|Nutrient Profile||Whey, calcium caseinate, Milk protein, various vitamins & minerals, solid fiber|
|Appetite Suppressant||derived from fiber|
|Protein (amt per scoop)||22 grams or 12grams per scoop *note 1 scoop = 1 serv (20-35 grams, or avg serving size)|
|Value||$39.95 per box or $2.85per shake|
|Pros||high fiber, over 50% RDA calcium, 24gr protein|
|Cons||high sugar content.. Crystalline Fructose, Artificial Flavors, Surcralose (controversial)|
Advocare is a leader in the MLM world offering some great products, many of which we are big fans! With this mind our expectations were set pretty high on their shakes. So let’s take a look. For starters Advocare offers a couple different formulations, standard and a vegan blend. We did not evaluate the vegan blend because SOY protein was a chosen protein (as you know we’re not fans of soy in shakes…see our blog why) and more so FRUCTOSE was very high up on the ingredient list. So let’s take a look at their core offering, the Advocare vanilla shake. One of the things we really like about this shake is the high protein content, 24 grams, high fiber content and more than 50% rda of calcium. But when you peel back the onion we found that a lot of powder is needed to achieve these numbers, a whopping 59grams! To put this in perspective this is almost twice the average amount of powder that other shakes claim per serving. Our concern here is not the over inflated numbers but more so the overwhelming amount of powder needed to achieve these numbers. 59 grams of powder (any kind) is a lot of powder and often overwhelms a shake, leaving a chalky aftertaste.
Digging deeper we found some very controversial ingredients such as “crystalline fructose” which is very high on the ingredient list, artificial flavors, and sucralose. Per Dr. Mercoloa study after study are taking their place in a growing lineup of scientific research demonstrating that consuming high-fructose corn syrup is the fastest way to trash your health. It is now known without a doubt that sugar in your food, in all it’s myriad of forms, is taking a devastating toll. And fructose in any form — including high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and crystalline fructose — is the worst of the worst! This shake also adds the second most controversial sweetener “sucralose” to the mix. Sucralose has long history of controversial side effects and as a result has recently been banned in many retail chains, the latest being Whole Foods. Please let us know your thoughts on this shake as it always makes our reviews stronger and more personal.
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