Did anyone happen to see this article?
Whole Foods Market (WFM) stock plunges 20% after Natural News reveals ‘big lie’ on toxic heavy metals
Now, my love for Whole Foods is deep, minus the price tags that come along with almost everything in the store. But, this just further proves my point-
Eat real food people!
DISCLAIMER– I have dear and great friends that are full into Shakeology, Advocare, you name it. And, it is working for them, getting them excited about fitness/health, getting their clients and friends excited about fitness/health and that’s all that really matters. So, if you are one of those and you are reading this, keep on promoting health. This post is more to tell you what you should consider doing once the temporary fix of these protein powder drinks wears off.
Why you may need to put those shakes/drinks down…
1) We don’t really need as much protein as these companies are telling us, unless we are endurance athletes. FitSugar says…
Most powders and premade shakes offer at least 15 grams of protein per serving, and the majority of women easily hit or exceed the USDA’s average requirement of 46 grams per day by eating a balanced diet that includes animal protein. With that said, strict vegetarians and vegans are encouraged to try protein powder. Animal-free eaters who have a shake for breakfast won’t have to worry about how they’ll find all their protein during the course of a busy day when there isn’t time to cook.
Besides those who might not be hitting requirements through diet, protein powder is a good choice for extremely active individuals and endurance athletes. During endurance workouts — especially strength training — muscles are broken down, and it’s protein that helps aid in the body’s full repair and full recovery. After any intense strength-training workout, try to eat a snack of protein and carbs within an hour of your workout ending to help in this process.
2) Recently, Dr. Oz and the Consumer Lab have found high concentrations of lead in these protein products. This article is rather harsh, but goes over Shakeology specifically. From Consumer Reports on the research of these protein powders:
Cadmium raises special concern because it accumulates in and can damage the kidneys, the same organs that can be damaged by excessive protein consumption. And it can take 20 years for the body to eliminate even half the cadmium absorbed today.” This is a highly toxic metal, and while there are some cases where decisions have to be weighed against relative risks, accepting that you have to be exposed to any cadmium at all in your protein drink after your workout is definitely not one of them,” says Michael Harbut, M.D., director of the Environmental Cancer Initiative at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Royal Oak, Mich.
“When these toxic heavy metals are combined in a product that is marketed for daily use, that raises serious public health concerns, especially for pregnant women, children, and young adults,” says Burns, who has been a toxicology consultant to state and federal government agencies.
The anti-Shaeology guy from above quotes in his article
The maker of Shakeology, a company named Beachbody, did not refute the findings. Instead, they argued that Consumer Lab “may be actually misleading consumers by not distinguishing between harmful heavy metals and those that are naturally occurring in plants, vegetables and minerals.”
I don’t know about you, but natural, organic or synthetic, I would prefer NO metals in whatever I’m putting in my mouth!
As far as Advocare goes, it contains highly refined forms of soy that are genetically modified. If you are newer to nutrition, soy is being overproduced, overly processed and overly modified from its original, nutritious form; therefore you should consider buying all soy products with this symbol
Advocare also contains fructose- which is found in fruit, but our body can only handle small amounts. Drinking this drink gives you more than your body can handle of this amount.
And my biggest CON would be that it contains sucralose- an ARTIFICIAL sweetener. Yes, artificial.
This article lists a ton of other CONS if you’d like to check them out.
Again, I love you Shakeology and Advocare friends. And I think what you are advocating (good health) is what this world needs, so keep on keeping on!
What I am saying is that you don’t need these products to get healthy, you just need REAL food.
I get it, some people don’t know where to start. They aren’t nutrition freaks like me and just need an easy nudge in the right direction. This is why these products are doing so well. But, I’m hoping to open some eyes and show you that you don’t need to pay all this money for formulated shakes. JUST EAT REAL FOOD. And by real food, I mean things that can go bad
Would love to hear your thoughts on these or similar products.