Shakeology is self titled as the “Healthiest Meal of the Day”, yet not many people fully understand what that means because most of us are ready to compare price instead of the ingredients of what we’re buying. Let’s be honest, any regular meal replacement shake will cost you any where from $10 to may be $50. However, Shakeology is not a meal replacement shake. Not even a protein shake… The Shakeology ingredients make Shakeology a total health shake… In this article you’ll learn 10 things you probably never knew about Shakeology..
1. CEO of Beachbody Hates Vegetables
How did Shakeology really get it’s start?… Shakeology was first publicly released in 2009 with only Greenberry and Chocolate Shakeology. However, many of us don’t know how Shakeology came to be. Here’s what Co-Founder and CEO Carl Daikeler has to say:.
“One day my wife looked down at the burger I was eating and remarked that I ate like a second grader. It was that comment that led me to ask if she would finally relent, after months of turning me down, to use her decades of nutrition and wellness experience designing supplements and shakes for some of the top VIPs in the world, to help Beachbody create something special. What I wanted was a shake that I – a self-proclaimed “anything-but-vegetabletarian” – could eat.
She said yes, and immediately began to brainstorm what the ultimate shake could be. She said it would be: “Whole food based, with prebiotics, digestive enzymes, and phytonutrients”… And I replied, Please just make it taste good enough that I can get it down.”
The start of Shakeology came about because the CEO of Beachbody didn’t like eating his vegetables like myself and many of us. After Carl’s discussion with his wife, Isabelle, she reached out to Darin Olien who is now known as the Shakeology ingredient hunter because he’s the one that travels around the world to find potent and amazing super foods for the Shakeology ingredients. Now, you too can enjoy the benefits of eating several vegetables in one simple glass of Shakeology!
2. Vanilla Shakeology Was A Reject!
Beachbody first created Vanilla Shakeology in 2010. However, this first edition of Vanilla Shakeology was created using FDA Natural Flavoring loopholes like everyone else in the shake industry uses. For example, using bacterial fermentation of corn or rice bran is considered a “natural” vanilla flavor or using Castoreum (derived from the anal glad of beavers) can also be used as a natural vanilla flavoring.
Other “Natural” ingredients allowed by the FDA includes:
- Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
- Propylene Glycol
- Silicon Dioxide
And here’s the worst part, the FDA allows companies to hide their UNNATURAL ingredients by allowing them not to list everything that’s in what they produce in order to “protect” their “secret” formula from competitors… As result, you could be eating something labeled as natural, but it won’t be natural because they’re not using actual vanilla beans for the vanilla flavoring…
Since Beachbody couldn’t make a REAL Natural Vanilla Shake at the time, it decided to never release Vanilla Shakeology even though there was great demand for it…. It wasn’t until 3 years later that Vanilla Shakeology was finally released when Darin Olien was able to find an abundant and potent Vanilla Bean source in Madagascar.
In short, Beachbody DID NOT compromise their integrity simply because people wanted a certain flavor. Instead, Beachbody worked hard to ensure that the Shakeology formulas stay pure! Learn about the Shakeology Vanilla flavor below…
3. Shakeology Was Accused Of Being High in Lead
Back in June 13, 2013, Consumer Labs conducted a study on several protein shakes and found that the Shakeology Greenberry flavor had “lead contamination”… This study, unfortunately, never mentioned that natural traces of lead and other metals can be found in our foods every day. For example, one glass of Shakeology contains far less lead than a serving of organic spinach or brussels sprouts.
Whatever the case may be, on March 17, 2015, Consumer Labs retested Greenberry Shakeology and found it passed their Quality Certification Program on all measures, including heavy metals. Beachbody also had the following to say about all Shakeology flavors:
“Beachbody rigorously tests all supplement formulas for many important health standards, including heavy metals, to ensure that anything that ever gets put into Shakeology and shipped to a customer is well within any FDA guidelines and safe. Beachbody is always learning, adapting, and improving; and the quality of Shakeology and the health and safety of our customers remains our top priority.”
I believe Consumer Labs was doing their job as best as they can and am glad they were able to retest the Shakeology Greenberry flavor and find that it passed their Quality Standards. As a side note, you may want to see their original report because of 27 protein shakes, 31% were found to be giving misinformation. Click Here to See the Consumer labs Report
4. Shakeology Vegan Flavors Has No Vitamins & Minerals!
That’s right! On the Vegan Shakeology Nutrition Labels you will find No Vitamins and No Minerals listed! How is this even possible when we just said that Shakeology is the Healthiest Meal of the Day?… Simple actually. The non-Vegan Shakeology flavors are fortified with Vitamins and Minerals, thus guaranteeing a certain level.
However, the Vegan Shakeology flavors stay super pure by not including extra fortification. Instead, all the nutrition you see on the Vegan Shakeology Nutrition label comes directly from the whole food ingredients. And because all the vitamins and minerals come from the Shakeology ingredients, there is some variation between Shakeology batches thus they can not guarantee a certain level of Vitamins and Minerals at this time.
For example, if you pick an orange from one tree and then pick an orange from another tree in the same general area. They’re not going to have the same amount of Vitamin C. Possibly very close but still not the same. Additionally, the time of year and the weather at the time can also effect how much vitamins and minerals a given fruit or vegetable have.
Until Beachbody can guarantee that a certain amount of vitamins and minerals is in the Shakeology Vegan flavors, they will not be putting it on the label. Yet, this does not mean that the Vegan Shakeology flavors have absolutely no vitamins and minerals.
5. Strict Quality Control
Beachbody has come out lately with a interview series called Inside Shakeology. In a episode titled: How is Shakeology Different?, Darin Olien was asked about the quality of Shakeology and how is Shakeology prepared… Darin had the following to say:
We invest time, money, people and resources to make sure that what’s in the bag is supposed to be there. First thing we do is we hire people in this area of quality standards. We hire the best. We’re kind of known for really having that standard.
This industry is kind of like the Wild West. Many companies do not reinvest and they continue to push that envelope of quality. They don’t send their own teams. Most of these facilities are out of this country.
If you’re not going there, there’s a lot of things that can go wrong. There’s a lot of untested, unregulated, less than adequate ingredients in there.
But we send our team, our people. When our team goes in there, they’re there to make sure that all of the things are clean, the lines are the most efficient as possible and so we follow those high standards.
In short, Beachbody actually sends teams to make sure every facility is doing the right thing… That they are using quality ingredients and processing them the right way… And still Beachbody does even more by testing everything, even the bags of Shakeology. Here’s what Darin went on to say:
We’re testing the material in that country as they receive it. We test it through their process after they’ve audit and passed our testing. And then that material will be sent to the US where it will be tested again.
When it passes all of that – and that could be microbiological, that could be heavy metals, that could be the active compounds, even the thing that’s supposed to be there. And then once it’s sent to the co-packer, the person who’s going to do the final blending for us – we test it all again.
Not to mention our whole quality assurance teams and our research and development teams, they are testing shelf life and formula stability within the formula of every ingredients to make sure that they all blend well in the actual final formula.
All of these things are standards that are way beyond what other people are doing. It’s the integrity… it’s inherent within every person at Beachbody.
Shakeology is not some product that’s made in the middle of no where and then delivered to you. Instead, Shakeology is continuously being tested so that you get the most potent and active supplement possible. How many other shakes on the market are ensuring they have the best quality product possible?
6. Shakeology is NOT Gluten Free Certified
When Shakeology first came out in 2009, Greenberry was the only flavor that carried the Gluten Free label. Then, without explanation, Beachbody removed the label and now none of the Shakeology flavors carry the Gluten Free label. Part of the reason this could have happened is because Shakeology is manufactured in a facility that is known to also process gluten ingredients.
Additionally, Beachbody has gone on record saying that the Shakeology ingredients are 100% Gluten Free… However, at this time they cannot guarantee ZERO cross contamination because they have over 70 different ingredients from around the world that they are keeping track of.
However, Beachbody does have strict quality guidelines, as mentioned earlier, that often exceed what’s required by the FDA. So, Beachbody is working as hard as they can to guarantee a quality product… Additionally, there is something else to add. Shakeology contains the following ingredients that may contain gluten: Barley Grass, Kamut Grass, Wheat Grass, and Oat Grass. Team Beachbody states the following about these grasses:
The Shakeology formulations do not contain grass seeds. The grasses found in Shakeology (barley, wheat, kamut, oat) are harvested prior to the seed (grain) developing. If there is any concern around allergic reaction, it is best to consult your physician prior to drinking Shakeology.
So, is Shakeology 100% safe for those who have Celiac Disease? It’s hard to say because there are mixed Shakeology reviews from people with Celiac Disease. Some of them say they had no issues with Shakeology, whereas others state they felt really sick.
Until Beachbody can guarantee no cross contamination with outside gluten ingredients, which they’re working on, it would be best for those with Celiac Disease not to try Shakeology. If you’re not allergic to gluten, then you have nothing to worry about.
7. What is Shakeology Equivalent To?
Often people want to know what it takes to create a Shakeology alternative. People want to know what supplements or what foods it would take to get the same nutrition as one glass of Shakeology. Here’s exactly what you would have to eat in order get the same nutrition as ONE glass of Shakeology:
- A bowel of Exotic Food (including: Golgi & Acai): $4.40
- 10 cups Raw Cauliflower: $4.30
- 4 cups Raw Broccoli: $3.94
- 4 cups Uncooked Mushrooms: $8.97
- 4 cups Non-fat Yogurt: $3.49
- 4 cups Red Radishes: $5.16
- 3 cups Romaine Lettuce: $2.99
- 1 cup Peas: $1.09
- 7 Whole Carrots: $ 1.99
- 3 Raw Onions: $2.91
- 1 Shot of wheat Grass: $1.95
The prices above is a bit in the lower end of the estimate but pretty close to what you would have to pay to “make” your own Shakeology. With the Shakeology price only being $129.95, it doesn’t make much sense to pay $41.19 a day! Plus, I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want to eat 10 cups of raw cauliflower or 3 raw onions day in and day out… I much prefer my simple and delicious Vegan Chocolate Shakeology shake.
Basically, Shakeology packs a lot of nutrition in a simple glass. However, you’re of course encouraged to eat fruits and vegetables every day… Don’t rely solely on Shakeology. Shakeology is after all a supplement and should not be used as a replacement for vegetables and fruits. Yet, Shakeology will definitely improve your health as you’ll see in the Clinical Shakeology Studies mentioned on this page.
8. Shamans & Medicine Man Helped Create Shakeology
Ok… ok… May be there wasn’t Shamans and Medicine Men at Beachbody creating Shakeology… Yet, Darin Olien traveled around the world to discover powerful superfoods that had been used by civilizations for centuries. Part of Darin’s research process was going around and talking to local Medicine Men and Shamans.
Discovery News actually wrote an article about this and reported the following:
“This is not us coming up with some magic effect from these foods,” he says. “It’s observing what these ingredients provide, and being humble to what these people have been using successfully for millennia. That’s the power.” – Darin Olien
As you can see, Darin didn’t travel around the world to find exotic superfoods that sound interesting or look pretty… Instead, the Shakeology ingredients were chosen because have clearly shown to be beneficial to people’s health again and again. These superfoods are “super” because can benefit our health.
While Western Medicine is still learning about these superfoods and what they’re good for, Darin Olien is making use of the superfoods that have been shown to work continuously in the past and continue to do so… Discovery News went on to report the following:
“Some of the 70 or so ingredients he has included in Shakeology have caused “incredible and profound” results according to Olien.
He’s seen people who were overweight with dangerously high cholesterol drop significant weight and 80 or more points on their cholesterol levels once they drink his shakes. Enough that they can get off their prescription medications.”
9. Shakeology is Clinically Proven to Work
Shakeology makes a few simple claims when being advertised, often you’ll hear that Shakeology can help you with the following:
- Weight Loss
- Reduced Junk Food Cravings
- More Energy
- And Support Digestion and Regularity
And when you read Shakeology reviews, you’ll see the above again and again plus other things you might not expect at first… For example, getting off of high blood pressure or high cholesterol medication… However, people still want to know if Shakeology has been proven to work or if it’s FDA approved. Unfortunately, the FDA does not approve any supplement. The FDA only approves medications.
However, Beachbody still took the time, in 2014, to create a Independent Clinical Study of Shakeology. This study was designed to look into the effects of Shakeology without changing anything else. All the participants were required to do was drink Shakeology for breakfast and lunch for 90 days… There was NO diet change, NO exercise added, and NO other restrictions nor additions added. Just drink Shakeology!
The results were pretty amazing… The Shakeology Clinical Study showed the following:
- Continues Weight Loss Over Time
- Lowered Cholesterol
- Lowered Blood Sugar
Additionally, many of the participants reported still feeling full by the time lunch came around… Get the Full Clinical Study Results here…
Needless to say, Shakeology does work… Countless Shakeology reviews have shown the same Shakeology benefits over and over again… And now a independent Clinical Study of Shakeology has scientifically shown what Shakeology helps with…
10. Shakeology Can’t Be Bought At Stores
Because of the Shakeology price people often try to find the best deal on Shakeology, unfortunately, there are not many places that you can buy Shakeology…
- Shakeology at Walmart, Costco, GNC, or another store – Beachbody does not sell Shakeology at any store. Neither at the store nor online.
- Amazon.com – Beachbody used to sell Shakeology on Amazon, however, they have since stopped and there are no other Shakeology sellers there.
- Ebay – You can often find Shakeology on Ebay. However, their prices are normally the same if not more if you were to buy it from Beachbody. Additionally, there’s NO Money Back Guarantee and no guarantee that you’re actually buying what you paid for.
So then, where can you buy Shakeology? You can only buy Shakeology from Beachbody or through a Beachbody Coach like myself (with reduced shipping compared to buying it from Beachbody). Additionally, Shakeology can only be shipped to U.S. and Canadian addresses at this time. Beachbody is trying to get it available to more places but it’s difficult to ship supplements internationally.
Shakeology Money Saving Tip… If you want to save over $12 on Shakeology, order Shakeology with Monthly Autoship. This will greatly reduce your shipping costs and will set you up to get your next order of Shakeology automatically. However, you can cancel your monthly auto-ship with one simple call to Beachbody. Or you can call to change your flavor.
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Not sure which flavor Shakeology is the one you’ll love? Over here you can read a Shakeology Flavor review to get a good idea of how Shakeology tastes. Check out the following samples:
- Shakeology 7 Day Sampler! – Sample ALL 7 Flavors
- Shakeology Vegan Sampler – Sample Chocolate Vegan & Tropical Strawberry
Money Saving Option for Sampling Shakeology – The Shakeology Super Sampler Costs $34.95 before shipping and taxes for only 7 Shakeology samples. After shipping and taxes, it’ll cost you about $45.26. Another option would be to order the “Shakeology Chocolate + Vanilla + Strawberry Combo Packets”. You’ll get a total of 24 packets. You won’t get the other 4 Shakeology Flavors (Chocolate Vegan, Greenberry, Tropical Strawberry, Cafe Latte). However, most people normally enjoy Chocolate, Vanilla, or Strawberry the most. Or, you can check out the other Combo Packet Boxes that you may enjoy more!… When placing your order, make sure to order with monthly auto-ship to save even more money! Order Shakeology Here!
Outside of the options above, there’s no other way to order a Shakeology sample.
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I love love love shakeology! I have tried several protein shakes, gone to the vitamin stores, etc. For the past year I have been searching and was very hesitant to try skakeology because of the price. Heres the thing this actually costs about the same and from my experience WAY LESS in comparison to the other protein powders that I have bought.Why? The main reason is I would have to buy two-three of the same product to equal one bag of Shakeology. I was spending extra money to make up for lack of vitamins. I was swallowed into a money pit of $200+ a month. Now I don't spend more than $150. I have saved money switching to shakeology.
Shakeology has been my daily dose of dense nutrition for over seven months. When I have ran out for a day or so, I feel like I am missing something. Shakeology has given me that sweetness that has taken the edge off for my cravings as well. I feel as though after I have it, I feel like I have more energy as well as being in a better mood!
I have been using Shakeology for 2 months best meal replacement shake I have tried. Taste good and have lost 15 pounds. I put half milk and half water add 5 ice cubes and mix it in a blender sometimes add 1/2 a banana. It is a little high priced but I don't buy allot of the junk food I use to so my grocery bill has went down. Oh that is with the Strawberry flavor. Vanilla was good to. didn't care much for the chocolate and have not tried the Goberry. I would try the 25 packet sample box that way you can try the chocolate, vanilla and strawberry and figure out which one you like best.
I have one for breakfast and one for lunch. After a couple of days my cravings for sweets were completely gone. I was left feeling satisfied for hours after drinking shakeology. I haven't found any other protein shake that even comes close to the way shakeology curbs your appetite and eliminates cravings.After drinking shakeology daily for 2 months and engaging in moderate exercise for 30 mins a day, I lost 31 lbs. I highly recommend shakeology to anyone who is looking for something to reduce cravings, gives you energy, and boosts metabolism to help you lose weight. Yes, it's pricey, but to me it's worth it.
I have tried GNC and Costco protein options hoping to save some money. Several reasons I will go back to shakeology. 1) definitely curves the sweet graving 2) very filling; with fruits and veggies added. All I have for breakfast 3) I have had many hot flashes with the other brands and none with shakeology. Only negative is price and monthly commitment.