Ultimate Protein Mix Review Part 6

We took a look at over 50 protein mixes provided only by multi-level marketing (MLM aka direct sales or network marketing) companies. This is one of the largest MLM Protein Mix reviews available. Below we offer detailed information about how we gathered the information, the criteria used for scoring, and other important details. Keep in mind the review is for one type of product and just because they may have one product that did not score so well does not mean the company does not have other high quality products. Some companies put their focus on this type of product and others focus on other types. Note that every product began with 100 points and the point values were based strictly on the ingredients and nutritional facts for their suggested serving size.

Icons

What do the icons represent? We used a green thumbs-up, yellow thumb in the middle, and red thumb-down icon to indicate the following score levels:

equals 121-200

equals 71-120

equals 0-70

Nutrition

We went to each brand’s website and then found the page for the specific protein mix product. We then searched for the nutritional facts (aka supplement) label and full list of ingredients. There were a few that did not offer a nutritional facts label. We searched various outlets to find this label. We were able to find 2-3 from where the product was being sold on Amazon. If this information is not “current,” we welcome the brand/company to provide us with a current and clear nutritional facts label. For the ones for which we could not obtain a label, we noted those at the very bottom of this post.

PRODUCT FLAVOR VARIETIES

Many of the products we reviewed had several different flavors. To keep things fair, across the board, we reviewed either the chocolate or vanilla flavors. The majority of purchases, for protein mixes, are flavored. Therefore, we felt it more fair to review a flavor versus a non-flavored option. This means the sodium may be a slightly higher or lower, depending on the flavor. This also means that a natural flavor may not have been an ingredient in an “original” or “plain” variety of that product. We provided links to each product, under the ingredients tab, if you would like to see if a particular company offers an un-flavored option.

Protein

We did not assign points to the grams of protein found in each product. Why? We did not feel it fair to add/subtract points based on grams of protein because each individual will need/want an amount that fits their particular size, weight, and/or lifestyle (daily protein intake, to be specific). Some will require more and some will require less. Therefore, what is not good for one will be perfect for another.

Carbs

We did not assign points for total grams of carbohydrates (carbs) found in each product. Why? For several reasons, actually. First, there are good carbs and poor carbs that mainly are based on their glycemic load. For instance, sprouted brown rice has less glycemic load than white rice. Therefore, we felt the focus should be on the grams of sugar in each product rather than total carbs.

Organic

In order for a product to earn the 50 organic points, the claim must be noted on the web page with the product. Also, the product must have a *USDA organic certification. Every product was held to this same standard.

Within the summary: we did not type “organic” beside the ingredients listed under sweeteners or gums. If the product is certified organic, please note that those are organic ingredients.

*updated 4/26/2018 to reflect a USDA Organic Certification, the USDA Organic Certification seal must be on the product… we did not think we would have to be this specific but apparently some have tried to claim organic certification by other means, we only will award 50 points to products that have the actual USDA Organic Certification… it is our wish that all companies would want to be transparent an honest when it comes to their product being truly organic

non-GMO

In order for a product to earn the 10 non-GMO points, the claim must be noted on the web page with the product. The entire product must be non-GMO, not just one or two ingredients. It is important to note that any product with an organic certification is automatically non-GMO. To qualify for an organic certification the product cannot contain a GMO ingredient. The “claim” requirement is not necessary if the product is certified organic. Every product was held to this same standard.

Artificial

All products lost points if the product contained any artificial ingredients of any kind. This includes flavors, colors, or sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners include (but are not limited to) the following: aspartame (ex. equal, nutrasweet, natrataste blue), sucralose (ex. splenda), acesulfame K (ex. ACE K, sunette, equal spoonful, sweet one, sweet n’ safe), saccharin (ex. sweet ‘n low, sweet twin), xylitol, and sorbitol.

We understand xylitol, being listed as an artificial sweetener, is controversial. We struggled with this one but our reasoning came down to this:

Xylitol (Erythritol, Maltitol, Mannitol, Sorbitol and other sugar alcohols that end in –itol)

Sugar alcohols aren’t absorbed well by the body and cause an allergic reaction for those who have a sensitivity to it. In addition, it has gastrointestinal side effects that include bloating, gas, cramping and diarrhea. Its laxative effect is so pronounced that it’s actually part of the chemical makeup for many over-the-counter laxatives.

Even though these sweeteners have been on the market for decades, pregnant and breastfeeding women should select a natural sweetener instead. WebMD states: “Not enough is known about the use of xylitol during pregnancy and breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.” (1)

Special note to dog owners: Sugar alcohol-based artificial sweeteners are a life-threatening toxin to dogs. Be mindful of breath mints, candies, sugar-free gum, frozen desserts, and other foods when your pets are around. (2)

Xylitol information source: https://draxe.com/artificial-sweeteners/

Points

Every product began with a generous 100 points. We kept it as fair as possible.

We used the following criteria to assign points for each product, using their recommended/stated serving size:

  1. + 10 probiotics
  2. +10 enzymes
  3. +15 zero to 100 sodium
  4. +10 101 to 150 sodium
  5. -15 151 to 200 sodium
  6. -20 201 or 300 sodium
  7. -50 301 or higher sodium
  8. +20 zero to 4g sugars
  9. +10 4-8g sugars
  10. -25 9g or higher sugars
  11. -25 artificial sweeteners
  12. -5 natural flavors that are not revealed
  13. -20 artificial flavors
  14. -20 artificial colors
  15. +50 certified organic
  16. +10 for non-gmo

We understand some may ask why we did not break down sugar, sodium levels per gram instead of using the entire serving size. We did this because it is our experience that consumers will use the product by its suggested serving size. Therefore, it made more sense to assign points based on total serving size rather than per gram.

THE REVIEWS

The following products could not be reviewed completely because it was missing one or more vital information (complete list of ingredients, nutritional facts) that would allow us to assign it points. There was also one product that, we believe, had an error made when assigning nutritional value to its sugar content. These products will have a red, thumbs down icon until we are able to obtain and confirm the missing information.

Score

ThumbsDownAmway’s BodyKey by Nutrilite Meal Replacement Shake Mix

score = cannot calculate

Summary

  • MLM: Amway
  • Product: BodyKey by Nutrilite Meal Replacement Shake Mix (nutrition facts not provided)
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Ingredients

Ingredients:

See nutritional facts label

Score

ThumbsDowndoTERRA’s Slim and Sassy Trim Shake

score = cannot calculate

Summary

  • MLM: doTERRA
  • Product: Slim and Sassy Trim Shake (chocolate states zero sugars but several sugar sweeteners are listed, including sugar, waiting to hear from doTERRA product support for an update)
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Ingredients

Ingredients:

See nutritional facts label

Score

ThumbsDownMannatech’s Osolean

score = cannot calculate

Summary

  • MLM: Mannatech
  • Product: Osolean (nutritional facts not provided)
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Ingredients

Ingredients:

See nutritional facts label

Score

ThumbsDownXyngular’s Lean

score = cannot calculate

Summary

  • MLM: Xyngular
  • Product: Lean (complete list of ingredients not provided)
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  • Protein Source(s):
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  • Non-GMO Claimed:

Ingredients

Ingredients:

See nutritional facts label

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