What is Shakeology? What are the Shakeology ingredients? While Shakeology is a shake, there is a lot of confusion of how to classify Shakeology and what really are the ingredients in Shakeology. Many claim one thing about Shakeology and then others claim something totally different. In this article you’ll learn exactly what is Shakeology and what really is in Shakeology…
What is Shakeology?
Shakeology is often compared to a meal replacement shake or a protein shake. However, by making this comparison is like comparing a high performance running shoe to a sandal. Yes, they both go on your feet… Yet, they both serve a different purpose.
So, what is Shakeology?… Due to the Beachbody Shakeology ingredients, Shakeology is a total health shake… Shakeology is similar to not just a multivitamin but several different supplements coming together to benefit your health. While most supplements focus on giving one or two nutrients groups, Shakeology gives you 6 complete nutrient groups:
Best of all, in these ultra-high-quality ingredients in Shakeology, you’ll find absolutely:
Next we’ll cover each Shakeology nutrition group so that you better understand what Shakeology has to offer you… Before that, feel free to check out the video below on the ingredients in Shakeology and what makes it different from other shakes on the market…
Beachbody Shakeology Ingredients: Nutrition Groups
What is in Shakeology?… All this good stuff! The Beachbody Shakeology shakes offer so many different ingredients that we need to break up into nutrient groups in order to understand what Shakeology can do for you. Below are the Shakeology nutrition groups with their benefits to follow…
- Essential Amino Acids and Protein
- Prebiotics, Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes
- Vitamins and Minerals
Shakeology Nutrition: Essential Amino Acids and Protein
- Help build and repair muscles.
- Reduce hunger and food cravings.
- Help keep blood sugar steady.
- Support optimal brain function to help promote alert thinking and reduce anxiety.
- Promote healthy skin, hair, and nails.
- Support your immune system to help you stay healthy and strong.
Example Shakeology ingredients: Sprouted Quinoa, Chia, Flax, Oat, Amaranth, Brown Rice Protein, Pea, Sacha Inchi, and grade 7 Whey protein isolate (on a scale of 7).
Vegan Shakeology Note: The protein blend in Tropical Strawberry Shakeology and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology do not contain whey protein or any other animal products. Instead, the Vegan Shakeology flavors include high-quality plant proteins from brown rice, pea protein and other sources.
Prebiotics, Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes
- Aid in digestion and normal colon function.
- Help boost the immune system.
- Help break down food so that you can assimilate nutrients better.
- Help keep you “regular”.
- Prebiotics help probiotics grow and thrive.
Example ingredients of prebiotics and probiotics: Yacon Root, Agave, Chicory Root, Lactobacillus Sporogenes.
Example ingredients of digestive enzymes: Amylase, Bromelain, Cellulase, Lactase, Lipase, Papain, Protease, Aplha-Galactosidase, Invertase
Prebiotics are natural components of certain plants that help support the “friendly” bacteria in your digestive tract. These Shakeology shake ingredients will promote better intestinal health by improving your digestive system and increasing your absorption of nutrients. And stimulate growth of friendly bacteria for better digestion.
Digestive enzymes are necessary to your health because they help your body break down food into its individual components, making the nutrients easier to absorb. Often the heat from cooking foods destroy naturally occurring digestive enzymes… there’s a good chance that you don’t get enough of them in your diet.
Phytonutrients – “Green Super Foods”
- Boost immunity.
- Help fight diseases.
- Can slow down the aging process.
- Detoxify the body by removing the unwanted toxins and cleanses your system.
- Helps to alkalize the body and promotes detoxification of the liver, kidneys, and blood to restore health and vitality.
Example phytonutrients in the Shakeology shake ingredients include: Moringa, Chlorella, Spinach, Spirulina, Kale.
Many of Shakeology’s whole food sources have been chosen for their high concentration of healthy natural substances known as phytonutrients, including flavonoids, polyphenols, anthocyanins, and catechins.
In laboratory tests, phytonutrients have shown promise in helping prevent a wide variety of degenerative conditions. Plus, studies suggest that the natural mix of phytochemicals you get from whole-plant sources is more effective than taking them individually as nutritional supplements.
Antioxidants – “Red Super Foods”
Reduce the risk of
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure (which can lead to stroke)
- and Arthritis
Example antioxidants in the Shakeology meal replacement ingredients include Açai, Acerola Cherry, Bilberry, Camu‑Camu, Goji berry, Green Tea, Luo Han Guo, Pomegranate, Grape Seed, and Rose Hips.
Antioxidants help reduce oxidative damage in your body caused by free radicals, which damage cells and may be a key component of the aging process.
- Protects body from stress, anxiety, fatigue, and trauma.
- Balances your endocrine hormones and immune system
- Increase your energy levels
Example adaptogens found in Shakeology are Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Cordyceps, Ginkgo, Maca, Maitake, Reishi, Schisandra, Tulsi (Holy Basil).
Vitamins and Minerals
- Get a wide range of essential nutrients.
- Get your necessary vitamins every day.
- Make up for dietary deficiencies.
- Support brain function to help promote alert thinking and well-being.
- Support your immune system to help you stay healthy and strong.
Non-Vegan Shakeology flavors have vitamins and minerals listed on the Nutritional Label because they use high quality vitamin and mineral isolates to guarantee consistency.
Both the Shakeology Vegan flavors (Tropical Strawberry and Chocolate) do not list vitamins and minerals because all the nutrition in the Vegan flavors are based solely on the plant ingredients.
And… since the soil quality can vary by season, the Shakeology Vegan flavors cannot guarantee a consistent amount of vitamins and minerals…
But yes, all Shakeology flavors have vitamins and minerals.
Shakeology Nutrition Facts
***The Shakeology Vegan flavors are NOT fortified with added vitamins and mineral isolates like the non-Vegan flavors and therefore are not listed on the Nutrition Facts because the vitamin and mineral profile varies from the ingredient sourcing. This is expected because even oranges from the same tree will have different levels of vitamin C. The nutrition in the Vegan Shakeology flavors, truly, only comes from the Shakeology ingredients.
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Where Do the Beachbody Shakeology Ingredients Come From?
Darin Olien was hired to created Shakeology because of his knowledge of superfoods and agriculture. Discovery News reported the following about Darin Olien and the Shakeology ingredients:
“As the developer of Shakeology,…, Olien wanted only the absolute healthiest, most nutritional ingredients for the product. Ingredients that have very powerful antioxidant and adaptogen abilities like acai berry, Camu-Camu, maca root, and Sacha Inchi.”
Darin has been traveling the world in order to find the most potent superfoods to place into Shakeology. He has even spent time with local medicine men and shamans in order to discover what they have been using for centuries, superfoods that the western civilization may not even know about.
Even after creating Shakeology in 2009, Darin continued to search for new ingredients to better Shakeology. As a result, the Shakeology flavors have gone through a few different upgrades since 2009 to bring you the best nutrition possible…
And it’s this relentless search for better and more powerful ingredients that allowed Darin to create Vanilla Shakeology. It took 3 years of research of development in order to create a Vanilla Shakeology flavor that didn’t make use of FDA loopholes that allowed artificial ingredients to be used in “Natural” products.
So it’s no surprise that Beachbody takes pride in the Shakeology ingredients and where they are from… And best of all, Darin Olien works with farmers from every country in order to continue to produce nutrient dense crops without depleting the soil like much of today’s farming is done.
Here are just a few of the Shakeology ingredients and where they are from…
- Asia – Cordyceps, Hydrilla, Schisandra
- Bolivia – Quinoa Seed
- China – Astragalus root, Gingko, Schisandra, Barley Grass, Reishi, Goji Berries
- Costa Rica – Papain
- Madagascar – Vanilla Beans
- Mexico – Chia Seed, Moringa
- Northeastern Brazil – Acerola
- Peru – Yacon Root, Sacha inchi, Maca root
- Peruvian Andes – Maca
- South America and Central America – Stevia
- South American rainforest – Camu-Camu
- U.S./Canada – Wild Grasses
What’s the Difference Between the Regular Shakeology and Vegan Shakeology Flavors?
Both regular Shakeology flavors (Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Greenberry) and Vegan Shakeology flavors (Vegan Chocolate, Tropical Strawberry) are the most nutrient dense shakes available on the market today. However, Beachbody knows that there are Vegans and those who can’t tolerate dairy, so they made Vegan Shakeology. The Vegan Shakeology flavors are:
- 100% Dairy-Free
- And Lactose-Free
Team Beachbody defines Vegan as containing nothing derived from animals. Thus, Chocolate Vegan Shakeology and Vegan Tropical Strawberry contain only plant-based proteins and ingredients. While the Regular Shakeology flavors contain whey protein, which is derived from cow’s milk and therefore not vegan.
Because Vegan Shakeology doesn’t use animal proteins, Beachbody created it’s own plant based protein blend of pea, rice, GMO-free oat protein, and also sacha inchi, quinoa, chia, flax, amaranth, and spirulina. This Vegan Shakeology protein blend includes hard to get amino acids like leucine, isoleucine, methionine, and lysine.
Plus, this Vegan Protein blend makes the Vegan Shakeology flavors extra smooth. Fixing the grainy texture of most Vegan shakes on the market.
Chocolate Vegan and Tropical Strawberry Shakeology are ideal for those who cannot tolerate or wish to avoid whey protein or animal proteins, and those with intolerance’s to dairy and soy. In fact, many people find that a vegan protein is more easily digested by the body than animal protein.
Additionally, the Vegan Shakeology flavors are not fortified with additional vitamin and mineral isolates (as the whey-based Shakeology flavors are). Therefore, for people looking for nutrition (vitamins and minerals) coming exclusively from whole foods, without fortification, the vegan Shakeology flavors are the best option…
GoDairyFree.org gave a Vegan Shakeology review and stated: “This dairy-free meal replacement shake fills a void in the market.” Alisa Fleming, the Shakeology reviewer, gave the Chocolate Vegan Shakeology 5 Stars and the Tropical Strawberry Shakeology for 4 stars, losing a star because of the taste.
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What do Clinical Studies Say About Shakeology?
Although Shakeology reviews give you a better understanding what Shakeology has done for individual people…. It’s also good to look at Clinical Studies to see what control experiments have to say about Shakeology.
In this Clinical Study, the following Shakeology results were reported:
- Continued Weight Loss Over Time
- Lowered Cholesterol
- Lowered Blood Sugar
Learn the full details of the Shakeology Clinical Study below:
What do Shakeology Reviews say about the Beachbody Shakeology shake?
There are several Shakeology reviews online that you could easily find, with each person sharing what Shakeology has done for them. However, here are the most common experiences that people share about Shakeology:
- Helps With Continuous Weight Loss Over Time (Clinically proven)
- Lowers Cholesterol (Clinically proven)
- Lowers Blood Sugar (Clinically proven)
- Reduces Hunger & Food Cravings
- Promotes Healthier Skin, Hair, and Nails
- Increases Energy
- Boosts Immune System
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Improves Digestion & Regularity
People have even stated that Shakeology has helped them get off several different medications!… Besides the Shakeology reviews above, Beachbody surveyed Shakeology users to see what they thought about Shakeology. Here are the results:
- 97% Believe It’s A Smart Investment In Their Health.
- 93% Feel Healthier Since Drinking It.
- 92% Believe Shakeology Is Money Well Spent.
- 91% Said It Helped Improve Their Regularity.
- 91% Agree That Shakeology Tastes Great!
- 86% Report Increased Energy Level.
- 82% Reported Improved Digestion.
- 81% Feel It Helped Reduce Their Cravings For Junk Food.
- 81% Said Shakeology Kept Them Full Until Their Next Meal.
- 77% Feel More Alert And Focused Throughout Their Day.
- 74% Noticed An Improvement In Their Mood.
- 72% Said Shakeology Helped Them Lose Weight.
- 66% Noticed Their Skin/Hair/Nails Looked Healthier.
- 65% Cut Back On The Amount Of Caffeinated Beverages They Consumed Daily.
Just think about about it… These Shakeology results are from people who are actually using Shakeology everyday… This is not from people who read something online and just form an opinion about Shakeology without even trying Shakeology… This Shakeology Survey helps provide support that Shakeology really does work!
If you believe you need more than Shakeology, then try out the New Shakeology Boosts!… There are 3 Shakeology Boosts: Focused Energy, Power Greens, and Digestive Health. Check them out here: Shakeology Boosts to Boost Your Shakeology
Here’s the official Team Beachbody release of the Shakeology survey (click on the image to enlarge).
Does Shakeology Contain Dangerous Chemicals?
A while back someone calling herself Food Babe wrote an article titled: Is Your Protein Shake Safe? Food Babe, or Vani Hari, is not a registered dietician, nutritionist and has no formal nutritional training. In fact, Ms. Hari has a B.S. Degree in Computer Science and a background in the financial services industry. However, she quickly made a post without much research about Protein shakes that raised questions about what’s really in Shakeology. We’ll set the record straight right now about what’s really in the Shakeology ingredients…
Does Shakeology Contain Lead or Heavy Metals?
Back in June 13, 2013, Consumer Labs made a Shakeology review and declared that the Shakeology Greenberry flavor has “lead contamination”, as well as several other protein powders. Beachbody state the following when the review was released:
“A glass of Shakeology has far less lead than a serving of organic spinach or Brussels sprouts, and in fact, you could drink 15 glasses of Shakeology a day and still be under the guidelines established by the FDA and World Health Organization.’
However, 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.”
Should I Be Worried About Shakeology Using a Whey Protein Isolate?
First of, don’t confuse whey protein concentrate with an isolate. Whey protein concentration is the least pure form of whey protein. The benefits of “isolate” vs. “concentrate” are that the fat has been removed to achieve “isolate”. The fat in whey protein is what carries toxins consumed by the animal. That’s the reason Shakeology can be used by so many people who are lactose-intolerant – because those toxins have been removed through the isolate process.
Whey Protein Isolates can be processed a number of ways. Processing whey protein to remove the lactose, fats, and cholesterol while not losing its biological activity takes special care by the manufacturer. Beachbody has gone to great lengths to make sure that the whey protein isolate in Shakeology is ion-filtered. No acid is used in this process.
The Shakeology whey isolate is purified through a state-of-the-art cold-filtration process, avoiding high heat, leaving it 90% protein and virtually fat and lactose-free. Great care is taken not to ‘denature’ the protein in Shakeology. Additionally, the Beachbody whey protein isolate is antiobiotic-free and BST free. However, it is not from grass-fed cows.
Does Shakeology Contain Refined Sugar, Fructose, Erythritol (Sugar Alcohol), or Stevia?
Shakeology does not get it’s sweetness from adding additives. Instead, the sweetness in Shakeology comes from the Shakeology ingredients. Depending on the Shakeology flavor, each one will be sweetened a little bit differently.
For example, ONLY the Vegan Shakeology flavors makes use of fructose agave. Fructose Agave is sourced from cactus and is a natural sugar found in fruit and some vegetables. The good thing about fructose agave–as opposed to glucose sucrose (table sugar) or high-fructose corn syrup (chemically altered sugar)– is that it is very low on the glycemic index (GI). This means that your body sends it directly to the liver for absorption, which minimizes its impact on insulin and blood sugar levels.
Additionally, the fructose in Shakeology is from non-GMO (not genetically-modified) sources and is processed cleanly in GMP-certified (Good Manufacturing Practice) facilities. It has a low glycemic index and is derived from beets.
As for Erythritol… Erythritol is ONLY in Tropical Strawberry. Erythritol is a natural sweetener which is present at low levels in some fruits and fermented foods. Erythritol is 60-70% as sweet as table sugar yet it is almost non-caloric, has no effect on blood sugar levels, does not cause tooth decay, and is easily absorbed by the body, therefore unlikely to cause gastric side effects.
Finally, a few notes about Stevia in Shakeology. The Stevia extract used in Shakeology is not whole leaf. It is water extracted and then purified with alcohol and dried naturally. No chemical processing. Nothing artificial used or added.
Does Shakeology contain rbGH or rBST?
Knowing if a protein shake has rbGH is important because it’s a genetically engineered artificial hormone injected into dairy cows to make them produce more milk. Although, the FDA approved it as safe, it’s safety is still in question.
Beachbody answered this publicly: Does the dairy or the whey protein used in Shakeology come from cows treated with RBGH or RBST?
“Team Beachbody requires certification from the supplier of the whey protein isolate for Shakeology to verify that the whey is not from cows treated with rBGH/rBST.”
Does Shakeology Have GMO Ingredients?
NO!!! Beachbody is very much against using GMO ingredients. In fact, when Beachbody first formulated the Vegan Shakeology flavor, they made sure not to use Soy because of how hard it is to find a non-GMO Soy source and also for health reasons.
Here’s Beachbody’s official answer to: Does Shakeology contain any GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) ingredients?
Special care has been taken in the formulation of all supplements to exclude GMO based ingredients such as soy, canola and corn. The supplier is required to provide documentation to Beachbody on their position on GMO ingredients. The possibility of obtaining a third party certification is currently being evaluated for Shakeology.
Is Shakeology Gluten Free?
Rather you’re on a Gluten Free diet for health or for allergies, many people normally ask “is Shakeology gluten free”? Beachbody has stated the following:
“Shakeology is not certified gluten free. Although Shakeology is made with gluten-free ingredients, all Shakeology formulas are in a manufacturing facility that also processes known allergens such as soy, milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts and wheat (gluten) ingredients”
So yes, Shakeology is Gluten Free… But it’s also produced in a facility that has gluten ingredients. And while strict cleaning guidelines are followed, it can never be 100% guaranteed that there is no cross contamination.
There is something else to add, however. 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.
Is Shakeology Safe for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers (Breast Feeding)?
By now you have already looked into all the Shakeology ingredients above. You know what is really in Shakeology and what is not. We have answered “What is Shakeology” by going over the healthy nutrient groups in Shakeology and have found that Shakeology does not contain anything artificial and is aiming to stay as pure as possible.
However, people still have the question “Is Shakeology safe to drink while you’re pregnant or breast feeding?”… Interestingly, many people will not ask the same about eating junk food that’s packed with artificial chemicals and men made chemicals. Yet, the question is asked about Shakeology so we’ll answer it now…
Both co-creators of Shakeology, Darin Olien and Isabelle Daikeler have gone on record saying that Shakeology IS SAFE to drink while pregnant or breast feeding. Additionally, Pregnant and Nursing Mothers from WhatToExpect.com and BabyCenter.com have stated that they have been drinking Shakeology with no problems whatsoever…
However, Beachbody does recommend that you consult your own physician first and that you make sure you watch how much Vitamin A you take in. For pregnant woman, the upper limit for Vitamin A is 10,000 IU. So yes, you can drink Shakeology… Just make sure you’re getting the right amount nutrients and not over doing it…
How to Buy Shakeology Cheap!
As you probably know, Shakeology is a premium health shake with a premium price… True, it’s cheaper to buy Shakeology than to buy multiple supplements to make a Shakeology alternative… However, people still want to save money on Shakeology!
The best way to buy Shakeology cheap is to order Shakeology with Monthly Auto-ship… This will save you over $12!!! Don’t worry… with monthly auto-ship you can cancel at any time or you can change your Shakeology flavor at any time with one simple call to Beachbody.
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