This Usana review covers all your questions: how effective are Usana products, do they work, and are they worth the money? Learn about the ingredients used in Usana products and find out about potential side effects.

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So, you asked me for an honest review of Usana products:

At this point, I’m not sure why people even ask me to do an unbiased Usana review or any other products containing garbage ingredients like soy.

I will never recommend  meal replacements, processed food, artificial sweeteners or any other junk that’s passed off as health. And Usana lovers, I hate to break it to you (just kidding, I love getting the truth out there) – Usana’s products contain unhealthy, overly processed trash.

Let’s take a look.

What is Usana? 

Usana is one of the largest health and wellness network marketing companies out there. This company produces over 50 products ranging from dietary and nutritional supplements to personal care products.  

The word Usana is apparently a blend of Greek and Latin and is supposed to stand for “True Health”. EU means true and SANA means health. Ok, let’s look at their definition of true health.

Usana Products Review: 

Peanutty Delite
ingredients of usana peanutty deliteVanilla Nutrimeal

ingredient list of usana vanilla nutrimeal

Nutrimeal Chocolate Whey

ingredient list for usana chocolate nutrimeal

Fudge Delite
ingredient list for usana fudge delite

I have questions for you, Usana:

After taking a look at some of the ingredients used in Usana products, I had a few very basic questions for Usana:

  • Is they whey grass-fed?
  • Where is it sourced from?
  • How is it processed?
  • Are your products certified GMO free?

So I shot them an email and waited. And waited. Over a week. Then I decided to just call customer service.

Is Usana wey grass-fed?

My first very basic question was if the whey they use is grass-fed.

“Is it what?”



“Is the whey sourced from grass-fed cows?”

While the customer service agent was very nice, it was clear she had no idea what I was talking about. After placing me on an extended hold, they let me know this was a question for their scientists.

Seriously?! This is the most basic question and the customer service agent doesn’t even know what it means? The scientist have to be consulted? They told me that I was the first person to ever ask this question. Seriously, I find this both disconcerting and completely nuts.

So I took to Facebook to ask if they’re certified GMO free and if they’re grass-fed.

It took them two weeks to respond to me with this very convoluted answer:

USANA is dedicated to selecting the purest and safest ingredients for our products. As part of our efforts to do so, we adhere to non-GM (genetically modified) testing standards for raw materials in our global markets. These compliance standards include sourcing non-GM materials such as Non-GMO Soy Protein, Identity-Preserved Soy Isolate, Non-GM Pea Protein, and many others.
Through continuous product testing, USANA has determined our products free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). We have also sent our products to accredited third-party laboratories to validate our testing and detection methods for bioengineered DNA.
USANA will continue to be vigilant in our testing for new GMOs as they are identified. A “zero” level of bioengineered material cannot be implied in any claim of GMO-free, as there is always potential for adventitious bioengineered material.

So in short – they are not certified GMO free but they apparently do try to source non-GMO options. But without that certified GMO free label, I don’t trust it.

Notice they didnt’ respond to the grass-fed question? So I asked again on March 11th. It’s March 27th today so I’m going to go ahead and guess that they don’t use grass-fed whey. If you have more info, please let me know.

Let’s review the ingredients in Usana products.

Soy Protein

To make soy protein, first the oil must be extracted. To do this, soy undergoes an insane amount of processing.  This includes the use of hexane – a neurotoxin.

It is subjected to extremely high temperatures, then deodorized because it smells disgusting. Finally they bleach it because it’s a weird gray color. Then marketing execs convince people that this cheap, unhealthy commodity crops is a healthy food to consume.

And I haven’t even addressed the fact that soy is extremely high in phytoestrogens which interfere with proper hormone production (source).

Or that this study from Harvard found that men consuming the equivalent of one cup of soy milk per day had 50% lower sperm count than men who did not consume soy (even accounting for other factors like age, caffeine and alcohol intake, etc.).

From the study,

There was an inverse association between soy food intake and sperm concentration that remained significant after accounting for age, abstinence time, body mass index, caffeine and alcohol intake and smoking. In the multivariate-adjusted analyses, men in the highest category of soy food intake had 41 million sperm/ml less than men who did not consume soy foods.

Whey Protein

Normally, I’m a fan of whey protein, but only when it’s grass-fed and has undergone a minimal amount of processing. Like in the protein powders I personally use and recommend found here and here.

However, when consuming any whey or dairy product from cows that have not been grass-fed, you are essentially consuming the GMOs they have been fed. Whey from conventional cows is also much higher in omega-6 and much lower in omega-3, which causes inflammation.

And inflammation is at the root of any disease.


Sorbitol is an artificial sweetener that can also be used as a laxative. According to this website, here is a partial list of side effects:

  • severe stomach cramps;
  • vomiting;
  • severe diarrhea;
  • rectal bleeding;
  • black, bloody, or tarry stools;
  • weakness, dizziness; or
  • frequent urge to have a bowel movement.


Maltodextrin is a processed food addictive usually derived from genetically modified corn.

Crystalline Fructose

Crystaline fructose is another processed sweetener derived from corn. Fructose is one of the most harmful sweeteners that can be consumed, it’s even worse than sugar.

Whereas other sugars are converted to glucose, fructose is exclusively processed by the liver and converted into triglycerides (source). This is why it raises triglycerides and LDL (the “bad” cholesterol). It’s also been linked to fatty liver disease.

 This study from Emory University School of Medicine concluded that,

Growing evidence suggests that fructose contributes to the development and severity of NAFLD. In human studies, fructose is associated with increasing hepatic fat, inflammation, and possibly fibrosis. Whether fructose alone can cause NAFLD or if it serves only as a contributor when consumed excessively in the setting of insulin resistance, positive energy balance, and sedentary lifestyle is unknown. Sufficient evidence exists to support clinical recommendations that fructose intake be limited through decreasing foods and drinks high in added (fructose-containing) sugars.

Folic Acid

Folate is found in foods and is absolutely necessary to human health. Folic acid, however, is the synthetic version that has 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, PhD, 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 caner.

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. (Source)

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

Conclusion of this Usana Review 

Let’s come back to the questions we started out with? Are Usana products effictive? Are they worth the money.

I’ve said it a thousand times before and I’ll say it a thousand times again. There is no quick fix to a healthy lifestyle or weight loss. No, there are no magic meal replacements, pills or protein powders that will do for you what a healthy diet does.

Eat the food and eat well. Enjoy food. It’s meant to be enjoyed.

Don’t fall for diet products like this, that tout a laundry list of benefits but with ingredients that read like junk food. This is not health, nore is it long-term. Usana is not the solution for your weight problem and definitely not worth your money.

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 This Usana review covers all your questions: how effective are Usana products, do they work, and are they worth the money? Learn about the ingredients used in Usana products and find out about potential side effects. #usana #diet #fitness #nutrition #review

This Usana review covers all your questions: how effective are Usana products, do they work, and are they worth the money? Learn about the ingredients used in Usana products and find out about potential side effects. #usana #diet #fitness #nutrition #review


  1. Actually sorbitol, xylitol among others, are natural sweeteners found in many foods including apples, pears and berries. I am unable to digest it, therefore I cannot have it, but it is important to note that it is not artificial, but rather added to other products as a naturally sweet, sugar replacement, often added in products such as toothpaste and gum. Having spent years trying to understand what was irritating my gut, I finally took some breath tests at a specialist, who determined that I could not digest sorbitol or any of its cousins. I regularly ate apples and pears, as well as various fruits and toothpastes and gum, until finding out this information. Since cutting these foods out of my diet, my gut health has improved immensely, though it has made eating and drinking certain things very tricky. Definitely something to look into.

    • dani stout Reply

      Just because something is found naturally in a fruit does mean that synthesizing and extracting it from GMO corn is the same thing. It’s kind of like fructose in fruit. Sure, it’s okay in moderation when obtaining it from whole foods. But fructose derived from corn is a whole other issue that causes fatty liver disease. See my point?

  2. Catherine Seguin Reply

    THANK YOU!!!! this absolutely needed to be said. I was a interested in USANA until I started studying more about holistic nutrition and read their ingredient list. They tried to convince me more about the financial freedom vehicle it could provide me, rather than what I was selling to people = garbage. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOUUU!!!!!

  3. Thanks for writing this – it’s a great idea to look at all the ingredients to say “no” to Usana. My mom’s friend is trying to recruit me to join their team and I keep telling mom it’s a bad idea (because of the whole MLM thing and how we’d lose a lot of money trying to get established).

    Since they are smooth talkers, mom is convinced x.x. BUT, since I have Usana ingredients, I’ll let her know that I looked up the ingredients to Hepa Plus (one of the supplements she’s interested in) and some of them can worsen her high blood pressure and arthritis.

  4. Thank you for the review Dani. I recently spoke to the holistic nutrition coach who is using USANA as supplements of choice. Thank you for shedding light on the subject.

  5. it’s just a week that i am taking up usana twice a day but I’ve noticed that I am feeling bloated all the time and I always feel to poo…is this the normal effect of the USANA to reach with good outcome?

  6. Thank you for your blog. I was about to buy Usana Nutrimeal but now I am enlightened that it’s nothingbut garbage.

  7. Dr. Mike Johnson Reply

    Hope every reader find and search twice before hear this man, I guess you’re a Doctor or at least something related with the health science, I’ve worked many years with Dr Mehmet OZ, best known of AMERICA’S DOCTOR, we have more than 10 years doing research of Health products, most of them really are trash, so I understand why you said That, but believe me when I say that you really need to review again.
    There’s only 2 situations.
    1- You just really need to review twice
    2- You’re just an unemployed depressed Nutritionist or Doctor that just criticize everything

    Both of those situations are bad for you, Usana is actually the top quality Healthy Products on the World, is not my opinion, I’m just saying Real Facts.

    By the way, try not to erase the other’s positive Usana comments that people leave on your website, its kind of disrespectful.

    • dani Reply

      Somehow I think if you were an actual doctor that worked with Dr. Oz you’d be able to 1) deduce that I am clearly not a man, 2) form a coherent sentence and 3) distinguish the difference between an opinion and fact (ie: it’s your opinion that Usana is the “top quality Healthy Products on the World” – this is not a fact).

  8. I just read a report from Consumer Lab, an unbiased third party that reviews hundreds of supplements and they gave USANA products the highest rating you can get.

    My son is a doctor and he told me that USANA Manufactures their products to GMP’s required for pharmaceuticals. I ask him “just what does this mean in layman’s terms.” He said “Dad, What’s on the label has to be in the bottle” or they lose there FDA accreditation and have just spent millions of dollars building a facility to manufacture products to that high of a standard. He said that they could actually manufacture Pharmaceuticals if they want to because they are so closely monitored by the FDA.

    He finished by saying that the pickiest consumers in the world are professional athletes and USANA sponsors thousands of them backing up their products with a million dollar guarantee.

    He said shared that some of his colleges have actually took the time to fly to Salt Lake City, Utah and tour USANA’s corporate manufacturing facility and that they actually have numerous PhD’s and Doctor’s on staff, doing nothing but research and monitoring research from around the world.

    His conclusion was that there is no way I should be listening to a Certified Nutrition Consultant, health coach, natural mama that loves tacos.

    He said you should stick to Tacos because it appears that you know very little about nutrition, research or manufacturing.

    I guess the internet really is a wild west show where you can say anything you want and get away with it.

    Sorry but I’ll have to pass on your undocumented information.

    • dani Reply

      1 – Doctors are not trained in nutrition. Your son likely knowns next to nothing about nutrition or nutrition science, just realistically. And I’d venture to guess he also sells the products to be so invested that he feels the need to insult me. Or was that you? Your comment isn’t clear.

      2 – Did you even read the article? I didn’t review their supplements. But if they use folic acid, which is a cheap substitute for folate – their products simply aren’t good. Folic acid is literally linked to cancer, among other health issues. Are you just choosing to ignore the provided studies proving this association?

      3 – Again, I reviewed mostly the food based products. Which had you read the article, I’m guessing you would’ve known.

      4 – I literally provided legitimate information and scientific studies for all of my claims so you should probably revisit what you think “undocumented information” is.

  9. Isagani R. Marquina Jr. Reply

    before we absorb any information, we better review the source first… lets compare the credentials of 3rd party well established institutions who parterned with USANA, compared to this information.

    Australian Catholic University
    Boston University School of Medicine
    University of Utah
    Intermountain TOSH
    University of Colorado Boulder
    Linus Pauling Institute
    Iniveristy of Sydney

    The people behind these institution will not partner with USANA without proper review of the products. i wonder what resources the author used in doing this review?

    • dani Reply

      Well I provided a plethora of scientific sources so maybe you should look at those?

  10. Someone referred USANA to me for the Vitamins and probiotics. I decided to do my reasesrch which landed me here. Wow that last comment the guy was just an as and clearly didn’t read the article. I was actually thinking okay these are all the food products what about supplements?
    If they would use so much garbage Soy, Whey that’s not grass fed that makes me concerned. What’s in the rest of the products. Thank you I will research more before I buy.

  11. I don’t believe the author says about USANA, he only searched on internet, the author does not examine the product himself, where is the data? do you also have the so called third party? I have seen the products, tested it and it is good to me..and i heard the testimonials of healed people who used it. We can’t criticize negatively just as that if we really dont know and immerse ourself to it, to the products. They develop those products for many years. The founder have an albert einstein award. i dont know..

    • dani Reply

      I provided numerous links to scientific sources to back up my research and also I’m a woman.

  12. All those athletes, companies, institutions, doctor’s, are all paid for… if you would be with them 24hrs a day I guaranteed you they’ll forget to use Usana products on an every day basis… ladies and gentlemen it seems we are at a standstill in today’s time… I’ve been to a Usana conference and recruitment and all they do is 99% talk about the business and success, they never even mention the science or the products behind it… I have seen doctors in this scheme which is why I weep for our future, they’re out there to make a buck! As doctors can have a way of prescribing supplements and vitamins to their patients and also get them to join on this golden opportunity in a healthy lifestyle that can also make you money. Isn’t it a coincidence that the author for the supplementary guide to vitamins a person who used to work for Usana!? Also China is out to get them… Since MLM are banned in China but it seems Doctors Wentz is operating under a different company, mark my words but this company will later be in the news if not today tomorrow…

    • It is already in the news. I will always believe on a double phd scientist who has clear vision.

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