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Dr. Newtons Naturals

 

Dr. Newton’s Naturals offers a meal replacement shake called Gold Standard Protein.

 

* royale is an unknown flavor

 

 

You may have never heard of Dr. Newton’s Naturals (don’t feel bad, we hadn’t either), but this company offers a variety of good health and wellness products and supplements that may be worth checking out. Of course, for now we’re going to focus on their meal replacement shake, Gold Standard Protein.

This shake has a fairly solid list of ingredients. For starters, the label boasts that it’s made with organic New Zealand whey. At first glance this looks awesome to us – after all, we know that whey is the Mercedes Benz of proteins, but once we started reading through the ingredients list, we were a little disappointed to see that the protein blend in Gold Standard includes hydrolyzed soy protein. Come on Dr. Newton’s – you know just as well as we do that soy has been trashed from here to Timbuktu for its long-term negative health effects. Not to mention, this diet shake also has artificial sweeteners like polydestrose and sucralose.

Moving on to the rest of the ingredients (we’ll let the soy thing slide for now), we were excited to see this shake contains a good amount of nutrients. It has 50% or more RDA of several nutrients including vitamin D, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, biotin and more. Gold Standard Protein also tastes pretty good and comes in three flavors – vanilla, chocolate and royale (disclaimer: we have no clue what royale flavoring is and didn’t want to risk it, so you’re on your own trying that one).

When it comes to the value of Dr. Newton’s diet shake, we can’t help but notice the extremely high price tag. Is New Zealand whey combined with soy protein, mixed up with some nutrients and finally sweetened with sucralose, really worth paying nearly $4 per shake? Eh, we don’t think so, but that’s your call. This is a good product, but we’re not convinced that it takes the gold in the world of meal replacement shakes.

Idealshape

Idealshape

Idealshape ..we love the fact that this is a direct to consumer (non MLM) shake. This frequently equates to more expensive ingredients at a lower price point because they do not have to pay high fees to distributors and middlemen.

However in this particular case, even though it has a great price point, roughly $1.50 per serving, we see no reason for excitement here. Idealshape contains some of the most controversial ingredients on the market today. Just “Google” some of its key ingredients — like soy, artificial flavors, sucralose, acsefame potassium, etc — and come to your own conclusions. Idealshape touts “great” taste in their shakes and we have no quarrel. But this claim is almost humorous — good taste comes at the expense of good health. Anyone can make their product taste good with artificial sweeteners and flavoring. Don’t believe it? Just go get a vanilla shake at McDonalds and look at the label — you’ll find artificial flavors and sweeteners there too.
Since evidence strongly points to an array of health concerns with artificial sweeteners and flavorings (including weight gain), we believe the real challenge is to find a shake without these harmful ingredients that still tastes good. Now we know what many of you are thinking… OH NO, they like the vegan-type shakes that I think taste awful — right? Absolutely not. There are many new shakes on the market that have mastered the flavor trick naturally using such sweeteners as erythritol, stevia leaf extracts, yacon syrup, etc. While the use of “natural sweeteners” costs more than the artificial alternative, we believe they are well worth a little higher price for your long term health.

Super Ketone

Super Ketone

Leading nutritionists agree that it’s not how many grams you swallow but how much you absorb that counts.  The general trend with Raspberry Ketones has been to pack very high concentrations into a capsule and rely on the accepted, but inaccurate, belief that this gets you better results.  The problem is that your body can only absorb so much at a time, often only fractions of what’s stated on the label.  For this reason it is imperative to address absorption rates of Raspberry Ketones because otherwise you’re simply peeing your hard earned dollars away.  We have chosen SuperKetone™ for our #1 spot because it uses maximum recommended dosage along with a patented thermo-nutrient called Bioperine® which can double the bio-availability of nutrients.  

Metabolife Slender Satisfaction

Metabolife Slender Satisfaction

Metabolife Slender Satisfaction is a product that is targeted for women, utilizing a whey and soy blend.  We like the fact that it is a shake made for women, but we do not like that they use a soy protein at all.

Metabolife has a large following behind its products, but with the presence of soy, we are already skeptical at how good this product actually is.  Well, along with soy, this drink contains a controversial artificial sweetener “sucralose”, which is a synthetic additive created by chlorinating sugar.  More and more grocery and retail chains have been taking products containing sucralose off of their selves, Whole Foods being the more recent one.  This product also contains artificial flavors, which could explain why this shake tastes so darn good!

This shake is low in calories and has a high level of fiber in it, but it also contains a low level of nutrients – we’d recommend that you take your money elsewhere, as there are superior, more natural shakes on the market these days.

HMR 500

HMR 500

This meal replacement shake markets themselves as an aid to help those who are obese and they claim that it is medically supervised.  However, we have not been able to verify these claims.  Looking into their ingredients we have found that this shake is low in calories, but unfortunately, also low in protein, with only 10 grams of protein per serving.  Additionally, it contains soy, artificial ingredients, and sucralose.  We do not like seeing any of these ingredients in our shakes, as there have been a variety of health risks and reported side effects relating to each one.  This shake is also high in sugar at 15 grams of sugar per serving, which is definitely no good in our book.

This product does have a solid amount of nutrients and it tastes good, but with the other ingredients that make up the contents of this drink, we would definitely suggest trying one of the other products out there!

RightSize Smoothie

RightSize Smoothie

RightSize Smoothie is a meal replacement that contains a good amount of nutrients and offers a unique herbal appetite suppressant to back their tagline up – that it’s a “Hunger Smashing” shake.  There are a variety of flavors offered and the smoothies have a pretty good taste to them, especially compared to other shakes that are out there right now.  However, they use a soy protein isolate which, if you have not noticed by now, is not something we are crazy about.  They also unfortunately use acesulfame potassium, which is an artificial sweetener.  This is a good shake in the sense that it does help suppress the appetite and it is affordable compared to other similar products, but as it uses the two ingredients we discourage against, we just can’t rate RightSize as one of the best.

 

 

Labrada Lean Body

Labrada Lean Body

The Labrada Lean Body shakes claim that they are not meant for weight loss, which may explain why they contain 330 calories and 6 grams of sugar per serving.  They do contain a good amount of vitamins and minerals, but we wanted to take a deeper look into the ingredients that make up this product.

Controversial Ingredients:

We found that this shake has a whey and soy protein base.  We love the whey, but soy is an ingredient that we like to stay away from, as there have been a variety of health side effects linked to products containing soy protein, such as food allergies, thyroid issues, danger for pregnant or nursing women, and more.

We also found sucralose in this product.  Sucralose is an artificial sweetener and grocery and retail chains have been taking products containing sucralose off the shelves, Whole Foods being the most recent to do so.  There have been a plethora of reported side effects including head and muscle aches, stomach cramps and diarrhea, bladder issues, skin irritation, dizziness and more.

Fructose is also found in this shake, which is a simple sugar that the body can use for energy.  Unfortunately, the American Diabetes Association and nutritional experts have gathered that when too much fructose enters the liver, the liver cannot process it fast enough for the body to use as a sugar and instead starts making fats and sending them off into the bloodstream as triglycerides, causing you to gain weight.

Lastly, Acesulfame potassium or Acesulfame-K is found in this product, which is a potassium salt containing methylene chloride, a known carcinogen.  Reported side effects to this include headaches, nausea, mood problems and more.

This shake does have a high amount of protein, but it is relatively pricey at $3.50 per shake.  This, combined with so many ingredients that we recommend against, makes us think its best to try one of the other many options out there.

 

Alive! Whole Food Ultra Shake

Alive! Whole Food Ultra Shake

Alive! Whole Food Ultra Shake by Nature’s Way is a meal replacement shake that may have an interesting taste, but is chalk-full of fruits, veggies, vitamins and nutrients.  It is quite affordable compared to other shakes, at $1.73 per shake, and is known to keep you energized all day.

Unfortunately, it does contain soy protein (15 grams) and several artificial ingredients such as fructose and maltodextrin, which we are not advocates of at all.

All-in-all, this shake is a great source of quality vitamins and minerals and has a low caloric make up.  However, we’d advise you to stay away from any shake that contains soy and artificial ingredients.

 

Medifast Program

Medifast Program

Medifast has recently been fined $3.7 million for stating false weight loss claims, but while reviewing this shake, we tried not to let that hinder our opinion.  However, upon seeing the ingredients used, we were not impressed.

Controversial Ingredients:

This drink contains a soy protein isolate which by now you should know we are not crazy about, due to recent studies that have linked soy proteins to a variety of health issues.  There is also fructose found in this shake, which is a simple sugar that can cause liver malfunction.  Artificial flavors also make up the contents of this shake, as is Acesulfame potassium, which is a potassium salt that contains methylene chloride, a known carcinogen.

In addition to these controversial ingredients, the shake doesn’t have the highest protein level – only 14 grams per serving – and is not the cheapest product out there.  However, this is a shake that does taste good!

 

Herbalife Formula 1

Herbalife Formula 1

Herbalife is one of the most well-known multi-level marketing companies, popular for its health and weight loss solutions.  We are reviewing the Formula 1 shake.  The first thing that stood out to us is that this product is made with soy – which gives us concern.  Soy is controversial, as there have been a reported bevy of negative effects linked to this ingredient.  This product also contains fructose.  We don’t mind natural fructose in fruits and vegetables, but we do not like fructose in food products, powders and shakes because when too much fructose enters your body, the metabolic burden falls on your liver, in much the same way as for alcohol, and your body becomes a sea of toxic byproducts.  Because of the fat it starts making, it can actually cause you to gain weight, rather than lose it.  Additionally, the sugar content is quite high at 9 grams per serving, and the sodium is high at 145 mg per serving, while the protein level is quite low at 9 grams.  On a good note this product is Allergen-free, which is a rarity in health shakes.

All-in-all, though this shake and brand is extremely popular and has a huge following behind it, we aren’t crazy about the ingredients used and we wouldn’t rate it as one of the best products out there.  It does have a great price point though at $1.33 per shake, and is low in calories at 90 calories per shake.  If you want to jump on the Herbalife bandwagon, just do so with your eyes open!

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