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Monday, February 10, 2014

Two Major Ingredients to Avoid in Protein & Meal Replacement Shakes & Other Toxic Ingredients Found in Food

Protein & Meal Replacement Shakes: Two Major Ingredients to Avoid

Choosing the right shake is important, as all protein shakes are not created equally.  Some shakes are specifically formulated to bulk you up, some are formulated with inferior protein blends, some shakes contain harmful artificial sweeteners like aspartame and Splenda, and some simply don’t contain enough nutrients, let alone quality nutrients.
The fact that you’re reading this, means you’re concerned about making the right choice, and don’t want to make the mistake of buying a shake with potentially harmful or inferior ingredients.

“What are these harmful ingredients and how bad can they really be?”
This is one that more people should be asking, considering the staggering amount of hard-earned money that Americans spend every year on protein shakes and diet shakes.  Sadly, the majority of companies that you see in magazines, spend more money on packaging and promoting their products than formulating them with the best ingredients they can.
Now that doesn’t mean that all flashily packaged shakes are garbage, or vice-versa.  It simply means we need to educate ourselves so that we can make the best possible decision when purchasing a protein shake product.
Several of the most popular products out there cut corners by using a potentially dangerous sweetener that allows them to lower manufacturing costs.  What are those?  Splenda, aka sucralose, aspartame.

“What’s the big deal about using Splenda as a sweetener?”

Splenda (Sucralose, aspartame) – This popular artificial sweetener was discovered by accident in the mid 70′s by a pair of scientists attempting to formulate a synthetic fertilizer.  They didn’t succeed in their original plan, but discovered that the compound they had synthesized tasted pretty darn good!  (Why they would taste their fertilizer experiment is beyond me!)  Splenda was introduced into our food system with minimal safety testing (the FDA conducted studies on a total of only 36 human subjects), and from there problems started to arise.  Recent research into the health effects of Splenda has indicated that it may contribute to weight gain (probably not what you were looking for), diabetes, disruption of sleep patterns, sexual dysfunction, increases in cancer, MS, lupus, and a list of degenerative diseases.  It’s a bit backward to spend money on something that may cause any of these.  We’re trying to get healthier, not sick!
Recent studies have indicated that consuming Splenda may lead to neurological disorders like seizures, migraines, and dizziness.

Article about the dangers of sucralose/Splenda: CLICK HERE

Article from a female OB/GYN about the dangers specifically for women who use sucralose/Splenda: CLICK HERE
Protein shake products containing Splenda (sucralose, aspartame): Just to name a few
  • Body by Vi aka ViSalus Sciences Vi-Shape shake 
  • Amway’s NUTRILITE Meal Replacement shake
  • Melaleuca Attain with Craveblocker shake
  • Advocare Meal Replacement and Protein Powders

Article from Dr. Oz about the dangers of Soy

Soy - Another popular ingredient with a dark side is one of the most widely used ingredients in protein shakes.  Consumption of soy based products has been attributed to digestive problems, thyroid issues, hormonal disruption (in men & women), developmental problems in children and even certain cancers.  YEP!

Another article with MULTIPLE links to support why soy is a health danger to you and your family: CLICK HERE 

Here is a brief list of some of the additional symptoms and health problems related to soy consumption that are common: (All have links to read more about each health condition related to soy consumption)
Unless soy is traditionally fermented to remove the anti-nutrients (such as in miso, tempeh, and tamari) AND CERTIFIED ORGANIC, there are many different problems (some that are permanent) with it , no matter how “special” it is, says Dr. Mercola. 

Now it’s a fact that soy does have some amazing health benefits (aids in keeping a healthy heart), but do the benefits outweigh the risks?  I've given you the can decide.

Shakes with Soy:
  • Body by Vi aka ViSalus Sciences Vi-Shape shake 
  • ItWorks ProFit
  • Amway’s NUTRILITE Meal Replacement shake
  • Melaleuca Attain with Craveblocker shake
  • Advocare Meal Replacement and Protein Powders
  • Herbalife
  • Juice Plus Complete
  • Genesis Pure

"That’s all well and good if I’m trying to bulk up, but I just want to lose weight and trim out!”

EXACTLY!!!  Millions of people every year are looking for a shake to help them lose weight, and a good product can fill both roles.  A good protein shake can be used as both a meal replacement to lose weight, and as a post-workout supplement to boost lean muscle mass gains.  Additionally, shakes enhanced with potent superfood blends can deliver important nutrients beyond what the typical protein-only shake can provide, and you really can't compare plain protein powders to superfood blend protein powders.  Foods like exotic fruits, herbs, and vegetables, which provide important antioxidants that combat free radicals produced as a result from the oxidative stress of daily life, let alone working out.  

Here are some other "Scary 7" ingredients aka toxic food/toxic ingredients you should avoid & will find in ALL processed foods.  Knowledge is power to take control of your health.  

My personal choice is Shakeology:  
  • 100% SOY-FREE
  • NON-GMO 
  • 100% NATURAL
  • Isolated whey protein, an easily absorbable source of high-quality protein (even those who are lactose intolerant have not had issues*) 
  • VEGAN Formulations Available
  • PROBIOTICS & DIGESTIVE ENZYMES to improve digestion and nutrient absorption

Independent News Release from Health Research News about the Benefits of Shakeology

Why Drink Shakeology Every Day? 
It can help you:
  • Lose weight – especially if you replace a meal with Shakeology every day.
  • Reduce junk food cravings – drink it in the morning to enjoy this benefit throughout the day
  • Increase your energy and feel healthier.
  • Improve your digestion and regularity.

It's the simple recipe for success:
  • You won't feel deprived, because every delicious shake tastes like a sinful treat.
  • The proteins and healthy fats will help you feel fuller longer, so you're less likely to snack.
  • Superfoods help your body reduce cravings for junk food.
  • Increased energy means your workouts feel easier.

How Shakeology short-circuits your urge to snack:

  • Protein-rich nutrient-dense formula helps you feel full and reduces the tendency to "cheat" throughout the day.
  • Helps you curb junk food cravings while helping you crave healthier choices
  • You're feeding your body the nutrients it needs, so it feels more satisfied.
  • So delicious, it tastes like you're cheating!

What more can you do with a little extra daily energy?

  • Power through your day, and cross more off your to-do list.
  • Get your fitness program off to a great new start.
  • Help your body's internal processes work more efficiently.
  • Enjoy life . . . and get more out of every single moment!

How Shakeology gets you healthy from the inside out:

  • Fiber and probiotics help you "get regular" so you eliminate toxins built up in your digestive system.
  • Proprietary blend of prebiotics and probiotics help create a healthy intestinal tract which aids digestion.
  • A healthier digestive system makes it easier to absorb key nutrients.
  • Digestive enzymes also help your body to increase the absorption of nutrients.



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