Promoters of expensive protein powders make big claims for their products. But are the benefits worth the price tag?
"I would love to hear your thoughts on the popular drinks Shakeology and Vega One. I really like drinking a smoothie on my way to work. I usually put in things like hemp seed, flax seed, Greek yogurt, almond milk, and frozen fruit. But recently, a friend of mine was touting the benefits of Shakeology and telling me that I couldn’t possibly be getting the same nutrition in my morning smoothie as she gets from hers. What’s your take? Is Shakeology all it’s cracked up to be?"
I get three or four questions a week about Shakeology, which promises "a world of superfood nutrition in every glass." You'll pay about $5 a serving for this shake mix, which is a protein powder fortified with additional nutrients, herbs, and other goodies. "There's nothing out there that can supply you with all the nutrients, vitamins, proteins, and minerals in these amounts," they claim.
Your morning smoothie recipe sounds a lot like mine, Michelle. We're getting plenty of protein, fiber, probiotics, prebiotics, and a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. But are we getting as many nutrients from our whole food smoothies as your friend is getting from her processed shake powder? Probably not.