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Whole foods organic Vs. Supplement meal replacements

October 28, 2015


Whole foods organic Vs. Supplement meal replacements

Health tip for Wednesday 28, 2015- Before I get started on what I am going to write about I need to say that as a Wellness coach or a health professional we are to give our clients the best information out there about nutrition, money can not be the motivator., it is even better if you have some scientific case studies.

Let us get started! Yes, I am going to pick on one such meal replacement name, I am sure this is going to upset some of you out there but that is ok I have upset doctors also in the past by telling the truth. If someone does not speak out how will you ever know?

In the last few weeks I have had people ask what I thought about Isagenix, this seems to be the new big fad out there people are getting great results just like all the other fad diets that are now gone. So I did my research and looked into the ingredients in there meal plans.

I personally would not recommend Isagenix to my clients and this is why.

Isagenix still uses some ingredients that I find questionable.

If something was developed in a lab, not grown in nature, is unpronounceable or otherwise unfamiliar, do not eat it. Lasting health and weight loss does not come from a shake, a bar, or a “SlimCake.” –

Below are common ingredients found in Isagenix products:
• rancid vegetable oils
• gluten
• soy
• agave syrup
• isolated fructose
• additives
• fractionated palm kernel oil
• corn
• synthetic vitamins and minerals that are not bioavailable

Below is the ingredient list for the Peanut butter FiberSnack:

Below is the ingredient list for the Slim Cake:

This picture is blurry because I had to make it larger so you could actually see the ingredients, but these are the ingredients in the vanilla shake:

The protein in milk and whey is casein; in the book China Study, they used casein to to start cancer in rats for research.
Here are the ingredients in the black sesame shake:

The term “natural flavors” is loosely regulated. Technically, MSG and aspartame can be listed as natural flavors.

Sunflower Oil

Keeping a balanced omega-3 to omerga-6 ratio is extremely important. An abundance of omega-6 fatty acids cause inflammation and wreak havoc on the body. Unfortunately, sunflower oil is extremely high in polyunsaturated fat and per one cup has 436 mg of omega-3 fatty acids, and 86776 mg of omega-6 fatty acids.

Fractioned Palm Kernel Oil

I actually support organic, sustainably sourced palm oil. It’s definitely a healthy fat. Fractioned palm kernel oil, however, is a whole different ballpark. According to Rees Moerman, product engineer at Spectrum Naturals, fractioned palm kernel oil is made by extracting oil from the pit using a gasoline-like hydrocarbon solvent.

Canola Oil

Canola oil is one of the most damaging oils on the market today. It is found in most junk foods and is normally used as a frying oil due to it’s high smoke point. Not only is majority of canola in the US genetically modified, it is extremely high in omega-6 fatty acids. This causes severe inflammation, especially if ingested regularly.

Also, unless expeller pressed (which the ingredient label does not specify), canola oil (as well as soy, corn and grape seed oil) is processed using hexane, a neurotoxin. According the the EPA,

Hexane is used to extract edible oils from seeds and vegetables, as a special-use solvent, and as a cleaning agent. Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure of humans to high levels of hexane causes mild central nervous system (CNS) effects, including dizziness, giddiness, slight nausea, and headache. Chronic (long-term) exposure to hexane in air is associated with polyneuropathy in humans, with numbness in the extremities, muscular weakness, blurred vision, headache, and fatigue observed. Neurotoxin effects have also been exhibited in rats. No information is available on the carcinogenic effects of hexane in humans or animals. EPA has classified hexane as a Group D, not classifiable as to human carcinogenic.


Maltodextrin is a processed food additive, generally derived from corn. It is unhealthy.
Understand 90% of corn is GMO.

Tricalcium Phosphate

This is just an example of the synthetics found in Isagenix. Is tricalcium phosphate inherently harmful? No. But does take synthetic vitamins, day after day, become an issue? yes.

According to WebMD, tricalcium phosphate side effects include:
• Lungs
 Breathing difficulty (from inhalation)
 Throat swelling (which may also cause breathing difficulty)
• Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
 Severe pain in the throat
 Severe pain or burning in the nose, eyes, ears, lips, or tongue
 Loss of vision
• Gastrointestinal
 Severe abdominal pain
 Intestinal obstruction
 Vomiting
 Burns of the esophagus (food pipe)
 Vomiting blood
 Blood in the stool
 Nausea
 Decreased appetite
 Constipation
• Heart and blood vessels
 Hypotension (low blood pressure) develops rapidly
 Collapse
• Skin
 Irritation
 Burn
 Necrosis (holes) in the skin or underlying tissues
• Blood
 Severe change in pH (too much or too little acid in the blood, which leads to damage in all of the body organs)
• Nervous system
 Confusion
 Delirium
 Stupor (lack of alertness)
 Coma

Synthetic Vitamins

For exmaple, calcium d pantothenate is a synthetic vitamin. Not everyone is going to have the same vitamin and mineral necessities depending on their diet. It’s irresponsible to subscribe everyone to the same vitamin and mineral content. Vitamins and minerals are synergistic and everyone has varying needs.

Like Herbalife, Isagenix may be an effective weight loss tool. So is anorexia. Does that make it healthy? Does that mean a person should use it to lose weight? No.

We need to stop looking for health in a pill, in a shake, or in any other quick fix. The only way to truly be healthy is to eat well, to eat real, whole, unprocessed food.

Do not fall for meal replacement shakes, for protein bars, or otherwise gimmicky foods. These companies produce cheap, toxic products and push them off on people as healthy alternatives (to what exactly I’m not sure).

Bill & Emily Mabry


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