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.
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.
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.”
Xylitol is widely used as a sugar substitute and in “sugar-free” chewing gums, mints, and other candies. Xylitol tastes sweet but, unlike sugar, it is not converted in the mouth to acids that cause tooth decay. It reduces levels of decay-causing bacteria in saliva and also acts against some bacteria that cause ear infections.
As a medicine, xylitol is used to prevent middle ear infections (otitis media) in young children, and as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes.
Guar Gum a natural food thickener, similar to tapioca flour.
It has significantly more thickening ability than cornstarch, at a fraction of the cost.
stevia or stevia leaf extract is an all natural sweetener with no known side-effects. Voted the sugar killer in 2012.
Luo han guo fruit is an herbaceous perennial vine of the Cucurbitaceae family, native to southern China and northern Thailand.
The plant is cultivated for its fruit, whose extract is nearly 300 times sweeter than sugar and has been used in China as a natural low-calorie sweetener for cooling drinks, and in traditional Chinese medicine to treat diabetes and obesity.
Yoli Yes Shake, another MLM (multi-level marketing) product, is ranked 4th on our list, due to some concern about potentially higher mark-ups. With MLMs, the extra money is usually used to pay distributors instead of going back into the quality of the product. In this case, however, we were surprised to find that it is still a good quality product at an okay price point.
About the Shake
The company states that the whey in Yoli’s Yes Shake, called Purawhey™, is biologically active, non-denatured, and minimally processed. With this foundation, the Yoli Yes Shake also offers a bevy of natural ingredients, and has no artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors. We love seeing natural sweetener, stevia, used as it’s a natural herb with no known side effects.
The problem for companies is that stevia costs substantially more than artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, or maltodextrin (think Splenda, Equal, etc). Hormone free whey, natural sweeteners, etc. are always a great indicator of the quality of the product.
On each shake we evaluate we ask “did they dilute the proteins with soy or other inexpensive proteins just to save a buck, or did they go the full mile and leverage more expensive proteins like hormone free whey or pricey sweeteners like stevia?” With so many studies out on the dangers of synthetic sweeteners, we are always happy to see people pay the extra buck to keep the bad out and the good in.
Positives and Negatives
Though this shake is low in calories and sugar and is made with a quality source of protein, it doesn’t hit every positive aspect that it could have. For instance, there are only two flavors available, chocolate and vanilla, severely limiting people’s ability to try different recipes and not get bored with this shake.
There are also not as many vitamins and minerals in this shake as there are in other shakes, which would make it more of an attractive replacement for a meal and addition to an overall healthy lifestyle.
Though these things are not necessarily deal-breakers, you would think there would be a lower price since they do lack these things. Since this company is an MLM, they offer two ways to buy the product. It is available in 30-serving canisters or individual serving packets. For the 30-serving canister, the shake formula costs $80.00 per container if you buy retail (which is $2.65 per serving), or $75.97 per container if you buy wholesale (which is $2.53 per serving).
In summary, whereas this shake does definitely have some great things about it, and people seem to enjoy the taste, there are some things still to be desired, and it may not be the best overall well-balanced shake for the price.