How Is Shakeology Different? (WHY SO EXPENSIVE?)

How is Shakeology different from the other guys on the market? There’s a huge amount of meal replacement and protein shakes on the market. Many costing as little as $15 and some costing much more. However, how do you really know which are the best ones that will help you meet your weight loss goals and also help you improve your health. After all, drinking a meal replacement shake is not just about weight loss… It’s also about getting healthier, gaining more energy, and loving life more!

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In this article, we cover a interview between Sandi Bouhadana and Darin Olien, the Shakeology Ingredient Hunter and formulator of Shakeology! There’s NO ONE at Beachbody that knows more about Shakeology than Darin Olien. During the following interview you’ll learn the following key points about the Shakeology ingredients:

  • What makes Shakeology different from protein shakes?
  • How are the Shakeology ingredients different in terms of quality?
  • Are the Shakeology ingredient providers audited regularly?
  • Why are Shakeology ingredients sometimes removed?

How Is Shakeology Different Interview:

Today’s topic, “How is Shakeology different?” Darin? First question we’re going to get right into it, “How is Shakeology more than just a protein shake?”

Darin Olien: Shakeology Ingredient HunterThat is kind of a funny question.


Because just the question alone – protein shake. Somehow protein has become this, “How much protein are you getting?” It’s badge of courage in the health world which is kind of astonishing because – proteins are in  everything. It’s in every food.

With Shakeology – yes, we have protein in there from great sources. We have whey protein isolate in our original formulas – which is great, because it has less fat and high amounts of very clean protein.

And then you have a wide variety of other types of protein in that formula as well as the vegans. From pea and oat and rice and chia and flax and Sacha Inchi – all of these things.

When we’re talking about one macronutrient, all of a sudden someone decides it’s important. Doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s that important.

People are looking for protein shake. Protein shake’s just a protein shake. Most of them have artificial colors, have artificial flavors. Because protein by itself tastes terrible.

The other side of it – if you have different super fruits from around the world and each one of them having hundreds – if not thousands – of compounds and cofactors in each of them.

What is Shakeology? Shakeology is a health breakfast smoothie that makes it easy to get all the nutrition you need everyday. Lose weight, increase energy, gain new health, and much more!That’s digestive enzymes, prebiotics, probiotics and now you have the antioxidants, the carotenoids, the phytonutrients, the inherent vitamins and minerals – all of these things are inherent within all of the other ingredients.

What does that mean? “Health can never be achieved by macronutrients alone.”

If you isolated carbs and just to eat carbs, if you isolate a protein just to eat protein, if you isolated fat – just this fat and eat that, you’d be very unhealthy.

You need the phytonutrients. You need the cellular food.

That’s really the massive difference between a protein shake – which is one macronutrient with a bunch of artificial flavors and colors and sweeteners in it, and Shakeology that doesn’t have any of that in it and it has all of these nutrient dense foods from around the world.

Right there alone, you’re providing the building blocks for the kind of nutrition that can help you support your immune system, support your health, support your recovery – all of these kinds of thing. That’s the difference.

Protein shake is pretty one-dimensional?

Very one-dimensional.

Shakeology is multidimensional?


Can you say what Shakeology is in one sentence?

No, but I can. I’ll try. The protein shake is one macronutrient with some artificial colors and sweeteners – whatever else they’re putting in there.

And then you have Shakeology which is – yes, you’re hitting all the macronutrients but you’re also getting an infinite amount of micronutrients that are providing the basis for health. It’s incredible.

It’s a pretty unique product. Darin, “How is Shakeology different in terms of ingredients and quality?”

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.

Let me ask you a question, you audit the facility – do you also test bags?

Absolutely. That’s the other layer.

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, is inherent within every person at Beachbody.

And I know that Carl always mentions, “No compromising.”

Absolutely. That’s how we started the formulations of Shakeology. Why is the industry kind of all over the place? I have no idea.

It’s dangerous to not test this stuff. It’s really dangerous and irresponsible.

That’s one thing to find the exotic ingredient. But to have a whole team to verify and to deem it as safe, that’s the whole other level. I’m just ecstatic over that level of commitment that we have.

Try Shakeology Today Risk FreeThe team also has developed some strong partnerships out in the other countries and that contributes to that high standard as well.

Exactly. Every ingredient is its own story. It is own story of how it’s grown, where it’s being grown, what conditions, how to actually preserve it, how to stay away from the things that you don’t want in it.

Every ingredient has a special person or manufacturer in that country that we have become very close with.

It’s not about “You’re doing this thing, we’re doing this.” No – we have to come together. We’re transparent with them with what we’re doing and they’re transparent with us and we demand that.

There has been more people that have failed our audits than have been accepted by us.

How often would you say that “We audit some of these suppliers”? Is it an ongoing practice?

It’s an ongoing thing. It’s not just about trying to find out what’s wrong with them, of course that’s a part of it. But it’s also helping them improve their process, bringing in our resources to then better support them doing the thing that they want to do, anyway.

The hand that we reach out towards some of our partners is extraordinary and something I’m super, super proud of.

You have been named “the ingredient hunter” by most of our team here. Why is it that sometimes ingredients are removed out of Shakeology? How does that work?

It’s a great question. Because of the success of Shakeology, we may grow out of a supply and that’s one way. Now the other is, that partnerships can’t just meet our requirements then we have to move on.

That’s really great. Thank you so much Darin, that was interesting.

You’re welcome.

How is Shakeology Different – Response

I’ve always loved Shakeology because it helped me lose weight and it helped me lower my blood pressure and cholesterol. It’s new great to see that Beachbody is doing a series titled: “Inside Shakeology” in order to better explain to others what Shakeology has to offer.

Although there are 1,000’s of Shakeology reviews reporting how great Shakeology is and how many call it a miracle shake that has totally transformed their lives, people still want to know why the price is more than most meal replacement shakes and protein shakes.

While there are going to be many more interviews going on about Shakeology over the next few months, it’s great to see in this interview that Beachbody is setting a high standard in the type of ingredients they use in Shakeology. They have teams going out around the world to ensure quality standards and are constantly testing ever batch of Shakeology to ensure you get the best quality.

And it’s because of these high standards and high quality ingredients, that Shakeology does cost more than your average shake on the market. Just flip through the Shakeology reviews below to get a better idea of what Shakeology is doing to help every day people get their health back…

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by Love IT on Shakeology
LOVE Shakeology!

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.

by Jason on Shakeology
Feel Like I'm Missing Something without 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!

by Carl on Shakeology
Best Meal Replacement I've Tried

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.

by Ginger on Shakeology
Reduces cravings, gives energy, boosts metabolism

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.

by connie kowalczyk on Shakeology
Always Go Back to Shakeology

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.

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