This is the third of three articles we’ve done on Protein. Our first article looked at the Best Sources of Protein. Then we dispelled myths around soy. In this article, we compare Shaklee Protein to animal protein. Then go over the seven reasons Shaklee Protein is the best source of soy protein. And we introduce Shaklee’s new Life Shake, the most delicious and clinically proven protein shake on the market today.
Shaklee Protein vs. Animal Protein
Dr. Shaklee, the founder of the Shaklee Corporation, was one of the earliest researchers of soy in the USA. Many years ago he formulated the first soy protein isolate to take advantage of the healthful properties of soybeans. He called it Instant Protein because, unlike animal protein, it was readily available to your body.
Animal protein is much harder to digest than vegetable protein. Since many people have digestive difficulties, a protein not thoroughly digested is very challenging to the kidneys. Powdered protein in a predigested state is the BEST protein source to choose! Protein is not the enemy–it is essential for life. It is true, however, that EXCESSIVE protein is hard on the kidneys. So if a person consumes over two grams of protein per pound of body weight daily, AND does not consume adequate carbohydrates with it, it could cause kidney problems.
Shaklee Protein products are a complete protein providing all nine of the essential amino acids essential for long-term human health. The body requires these essential amino acids daily to produce hormones, digestive juices, antibodies, and enzymes.
Interestingly enough, it’s not the protein that is important; it’s the amino acid content of the protein that is important. Animal protein does not contain the essential amino acids in any one serving. The amino acid levels are too low and take too long to digest
Our metabolism can‘t use protein without adequate B3, B6, potassium, phosphates, and carbohydrates. Most meals do not contain adequate amounts of the right levels of B and potassium, phosphates, or carbohydrates to properly utilize the protein we are eating. Shaklee soy protein contains the right levels for full utilization.
For all the reasons listed (and more), Shaklee non-GMO soy protein is a much better way to get your protein than animal protein.
The Seven Benefits of Shaklee Protein vs. Other Soy Proteins
Do not purchase soy powders and expect them to produce positive health results unless you know the manufacturer has met the following seven ESSENTIAL quality controls. As you’ll see, Shaklee Protein meets all seven quality controls.
1. Uses Only Organic-Grown Soybeans
Compared to their organic counterpart, studies have shown decreased levels of food nutrients and increased levels of nitrates in chemically fertilized crops. There is a connection between the ingestion of nitrates and cancer! Therefore, it is crucial that the soybeans used are organically grown with no pesticides, fungicides used during the growing process.
Shaklee goes beyond organic when growing the soybeans used in their products. Meaning they don’t just grow organically, they test for chemicals afterward that might have come from car exhausts on nearby roads or chemicals used on other non-organic fields that might have blown over! For more information on Shaklee’s organic philosophy check out our article Beyond Organic.
2. Uses Non-GMO Soybeans
Most companies producing soy products look for ways to save money. While genetically engineered soybeans are controversial, they are much cheaper to purchase and thus are the most used. Shaklee, allowing nothing to chance, and not scrimping on quality, only uses Non-GMO soybeans. For more information on GMO go to https://www.nongmoproject.org/gmo-facts/
3. Contains All Nine Essential Amino Acids
One of the most valuable features of the soybean is that it is a complete protein and provides ALL nine of the essential amino acids. The body requires these essential amino acids daily to produce hormones, digestive juices, antibodies, and enzymes. However, not all soybeans are created equal. Quality and amino acid content will vary based on soil conditions, growing and harvest conditions.
If one essential amino acid is missing, the immune system can be depressed 30%. Many important body functions can be delayed or stopped. Therefore, it is essential that each batch of soybeans get checked for amino acid content. Only then can you depend on the soy isolate to provide a GUARANTEED supply of the nine essential amino acids. Shaklee does this level of testing to guarantee its protein contains all nine of the essential amino acids.
4. Only Cold Water Washed
Many companies making protein powders use alcohol to wash their soy. However, alcohol washing destroys isoflavone content up to 88%! It is the isoflavones that reduce the risk of breast, prostate, lung and bowel cancer! It is the isoflavones that are so beneficial in hormone balancing and increasing bone mass. Only water-washed soy maintains the phytochemicals and phytoestrogens in the soy. Shaklee only uses a cold water wash to process soybeans.
5. All Anti-tyrosine and Anti-growth Substances Removed
Asians, who have consumed large amounts of soy for years, have known RAW soy contains an “anti-growth,” “anti-tyrosine” substance. Tyrosine deficiency will cause low blood pressure, low body temperature, and restless leg syndrome. Therefore, Asians always lightly cook their soy foods to deactivate the “anti-tyrosine/anti-growth” substance. Dr. Shaklee realized early on that he had to separate the protein from the raw soybean and leave behind the enzymes that contained the anti-tyrosine substance.
6. Soy Processed without High Heat
Enzymes are essential for protein utilization. However, when a protein heats to 110°, it destroys the enzymes. There is a process called a “Mallard” reaction–whenever you cook food you de-nature it and make it into something different. That’s why the Chinese would take tofu, which is a water extract of soy curd, cook it and eat it right away before there was any time for degradation.
In some studies, it shows cooking protein destroys up to 50% of some ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS. If an individual consistently consumes a diet that is lacking in all the essential amino acids, inadequate brain development, and hormones, or other body tissue development can be the result.
That is why Shaklee, unlike many other companies, does not go over 56° of heat when producing their soy protein products. Shaklee has designed an extracting process that keeps the soy in a raw form to maintain the HIGHEST LEVEL OF AMINO ACIDS and ISOFLAVONES.
7. The Soy Isolate Must Have Calcium Added
Another negative report about soy states that soy powders are VERY ACIDIC and cause bone loss because it causes calcium to draw from the bones. The raw soybean is a NEUTRAL food—neither acidic nor alkaline. However, the removal of the soybean oil (which is essential so the soy powder will not go rancid quickly) makes the powder very acidic. Therefore, adding adequate calcium (which is very alkaline) to cause the powder to be neutral again, or it can cause the above-stated problem. Shaklee adds the needed calcium while many other protein powder manufacturers add none or not enough calcium.
New Shaklee Life Shake: The Most Delicious and Clinically Proven Soy and Plant Protein
August 2018, Shaklee introduced Life Shake; the most delicious and clinically proven soy protein shake on the market today. The NEW Life Shake™ is a complete meal. Its packed with 20 grams of energizing protein and powered by Leucine® to help you build lean muscle, burn fat, improve metabolism and reduce cravings.
Increased energy and satiety. Feel fuller longer with 20 grams of ultra-pure, non-GMO protein with precise ratios of all nine essential amino acids. Starting at 130 calories per serving.
Clinically proven support to help you reach and maintain your healthy weight. Powered by Leucine® to help you build lean muscle, burn fat and improve metabolism.†
Easy to digest, promotes regularity, and digestive comfort. Includes a proprietary prebiotic from an ancient grains blend, enjoyed by humans for millennia. Plus added digestive enzymes for improved protein digestion.
23 essential vitamins and minerals clinically proven to support heart, brain, vision, bone, immune, and overall health. Includes 200 mg of calcium plus ALA, an essential omega-3 fatty acid.
Low glycemic. Supports healthy blood sugar levels with zero added sugar. Naturally sweetened with stevia. (Note: Stevia Free Soy Protein also available).
Life Shake is non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, Kosher and Keto-friendly. Starting at 130 calories per serving, it’s a healthy base to build on. Customize your Life Shake with your choice of milk or water and your favorite ingredients including fruit, vegetables or nut butter.
Clinically proven Life Shake helps you thrive and create the foundation for a longer, healthier life.
Perhaps just as important — it tastes great! In a recent blind taste test against a top-selling protein shake, 9 out of 10 people preferred the taste of Shaklee’s Life Shake!
We are what we eat. The quality of protein we consume will affect our health. Soy is the highest quality protein available from nature. And Shaklee soy protein is meticulously made to give you the best health benefits
Shaklee Protein Product Lineup:
Shaklee Life Shake. A complete balanced and healthy meal. Available in Soy Protein and Plant protein formulas. The latter for those who are allergic to soy or prefer a pea-based protein. If you have concerns about soy, read our article Soy Myths Dispelled
Instant Protein® Soy Mix can be added to your favorite recipes to help make soy a part of your family’s diet. As part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, 25 grams of soy protein per day may reduce the risk of heart disease. Each serving contains 16 grams of non-GMO protein and less than one gram of carbohydrates. (Neutral flavor).
For an excellent flavored protein, Shaklee Energizing Protein provides 14g of heart-healthy soy protein and only 1g fat. Available in Vanilla and Cocoa.
Performance Advanced Physique 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Powered by a scientifically developed, intelligent-released blend of 100% grass-fed whey protein. Made with a proprietary cold filtration process to preserve the essential bioactives.
Shaklee Meal Shakes Non-Soy Protein for children. Provide 19 essential vitamins and minerals; they’re a rich source of calcium and an excellent source of protein — the fundamental nutrients that growing kids and teens need to stay strong and healthy. Rich and tasty! Available in Bavarian Chocolate and French Vanilla flavors.
For more information on the complete line of Shaklee Protein Products CLICK HERE.
*Note: Results may vary from person to person. All statements in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.