Shakeology Ingredients

shakeology ingredientsShakeology claims to be a Healthy Meal Replacement. The shake claims to help with a nutrition dose of 70 ingredients and 23 vitamins and minerals (more on that here). But, what about the Shakeology Ingredients? After all, this is more than just a “protein shake”. On this page we will take a microscopic look at all of the Shakeology Ingredients listed on the bag, and examine what they do for you (good OR bad).

For starters, here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to understanding the Shakeology Ingredients:

  • I will be using the nutrition label of the Chocolate Flavor Shakeology ingredients (click here to see the nutrition label)
  • I’m going to start with the ingredients after the typical nutrition facts (calories, carbs, protein, and vitamins). This means I’ll start with Folic acid and Biotin. Then, we’ll dig into the Proprietary superfoods, along with the “other ingredients” listed on the label.

Remember, this post tends to be a bit more scientific. My goal is to help you understand what the ingredients are and how (and IF) they can benefit you. If you are just looking to learn more about Shakeology in general, or purchase, click here to see my review.

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Shakeology Ingredients – The Everyday Ingredients

Even though I call these “everyday ingredients”, they are still hard to understand. You may have seen these before in other foods, but here is what they do and why they are important for your health.

  • Folic Acid (50% of DV): This ingredient can also be referred to as Vitamin M or B9. Folic acid has many benefits including: Stroke reduction, Sperm Quality (in males, helps reduce chromosomal defects in sperm), Macular Degeneration (In Fact, a study was completed where women have reduced potential for degeneration by 34.7%).
  • Biotin (30% of DV): Also know as Vitamin H. Biotin’s primary purpose is to help break down fatty cells and help metabolism (fat burner, baby!)
  • Pantothenic acid (50% of DV): This ingredient (Vitamin B5) helps with oxygen utilization efficiency. What does that mean? It helps fuel oxygen to your muscles, which reduces muscle soreness and aches.
  • Phosphorous (25% of DV): Having this ingredient daily can help strengthen tooth enamel. This leads to stronger teeth and prevention of early tooth decay.
  • Iodine (35% of DV): This ingredient is widely known to help with your thyroid. But not only that, iodine is beneficial for breast, stomach, brain, and other important tissues. Not having enough (or having TOO much) can cause problems for these vital tissues (source here).
  • Magnesium (20% of DV): magnesium helps regulates blood sugar, and keeps heart rhythm running, strong bones, and your immune system in check.
  • Zinc (40% of DV): this is a great ingredient and supplement you should always have. Zinc is beneficial for your immune system. Better than that, it helps decrease the acceleration of skin and muscle aging. Not only that, it can be beneficial for your digestive trac (with proven abilities to reduce and eliminate diarrhea episodes, according to Bhutta, 2000).
  • Copper (40% of DV): not having enough copper in your diet can lead towards deficiencies such as osteoporosis, infections, and glucose problems. Copper ingests into your liver and spreads through your bloodstream to regulate your blood sugar and benefit your bones and glucose levels significantly.
  • Manganese (100% of DV): a beautiful ingredient that helps your body properly digest and use the other ingredients like zinc, copper, and iron better. Not only that, there have been studies that show that manganese can help treat things like: epilepsy, asthma, diabetes, Schizophrenics, Rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and more. A powerful ingredient that gives you 100% DV in one serving of Shakeology.
  • Chromium (50% of DV): Chromium enhances the production of insulin in your body. Insulin helps with the metabolism and storage of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in your body. This in turn can help regulate potential for diabetes and speed up that metabolism a bit.
  • Molybdenum (40% of DV): Similar to phosphorus, this ingredient helps strengthen tooth enamel and helps prevent tooth decay. Smile my friends, it’s a helpful ingredient to have in your diet!

As you can see, even the “basic” foundation of Shakeology Ingredients boasts some good benefits. So the big question is: ok great, why can’t we just eat healthy and get these? You can! The only thing you should consider is the price. To match the serving of all of these ingredients in everyday food will cost you more than a $4.33 serving of Shakeology.

Next we will explore Proprietary Superfoods. This will be the longer of the sections as this is the bulk of Shakeology ingredients.

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Shakeology Ingredients – The Proprietary Superfoods

  • Shakeology Ingredients herbsProprietary Protein Blend: Proteins are important for mental clarity, lean muscle building, improving skin and hair, and reducing cravings. The proprietary superfoods in this blend include: Whey, Sacha Inchi, Chia, Flax, Quinoa, Amaranth, Brown Rice, Pea.
  • Proprietary Super-Fruit/Antioxidant Blend: promotes antioxidant support for a healthy immune system, heart, and optimal blood pressure. The proprietary superfoods in this blend include: Camu-Camu, Acai, Acerola Cherry, Bilberry, Goji Berry, Grape Seed, Green Tea, Lun Hao Guo, Pomegranate, Rose Hips.
  • Proprietary Super-Green/Phytonutrient Blend: This is an interesting blend of the Shakeology ingredients, mainly because of what it can do. It detoxifies! The liver, kidneys, and blood get detoxification benefits that restore health and vitality. Superfoods in this blend include: Moringa, Chlorella, Spirulina, Spinach, Barley Grass, Kamut Grass, Wheat Grass, Oat Grass.
  • Proprietary Adaptogen Blend: this helps protect the body from stress, supports the immune system, and balances the endocrine system. Superfoods that support this blend include: Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Cordyceps, Ginkgo, Maca, Maitake, Reishi, Schisandra, Tulsi (Holy Basil).
  • Proprietary Pre- and Probiotic/Digestive Enzyme Blend: helps increase nutrition absorption, promotes regularity, and improves digestion. Superfoods in this blend include: Yacon Root, Lactobacillus Sporogenes, Amylase, Cellulase, Lactase, Lipase, Protease, Bromelain, Papain.

Shakeology Ingredients – The “Other” Ingredients

Ingredients to any foods are good to look at consistently. You never know what lies beneath until you turn over to the nutrition facts and look at the bottom. Let’s look at the “other” ingredients listed on the Shakeology bag, and what they mean, and if they are bad for you.

  • Natural Sweetener Blend (Non-GMO Fructose, Stevia): this is how the 6 grams of sugar in each serving come to being. But unlike other “diet” and health shakes that used the cursed “Aspartame”, Shakeology has NO aspartame and uses Stevia. Stevia is found in sunflower family of sweetleaf and sugarleaf. The sweetness ends up being 300 times more sweet than artificial flavorings. The best part is, it controls diet by giving you less carbs and less chance of disease and study-proven cancer like Aspartame.
  • Natural Chocolate Flavor: this means that the flavor of chocolate is derived from a cacao plant, which produces natural cocoa.
  • Xanthan Gum: I see this in a lot of different foods that I eat (along with Guar Gum). This is basically a laxitive ingredient that helps with food thickening. There are no bad studies that I have found on this ingredient, but it can contain very small doses of wheat.
  • Guar Gum: according to Wikipedia, this gum can help with digestion and regularity. It has a significant amount of soluble fiber which helps promote this effort, and is used for most foods to thicken appearance. Again, I couldn’t find anything too risky on this ingredient either.

Shakeology Ingredients – Good or Bad?

Some of these ingredients make me want to mix up a shake right now. Others like Xanthan Gum and Guar Gum have me suspicious, even though I never found anything bad about them. Either way, the benefits far out weigh any concerns.

Trying to get all of these supplements in your daily diet would cost you a ton of money. Unless you are Donald Trump or Bill Gates, this would be a bit too much (around $1256.40 per month, at $41.88 per day). One serving of Shakeology is around $4.33 or $129.95 per month.

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Coach Bob Sharpe

Source for ingredients from Wikipedia.org. Shakeology Ingredients Image use courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

38 comments
Margie
Margie

Is there a stevia free option?

joe guevara
joe guevara

i don't know if this has been asked before since i didn't read all the questions, but i'm wondering if there is any soy or soy byproducts in shakology..or any GMOs...thank you

ktbear23
ktbear23


Actually, guar gum and xanthum gum mean dietary fiber - and the more dietary fiber, the more difficult it is for someone with IBS or sensative stomachs to digest. They are not usually primary ingredients, however.

Living Clean
Living Clean

Can you tell me if the Shakeology shakes contain rbGH or refined sugars? Also, I see that the stevia is GMO free but is the rest of the ingredients free of GMO's?

SweetLifeCoach
SweetLifeCoach moderator

@Living Clean awesome question! 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. Also, this means there are no refined sugars in the shake either.


As you can imagine these type of requirements are part of the reason it can tend to be costly in some people's opinions. But as I discuss in my Shakeology review (http://sweetlifefitness.net/shakeology/shakeology-review/), I found it saved me money per day vs the other shenanigans I was eating.


I hope that helps!


-Bob

CarolynEberhart
CarolynEberhart

@SweetLifeCoach @Living Clean You didn't answer the question if it's GMO though. Unless the whey protein comes from organic dairy (which it doesn't), you are consuming GMO. the cows eat GMO soy and corn. What about Bovine Growth Hormone?

Rip OFF
Rip OFF

Do you actually believe the bs you are spewing? This is nothing more than an overpriced example of a shake that preys on people wanting to lose weight and they figure if they spend enough money it gotta be good. You can make the same "healthy" shake for less than 50 cents a serving and these fools want you to spend 4 dollars plus using theirs. Its a MLM and pyramid scheme and you should all be warned. Their "ingredients" list is a pdf that is actually an image, not very easy to search and not very easy to convert. That should tell you something they are trying to hide. Second, go use your favorite search engine and search for shakeology scam, I will give it to their marketing they try to "FOOL" you by clicking on the links that say scam or do not buy and they present some person that had doubts and now is a believer and coach. You have to dig deep into the searches to find the *REAL* truth about these imposters and the money they are scamming and ripping you off. 

Kd
Kd

@Rip OFF  actually, you can't make that for less than 50 cents unfortunately.  I tried.  The buying power due to bulk orders of these guys keep the prices down.  I can't get chia seeds, Quinoa, acai berries for one shake for less than $.50.  Visalus?  Yes, rip off.  Advocare?  Yep...ripoff.  However, these guys don't seem to make money in a pyramid fashion.  They just sell a product that seems (so far) to be fairly healthy.  I agree totally with your comments above when applied to Visalus, ID Life, and Advocare type companies however.

SweetLifeCoach
SweetLifeCoach moderator

@Rip OFF thanks for your comment. I don't support pyramid schemes, and all i can say is my review is I love it. I don't care if you buy it, I'm not forcing you to buy it, it's your call completely. Not sure what you mean by the PDF or image, but the ingredients are listed on the website. I agree with you on the "Scam" where people try to get you to click just to buy, but at the end of the day it is your call 100% whether you buy or not.


Thanks,

Bob

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BB Coach
BB Coach

@Rip OFF Actually in a pyramid scheme you can never make more money than the people above you.  As a BB coach you can be much more successful than the people above you.  Their whole philosophy is not to sell, it's to help people get their nutrition and fitness in order.  We're not experts in these areas, but we know what has worked for us. Have you ever truly tried a program?

DestiniMooreKauble
DestiniMooreKauble

@rip off: Do you have a beter product, recipe or where do you buy your shakes? I'm not sure if you can have all these things in a shake for less. I've tried everything from GNC, Muscle milk, to warrior force (other vegan shakes) and never had the results I get with shakeology or taste awful so it was a waste of money right out. And I still had to by supplements to have spurla and probitics. Also with shakeology I don't get a gut ache. I'm no pro but I'm a real person who's tried nutritional supplements for the last 15+ years and despite its cost being more than others at least it does what it says it does and it taste good.

It would be helpful to have a product/recipe to share in comparison if you make a statement that an alternative is out there or can make it for less. Otherwise it's just bashing or another uneducated opinion.

DonnaPassemato
DonnaPassemato

@Rip OFF You right in saying people be aware...Anything in a package is sure not healthy and will never replace eating fruits, vegetables, and lean meat or form of protein...

Don't forget the only thing that will boost your metabolism is strength exercise...Building muscle!

annaburnham11
annaburnham11

I was wondering if you knew where Shakeology sources their proteins and other ingredients? Many proteins can contain heavy metals or other toxins. I am newly pregnant and am trying to research if Shakeology is really safe to take while pregnant or not. (I will bring the ingredients list to my doctor at my appointment, but I am also doing my own research first) Thank you!

Claire
Claire

Do not take this if you're pregnant! You need to eat a variety of good, healthy real foods to grow a baby! Losing weight comes after the baby!! Eating right and exercising should keep your weight gain to the recommended 30 lbs. Geesh!

Jamie33
Jamie33

Where in her comment did she say she wanted to lose weight? Just cause you drink the shake doesn't mean you can't eat other foods and there is nothing wrong with wanting to put only healthy foods into your body. It's like taking extra vitamins when you're pregnant. Geesh you need not make assumptions or judge people. Thank you.

annaburnham11
annaburnham11

Thank you @Jamie33 ! You are right, I never said I wanted to lose weight :) I also agree with everything else you just said. @Claire Even one of the creators of Shakeology drank it her entire pregnancy. As long as you aren't substituting that for a meal, you still gain weight! Surprise! Geesh. <----thought I should throw that in here too.

Sheree
Sheree

what is the difference from your shakeology  verses whey protein

Interested
Interested

How are the ingredients processed? Cold milled? Since heat destroys nutrients, can you explain more about the processing of the ingredients from the field to the bag, please?

SweetLifeCoach
SweetLifeCoach moderator

@Interested That's a great question! I did some research and found the following - hopefully this helps!


With over 70 ingredients in Shakeology, there is no one single drying process that is used across all ingredients. Some ingredients are dried naturally in the sun, some ingredients are air-dried at temperatures below 115 degrees, and some ingredients are freeze-dried. Shakeology does NOT use drum drying at high temperatures above 115 degrees, spray drying at temperatures above 115 degrees or ultra-high temperature pasteurization. Shakeology ingredients are not irradiated. The whole food ingredients in Shakeology are considered raw because they are not dried or heated above temperatures of 115 degrees. Although it is not recommended to store Shakeology at high temperatures over a long time period, this product is formulated to withstand high temperatures through the shipping process and maintain its nutrient content.

We are careful to minimize the processing of all of the ingredients in Shakeology to preserve the natural phytonutrients from the super foods in Shakeology. The specific processing of Shakeology ingredients is proprietary.

Olivia1231
Olivia1231

After reading the ingredients on line, and purchasing shakeology I read the allergen it contains shell fish which I am highly allergic too.  Is there another version of Shakeology that has no shell fish in it?

SweetLifeCoach
SweetLifeCoach moderator

@Olivia1231 hey Olivia thanks for stopping by! Shakeology doesn't necessarily have shell fish in it, but it is manufactured in a plant that has known allergens such as soy, milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts and wheat (gluten) ingredients. If you are highly allergic I would caution on that because of the potentials, even though it isn't directly used in the shake.

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anicnesor
anicnesor

I wanna know if shakeology is safe for nursing mothers

SweetLifeCoach
SweetLifeCoach moderator

@anicnesor great question indeed! My wife was recently breastfeeding however we first got the green light from the doctor and pediatrician. I recommend either taking this page into them or printing out the ingredients list and letting them take a look just to be 100% sure, and then you'll be good to go!

TNDiane
TNDiane

I am on blood thinner for a clotting disorder.  I'm not supposed to eat spinach or drink green tea because it lessens the affects of the medication.  I noticed these are ingredients in the Shakeology shake.   It I eat only a little of these items I've found it doesn't affect my clotting factor.   Is the amount of green tea or spinach in the shakes small enough that I can use it ??   I'm really interested in trying the shakes but now I'm hesistant.   Thanks !!

tiptonfamily
tiptonfamily

I did not see what the source is for the natural vanilla flavor. Would it be Castorium and is that why it is not available in Vegan formula? Thank you so much!

SweetLifeCoach
SweetLifeCoach moderator

@tiptonfamily that is a good question and No castorium is not used in Vanilla Shakeology or any of the Shakeology flavors. They do use Whey Protein in the Vanilla flavor which is why it is not yet vegan, and their flavoring is organic vanilla beans out of Madagascar. Vanilla Shakeology took longer than the other flavors to develop because they did not want to use any of the unnatural flavoring that vanilla normally is associated to (including artificial sweeteners). Everytime they got close the superfood flavor would be far too strong and destroy any hint of vanilla. The Madagascar Vanilla beans have been the most successful in balancing this out so far!


Thanks for stopping by! I hope that helped a bit!


Coach Bob

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Curious4Crohns
Curious4Crohns

I am curious if anyone you know of that has Crohns Desiease has had major problems using this. I am trying to have one or two shakes per day so that what I am eating is limited due to a flare up. Any thoughts? I am nervous since this is something that can make or break my day.

SweetLifeCoach
SweetLifeCoach moderator

@Curious4Crohns great question. I know of a few people who have tried Shakeology with Crohns. The flavor that tends to help is Vegan Chocolate (someone I know got sick off of the regular Chocolate flavor, and then tried Vegan and had much success with that flavor). My biggest suggestion is to stay close to, and ask, the doctor when you decide to try it just to ensure it is working in the benefit that it should.


Thanks for stopping by!!


Melissa
Melissa

Hi, I have Crohns and started using it a couple of months ago. Shakeology is very kind to my tummy. When I'm having a bad gut day, it's the first thing I turn to to get the nutrition that my body needs. I drink the regular chocolate with half a banana, a tablespoon of peanut butter, almond milk, and some ice, blended together. As us Crohnies know, getting enough vitamins and nutrition can be difficult, especially with restricted diets. And I think this has helped a lot with it. It's expensive, but I make the exception for it because my body needs the nutrition even more than the average joe.

SweetLifeCoach
SweetLifeCoach moderator

@Melissa That is awesome to hear, thank you so much for sharing!! I know a few friends who struggle with Crohns and it's great to hear that it has been kind and benefits you! Thanks for stopping by!

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kitkat232
kitkat232

I'm on a lot of meds are there any herbs in the shakes?

SweetLifeCoach
SweetLifeCoach moderator

@kitkat232 There are 8 adaptogen herbs in the shakes (things like Astragalus, Ashwagandha, Holy Basil Leaf, Schizandra,etc). I can hook you up with a list of everything that you could take to your doctor to verify if this is something that would work best for you or not. Feel free to connect with me on Team Beachbody and we can get you the doctors note to share: http://sweetlifefitness.net/join-sweet-life-free/


Thanks for stopping by!

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SweetLifeCoach
SweetLifeCoach moderator

@Gigi @SweetLifeCoach @kitkat232 good question - a lot of them are sourced from Chile, Madagascar, and places like that due to the superfood sources. They are sourced from natural farms that support the agriculture of local families in these countries...and unfortunately due to the location they have a hard time getting the official USDA organic stamp from what I understand, but they are all whole food sources.