Is Shakeology All It's Cracked Up to Be?

Promoters of expensive protein powders make big claims for their products. But are the benefits worth the price tag?

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
2-minute read

Michelle writes:

"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.


About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show. 

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