Shakeology vs. Plexus...AKA "Daily Dose of Dense Superfood Nutrition vs. The Pink Drink"

December 6, 2015

 

In a previous blog post where I compare Shakeology to Isagenix I covered a lot of pertinent information on the ingredients in Shakeology. To avoid being redundant I will just say... hit up that blog! I am just going to jump in and talk about Plexus- The Pink Drink- and why I could never advocate for this product. 

 

As you can see at this link - Plexus has NO nutritional value so it can’t actually be compared to Shakeology because Shakeology is NOT a diet drink. Shakeology is hands-down the healthiest meal of the day- a daily dose of dense, superfood nutrition.

I think a good summary would say that Plexus is a product known for having an identity crisis. Here is another bit of information that I put together as I was still confused about this product! Not sure it really cleared things up for me except that this company relies on the uninformed consumer to make their money off of. The makers of this product do not do enough of their own research and will grab at whatever buzzword they can feed you to get your money. They removed the appetite suppressant Hoodia when it became controversial for it’s lack of scientific evidence to back up its claims. They also removed DMAA from their accelerator formula after comparisons to the side effects of ephedra eventually led to a government ban on the substance. (Dietary supplements containing DMAA are illegal and the FDA is doing everything within its authority to remove these products from the market. In 2012, the FDA issued warning letters to companies notifying them that products with DMAA need to be taken off the market or reformulated to remove this substance. Considering the U.S. is much more liberal about what products/substances they WILL allow manufacturers to include in “food”, that says a lot IMHO).

The bottom line--> Plexus is an appetite suppressant with no nutritional value at all and a high potential to be dangerous. What will they ban from the ingredient list next? Most likely it will be the Garcinia Cambogia as there is no real scientific research to back up claims on that ingredient either. (See below for details on this ingredient)

The goal of Plexus is to get you to STOP eating so you’ll lose weight the WRONG way, which is also the TEMPORARY way. Here is a review of just a few of the ingredients in Plexus. 

 
Chlorogenic Acid (Green Coffee Bean Extract)

 
“Chlorogenic acid slows absorption of fat from food intake and also activates metabolism of extra fat.” Chlorogenic Acid is found in bamboo, prunes, peaches and other plants; known to aid in lowering blood pressure; may have antioxidant effects; can be used to reduce bitterness in food. Proprietary blend of Chlorogenic Acid from Caffea Arabica contains less than 2% natural caffeine.

Well now that all sounds just super. It’s NOT! It’s just caffeine. Can cause jitters and withdrawals and an inability to focus. Plexus doesn’t even tell us how much is in their “proprietary blend” so we have no way of knowing just how dangerous this could be. Especially if you already suffer with any type of anxiety or heart or pulmonary issues which can be exasperated by high levels of caffeine. That’s just scary.

Citrin K (Garcinia Cambogia) - APPETITE SUPPRESSANT

It is found in a plant grown in Indonesia. It can act as an appetite suppressant, may improve mood, aid in sleep, and help with emotional eating. Garcinia Cambogia also helps to block fat absorption. Not all Citrin K is equal in quality so be aware of that. Randomized Controlled Trials have found very little benefit in weight loss efforts in humans. Now, if you just happen to be a lab rat, you’re in good shape. It works on them, but not on humans. It would seem Plexus Worldwide doesn’t care about the most highly regarded Randomized Controlled Trials and they are making weight loss claims based on the studies conducted on lab rats. 
 

Chromium (Amino Nicotinate GTF) - APPETITE SUPPRESSANT 

Chromium GTF is a metal. It is known as an essential trace element. Chromium GTF is used for blood sugar control for people with Types 1 and 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, and high blood sugar due to steroids. It is also used for depression, lowering bad cholesterol, and raising good cholesterol; aids in weight loss, fat loss, and muscle gain; improves athletic performance and increases energy. Sounds great, except the level of chromium in Plexus is FAR above the recommended daily intake. 

What are the risks of taking chromium?

The level of chromium in Plexus or any high dose of chromium supplements is the effects on insulin levels when you stop taking it. This is likely to cause sugar cravings and can lead to binge eating in a desperate attempt to curb the hunger. 
 

Side effects. Chromium seems to have few side effects in standard recommended daily dosing of 20 to 40 mcg per day depending on male or female and age and fairly harmless to ingest up to 1,000mcg per day dosed throughout the day, not all at once (this level should be monitored by your physician). Plexus has 200 mcg in each packet and most users take 2 packets in a day giving the 400mcg of chromium. There have been some reports of chromium causing occasional irregular heartbeats, sleep disturbances, headaches, mood changes, and allergic reactions. Chromium may increase the risk of kidney or liver damage. If you have kidney or liver disease, do not take chromium without talking to your doctor first.
 

Interactions. Since chromium may affect blood sugar levels, it is crucial that anyone taking diabetes medications, like insulin, only use chromium under the care of a medical doctor. Chromium may also interact with drugs like antacids, acid reflux drugs, corticosteroids, beta-blockers, insulin, and NSAID painkillers. These interactions may cause the chromium to be poorly absorbed or amplify the effect of the other medicine.
 

Risks. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take chromium supplements. For children, consult a doctor. Some experts recommend that no one should take more than 200 mcg/day without medical advice. Doses of 1,000 mcg/day may be dangerous -- there is a theoretical risk that it could increase the risk of cancer. So don't use chromium in high doses without talking to your doctor first.

Polydextrose

A form of soluble fiber that can take the place of sugar in beverages. It can be used as a thickening agent and stabilizer. The polydextrose used in Plexus Slim is derived from rice and not corn. Polydextrose is a soluble non-viscous man-made polymer that is only partially fermented by the gut microbiota. So my question is- why would you want to consume this?

Citric Acid

A weak organic acid that acts as a natural preservative. It has no nutritional value. While not a bad ingredient, it should be coupled with ascorbic acid (Vit. C) to work to alkalize the body. Then you have a preservative that might be worth a little something to your body.


Now for my two cents- at no additional cost. 

 
Plexus Slim is gluten-free and Vegan and Vegetarian friendly. (Oh, well at least there’s that)

Now, the cost. Most people report needing 2 doses of Plexus Slim in a day. Even more people report they take the other Plexus supplements like “Accelerator” and it costs them around $150 a month by the time they get all the add-ons they recommend for “Optimal Results”.

I just don’t get it. We have lived through so many phases of “nutritional trends”- the fat free trend which led to high sugar foods and gross non-food additives, the low carb/high fat & protein diets which led to people losing a bunch of weight and then putting it all back on….the list goes on! We are FINALLY in a good trend- eat real food. Or “Clean Eating”. WHY do people want to waste their money on a very expensive product that provides them NO nutritional value, suppresses their appetite which in turn can seriously affect their metabolism, provides possibly unsafe levels of ingredients, etc?! Eat real food. Eat the right amounts of real food in the correct portions. And since I am comparing it to Shakeology, I will say to add your daily dose of dense superfood nutrition to your regimen to serve as a meal replacement, your daily multivitamin, your probiotic, and your immune system booster to help you stay healthy and away from the doctor! It is that simple, really. 
 

If you want more information about Shakeology or want to chat with me about YOUR nutrition and how you can improve it, you can Contact Me or reach me on Facebook

 

Cheers to happy, healthy living!

 

 *this blog represents my personal research and not that of Beachbody Corporation; if you disagree, that is your right however, please keep negative comments to yourself as any anger over written facts about harmful ingredients is simply a sign of denial 

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