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Newsflash: PlantFusion makes a ready-to-drink version of their shake — and I cannot WAIT to review it!!


What’s In It?

The Pro’s

  • Stamped for approval in ALL main categories for a healthy beverage: gluten free (wheat free!), dairy free, rice free, soy free, vegan/no animal, making this a highly hypoallergenic formula (which means great for more people, and easy to digest and tolerate for those with allergies).
  • Certified nonGMO, meaning there are no lingering genetically modified organisms in your beverage aka a super clean way to get your protein and nutrients!
  • More protein than competitors, and less sugar = more of the good stuff (but not too much), and less of the bad stuff (the LESS sugar the better!)
  • Protein in the formula is a clever combo of pea protein isolate (I do wish it wasn’t a processed isolate), artichoke (great source of nutrients and fiber as well), sprouted amaranth (power-grain), organic sprouted quinoa

Is there any sneaky stuff hiding in the formula?

  • Alpha Galactosidase: what is this really long word? A super cool enzyme that helps break down and digest carbohydrate-rich foods especially cruciferous green veggies like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower which typically cause gas and bloating.
  • Bromelain: I’ve RAVED before and I’ll RAVE again about this digestive enzyme from pineapple, chosen likely due to its super protective abilities which enhance digestion, calm inflammation, heal infections, mitigate joint pain, ease allergies, asthma and even speed up recovery post injury.
  • Glycine: a muscle-building, brain-boosting amino acid that benefits your whole body! Great choice here. It also supports gut health, regeneration of collagen, promotes healthy sleep and calms the nerves. Ahhh…
  • Selenomethionine: selenium is an awesome choice of trace mineral chosen to protect your heart, thyroid health aka metabolism and prevent cancer.
  • Evaporated cane sugar: at least it is nonGMO sugar cane, but still…
  • Certainly not an all organic formula, including synthetic vitamins such as their Vitamin E, Vitamin A as beta carotene, folic acid and cyanocobalamin (wish they used folate and methylcobalamin for higher quality and better absorption into the body instead!)

The Con’s 

  • Carrageenan: this thickening food additive, although derived from seaweed and seemingly innocent, can cause quite a few side effects including inflammation, insulin resistance, various digestive concerns, immune imbalance and even some types of cancer. Best to avoid products that contain it.
  • Natural Flavor, Natural Vanilla Flavor and Natural Vanilla Non-Dairy Creme: what’s with all the flavoring? Did you know that ‘natural flavors’ are completely processed and made up of 100+ chemicals? How on earth can you call this natural?!
  • Fructose: one of the WORST ways to sweeten a formula! Why’d they choose fructose?! You might be more familiar with the term high fructose corn syrup, because they are processed in the SAME way, and the liver must work extra hard to metabolize this type of sugar since our other cells cannot do it. When our cells cannot absorb or metabolize fructose or glucose, and have become resistant to insulin, we are setting up a metabolic storm: prediabetes, leaky gut, obesity, heart disease, increased cholesterol, high blood pressure, increased mercury levels, etc…. Too much fructose in your body also contributes to fatty liver disease, which is just one of the myriad of scary down-stream effects this type of fruit sugar can have on our physiology. Do not consume products with fructose if possible.
  • Sunflower Oil: an inflammatory omega-6 oil that one should not be consuming on a regular basis, especially if we are to be eating clean diets that mitigate inflammation, aka with a Mediterranean-style diet packed with omega-3 fatty acids along with colorful fruits and veggies, fresh wild caught fish, raw nuts and seeds, avocados and olive oil (plus organic red wine and dark chocolate!!). YUM!

I feel that this is a REALLY tricky formula to evaluate. I really, REALLY wanted to fall in love with it, but the ready-made shake just isn’t quite all the powder was designed to be. I would have to grade this product a B- due to the long and intricate list of Con’s listed above, despite the fact that there were so many GREAT additions which tried to make this formula stand out from the crowd.



Happy Memorial Day Weekend, everyone!

This week we are featuring a brand I am very excited about: Burt’s Bees. I don’t know about you, but when I think about Burt and his Bees, I think about lipgloss, organic baby cotton clothes, toys and even bedsheets. But protein powder?! This is a brand new venture for them and I look forward to getting deeper into their product. Here we go…

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Looks super cute and fun, right?! Vanilla flavor, organic pea protein, plant-based protein shake.. they have all the key buzz words. So far, so good…

The basics: GRADE A

Sodium: 210mg, or 9%, meh. Aim for less than 6-8% whenever possible for sodium.

Protein: 15g/serving. Good balanced serving size, and from peas, brown rice and even sunflower seeds. Yummy sounding.

Servings of fruits and veggies: 4.5 — pretty decent in one glass! Their fruit and veg nutrient blend includes tons of colorful fruits and veggies, along with shiitake mushroom for a bonus kick of vitamin D and immune support.

Stamps of approval: GF (gluten free), Soy-free (yippee!!), Non-GMO, Dairy-free. Well done, Burt.

Expiry date: well listed, along with organic, non-GMO stamps.


Now for the fun part… What is IN this protein shake, and what is it made of???

Questionable ingredients:

  • Honey powder: maltodextrin (usually from corn, and might contain added MSG or other non-ideal sourcing issues…)
  • Natural flavors: NO way of being actually natural, as they are flavorings
  • Partially hydrolyzed oat flour: some suggest that this form of processing may even be suitable for those with Celiac disease, although the flour is derived by acid or other enzyme.
  • Carrageenan: WHY on earth, Burt, did you include this in your product? I mean, I understand that carrageenan can be added to instill a false sense of creaminess, or flowy texture, but from a health perspective it is a HUGE DANGER as it is carcinogenic — which means get it out of your diet!!!! This filler can be found in many organic ‘health’ foods so please read labels and do your best to avoid products that have this.

OVERALL rating for this product: I wanted to give this a solid GRADE A, although due to the questionable ingredients, I must resort to a final GRADE of A-.

PS Burt, if you’re reading this, you were steps away from a nearly perfect shake — get rid of the carrageenan please!!!!



This week, let’s explore a brand, which on first glance appears to be somewhat misleading since it promotes some hard-to-miss claims that make it easy for just about anyone to fall for:

  • ‘ZERO BELLY’ — that’s a LOT to promise. Do you really want ZERO belly?? Keeping fit to achieve zero belly fat may be a goal for some people, but the name is a far stretch and can be off-putting for many others.
  • Reduce visceral fat (this is the fat that develops around our organs to prevent acidity, any toxicity etc. from penetrating deeper into the actual organs — yup it’s protective in one sense, but also a scary type of fat that is metabolically active and is considered its OWN organ system!) by 10% — yet another promise that is extremely hard to prove/guarantee. (There are some really cool scales you can find on Amazon that can track your visceral fat, and you can watch the number melt away as you shed weight, especially if you’re following a healthy lifestyle plan that works for you.)

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Cute how they add a dazzling recipe to the back of the package, though! Makes it easier to get started ASAP. Nice wording too, but all seems a bit too good to be true.

What’s it MADE of?

  • Protein blend of pea protein concentrate, hemp protein — nice choices here, although keep in mind that any concentrates have been highly processed compared to their whole food counterpart.
  • Sweetened with stevia — organic? Likely not..
  • Prebiotic corn fiber — although it says non-GMO, ingesting too much corn in your diet in this form isn’t ideal, especially since the package is not stamped with the official non-GMO seal of approval.
  • Natural flavor — red flag! No ‘flavor’ can be considered ‘natural’ if/when it’s created in a lab.
  • Ashitaba (chal curb angelica keiskei) is a plant that does not have much research supporting its use in humans. Many of the studies, as denoted by WebMD, are done in test tubes and animals, so we aren’t too clear about its’ effects or mechanism of action in our body. That doesn’t make me feel too comfortable… Along with the statement that there isn’t yet enough research to denote safety of this plant, WebMD also claims that this plant is used to treat:

    heartburn” (gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD), stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gout, constipation, and hay fever. It is also used for cancer, smallpox, fluid retention, blood clots, and food poisoning. Women use it to increase the flow of breast milk.” –>Why would I want this in my smoothies to address weight management?! Especially not on a daily or regular basis.

  • Might be a typo on their packaging, but organic inulin is in parasyntheses along with the bacillus strain — was this on purpose? Not sure what this even means.
  • Lacking information on organic sourcing of ingredients, along with nonGMO certification stamp for their use of ‘non-GMO’ corn.
  • Although the site makes tons of claims about the quality and efficacy of their probiotic strain GBI-30 6086, this SINGLE strain, Bacillus coagulans, is merely one in a sea of trillions of other probiotics living in our gut maintaining the health of our immune system, which makes me skeptical as to how on earth this one single isolated strain (does this strain even survive on its’ passage along the digestive tract and throughout the gut?!) make all the difference for your digestion? I remain highly skeptical, and uneasy.
  • Rule of thumb: To make any difference in our gut, I like to recommend products that include at minimum 7-10+ different strains of probiotics.

Overall GRADING: This product receives a B- since it uses herbs that aren’t supported well in the research for weight management in humans, there is only one single strain of probiotic used in the whole blend, no stamps of organic or nonGMO approval which would step it up in terms of quality of ingredients, including corn. Too many claims made that might lead the consumer astray. Lack of transparency! Typos on their packaging.

Despite the GRADE B-, this brand is getting such a relatively high grade since it was creative in its’ marketing and use of plant-based power to achieve reduction in weight.

Fingers crossed that it tastes good without lingering aftertaste!

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT — Happy Mother’s Day!

Last week was PlantFusion’s regular plant-based blend, and they got a pretty good grade. Now let’s upgrade to their Organic Plant Protein and see how they do!

I am a huge proponent of you are what you eat, AND digest. You can eat anything your heart desires, but what are you really getting out of it? The more nutrition you pack into each meal or snack, the more there is to get out of it, whether it be more nutrients, minerals, vitamins, all which help your body run optimally for health and wellbeing.

This is why I encourage you to be as picky as possible when it comes to the quality and sourcing of the food you eat. Eating organic doesn’t always mean best, but it does assure you that your food has been held to some degree of quality based upon avoidance of various chemicals or pesticides that can linger into our diet, and one step further is eating foods with the non GMO label, which helps ensure that our strawberry is actually JUST a strawberry, for instance, without any additional genes or DNA spliced in for added color. Make a pledge to EAT REAL FOOD, and you cannot go wrong.

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The above pic is from their website, as they outline their use of cleaner, plant-based protein which is a great place to start. When you use the power and energy of plants to power your day and your muscles, you can rest assured that the body can utilize it more effectively, and thus assimilate more nutrients from it. This is the point: eat foods that nourish you. Avoid junk that is hard to break down and gather nutrients from.

Many of the whey proteins and isolates from other brands pose a large challenge for the body, and this over time, can create allergenic reactions, and more, throughout the body. The immune system is being challenged when it has other more important things to do, like searching out, tagging and destroying cancer cells, among a myriad of others. Let the immune system to its’ job by avoiding typically allergenic foods (think soy, gluten, corn, nonGMO food, etc) and instead nourish your cells with the good, clean stuff.

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Let’s check out the ingredient list:

Fiber: GRADE A

From what I gather here, they are using inulin which is organic, and a great source of prebiotic fiber for the body (ideal for feeding your but bacteria), as their primary ingredient. Right off the bat you are getting extra fiber to help move the metabolized toxins OUT of your body via the large intestines, and this is a great thing. Some people have trouble digesting inulin, such as those following the FODMAP diet, so make note if you experience any gas or bloating with this formula, and check in with your gut flora balance. Inulin also provides many other health benefits, including:

  • heart health
  • metabolic imbalance
  • weight management
  • digestive upset including constipation
  • IBS and other..

Ingredient Safety: Grade B

Xantham Gum, which I’ve spoken about before, is a stabilizing, emulsifying and thickening agent used in a whole slew of products and foods, lotions, medicines, dressings, toothpastes, yogurts, you name it. Did you know that it is made via sugar fermentation with the help of the bacteria Xanthomonas campetris, and is then alcohol-dried and finally, ground into a fine powder.

I would have preferred them to list the amount they are using in their formula, since consuming less than 15g of the stuff is what is considered safe. Would have given a higher grade here if they told us how much is in the formula, or if they used flax or chia instead!!

Sweetness Factor: Grade A

Organic stevia, if you like the taste, and you cannot go wrong. Ideally they extracted it from a real plant, and sweeten just to taste — and not too much! I am sure Laura can speak more here.. If you want to grow your own Stevia plant, it would be such fun, and you can simply pluck the leaves straight into your tea!

Flavoring: Grade B

Natural vanilla chai flavoring blend? First off, what is in this so-called blend of natural flavors, and where can one find a ‘natural’ (aka from nature!) source of vanilla chai?! It was likely created in a lab, and is false marketing, despite the fact it is organic AND natural.

Overall Ingredients: Grade A

Keep in mind that their ingredient list is considered VERY short and concise, compared to just about EVERY other formula we have examined, and this makes my job easier, and easier for you to read about, learn about and enjoy, too… Nice job.

Silica and Sea Salt: Silica is an extremely versatile mineral, and most of us know it for its’ help in the department of hair, skin and nails. Keep in mind that it is also useful for:

  • heart
  • joint
  • bones
  • digestive
  • immune
  • detoxification
  • cognition

Where can we get more minerals in our diet? High quality sea salt. We prefer pink Himalayan Sea Salt, and Celtic salt which is a nice grey color. Fresh from the earth, containing all of the earth’s precious minerals to feed the teeniest enzymatic pathways throughout the entire body. Don’t skimp out on your salt.

From their site:

“At PlantFusion, we naturally prefer “the whole food” approach.   So instead of using high doses of a few strains of isolated probiotics, we use living fermented foods which contain hundreds of strains of probiotics, enzymes and natural cofactors, just as they exist in nature.  The end result is a broader range of beneficial bacteria to support digestion in a way that you can actually feel.”

  • This is a fantastic philosophy to live by, and is really helpful when thinking digestive health. The more nutrition you get from real, live foods including fermented foods, the better.

“What does PlantFusion Organic have in common with foods like Greek Yogurt, Kombucha, and Kimchi?”

The answer is fermented foods, which have soared in popularity as people take advantage of their ability to improve digestive health and overall well-being.  Digestive issues often are the # 1 difficulty people experience with protein shakes.  Symptoms range from bloating, to gassiness, and even serious cramps.  No matter how it may feel, this is your body’s way of telling you that it does not have the necessary tools to properly digest and effectively use the proteins consumed.   The proprietary fermented foods blend in PlantFusion Organic Protein gives your body the metabolic toolbox needed to actively break down the proteins into shorter peptides and amino acids for easier, more efficient use by the body.  At the same time, the active cultures help normalize the balance of flora in your digestive tract for better overall digestive health.

I really enjoy the simplicity of the site, the quality of the product, the care put into creating this organic formula, and I hope the taste is as good as it looks/sounds. Hopefully, you feel energized and ready to go after drinking this shake, since it’s packed with tons of plant-based ingredients that your body is sure to love.

No added sugar, bonus digestive enzymes, fermented and sprouted foods, and plant-based power. AWESOME.

OVERALL GRADE A: I am VERY excited to get my hands onto this formula!!!


The last few shakes we’ve looked at didn’t get the best grades (sorry about that!). Let’s see how the plant-based formula of the week, PlantFusion, holds up against the competition (nutritionally speaking of course). Here’s what the label looks like:

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Pretty cute looking, right? I mean, I was almost fooled by the look and sound of this brand, smearing PLANT PLANT PLANT all over the container. And when you take a look at their proprietary PlantFusion AA Protein Blend, you just about WANT to love it. Here’s why I gave this section a GRADE B+:

  • pea protein isolate (albeit very stripped-down ingredient, pea protein is one of the highest quality plant-based protein sources currently available AND peas are way down low on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list, meaning organic or not, these little munchkins are a great protein choice)
  • artichoke protein: artichoke provides really clean starches, B vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, etc.
  • sprouted amaranth powder: what’s the deal with things being sprouted? When you pre-soak your grains overnight, you are actually feeding the little seedlings within, thus releasing the grains’ key nutrients such as vitamin C, B vitamins and folate, fiber, and other proteins… not to mention that sprouting your grains can lessen the allergenic load on your system — great for those with all types of grain sensitivities. Amaranth is a beautiful little gluten-free seed (like quinoa) that provides an awesome punch of protein, fiber, high digestibility, and amino acid lysine (not found in too many other places) great for energy and muscle protection.
  • sprouted quinoa powder: quinoa contains one of the higher ratios of protein and fiber, iron, magnesium, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), manganese.. each with a specific role in the teeniest enzymatic pathways working hard to keep your cells young and fresh 24/7. Love it!


As for the Enzyme Blend, first of all, I am SO impressed and happy that they supply bromelain — one of the BEST antioxidants you can find — that comes from the juicy, tropical pineapple. Only issue is that we aren’t sure HOW MUCH bromelain is actually IN their proprietary blend, as it also contains ‘other’ naturally occurring enzymes. Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme that helps breakdown inflammation, and is super powerful when it comes to healing all types of digestive disorders, allergies, asthma, sinus infections, and even joint pain. Best when taken AWAY from food for some of these disorders, but that’s a whole other discussion point.


Technically, they can use as little of the good stuff as allowed to be part of the label, and then the rest or ‘other’ as filler stuff. Too bad they don’t specify how much you get for your $! GRADE B+ for lack of disclosure.

Now, the Other Ingredient List. Luckily, it’s short. But take a look at the first listed ingredient: Fructose! UGH! Fructose when isolated from whole fruit, can potentially harm the body’s metabolism since our cells cannot properly metabolize it; the liver must do it all (similar to alcohol metabolism). Our liver is already busy enough balancing hormones, vitamins, drugs, detoxification pathways, cholesterol molecules, etc. Excess fructose can contribute to insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, etc. Too much fructose on a daily basis can potentially lead to overeating since it can stimulate appetite and encourage overeating, and also fatty depositions within the liver — so let’s keep this out of our daily routines, please. GRADE F

Cocoa: they do not mention the sourcing, nor the type — how was it processed? Very vague.

Flavoring: Can someone please tell me where on earth you can find or buy ‘natural’ cookies and creme flavor?? I will buy it! But as of now, this flavor is certainly NOT natural, and the word natural is just as much a bust as the idea that you can find cookies and creme in nature. Too bad.. GRADE F

Silica, guar gum, natural flavor (what? more ‘natural’ flavor? why?), stevia. Nutritionally speaking, very generic ingredients, nothing exciting or worth trying. Keep in mind that if you have a soy allergy, you might not want to try this brand due to the guar gum. GRADE C for potential allergenicity.

Taking all of this into consideration, I am neither excited nor overly interested in trying this product. Maybe their Organic plant-based protein powder will exceed my expectations as we continue to search for the Perfect Shake!!

OVERALL, I rate PlantFusion with a GRADE B-… Going in the right direction, Laura!


It’s that time again, to explore our new shake of next week! Cute name, Skinny Blend via skinnyjane.com, makes lots of claims for metabolism and weight loss. Sound too good to be true?? Let’s dig deeper…

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Laura was telling me that she had a lot of fun choosing this one, since it came in so many fun flavors to try. We’re going to go with banana, since it is a unique flavor skew, and has a plethora of fun to be had in the smoothie department. But nutritionally speaking, how does it hold up against the competition? Let’s see! Here is a snap of the ingredient list:

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What is this stuff actually MADE OF?

  • Right off the bat we can see that there are no stamps for organic or nonGMO ingredients, meaning that the quality of ingredients is held to no real standard in terms of nutritional benefit in my eyes.
  • They are blending their protein, and you can see how they list whey protein concentrate (denatured!), whey protein isolate (more denatured product!), and also milk protein isolate (remember that anytime you see isolate or even concentrate, the product has been denatured and altered from its natural state). Already, this is a highly processed product.

Then it comes to a bunch of BIG RED FLAGS:

  • Calcium caseinate and micellar casein. Casein is one of the proteins from milk when you break it down into components. It is used as an additive that makes food more highly addictive, tricking your brain into wanting more. Such a sneaky ingredient, also found in some chips, mints and salty cheesy snacks. Watch out, as casein could be hiding under the ‘natural and artificial flavoring’ category, too.
  • Soy lecithin is a highly-GMO product that triggers a cascade of inflammation in your system, and research now is suggesting that you avoid inflammatory foods at all costs for health and longevity. Unless you see the nonGMO stamp, please do not eat products containing soy lecithin.
  • Sucralose –> aka SPLENDA! They tried to trick us again, by labeling Splenda as Sucralose, but we won’t be fooled by this chlorinated, artificial sweetener which research has shown can throw off your insulin levels thus affecting your body’s metabolism of blood sugars, offset the intricate balance of probiotics (the healthy bacteria all throughout your gut that support healthy mood, mindset, digestive function and a myriad more..), can increase appetite signaling making you hungrier. UGH! It is best to avoid anything not deemed natural or ‘safe’. You are worth so much more than that.
  • Polydextrose, or some may find it listed as ‘dietary fiber’, doesn’t offer much of fiber whatsoever! Polydextrose is extracted from glucose and sorbitol (sometimes provides a fun laxative effect, ugh). They are still working out the kinks in terms of safety, but this additive can cause digestive upset, diarrhea, bloating, constipation, cramps and more.
  • Cookie Piece — um, did someone just try to slip this one in? A cookie piece? What does that even mean!? LOL
  • Creamer using the most highly inflammatory oils! Including sunflower, corn syrup solids (I mean, really — high fructose corn syrup!? NO WAY..), more casein, soy lecithin and other additives. These aren’t food — they are synthetic ingredients that throw off the delicate balance of pH in your body, and so much more.
  • Acesulfame Potassium – YIKES! This additive contains a carcinogen called methylene chloride. Long-term exposure to methylene chloride can cause headaches, depression, nausea, mental confusion, liver effects, kidney effects, visual disturbances, and more. Please do not ingest this!

Note: I did like that they used MCT oil (medium chain fats, such as those found in coconut oil are actually quite beneficial seeing as they burn up in your stomach before they hit the intestines)!


Unfortunately there is not much to rave about this ‘skinny’ product from a nutritional standpoint. Never let yourself be fooled by cute marketing tactics again.

Skinny Jane gets a GRADE F and fails on all accounts of functionality, nutrition, quality of ingredients, and health promotion.


Hi Shakers!

I am REALLY excited to take a more detailed look into a fan-favorite Shake called IsAgenix. Laura is sampling the creamy dutch chocolate flavor, which according to their marketing, claims ‘high quality undenatured whey protein’, as part of their ‘Cheerful Cows‘ certification. Could there be reason for all the hype, or is it too good to be true?!

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Upon doing my due diligence, I came across this really informative article that explains the in depth background behind the science of denaturing milk into components like whey and casein; looks into concentrates and isolates, and helps distinguish benefits of raw and whole milk, and tons more. To sum it up, regardless of how you shake it, your protein from milk has been denatured. It is a complete myth (albeit a fabulous marketing strategy!) that IsaGenix offers ‘undenatured whey’, but truth be told, denatured whey is non-existent. Wouldn’t it be nice if that were actually possible?

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Sugars: GRADE C

Each packet is sweetened with 11g of sugar — which seems a bit high to be consuming all at once. If you check out the ingredient list (you’ll have to scroll since it’s SO long) you will discover that it comes from the dreaded FRUCTOSE. Fructose, comes from fruit, so should be OK right!? Well, you might be familiar with the term ‘High Fructose Corn Syrup’ (this is one of the culprits fueling an obese epidemic) and that we want to avoid this at all cost, right!? Fructose gets metabolized differently in your body when eating a piece of fruit (think of all those natural fibers, sugars, antioxidants, carotenoids, flavonoids etc) when compared to an isolated ingredient. Fructose breakdown occurs in the liver — our organ of cleansing and detoxification, cholesterol management, blood sugar support, and SO much more. The liver is a veryyyyyy busy organ that does NOT have time for extra jobs. When your liver is taxed with stress and too much to do, one of the first effects is that it has a hard time breaking down the bad cholesterol in your system and it thus accumulates, potentially yielding a fatty liver and all of the downstream consequences that brings with it. Regardless of the dosage, I would NOT choose to include a daily intake of fructose into my routine whatsoever. 


This brand did an excellent job at including some of the ‘trending’ type of protein shake ingredients, including flax seed powder (but I don’t meant to get picky, but ideally you want to consume flax seeds in their whole, naturally cute state, or blend them yourself and store in the fridge to prolong rancidity — when you are ingesting the powder, who knows what’s up with the delicate oils!? Likely gone bad.). Good attempt, though!

  • Other perks I liked in the formula include the Alfalfa leaf extract (packed with nutrients, minerals vitamins!) — but keep in mind, this is an ‘extract’ so who knows what’s been taken away from the leaf in its’ original state…
  • Seat salt (sea minerals, yay!)
  • Potassium citrate (nice, absorbable chelate)
  • Enzyme blend from various strains (the more strains the better, ideally)
  • Proteolytic enzymes, awesome for digestion and antioxidant support (bromelain from pineapples and papain from papaya)
  • Yucca root (phytonutrients, saponins, resveratrol)
  • Cinnamon (antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, fights infections/viruses, slows aging)
  • Psyllium seed powder (laxative effect — so be weary, and do NOT rely on any daily source to help your digestion)
  • Stevia — from a plant, yay!

Red Flags:

TOO MANY INGREDIENTS! It makes me dizzy just trying to scroll down the list..

  • IsAgenix did not use transparent terms on their label (for instance, which type of vitamin B12 is in this product? This is important to know for nutrient absorption rates and how much I am getting out of the $ spent on this product. Cyanocobalamin is the form with the lowest absorption rate btw and is the one used). Also, folic acid is now a very dated form of this vitamin to be used — preferably is folate (the active form!)… Watch for this in vitamins/supplements too.
  • Natural Dutch cocoa powder (the more highly processed form compared to highly beneficial raw cocoa — see more on alkalized cocoa from two weeks back).
  • Isomaltooligosaccharide powder — IMO for short, crazy word! Derived from starch, this carbohydrate can be considered a prebiotic (food for the probiotics). Side effects are mild, but could consist of gas, bloating, and digestive upset.
  • Sunflower oil powder — why would ANYONE want to add more omega-6 inflammatory oils to their diet when we eat too many of them in the first place, especially when compared to the good stuff, aka omega 3’s. Don’t be fooled by sunflower oil. The seeds themselves are an AWESOME snack, but not the processed, inflammation-sparking oil (heavily processed too).
  • Natural flavors — no. such. thing.
  • Magnesium oxide — this chelate is one of the hardest to absorb, and cheapest. Lower on the list they include magnesium citrate (slightly better), and lower still they add magnesium stearate (the jury is still out on this ingredient)

As much as I wanted to fall for the taste and the ‘science’ behind this product, I wasn’t as pleased as I had hoped.

Misleading materials/ingredient list, tricky marketing strategies, tending toward false claims, poor quality sweeteners, too many inflammatory ingredients –>

FINAL Grade: C