeology has whey protein and absolutely has other good ingredients. You didn’t provide any information that suggested that this wouldn’t improve your performance and musculature. What study/evidence are you basing that claim on? This would be excellent information.

        Thanks!

        • dani stout Reply

          I literally provided that information in the article.

          • Sorry, read the article again and I don’t see any support for your claim that it “isn’t going to improve your health, performance or musculature”.

            For the vanilla shakes, the entire article only mentions one ingredient, the whey protein, and it only suggests that there are reduced benefits due to the process when compared to organic whey. It seems like a major leap to now claim that there will be no performance or musculature improvements from the consumption of this protein.

            While you’ve noted issue with the whey protein, you admitted that there were other good ingredients and while I surely don’t know as much as you about healthy eating, they certainly appear to me to be the “who’s who” of superfoods. How is it possible that none of these can lead to health improvements?

            As this is marketed as a meal replacement, wouldn’t the amount of improvement depend on what you were replacing? Perhaps it can’t improve much on your excellent diet, but remember I have that bad diet with skim milk, so wouldn’t it have to be an improvement? 😉

            Thanks Dani!
            BTW, the Vanilla shake supplement facts that you link to no longer match the screenshot in your article. They’ve made some slight changes.

      • Cheryl Stuart-Vail Reply

        What kind of ridiculous remark is that from “unbiased” reviewer such as yourself?

  39. Your review degrades the product because of GMO use (among other things), what research are you using to suggest that GMO’s are harmful? I am in no way attacking or judging, just curious.

    The research on organic labeling and products is much to suspect to trust. Protein powders in general make wild claims that have little science or evidence based evidence. I struggle with many of the responses to the initial blog post as they seem elitist or condescending to anyone that does not think or act like them.

    As far as the blog poster being unbiased…I think not. Of course you are biased. You believe in a holistic diet, that itself is an obvious bias. Don’t run from it, own it.

  40. I just wanted to let you know that the “new and improved” recipes for Shakeology don’t contain any soy. Not even the vanilla 😉 (I see that’s a huge argument on your comment thread.)

    Check out Shakeology.com http://images.beachbody.com/tbb/store/shakeology/pdf/shakeology_vanilla_supp_facts.pdf for the updated nutrition facts.

    I’m not a fan of whey regardless but definitely agree gmo isn’t the way to go.

    Also, my digestion (among so much) has improved immensely in the past 5 months of drinking vegan Shakeology. I used to suffer from IBS, Diverticulitis, and hemorrhoids. (I was a mess.) But no more pain or bleeding since drinking Shakeology! Not sure if it’s the way the grains are processed (doesn’t seem like that should have anything to do with it) or other ingredients interacting with it or what.

    I agree that organic is the way to go, but this is truly a life changing product. Hopefully they’ll have an organic option soon. But this is definitely a biased opinion based on the results I’ve (and a few people I know) seen.

    Thanks so much for the article. I love reading info that makes me think, question, learn, and ultimately solidify my life’s choices.

    Have a wonderful day!

  41. Melissa Stanley Reply

    It’s very difficult to give an unbiased review of the program because so many people make so much money on this stuff. I enjoyed your article and appreciate you writing it. I’m not surprised it was attacked by their “coaches.”

    As an LDN with a PhD, I would never recommend something with all these calories and I certainly would never ask my clients to spend over $100 for a monthly supply of powder.

    I’m sure a lot of very smart people put this program together, but drinking fake food will not help you keep weight off long term. However, if you learn to make a smoothie with real food it’ll cost a fraction of the cost and you could apply the extra $80 per month towards a personal trainer or buying better foods.

    As long as people are making money they will do everything they can to convince you it’s healthy. In the 1920s doctors said cigarettes were healthy too.

    • Melissa Stanley Reply

      Before I get attacked for this, I meant with all these ingredients, not calories. I know it’s only 160 calories – and that certainly is the only reason it helps customers lose weight.

  42. Tamara Hernandez Reply

    Thank you for this in-depth research and truth about these products!

  43. Excellent conversation from all whom have taken the time to contribute. Unfortunately in our society we believe that we require more protein than we intake. Powders and products are simply are an expensive attempt to fill our bellies with processed non-foods. Back to basics folks…We need more vegetables, fruits,nuts and seeds which can be complimented by the occasional small portion of grass fed meat and/or non-farmed fish. If your pantry contains bags of product ( I won’t deem it food) than you have really missed the point. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and are necessary for brain development and muscle growth. We are able to get all that we need from simple organic foods. Exercise and healthy eating habits always prevail.

  44. I love this post! Thank you for explaining this product.. The comments were very entertaining! (Clearly most of the negative comments are from shakeology users) it must be healthy if a MD says so!

    Keep up the great work!!

  45. Although I just received my Shakeology order TODAY, and I still plan on using it to replace one meal per day, I do appreciate your research. I might end up loving the product, because it is most likely healthier than what I have been consuming. However, I do not understand how people are still trying to argue with you about facts of the product in regards to the ingredients, whether they have had success with the product or not. Facts are facts. It is very clear that you are correct in your findings.

    So, get over it people.

  46. Hi, just to give you a change of pace I’m not here to rail against your bias (what is the big deal, everyone is biased…) or to proclaim the wonders of shakeology. I came across your article because I wanted to find one page that wasn’t a BB coach on a mission with little to no attempt to conceal it. I admit that for now I cannot afford to eat organic, grass fed ect. My main concern right now is cutting out as much processed foods as possible. But my question is, do you think it is necessary to add protein shakes to the menu or was your recipe provided for those who need a quick meal? Instead of replacing shakeology with other expensive powders I’d rather just eat whole food. But I want to be sure I’m getting enough vitamins and protein.

    • dani stout Reply

      I actually recommend food post workout, my shake is for people who like my husband who literally cannot make himself eat post-workout so we do a protein shake because it’s better than nothing. But I love eggs, potatoes, chicken, etc. after a workout and I recommend that over a shake.

      • Alright, thank you very much! I just started working out yesterday, trying to make some major life changes. I want to eat as whole food as possible while working with the budget we have. Luckily we just got an Aldi in our area making it easier to get produce very inexpensively.

  47. Any suggestions on a vegan non-gmo shake for meal replacement?

    • dani stout Reply

      I actually don’t recommend meal replacements or plant based proteins.

    • dani stout Reply

      Do you have a link to the ingredient list you’d like reviewed?

  48. Shakeology does contain lead. They even include a disclaimer, all by itself, apart from all other papers they send included in the shipment, stating that there is lead in Shakeology.

  49. Dani what you are saying makes sense to me. Not sure what is so confusing. Very entertaining read though!

  50. People get reaaaaally defensive and worked up about their Shakeology, don’t they? Unfortunately most of these people clearly haven’t done their research. Many people who do the beach body programs are coming from a history of poor eating and no nutritional knowledge. For those, I can see how easily something like Shakeology would look appealing and healthy, however, it’s just not. I do think beach body has some great workout videos and the groups can be fun for encouragement and accountability but they push Shakeology WAY too hard and it’s a bit annoying. When you have a basic knowledge of nutrition, it is pretty easy to see through the marketing tactics they use. I enjoyed this article and all the info you provided as well as your shake recipe and other suggestions in the blog! Sorry you have to deal with those nasty comments.