Shakeology FAQs

Shakeology® FAQs
Should I continue to take ActiVit® or other multivitamins along with Shakeology?
Because of the way Shakeology is formulated, one shake pretty much covers your body’s normal daily requirement for vitamins and minerals. However, if you’re following a recommended exercise routine, your body is likely using up those nutrients at a faster rate. For example, if you’re doing P90X® or ChaLEAN Extreme®—hard-charging routines that burn more calories along with vitamins and minerals—you may need some additional supplementation, like ActiVit. Due to the digestive enzymes in Shakeology, taking ActiVit at the same time you drink Shakeology will help your body to better absorb all the nutrients.
Can I take Shakeology and P90X Peak Health Formula Vitamins?
If you are using P90X Peak Health Formula vitamins, then only 1 serving/scoop of Shakeology is recommended per day. If you are taking any other supplements in addition to Shakeology and P90X Peak Health Formula vitamins, then watch your total intake to ensure you do not exceed Tolerable Upper Intake Levels for copper, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. The Tolerable Upper Intake Level for copper is 10mg/day, for magnesium 350 mg/day, for manganese 11 mg/day, and for zinc 40mg/day.
I already have some Meal Replacement. Should I throw it out and switch to Shakeology?
You don’t have to throw it out. Meal Replacement is a high-quality protein shake. Shakeology offers a wide array of nutrients on top of protein. Because Meal Replacement has higher sugar content and less fiber, a good time to use it is around the time you are exercising (Results and Recovery is also good for this purpose). Shakeology is a better option for a meal that’s at least 2 hours before a workout or 1 hour afterwards.
Can I take this and Results and Recovery Formula?
Yes, but not together! Results and Recovery Formula should only be taken during or after exercise, when you’ve been exhausting your body’s blood sugar. At any other time, Shakeology would be your preferred option.
Should I still take an omega supplement?
While the flax seed and chia seeds in Shakeology provide some omega-3 fatty acids, it is still recommended to take the Core Omega-3™ supplement to meet your daily requirement.

How about Core Cal-Mag™?
The recommended daily allowance of calcium is 1,200mg/day for women and 1,500mg/day for post-menopausal women. Shakeology provides 500mg of calcium, so it is recommended to supplement with Core Cal-Mag to meet the daily recommended allowance. Due to the digestive enzymes in Shakeology,
taking Core Cal-Mag at the same time you drink Shakeology will help your body to better absorb the nutrients.

Does this mean I don’t have to eat any more veggies?
Unfortunately, no. Fresh fruits and vegetables will always be important for a healthy, balanced diet. Shakeology can help you fill in the nutritional gaps that occur when you’re too busy to eat the right balance of fruits and veggies. Plus, it’s much easier to tuck into a purse or backpack than a head of lettuce!

Is it OK to drink more than one shake per day? Or to replace more than one meal per day?
Yes, but it is not recommended to replace more than 2 meals per day.

There is no food coloring. How is one green and the other brown?
The ingredients (herbal powders, grass powders, vegetable powders, spirulina, chlorella, plus some of the fruit and berry powders) make the color green. The base of chocolate blend is also green, but the chocolate and cocoa powders turn the color “chocolate.”

Why does the chocolate have more protein?
The serving size for chocolate is 8 grams higher than for greenberry. The extra ingredients added for the chocolate blend (mostly chocolate powder and cocoa powder) add an additional 2 grams of protein for the serving size.
With what kind of protein is it made?
The primary source of protein is from whey, which comes from milk. Whey is one of the most bioavailable protein sources. Translation: it rapidly gets to work on repairing your muscles and the amino acids are easily absorbed and used by your body.

Are the milk sources of protein antibiotic-free?
Yes, the whey protein used in Shakeology is free of antibiotics.

Is it a good source of fiber?
At 3 grams per 140 calories, Shakeology is a balanced source of fiber. More importantly, its fiber sources are varied, coming from apple pectin, flax, chia meal, and yacon. Yacon also happens to be one of the best prebiotic sources known to man.

Can I drink this right before a workout?
Shakeology would be a better option than a full meal prior to working out. However, if it’s immediately before a workout, you’d be better served by something with more sugar and less fiber for rapid absorption, such as Results and Recovery Formula or Meal Replacement.

Can I drink this right after a workout?
Again, it’s better than many other options available but less perfect than something designed primarily for this purpose, such as Results and Recovery Formula.

Does it contain caffeine?
Shakeology contains no caffeine. It does contain green tea extract, but the caffeine has been removed.

Is Shakeology vegetarian?
The only non-vegetarian ingredient is whey protein, which comes from milk.

Are all of the ingredients organic?
With the complexity of sourcing over 70 ingredients from all over the world, it was not possible to certify all the ingredients organic. However, they have been carefully selected and processed under strict controls to retain the highest density of nutrients possible.

Shakeology mentions “whole-food ingredients”—what does this mean? How can it be possible when it’s ground to a powder?
Shakeology uses several whole-food sources of nutrients, rather than using only synthetic extracts or isolates (like some multivitamin pills). The benefit of whole-food derived ingredients is that the nutrients are preserved as close to their natural state as possible and are therefore delivered to your body in the most holistic way possible. Your body will better absorb and more efficiently use the nutrients from whole-food sources. The process of converting a food from its natural state to a powder, if done incorrectly, can destroy the nutrients in that food. With Shakeology, we ensure the highest levels of nutrients are preserved through strict temperature-controlled drying and processing.

Can I mix this in with food I’m cooking/baking?
Cooking or heating Shakeology would destroy many of the nutrients in Shakeology and upset the nutrient balance. It’s highly recommended that you drink it at room temperature or cooler.

Is it safe for people with diabetes?
Since needs vary for each person with diabetes, it is recommended to check with your doctor first. However, since Shakeology is a low-caloric meal replacement, with a lower glycemic index than most meals, it should be acceptable for most people with diabetes.

Can I give it to my kids? Is it safe for kids?
Since the needs of every child may vary, please check with your pediatrician. However, since Shakeology is a healthy drink with low sugar and a wide variety of nutrients, it is a much healthier option than many other drinks or snacks on the market and should be appropriate for most children over the age of 6. You may want to start out with a smaller serving size until you are sure of the child’s tolerance. It is not recommended to give as a meal
replacement for children younger than six years old without first checking with your pediatrician.

What about pregnant women and nursing mothers?
Shakeology should only be taken by pregnant women and nursing mothers under the direction of their physicians.
Is it safe for celiacs or people with gluten allergies? It says gluten-free on the package, but the label lists wheatgrass and kamut grass as ingredients.
After extensive testing, Shakeology has been found to be 100% gluten-free. As such, Shakeology should be an appropriate snack or meal for people suffering from gluten allergies or celiac disease. However, since individual allergies and conditions vary, it is recommended to test a small dose first before proceeding with a full serving.

Does Shakeology interfere with any medication?
While Shakeology has been tested as safe for most people, you should always consult with your physician if you are on any medication (especially heart medication, since Shakeology contains Vitamin K1) or if you have any other unique health conditions.

Do I use a full scoop or just up to the line?
Use a full scoop to get the recommended serving (40 grams for Greenberry and 48 grams for Chocolate).

Is the whey protein antibiotic free?
Yes, the whey protein in Shakeology has been certified free of antibiotics

Is Shakeology organic?We have put every effort into making sure that these ingredients 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 it ‘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.

Why is there fructose in Shakeology?
To give Shakeology its great taste and for a balanced, well-rounded macronutrient profile we’ve used fructose. Fructose is a natural sugar found in fruit and some vegetables. The good thing about fructose–as opposed to glucose (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. The fructose in Shakeology is from non-GMO (not genetically-modified) sources and is processed cleanly in GMP-certified (Good Manufacturing Practice) facilities.

Shakeology vs. Muscle Milk

Here are just a few of the basics of Shakeology vs. Muscle Milk. For a more detailed comparison, look at the nutritional labels below. This comparison is based on a 1 scoop serving of each brand. Shakeology is alot more than just a protein shake.buy shakeology

Shakeology Muscle Milk
Calories 140 150
Prebiotics YES NO
Digestive Enzymes YES NO
Antioxidents YES YES
Phytonutrients YES NO
Protein 17g 16g
Total Fat 1g 6g

 

Vitamins & Minerals – Muscle Milk does contain vitamins and minerals, but again the amounts are limited. For example, Shakeology contains 100% of the RDA for Vitamins A, B1, B6, and B12. In contrast, Muscle Milk has only 17% of your RDA for all these vitamins and most of the minerals.

Heavy Metals in Muscle Milk and EAS

Recent reviews on muscle milk and EAS can be found here Consumer Reports investigation found high levels of lead and other heavy metals in both Muscle Milk and EAS. CBS News made a similar report. These reports discuss the dangers associated with heavy metals and why you would want to avoid them. You won’t find these listed on the Nutrition Facts for either supplement, which does bring into question whether their Nutrition Facts are accurate for the remainder of their items. Mostly it shows serious corner cutting. Given the results of these investigations, it is pretty easy to see why there is such a dramatic price difference between these products.

What’s In Shakeology

You probably wouldn’t be able to find all of the 70-plus, ultra-high-quality ingredients in Shakeology, that’s why Beachbody has done the work for us, searching all over the world for these ingredients. You get a wide range of essential nutrients, you’ll also get the benefits of important foods from all around the world. More than 70 different ingredients were chosen from around the world for their potency and bioavailability (the ability to deliver the nutrients your body needs). Here are the key nutrient groups that these ingredients deliver:

  • Protein and Essential Amino Acids to help build long, lean muscles and reduce food cravings
  • Prebiotics and Digestive Enzymes, which aid in improving digestion, regularity, and nutrient absorption
  • Antioxidants and Phytonutrients to help counteract free radical damage that can lead to degenerative diseases
  • Vitamins and Minerals your body needs to function for
    optimal health

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Protein and Essential Amino Acids

  • Help build and repair muscles
  • Reduce hunger and food cravings
  • Help keep blood sugar steady
  • Support brain function to help promote alert thinking and reduce anxiety
  • Promote healthy skin, hair, and nails

Shakeology includes whey protein isolate, an easily absorbable source of high-quality protein that’s ideal for building and maintaining lean muscle mass. It also helps keep your blood sugar steady, reducing hunger and junk food cravings. Essential amino acids, found in protein, help the body repair muscle tissue and heal wounds; support the brain to promote calmness and alertness; and reduce hunger pangs. The whey protein in Shakeology provides a highly bioavailable source of essential amino acids.

 

Prebiotics and Digestive Enzymes

  • Aid digestion
  • Help boost the immune system
  • Increase absorption of nutrients
  • Help keep you “regular”

Shakeology contains many ingredients that are beneficial to the digestive system. Prebiotics, natural components of certain plants, help support the “friendly” bacteria in your digestive tract. They may also help with the absorption of minerals such as calcium. Digestive enzymes, from plant sources such as pineapples and papayas, help your body break down food into its individual components, making the nutrients easier to absorb. Cooking can destroy food’s natural digestive enzymes, so there’s a good chance that you don’t get enough of them in your diet.

Antioxidants and Phytonutrients

  • Get rid of harmful free radicals
  • Help decrease inflammation
  • Help boost your immune system
  • Potentially decrease the risk of degenerative diseases
  • May even increase longevity
Many of Shakeology’s fruit and vegetable sources have been chosen for their high concentration of healthy natural substances known as phytonutrients, including flavonoids, polyphenols, anthocyanins, and catechins. These substances have antioxidant properties, meaning they help get rid of molecules known as free radicals, which damage cells and may be a key component of the aging process. In laboratory tests, phytonutrients have shown promise in helping prevent a wide variety of degenerative conditions. What’s more, studies suggest that the natural mix of phytochemicals you get from whole-plant sources is more effective than taking them individually as nutritional supplements.

23 Vitamins and Minerals

  • Get a wide range of essential nutrients
  • Get your necessary vitamins every day
  • Make up for dietary deficiencies

Most of us don’t get the complete range of essential vitamins and minerals in our daily diets. Some important vitamins, such as vitamin C and the B vitamins, are water-soluble, meaning they’re flushed out of your body after a short time and need to be replenished regularly. Others, like vitamin E, can be difficult to get enough of in food. Shakeology provides all these nutrients in an easy-to-take, easily absorbable form, so you never have to worry.

Shakeology Compared to Protein Shakes

As you can see from the information above, Shakeology is a lot more than a protein shake. Nonetheless, a lot of people want to know how it stacks up against other protein shakes. This information is from the nutritional facts and labels, which provides the basis for the review.

As you’ll see, the comparison really isn’t fair because Shakeology is not just a protein shake. It is so much more than that, which explains why the price is higher. It’s simply more valuable.

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Is Shakeology Kosher

Is Shakeolgoy Kosher? Shakeology is not Kosher certified but is Kosher in many respects. Due to the fact that many people have varying practices, we’ve put together an outlined list of the Kosher guidelines in regards to Shakeology so you can deem if Shakeology fits into your Kosher diet.

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1. Certain animals may not be eaten at all. This restriction includes the flesh, organs, eggs and milk of the forbidden animals.

Explanation: The only animal product in Shakeology is the whey protein which is derived from cow’s milk. Cows are on the list of permitted animals (because they have cloven hooves).

2. Of the animals that may be eaten, the birds and mammals must be killed in accordance with Jewish law.

Explanation: No birds or mammals are killed for Shakeology.

3. All blood must be drained from meat and poultry or broiled out of it before it is eaten.

Explanation: Not applicable for Shakeology. (no meat in Shakeology)

4. Certain parts of permitted animals may not be eaten.

Explanation: Again, the only animal product is whey protein from cow’s milk, which is not a forbidden part.

5. Fruits and vegetables are permitted, but must be inspected for bugs (which cannot be eaten).

Explanation: All the ingredients for Shakeology are inspected for bugs, microbes, etc. There are no bugs in Shakeology!

6. Meat (the flesh of birds and mammals) cannot be eaten with dairy. Fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables and grains can be eaten with either meat or dairy. (According to some views, fish may not be eaten with meat).

Explanation: There is no meat in Shakeology.

7. Utensils (including pots and pans and other cooking surfaces) that have come into contact with meat may not be used with dairy, and vice versa. Utensils that have come into contact with non-kosher food may not be used with kosher food. This applies only where the contact occurred while the food was hot.

Explanation: There is no meat in Shakeology and the manufacturing facility that makes Shakeology does not process meat, so none of the utensils/manufacturing containers come into contact with meat. In addition, Shakeology is never heated above 115 degrees-since heat destroys the nutrients. Many individual ingredients are air-dried or dried below 115 degrees. The whey-protein is cold-processed and Shakeology is not heated when it is mixed. So again, we do not believe that this is not an issue.

8. Grape products made by non-Jews may not be eaten.

Explanation: The only grape-related product in Shakeology is Grape Seed Extract.

What is Shakeology

Shakeology Study

In an independent 90-day study, participants replaced one meal a day with Shakeology ® and exercised regularly.

Here’s what they told us:

  • “I felt full and didn’t struggle with hunger.”
  • “I felt a better sustained energy throughout the day.”
  • “I have tons of energy. I feel so healthy!”
  • “I replaced all my vitamin supplements. I felt healthy and energized.”
  • “I was able to think more clearly and stay focused.”
  • “I have more energy, less cravings, more endurance, and feel more youthful.”
  • “Shakeology reduced my appetite and increased my energy so that I could accomplish more things throughout the day.”
  • “I have tried a lot of protein shakes and meal-replacement-type drinks, and Shakeology is the best tasting of them all. I mix it with a bit of soy milk and ice, and it tastes like an ice cream shake!”
What is Shakeology?

Shakeology is a nutritional protein shake that provides a wide spectrum of healthy nutrients in a low-calorie formula. Whether you use it as a meal replacement for weight loss or simply to ensure your body gets all the nutrients it needs for optimal health, Shakeology takes the guesswork out of nutrition.

Here’s what the doctor who ran the study observed about the participants:
  • They reduced oxidative stress, a risk factor for degenerative diseases, by as much as 90%.
  • They lowered their total cholesterol levels by an average of 30% and their “bad” cholesterol levels by an average of 38%.
  • They reduced their cardiovascular risk factors by an average of 24%.

 

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How It Works

This patent-pending daily nutritional shake helps your body gently eliminate toxins more efficiently while allowing for better absorption of the essential nutrients you need. A proprietary blend of digestive enzymes and prebiotics helps your body progressively eliminate the toxins that build up over time from eating today’s highly processed foods.

At the same time, whole-food ingredients deliver the essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals your body needs to curb cravings, allowing your body to shed stored fat while the more than 20 different antioxidants and phytonutrients help reduce free radical damage that can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and stroke.

What’s In It?

Even if you searched all over the world, you probably wouldn’t be able to find all of the 70-plus, ultra-high-quality ingredients we’ve included in Shakeology. Not only do you get a wide range of essential nutrients, from the fruits and vegetables you should be eating more of every day, you’ll also get the benefits of important foods from all around the world—foods that the latest scientific research has shown to be highly advantageous to your well-being.

More than 70 different ingredients were chosen from around the world for their potency and bioavailability (the ability to deliver the nutrients your body needs). Here are the key nutrient groups that these ingredients deliver:*

  • Protein and Essential Amino Acids to help build long, lean muscles and reduce food cravings
  • Prebiotics and Digestive Enzymes, which aid in improving digestion, regularity, and nutrient absorption
  • Antioxidants and Phytonutrients to help counteract free radical damage that can lead to degenerative diseases
  • Vitamins and Minerals your body needs to function for
    optimal health

Protein and Essential Amino Acids

  • Help build and repair muscles
  • Reduce hunger and food cravings
  • Help keep blood sugar steady
  • Support brain function to help promote alert thinking and reduce anxiety
  • Promote healthy skin, hair, and nails

Shakeology includes whey protein isolate, an easily absorbable source of high-quality protein that’s ideal for building and maintaining lean muscle mass. It also helps keep your blood sugar steady, reducing hunger and junk food cravings. Essential amino acids, found in protein, help the body repair muscle tissue and heal wounds; support the brain to promote calmness and alertness; and reduce hunger pangs. The whey protein in Shakeology provides a highly bioavailable source of essential amino acids.

Prebiotics and Digestive Enzymes

  • Aid digestion
  • Help boost the immune system
  • Increase absorption of nutrients
  • Help keep you “regular”

Shakeology contains many ingredients that are beneficial to the digestive system. Prebiotics, natural components of certain plants, help support the “friendly” bacteria in your digestive tract. They may also help with the absorption of minerals such as calcium. Digestive enzymes, from plant sources such as pineapples and papayas, help your body break down food into its individual components, making the nutrients easier to absorb. Cooking can destroy food’s natural digestive enzymes, so there’s a good chance that you don’t get enough of them in your diet.

Antioxidants and Phytonutrients

  • Get rid of harmful free radicals
  • Help decrease inflammation
  • Help boost your immune system
  • Potentially decrease the risk of degenerative diseases
  • May even increase longevity


Many of Shakeology’s fruit and vegetable sources have been chosen for their high concentration of healthy natural substances known as phytonutrients, including flavonoids, polyphenols, anthocyanins, and catechins. These substances have antioxidant properties, meaning they help get rid of molecules known as free radicals, which damage cells and may be a key component of the aging process. In laboratory tests, phytonutrients have shown promise in helping prevent a wide variety of degenerative conditions. What’s more, studies suggest that the natural mix of phytochemicals you get from whole-plant sources is more effective than taking them individually as nutritional supplements.

23 Vitamins and Minerals

  • Get a wide range of essential nutrients
  • Get your necessary vitamins every day
  • Make up for dietary deficiencies

Most of us don’t get the complete range of essential vitamins and minerals in our daily diets. Some important vitamins, such as vitamin C and the B vitamins, are water-soluble, meaning they’re flushed out of your body after a short time and need to be replenished regularly. Others, like vitamin E, can be difficult to get enough of in food. Shakeology provides all these nutrients in an easy-to-take, easily absorbable form, so you never have to worry.

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