So, do you REALLY know what’s in your protein shake?!?
Let me start my saying why I even have this. If you’ve been following me at all, you know that I am all about Shakeology – an all natural, super food meal replacement shake that I’ve been drinking for two years now. And yes, it contains protein but it is SO much more than a protein shake. People call it “pricey”…that is, until they recognize the value of getting something from a reputable company that stresses sustainable farming and maintaining the ALL NATURAL integrity of the product. I jumped on board quickly but my husband took a little longer and more convincing because comparatively it is more expensive than “protein” powders that can be ordered via the internet, or purchased at locals stores, such as GNC or Costco. So why is he finally on board and only drinking the all natural stuff now? Read on…
First, it’s important to note that the supplement industry is not regulated by the FDA, meaning there is no governing body to verify that what they say is their supplements in actually in there, and in the quantities they indicate. Pretty scary stuff right?! Now, this does not mean you should avoid all supplements like the plague but it does mean that you should be very selective about what you choose to put in your body. And you should DEFINITELY be reading your nutrition labels. You know that white thing with the small print on the backside of your product?! 😉 Yep! That’s the one!
If you learn nothing else from this blog post, I hope you take away the FOUR products you should ABSOLUTELY AVOID when purchasing supplements. You got, it that means it’s time to read the labels! These you SHOULD avoid like the plague!
- Soy or soy byproducts. Why? Isn’t soy a great dairy alternative and SO good for you? NOPE! Here’s what you need to know about soy…it is known to be a hormone disrupter. It mimics estrogen, so male gym goers beware as soy or soy based products are found in a vast majority of protein shakes. Also, soy contains goitrogens which inhibits the thyroid leading to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism slows the metabolism, causes low energy, and weakens the immune system. So let’s recap, the consumption of soy may creates hormonal imbalance (lowers libido for men and may impact fertility for women), may contribute to weight gain, is likely to impact your energy levels, and inhibit your ability to fight off illness. I want NONE of those things, do you?!
- Artificial colors. Ever read a nutrition label and seen a bunch of colors listed with numbers next to them??? If you knew the effect those actually had on your body you would be terrified! Let me sum it up like this, most are banned in more than one country abroad and all are linked to various forms of cancer. Have you every wondered why that nasty little disease seems to be running so rampant in the lives of so many people we know and love? Almost all of us grew up on these ingredients and little by little they are destroying us from the inside out. Bladder tumors, brain cancer, immune system tumors, genetic mutations, and kidney and adrenal gland tumors are all COMMONLY associated with artificial colors, just to name a few! Are you reading your labels yet?
- Artificial flavors and sweeteners. These artificial ingredients are found in most supplements because let’s face it true protein in powder form tastes AWEFUL! So they flavor it up and add fake sweeteners to make it more appealing. The problem? These have EXTREMELY harmful affects on the body.
- Aspartame (those cute little blue packets) is linked to depression, and emotional and psychotic disorders.
- Sucralose (you know it as Splenda and we all thought it was “better” for us) harms the lining of the gut, contributing to irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, and Crohn’s disease.
- Sodium benzoate and monosodium glutamate (MSG) are found in MANY sodas, energy drinks, and almost all processed foods. They are both highly carcinogenic and increase chronic inflammation, pain, and weight gain.
- Carrageenan. This “natural” ingredient is not only a rough one on the gut, causing GI disorders and intestinal inflammation, but it is also linked to gastrointestinal cancer. It is a common ingredient in liquid or powder supplements, and dairy alternatives (including many almond milks) because it helps keep liquids mixed rather than allowing ingredients to settle at the bottom.
Like, for real, are you reading your labels yet?! I don’t share this stuff to paint a bleak picture of the potential health problems that await you. I share this because I want you to make an educated decision about what you put in your body. You don’t need to avoid EVERYTHING, you just need to know the potential harmful affects. You can decide from there if it’s worth the risk but for me, when it comes to something I’m going to be consuming on a daily basis, I sure as hell don’t want any of this stuff in my body.
These are just four of the ingredients/group of ingredients I recommend you avoid, there is a laundry list of others. But FOR SURE, if you see any one of these listed, do yourself (and your family) a favor and put it back on the shelf. There are enough toxins in our daily environment, you certainly don’t need it in your supplements.
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