Monavie RVL

Monavie RVL Shake Reviews
Protein type
whey concentrate
Taste
great
Price
$3.17 serv
Guarantee
30 days
Label Rating
controversial ingredient
User Rating
Cal 190
Protein 18g
Carb/Sugar 27g/7g
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INGREDIENTS:
  • Whey protein isolate

    This is the purified form of whey protein concentrate.

    Basically, the protein that is collected as protein concentrate is purified again to reduce the levels of carbohydrates and fats.

    Additionally it  absorbs more quickly than any other protein.

  • Whey protein hydrolysate

    A whey hydrolysate can be created from sweet whey all the way up to isolates. Also, the enzymes and reaction conditions used – as well as the number of available bonds that are broken – dictate the final composition of the hydrolysate. The greater the degree of hydrolysis, the smaller the number of amino acids per peptide … and the more bitter-tasting the resulting protein. So hydrolysates can vary a lot more than concentrates or isolates. Concentrates and isolates are already fast-digesting, so a hydrolysate, which digests minimally faster, may not be worth the taste tradeoff and extra cost for the small benefit.

  • Brown rice syrup solids

    If you’re shopping organic and see brown rice syrup or syrup solids listed first among ingredients, you may want to think twice: That product could have high levels of potentially toxic arsenic, Dartmouth researchers reported on 2/16/12.

    A team led by environmental chemist Brian P. Jackson found what Jackson called dangerous amounts of arsenic in organic powdered baby formula, intended for toddlers, whose top ingredient was brown rice syrup. That formula contained six times more arsenic than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for the water supply.  Our best advice is to look for another form sweetener.

  • Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is becoming a popular alternative to many types of oil because it is associated with health benefits including its healthy unsaturated fats and vitamin E.

  • Palatinose

    PALATINOSE™ is a pure, white, crystalline carbohydrate derived from the natural source of
    sucrose. It can be found in e.g. honey and sugar cane extract

  • Inulin

    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.

  • Natural flavors

    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.”

  • Xanthan gum

    Xanthan gum is a sugar-like compound made by mixing aged, or fermented, sugars with a certain kind of bacteria.

    In manufacturing, xanthan gum is used as a thickening and stabilizing agent in foods.

  • Silicon dioxide

    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.

  • Salt

    The average person in the U.S. consumes 3,500 milligrams of sodium a day. That’s equivalent to almost 9 grams of salt, or nearly 2 teaspoonfuls—way more than the 2,300 milligrams per day suggested by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  Although salt in moderation has not proven harmful an increasing body of evidence indicates that we should reduce the amount of salt in our diet. The American Medical Association (AMA), the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), and the National Institutes of Health have begun a campaign to cut the salt intake of Americans by one-half.

  • Stevia

    Stevia is a plant that is native to South America.

    It is best known as a source of natural sweeteners.

    In fact, native people in South America have used stevia as a sweetener for hundreds of years.

    Stevia contains 0 grams of sugar and has no known side effects.

  • Beta-cyclodextrin

    Cyclodextrins are a family of compounds made up of sugar molecules bound together in a ring. Cyclodextrins are produced from starch by means of enzymatic conversion

  • Gamma-cyclodextrin
  • Modified food starch

    Modified food starches are often used as bulking agents to increase the bulk of a food without affecting its nutritional value. Modified food starches might be used as an anti-caking agent to keep foods free-flowing, or as an inexpensive way to control moisture in a food product. In low-fat meat products, modified food starch is used as a binder.

    Note that people sensitive to wheat or gluten should avoid products with modified food starch as an ingredient unless it specifically states that the product is gluten free or states the specific type of starch used. Many manufacturers will use whatever food starch is cheapest or readily available for their product – corn, wheat, or otherwise.

  • Calcium carbonate

    When a manufacturer wants to ensure a baked good will rise, it may include calcium carbonate, which, as a leavening agent, promotes rising. Others use the additive as a calcium source. The uses of calcium carbonate are almost infinite and it can be found in almost all kinds of foods from dried fruits to canned sardines, also in frozen foods, cereals, aromatized beverages and processed meat and fish products

  • Magnesium stearate

    Magnesium stearate is a common additive to many supplements.  However, research has shown that stearic acid suppresses T cells (natural killer cells) which are a key component of the immune system. According to one study, stearic acid can cause the collapse of cell membrane integrity which can destroy cell function.


SOURCE: www.monavie.com 12/17/13
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Monavie RVL is one of the better options that you will find in the meal replacement shake industry, offering a great deal of benefits in their blend. They offer not only protein, but also add 26 vitamins and minerals to promote wellness.

Our editors took a second look at this brand, and it was in fact a solid option that you would want to pick up. The calories are a bit high at 190, but the overall ingredients are formulated to promote wellness overall.

One ingredient we did find that has come under controversy lately is “brown rice syrup/solids”  which have been known to contain arsenic.  See more on our glossary about the latest research on this ingredient.   They utilize a good protein blend, no soy, and no serious allergens found.

Conclusion

Monavie RVL is an interesting shake option as it really does have a good amount of vitamins and minerals, solid protein blend, delivering energy, and benefits that can help the process of weight loss and management. The only detractor is the cost, brown rice syrup solids, and it’s one of the higher priced solutions in the shake industry.

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