The UGLY TRUTH About Visalus Shakes

VISALUS sacrifices quality!

visalusThis was written by Monica Cornwell Parodi, Masters in Nutrition

“Wowzers!!!! I could have a field day with this one. There are hidden MSG’s- exitoxins that make your nerve endings stand on end & get all excited about what you are eating. It’s like a drug & kills your brain cells. I could write a book about sucralose. I could talk for days about the soy protein isolate and it’s negative effects on the thyroid function. The Hihj Oleic Oil too. This is way worse than the glance I remember getting!!! I’ll copy and post a few things…..

This is from Dr. Russell Blaylock: Back to the “hidden” ingredients:
So how do food companies manage to hide excitotoxins and taste additives to their foods? It’s easy: They just keep changing the words to confuse consumers. Once customers learned to avoid MSG / monosodium glutamate, the food companies started using yeast extract.

And now, two years after I started sounding the alarm on yeast extract, many companies have switched to “torula yeast,” which accomplishes the same thing. Other hidden sources of MSG include:

  • Autolyzed vegetable protein
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • Calcium caseinate
  • Sodium caseinate
  • Textured proteinin

Okay back to the sucralose. Here’s what Dr. Steven Hotze had to say about it: Sucralose is chlorinated hydrocarbon, which is toxic. Any chlorinated hydrocarbon in the world is toxic and carcinogenic. Spelnda was originally made as a pesticide- go dump it on your ant beds and come back tomorrow to see all of the dead ants. Sucralose is poison.

I could go on but you get the point! I could never ever represent Body by Vi. To say that it’s healthy is deceiving and sad!! That’s what they have on the label. They are only required to post 80% of what’s in it on the label. I’d hate to see what they put in there not on the label. Shakeology post 100% accuracy on the label and NO food companies do that! Love Beachbody’s integrity!”

Food for thought…

FACT: The RDA for calories is 2000kcal/day. We all know that in order to lose weight you need to burn more than you take in. THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU GO EXTREMELY LOW IN YOUR CALORIC INTAKE! When you go below 1200-1300 calories per day, you put your body into starvation mode, thus shifting your metabolism to SLOW DOWN and burn calories more slowly. If you were to take in just two “Body by Vi” shakes (without additives) daily plus a regular meal (let’s assume that meal is around 350 calories), plus two 100 calorie snacks, you’ll only be taking in 550 calories. Why is it so low in calories? They simply aren’t offering you the fuel you need to get through the day. By skimping on glucose (essential for your brain to function) and other carbohydrates (4 calories per carb), they can offer you lower calories. Offering a 90 calorie shake sounds good on paper, but in practice this simply does not make sense. By reducing your carbohydrate intake, you will essentially cause your body to begin burning proteins instead of carbohydrates like it is supposed to. Why is this bad? The main source of protein that your body will have will not be an adequate amount of protein found in a Visalus shake. Instead your body will begin to degrade the proteins in your muscle. Because your body is not supposed to use its own proteins for fuel, large waste protein byproducts are made which must then be flushed out of your body. These waste protein byproducts are known as “ketones” and require a great amount of water to be flushed out. Because of this fact, you will start to urinate a lot, excreting a great amount of water weight. If you do not properly hydrate, then you will easily become dehydrated. After a few days, you’ll be fatigued and cranky.

This is because:

1. Your body won’t be getting the energy it needs to run properly.

2. You’ll be dehydrated. (Fatigue is a symptom of dehydration.)

3. You’re in starvation mode.

Comparison of Visalus vs. Shakeology

Visalus product label:


Shakeology product label:


The Sugar in Shakeology…

Critics sometimes raise questions about Shakeology® and it’s nutritional value. One of the most common questions skeptics (and prospective users) have when they read the label is, “Why “so much” sugar?”

Let’s start with this…

How much sugar a day?  So, what’s up with that, anyways? There are six grams of sugar in a single serving of Shakeology®.  For a nutritional meal, that may sound like a lot.  But let’s break down what we are comparing and the type of sugar we are talking about.


An apple has 23 grams of sugar…and, Shakeology® has 6.

The American Heart Association recommends that women should consume no more than six teaspoons (24 grams) of sugar per day, and men should keep their sugar intake down to nine (36 grams) teaspoons or less.  Four grams of sugar is equal to one teaspoon.

Are there DIFFERENT KINDS of Sugar?

There’s a significant difference between the sugar found in Shakeology® and the kind found in that sprinkled doughnut you may be thinking about.   Dr William Coda Martin defines refined sugar as the “sweetest poison of all”.  Refined sugar is different than natural sugar.  Shakeology® contains no refined sugar.  It’s consists of a natural sweetener blend of non-GMO fructose and stevia.  Steve Edwards, Beachbody Director of Results and Fitness Advisor, says, “Fructose is a natural sweetener from fruit.” He explains that the original goal for Shakeology® was to create a vegan formula that was sugar free. However, to meet up with necessary taste requirements, a combination of natural sweeteners had to be negotiated.

Derived from beets, the non-GMO fructose has a low glycemic index and works in the formulation as a transport vehicle for the nutrients and for taste, says Edwards. This is unlike glucose sucrose (table sugar) or high-fructose corn syrup (chemically altered sugar). The sugar found in Shakeology® is sent directly to the liver for absorption, minimizing the impact on insulin and blood sugar levels. It’s processed cleanly in GMP-certified (Good Manufacturing Practice) facilities and doesn’t affect your body negatively the way other sugars do. The Westin Price Foundations suggests replacing refined sugar with natural sugar:

“Get in the habit of reading labels and avoid products made with white sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, and ALL artificial sweeteners. Instead use natural sweeteners, including pure maple syrup, molasses, stevia, Rapadura (dehydrated cane sugar juice), brown or green stevia or raw unfiltered honey. Many health food stores offer products made with natural sweeteners, like cookies and ice cream, and even licorice, although it is better to make your own. ”

Oh OK!  I get it now!  But what about OTHER shakes?

In comparison to other shakes that may read ZERO sugar:  How do you think they are achieving that?

YES!—>  Artificial sweeteners and chemicals.  BIG NO-NO’s (which is what Visalus has in their shakes seen in the information above).

I promote questioning the ingredients found in Shakeology® AS WELL AS any other food, for that matter, especially the sugar content. Label readers know to look for unsuspected sugar as ingredients in all sorts of food ranging from “unsweetened” orange juice to pasta sauces to soda to “healthy” granola or breakfast cereals. Not only do foods high in added sugars fail to have nutrients your body needs, but they also contain empty calories that are counterproductive to your goals. Additionally, getting too much sugar can significantly increase your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, according to a study reported by the American Heart Association. It’s only natural to want to make sure that a product you’re considering isn’t full of added/altered sugars.

Diabetics certainly need to know about the quality and amount of sugar contained in Shakeology® and other products they are considering for their fitness journeys. Shakeology has a very low glycemic index- meaning what is in it, is not going to spike their sugar levels. Many diabetics drink Shakeology® daily, they attest to the fact that the low glycemic index of the sugar contained in Shakeology® does not negatively affect their health.

Shakeology glycemic

information compiled from Seay Standford; Certified Nutrition

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