So there are a few blog posts popping up about the unsafe lead content in Beachbody’s Greenberry Shakeology¹.
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I’ve spent several hours today pouring through sites like:
FDA.gov – MN Dept of Health – CA Dept of Health – The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry – National Safety Counsel – Dr. Oz – I even signed up for the 24 hour free pass to ConsumerLab.com – And many, many, MANY more sites where I found little, to no, information (so I’m not listing them).
Here’s the basics of what I’ve found:
There are many bloggers who’ve decided to support this report before doing any of their own research, and they have even stated this in their posts. I’m not one of them.
Also, there are many Team Beachbody coaches that are choosing to ignore this report and simply just go with the flow. I’m not one of them either.
I am a blogger and I am a Team Beachbody coach and here’s what MY independent research has brought to my attention:
The only Beachbody product that was tested was the Greenberry formula AND I’m going to assume that ConsumerLab.com’s test (dated 6/11/13) USED THE OLDER VERSION of the Greenberry Shakeology, simply because the ingredient list from ConsumerLab.com‘s study DOESN’T MATCH the ingredient list for the current Greenberry formula (which was released 5/6/13).
And I don’t know what else to tell you. I would post a screen shot of what Consumer Labs has listed for the Greenberry Shakeology ingredients, but they do not allow any of their reports to be shared. (I did take a screen shot though for my own records.) So all you can do is sign up for their 24 hour free access and compare the ingredients for yourself.
I, personally, don’t know the lead content of any of the Shakeology formulas and I’ve googled the heck out of it with search engines and at various government websites – but the ingredient list for Shakeology looks pretty dang good to me: What’s in Shakeology
I also thought it was pretty interesting that SlimFast 3-2-1 was an “approved” product. Here’s a look at the ingredients for that:
“WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE (MILK), SUGAR, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), SUNFLOWER OIL, GUM ARABIC, MALTODEXTRIN, CELLULOSE GEL, BUTTERMILK POWDER, SOY FIBER, SOYBEAN LECITHIN, XANTHAN GUM, SALT, CARRAGEENAN, POTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, DEXTROSE, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM (A NONNUTRITIVE SWEETENER), ASPARTAME AND GUAR GUM. VITAMINS AND MINERALS: CALCIUM CARBONATE, MAGNESIUM OXIDE, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM ASCORBATE, VITAMIN E ACETATE, FERRIC ORTHOPHOSPHATE, NIACINAMIDE, ZINC OXIDE, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, MANGANESE SULFATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, CHROMIUM CHLORIDE, RIBOFLAVIN, BIOTIN, COPPER GLUCONATE, FOLIC ACID, SODIUM MOLYBDATE, SODIUM SELENITE, PHYTONADIONE (VITAMIN K1), POTASSIUM IODIDE, CHOLECALCIFEROL (VITAMIN D3) AND CYANOCOBALAMIN (VITAMIN B12). PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE. SWEETENED WITH NUTRITIVE SWEETENERS AND A NONNUTRITIVE SWEETENER. MAY CONTAIN WHEAT.”
LOL! Yeah, considering “sugar” is the second ingredient on the list? I think I’ll stick with my UNTESTED Vegan Shakeology derived from whole ingredients.
Also, I don’t think Dr. Oz is “out to get” Beachbody, I think Dr. Oz does what ever he thinks is going to get views and followers. If you check out Dr. Oz’s's home page today, you’ll notice our celebrity trainer, Shaun T. (developer of Hip Hop Abs, INSANITY, and Focus T25), is being featured.
If (when) I find out any new information on this topic, I’ll be sure to update. Until then, did you know that I actually WANT to help people reach their health and fitness goals??!?! I’ve got new support groups starting this month! Email me: email@example.com or find me on Facebook and I can help you tailor a plan that’s just right for you!
“What is Beachbody’s response to the Consumer Labs report (posted 6/11/13), where they have declared that Shakeology Greenberry is ‘not approved’ according to their standards, due to lead contamination?
Thank you for your question. Consumer Labs raises a “concern” but unfortunately, while they seek to inform consumers, they may be actually misleading consumers by not distinguishing between harmful heavy metals and those that are naturally occurring in plants, vegetables and minerals (including naturally occurring lead). In fact, it is specifically because Beachbody uses whole-food plant based natural ingredients in products like Shakeology, rather than synthesizing a product in a lab ,that it does include naturally occurring heavy metals along with the countless other benefits nature provides. Most of the fruits, vegetables and herbs we consume every day, even when organically grown and picked right out of the ground, also contain various levels of naturally occurring lead. It is very important to note that Beachbody never adds any heavy metals to any of its products and that we strictly follow good manufacturing practices to make sure that we are always delivering on our promise to our Coaches and customers in only creating programs and products, including Shakeology and all of our other supplements, which help people lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.”
Looking for more? See what doctors are saying about Shakeology:
Just after I pushed the good old publish button on this post, Beachbody came out with a statement that confirms my assumption on the Greenberry formula ConsumerLabs.com tested:
“As you may have heard, Consumer Labs analyzed an old Greenberry Shakeology formula, the results of which were discussed on the Dr. Oz program along with fifteen other protein powders. The tests were to validate levels of protein, calories, carbohydrates, and also levels of heavy metals like lead. Those results have caused questions among the Team Beachbody community.
The quality of Shakeology and the health and safety of our consumers always has been – and always will be – our top priority, and we proudly stand behind everything we have ever released to our consumers. Every single product we have ever released has been compliant with all regulatory standards established by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
We rigorously test all of our formulas for many important health standards, including heavy metals, and ensure that anything that ever gets put into Shakeology and shipped to a customer is well within any FDA guidelines and safe. In fact, the average numbers of all of our independent lab tests on every formula, even the prior Greenberry formula, are far lower than the Consumer Labs results, which is why we are currently engaging with them to share the results of our independent lab results and to further show how recent results on our current formulas are even lower and well within their guidelines.
While we believe Shakeology truly is the healthiest shake on the market and truly a daily dose of dense nutrition, that doesn’t mean we don’t always learn, adapt and improve. We are constantly challenging ourselves to continuously improve. We updated the Greenberry formula last year prior to Consumer Labs conducting their test on the old formula. This is the drive which results in our providing our customers and Coaches with the most safe and effective products on the market, and why we could not be more proud of the hundreds of thousands of people we have helped get healthier drinking Shakeology.”