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Does Shakeology Contain Lead, GMO’s or Other Harmful Ingredients?

Shakeology contains lead

*Note* This is NOT my content – shared with permission from Jaime Creson

*Note, Vani Hari, aka the “Food Babe”, is not a registered dietician, nutritionist and has no formal nutritional training. Ms. Hari has a B.S. Degree in Computer Science and a background in the financial services industry.

Let’s get into the NITTY GRITTY about this report specifically as it relates to Shakeology.

1. GMO’s –
What are GMO’s? GMOs are plants or animals that have undergone a process wherein scientists alter their genes with DNA from different species of living organisms, bacteria, or viruses to get desired traits such as resistance to disease or tolerance of pesticides.

GMOs are present in 60 to 70 percent of foods on US supermarket shelves,according to Bill Freese at the Center for Food Safety; the vast majority of processed foods contain GMOs. One major exception is fresh fruits and veggies. The only GM produce you’re likely to find is the Hawaiian papaya, a small amount of zucchini and squash, and some sweet corn. No meat, fish, and poultry products approved for direct human consumption are bioengineered at this point, though most of the feed for livestock and fish is derived from GM corn, alfalfa, and other biotech grains. Only organic varieties of these animal products are guaranteed GMO-free feed. In addition, soy protein contains estrogen-mimicking compounds that can interfere with your hormones, and on top of that most of the soy in the marketplace is GMO (genetically modified), two important reasons why we don’t use soy in Shakeology.

Be wary of this label “GMO Free” if you’re trying to avoid GE foods. Right now there is no strict definition of what constitutes a naturalfood. This could be changing soon as federal court judges recently requested the Food and Drug Administration to determine whether the term can be used to describe foods containing GMOs to help resolve pending class action suits against General Mills, Campbell Soup Co., and the tortilla manufacturer Gruma Corp.

Beachbody has put every effort into making sure that the ingredients in Shakeology do not contain pesticides, are not destroyed in processing, are produced using the best of fair trade practices, and have many of the benefits of what is considered “organic.” So you might ask, “Why isn’t Shakeology certified organic’?” The experience of our development team has shown that sometimes certified organic does not necessarily translate to higher quality. Certifying something can simply jack up the price, especially with ingredients of this quality and quantity. So we decided to focus on making sure the quality and integrity of the product lives up to the promise, without asking you to pay the premium it would cost for us to say it with a stamp of approval from a certification lab.

Other meal replacement products use aspartame, sucralose, or other artificial sugars that have been proven to have adverse health effects. In terms of sugar,many protein shakes have 1g of sugar or less. This is because they are using artificial chemical sweeteners (check the label for sucralose, aspartame, or sugar alcohols).

Shakeology’s small amounts of sugar comes from natural sources which are easily processed by the body and in fact has been tested and certified by an independent lab to have a Low Glycemic Index of 24 – that’s lower than most fruits (an apple is 36 and an orange is 43)! The great thing about the fructose used in Shakeology – as opposed to glucose (table sugar) or high-fructose corn syrup (chemically altered sugar) – is that your body sends it directly to the liver for absorption (which means its impact on insulin and blood sugar levels is minimized making it a terrific option for diabetics).

As a side note, the fructose in Shakeology is from non-GMO sources and is processed cleanly in GMP certified facilities.

Article about Stevia that is very thorough and should help you understand more about it – J.pdf

Lab that tested Shakeology’s GI levels –

Don’t confuse whey protein concentrate with “isolate”. Whey protein concentrate is the least pure form of whey protein made. 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.

With this said also be careful if you see a company promoting that their protein is “more absorbable”. Protein sources like whey protein hydrolysate have been shown to trigger a much higher insulin response in the body. That’s not an outcome we would tolerate in any health shake, much less Shakeology.

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 purified using a technique called ion-exchange where protein is separated through its specific electrical charge. No acid is used in this process. The Shakeology whey isolate is extracted using a cold-processing method, avoiding high heat, leaving it 90% protein and virtually fat and lactose-free. Great care is taken not to ‘denature’ the protein in Shakeology. That’s why it is called “nature in a bag.” Beachbody means it.

Does Shakeology contain lead? A report from the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) shows an outrageous number of children’s snacks and juices — even organic ones — contain high levels of lead. Of the 146 items they tested — including those from brands like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s — 125 contained “high” levels of lead.

In 28 brands of apple juice and grape juice, investigators found that roughly 10% of samples (from five brands) had total arsenic levels exceeding 10 parts per billion (ppb) — the federal arsenic limit for bottled water. One in fours amples also had levels of lead exceeding the bottled-water limit.

Oh and The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found 61% of lipsticks, YES LIPSTICKS, tested contained detectable levels of lead, but none included lead as an ingredient on the label. Check out the Cosmetics Database at as well.

The problem here is that many people still believe that anything chemical is harmful and that only natural foods are safe. However, people who extol the virtues of natural foods and worry about the dangers of chemicals added to our foods,do not seem to realize that many of the natural chemicals in foods can be more toxic than chemicals that are added. The number of the naturally-occurring chemicals in foods is probably in the hundreds of thousands. For example, potatoes contain at least 150 substances in addition the nutritionally important proteins, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins, oxalic acid, tannins, solanine, arsenic and nitrate are present. Many of these substances are poisonous and would be deadly if consumed in excess.

Below is a list of naturally occurring toxicants present in foods:

· Oestrogens – in carrots, soya beansand potatoes, wheat, rice, apples, cherries, olive oil
· Coitrogens – in broccoli, kale,cauliflower, spinach, legumes, nuts and milk
· Enzyme Inhibitors – in legumes, cereals,potatoes, eggs
· Haemagglutins – legumes, potatoes,cereals
· Oligosaccharides – in lactose
· CyanogenicGlycosides – in almonds, apricots, cherries, lima beans
· Aklaloids – in potatoes
· Oxalates – in spinach, chard,parsley, cocoa, tea, cashews, almonds
· Nitrate, Nitrite and Nitrosamines – inspinach, celery, collards, radishes, lettuce, beets
· Other Natural POISONS – in lycopene in tomatojuice; serotonin in bananas, pineapples, pumpkins, cucumbers and squash,caffeine; theophylline and theobromine in coffee, tea and cocoa; and saponinsin various legumes.

Here is a great document about the Sources of Lead if you want to read more. The main thing to note is that lead can be found in many products and locations. Some you might never have thought of, including some imported candies, toys, and traditional medicines.

Bottom line is nothing is artificial in Shakeology.

5. rbGH –
First of all, what isrbGH? Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) is a synthetic (man-made) hormone that is marketed to dairy farmers to increase milk production in cows. Concerns about possible health effectson humans from milk produced using rBGH have focused on 2 main issues:

· First, does drinking milk from rBGH-treated cows increase blood levels of growth hormone orIGF-1 in consumers? If it does, would this be expected to have any health effects in people, including increasing the risk of cancer? Several scientific reviews have looked at these issues and are the main focus of this document.

· Second, cows treated with rBGH tend to develop more udder infections (mastitis). These cows are given more antibiotics than cows not given rBGH. Does this increased use of antibiotics lead to more antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and is this a health concern for people? This remains a concern, but it has not been fully examined in humans.

The whey protein isolate in Shakeology is ion-filtered, certified antiobiotic-free and Bovine somatotropin (BST) free. When whey protein islow-temperature-processed (raw or cold-processed like Shakeology’s whey is processed) it retains many of its fragile immune factors and nutrients leaving it loaded with the ideal blend of easily absorbed amino acids, anti-inflammatory immune factors and metabolism-boosting peptides, along with potent antioxidants and alkaline minerals.

Naturally produced whey is loaded with protein and when it is kept as pure and unprocessed as possible and made from the milk of pasture-fed cows, it is also loaded with antioxidants and important amino acids.

CONCLUSION: Remember, every ingredient in Shakeology has been selected carefully to create a nutritional“symphony” of ingredients working together for maximum biological value. We would never include “putrid proteins” or chemical additives in a product we stand behind as “the healthiest meal of the day.”

All Beachbody nutrition products are 3rd party tested to ensure they are free of rancidity, toxins, hormones and all of the other things most people fear from dairy products. When sorting through the endless amounts of nutritional advice found in the Internet, consider the source, and above all else, look to your own body’s response for a clue to the truth. Be wary of individuals or companies offering alarmist nutritional advice while at the same time hocking their own products. (And when someone says their shake is as good as Shakeology, ask them to prove it with an unconditional money back guarantee.)

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Lead Found in Children’s Foods and Baby Foods; Legal Notices sent to Law Enforcement. Retrieved from

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Shakeology – Non GMO Ingredients. Retrieved from—non-gmo-ingredients

5 Suprising Genetically Modified Foods. Maggie Caldwell.Retrieved from

We Go Both Wheys. Carl Daikeler, Retrieved from

Food Matters, Dr.Mercola,

The Importance of Naturally Occuring Toxicants inFoods, Sudhir K Agarwal, Departmentof Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences (1988)

Recominant Bovine Growth Hormone, American Cancer Society, Retrieved from

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  • Reply Summer April 16, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    Excellent breakdown! Thank you!

    • Reply Whitney DeLong April 22, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      Thanks so much, Summer! I am glad it was helpful. I know I like to be well informed so I wanted to share with all of you who also like to be well informed. 🙂

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