Soy is the most controversial protein today. Unlike the Asian culture, where people eat small amounts of whole non-GMO soybean products, western food processors separate the soybean into two golden commodities—protein and oil. And there is nothing natural or safe about these products. Soy foods contain anti-nutritional factors such as saponins, soyatoxin, phytates, protease inhibitors, oxalates, goitrogens and estrogens.
Do your research as soy protein has been linked to breast cancer, brain damage, Infant abnormalities, Thyroid disorders, Kidney stones, Immune system impairment, Severe, potentially fatal food allergies, Impaired fertility, Danger during pregnancy and nursing.
Fructose is a monosaccharide (simple sugar), which the body can use for energy. Because it does not cause blood sugar rise tremendously (has a low glycemic index), it was once thought that fructose was a good substitute for sucrose (table sugar). However, the American Diabetes Association and nutritional experts have changed their minds about this. When too much fructose enters the liver, the liver can’t process it all fast enough for the body to use as sugar. Instead, it starts making fats from the fructose and sending them off into the bloodstream as triglycerides (you can actually gain weight).
One of an array of factory-made additives, cellulose is increasingly used by the processed-food industry to thicken or stabilize foods, replace fat and boost fiber content, and cut the need for ingredients like oil or flour, which are getting more expensive.
Cellulose is especially popular because it can be used in many ways in food and is relatively inexpensive.
Bran, also known as miller’s bran, is the hard outer layers of cereal grain. It consists of the combined aleurone and pericarp. Along with germ, it is an integral part of whole grains, and is often produced as a by-product of milling in the production of refined grains.
The search for “natural” sources of chemicals often requires that a manufacturer go to great lengths and expenses to obtain a given chemical. For this reason, synthetically produced flavors are frequently used in foods and beverages.
Artificial flavors have been known to cause an array of health problems such as chest pain, headaches, fatigue, nervous system depression, allergies, brain damage, seizures, nausea, dizziness and many more.
Guar Gum a natural food thickener, similar to tapioca flour.
It has significantly more thickening ability than cornstarch, at a fraction of the cost.
Potassium is an essential nutrient we get from the food we eat. It typically comes in the form of potassium chloride.
Along with sodium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium, potassium is an electrolyte, meaning that it helps to conduct electrical charges in the body. Like all the other electrolytes, our bodies have evolved elaborate systems to control blood levels in a narrow range.
This is good news since normal levels of potassium are absolutely critical to life—if potassium levels get too high or too low, the heart and nervous system completely shut down.
Calcium Caseinate is derived from fresh skim milk. It is comprised of 92% protein and is found in your common weight gainers for that thick taste. Casein is very very slow to digest, thus it leaves a constant flow of aminos through your blood stream long after you take it in.
Casein is the most abundant protein in milk.
As it’s usually considered safe.
We label it orange because there are folks with allergic reactions to casein and or any dairy products.
Milk naturally contains calcium phosphate.
Foods such as breads, cereals and drink mixes also commonly contain calcium phosphate.
Manufacturers also frequently fortify packaged foods and drinks with calcium phosphate.
When rice is milled, the hull is removed to produce the familiar brown rice kernel. Manufactures put the hulls through a proprietary process to produce a highly concentrated functional fiber. Rice Fiber can often deliver more fiber.
Soy lecithin is not soy protein, but instead a component of the soybean plant that is used an emulsifier in a variety of foods.
Canola oil is made from the crushed seeds of the canola plant, is among the healthiest of cooking oils.
It has the lowest saturated fat content of any oil commonly consumed in the U.S., at just 7%.
By comparison, sunflower oil has 12% saturated fat, corn oil has 13%, and olive oil has 15%.
Carrageenan are a family of linear sulfated polysaccharides that are extracted from red seaweeds. They are widely used in the food industry, for their gelling, thickening and stabilizing properties. Carrageenan can be found in many foods, even foods labeled “natural” and “organic.” It is widely used in dairy products (chocolate milk, whipping cream, ice cream, nonfat sour cream), frozen dinners, dairy alternatives (soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk), prepared poultry and cold cuts, nutritional drinks, and even infant formula.
Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are partially man-made fats. The name refers to the way the carbon atoms are arranged in their chemical structure. MCTs are generally made by processing coconut and palm kernel oils in the laboratory. Usual dietary fats, by comparison, are long-chain triglycerides. People use MCTs as medicine.
Athletes sometimes use MCTs for nutritional support during training, as well as for decreasing body fat and increasing lean muscle mass.
An essential amino acid.
Inulin is a carbohydrate belonging to a class of compounds known as fructans and is closely related to fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS).
Although they aren’t the same, you will often find them used interchangeably.
These are all starches (carbohydrates), just varying in structure.
Since inulin is not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, it is considered to be a fiber.
It is a soluble fiber as opposed to cellulose, which is insoluble.
Magnesium is an element your body needs to function normally.
Magnesium oxide may be used for different reasons. Some people use it as an antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach, or acid indigestion.
Magnesium oxide also may be used as a laxative for short-term, rapid emptying of the bowel (before surgery, for example).
It should not be used repeatedly. Magnesium oxide also is used as a dietary supplement when the amount of magnesium in the diet is not enough.
Silicon dioxide is found in many multivitamin and mineral supplements because silicon is necessary for good health.
As a necessary nutrient for the health of your skin, hair, nails and bones, dietary silicon may also help to prevent arthritis and osteoporosis.
It also works as an anti-caking agent, and is added as an ingredient in foods to help keep your processed foods appetizing.
Licorice is also used as a flavoring in food. Many “licorice” or “licorice flavor” products manufactured in the United States do not contain any licorice. Instead, they contain anise oil, which has the same smell and taste.
If you have a fondness for black licorice, FDA advises that no matter what your age, don’t eat large amounts of black licorice at one time. People over 40 should definitely avoid large amounts. Black licorice can interact with some medications, herbs and dietary supplements. Consult a health care professional if you have questions about possible interactions with a particular drug or supplement.
The definition of natural flavor under the Code of Federal Regulations is: “the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”
Pectin is a carb that is made of hundreds or thousands of molecules chemically linked together. It is found in most plants and is particularly plentiful in the peels of apples, citrus fruits, and plums. In modified citrus pectin, the pectin has been chemically altered sometimes by pH and temperature modifications to break its long, branched chains of polysaccharides into smaller, unbranched lengths of soluble fiber molecules. Pectin in its natural form cannot be absorbed by the body and is considered a type of undigestible soluble fiber, whereas modified citrus pectin has a reduced molecular weight compared to regular citrus pectin, is mostly linear homogalacturonanic acid, and rich in galactose residues, which are easily processed by the digestive system and absorbed into the bloodstream if of the correct molecular weight range.
If you’re often troubled with constipation or other intestinal problems, psyllium powder may be helpful. It’s ground from the husk of blond psyllium seeds and used as supplemental fiber to ease disruptions in bowel movements.
Ginger root powder has proven to be an effective motion sickness antidote for travel by car, boat, train or plane.
Ginger has been clinically proven to decrease the nausea, vomiting and diarrhea associated with the common three-day and 24-hour flu viruses. Taken early enough, ginger can help thwart the flu.
Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus oryzae, and Trichoderma reesei are three important production organisms used in industrial fermentations. Several of the fungal secondary metabolites produced by selected strains of these three fungi are capable of eliciting toxicity in animals. Among those toxic substances are the well-known mycotoxins 3-nitropropionic acid and ochratoxin A. However, many others, such as kojic acid, may not be true mycotoxins. The production, extraction, chemical structure, and the toxicity (expressed as LD50) of these substances are reviewed. Production of toxic secondary metabolites in A. niger, A. oryzae, and T. reesei is strain-specific and environment-dependent. Considering all of the safety measures taken in the industrial production process, these three fungal species are safe to use.
Unlike most artificial sweeteners honey does your body good. For starters, the antioxidant-rich elixir protects your heart, and despite packing more calories than sugar (21 per teaspoon versus 16), it’s unlikely to expand your waistline: A recent study found that overweight or obese patients who received a 2.5-ounce dose of honey every day for a month lowered both their total and LDL cholesterol, while they maintained or even lost weight. And preliminary research says honey may improve memory and reduce anxiety.
Ascorbic acid is another word for Vitamin C. Ascorbic acid is a naturally occurring organic compound with antioxidant properties. Ascorbic acid works to preserve food.
Dl-alpha tocophyl acetate is a form of vitamin E.
Papaya fruit is a source of nutrients such as provitamin A carotenoids, vitamin C, folate and dietary fiber.
Papaya skin, pulp and seeds also contain a variety of phytochemicals, including lycopene and polyphenols.
The acerola cherry is a unique fruit that favors tropical or subtropical climates in both the eastern and western hemispheres.The fruit has been consumed for many years in the areas to which it is native, but has gained popularity worldwide recently due to its rich vitamin and antioxidant content.
is rich with antioxidants which is a wonderful thing.
Biotin is a water soluble vitamin and another name for vitamin H.
Biotin is associated with many health benefits including the metabolism of fats and amino acids, as well as the production of new cells.
Sodium molybdate is a chemically altered form of the mineral element, sodium.
Sodium is a natural salt and sodium molybdate is used in the food industry as a fertilizer and as a nutritional supplement for health.
Sodium molybdate use in food may have some benefits, as well as some side effects.
Sodium selenite, another name for selenium, is a mineral essential for optimal health, even though your body only needs small amounts.
Sodium selenite is present in plant foods, in some meat and seafood, and in supplements.
Selenium is touted as a treatment for a variety of diseases because it’s an essential component of glutathione, your body’s most potent natural antioxidant.
Niacinamide and niacin are slightly varying forms of vitamin B3.
Vitamin B3 is naturally in many foods like fish and green vegetables and is also found in many vitamin B complex supplements.
Beta carotene- s is a strongly-colored red-orange pigment abundant in plants and fruits. Plant carotenoids are the primary dietary source of provitamin.
Another name for an iron supplement.
Zinc oxide is added to many foods as a source of zinc.
a salt of copper used in the prophylaxis and treatment of copper deficiency.
Dicalcium phosphate is commonly added to food as a dietary supplement for a source of calcium and phosphorus.
Due to its fairly high concentration of calcium, it should be used with caution by breast feeding mothers and those suffering from lung disease and kidney stones.
Bromelain is an extract derived from the stems of pineapples. It is a mixture of enzymes that digest protein and is thought to have anti-inflammatory effects.
Papain is an enzyme naturally found in unripe papayas and it helps break tough protein fibers, making it great for digestive support.
Folic acid is a B vitamin. It helps the body make healthy new cells.
“Folic acid” and “folate” mean the same thing.
Folate is found naturally in some foods and folic acid is a manmade form of folate.
Since 1998, folic acid has been added to most enriched bread flours, cornmeal, pasta, rice, and other grain products in the U.S. and Canada.
This was done to help prevent spina bifida and anencephaly, two birth defects that are caused in part by too little folate in a mother’s body around the time her baby is conceived.
Chromium chloride is the naturally occurring trivalent variety of the mineral chromium found in many food types and synthesized supplements.
Most commonly referred to as chromium only, chromium chloride is a human dietary requirement.
Pyridoxine is one of the compounds that can be called vitamin B6, along with pyridoxal and pyridoxamine.
Thiamine mononitrate is a form of vitamin B1.
Riboflavin also known as vitamin B12. This is naturally found in many foods and it is added to many protein shakes.
Cholecalciferol is a form of vitamin D, also called vitamin D3.
Cyanocobalamin is a man-made form of vitamin B12 used to prevent and treat low blood levels of this vitamin. Most people get enough vitamin B12 from their diet. Vitamin B12 is important to maintain the health of your metabolism, blood cells, and nerves. Serious vitamin B12 deficiency may result in a low number of red blood cells (anemia, stomach problems, and permanent nerve damage.
Herbalife is one of the big time players in the world of multi-level marketing. They offer various health supplements and also carry a very popular meal replacement shake that they distribute through their independent distributors.
Like the majority of meal replacement shakes out there this shake will definitely work if you are replacing a high caloric meal as they are loaded loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients and pack a powerful punch. They have various flavors with varying ingredients so make sure you do your homework. Since we’re a label site we’ll point out a few ingredients that made our controversial list on the French Vanilla.
Soy – In our opinion, soy is not an ideal protein source, as there are a lot of less controversial alternatives out there. Recent studies have linked soy proteins to thyroid issues, food allergies, danger for pregnant or nursing women, immune system problems, and much more. (see our blog for more on soy)
Fructose – This simple sugar can cause liver malfunction. Instead of balancing sugar levels, it can actually cause fatty tissue formation and cause weight gain.
Artificial Flavors – The search for “natural” sources of chemicals often requires that a manufacturer go to great lengths and expenses to obtain a given chemical. For this reason, synthetically produced flavors are frequently used in foods and beverages. Artificial flavors have been known to cause an array of health problems such as chest pain, headaches, fatigue, nervous system depression, allergies, brain damage, seizures, nausea, dizziness and many more.
Herbalife may have a great deal of affiliates and may be a big time player in the Multi-level marketing world but several key ingredients found in their meal replacement shake are controversial. It’s for that reason we cannot rank this shake higher.