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Have some questions about the "sugar" in our Shaklee 180 ( Life Energizing Shake)  program?  

No doubt about it, many people have diets that are too high in sugar. But whether sugar is good or bad needs to be considered in context. The Shaklee 180 Smoothees and Bars have been formulated to deliver a certain amount of carbohydrate (of which sugar is one type) as well as protein, fat, fiber, and added leucine to ensure they are effective for weight loss as components of the Shaklee 180 meal plan. It is very difficult to develop shakes and bars that taste good without some added carbohydrate. Taste is critically important when we are asking consumers to replace two meals a day with a smoothie or meal bar. And, in keeping with our ingredient philosophy, we use only natural sweeteners. Other companies may make products with low carbohydrate content but typically do so by using artificial sweeteners.


Taking all these factors into consideration, the Shaklee 180 Plan (products used according to the meal plan guidelines) provides 40% of calories from carbohydrate. This is balanced with 30% of calories from protein and fat. Lean protein and healthy fats both help control hunger and increase feelings of satisfaction.


Also keep in mind that the Smoothie Mixes and Meal Bars each deliver 6 grams of fiber, while each Snack Bar has 3 grams. The addition of this amount of fiber, aided by other aspects of food ingredient selection, helps slow the rate at which the carbohydrate is absorbed into the bloodstream. The smoothies and bars have been tested in clinical trials and are all low glycemic index. For example:








In the above graphs, the same group of overnight fasted subjects consumed glucose (the control) and the Shaklee 180 products listed on separate occasions, and blood glucose was measured for two hours after ingestion.1 The Shaklee products contained the same amount of available carbohydrate as the glucose control. As you can see, consuming glucose produced a large spike in blood sugar, which would then drive a large spike in insulin levels. None of the Shaklee 180 products had this effect. You can also see that after 90 minutes, the glucose treatment tended to drive blood sugar lower than the starting point; this is an indicator of the “crash” that can happen following consumption of a high glycemic index food – a food that produces a big blood sugar spike like the glucose did. We don’t see this dip with the Shaklee 180 foods. For anyone with diabetes (about 25 million Americans) or pre-diabetes (more than 80 million Americans), avoiding these big spikes in blood sugar is particularly important2, but it’s good for anyone interested in managing energy levels and hunger, and to keep blood glucose from having wide swings. Products containing less than a teaspoon of sugar – such as Vitalized ImmunityTM – are not a concern in this regard. Nor are the higher levels of added sugar in sport and recovery drinks like PerformanceTM and PhysiqueTM, when consumed in the proper context – as the elite athletes on Shaklee’s Pure Performance Team could tell you!


Therefore, we encourage you to look at the carbohydrate content of the individual Shaklee 180 products in the context of the overall meal plan guidelines and not in isolation. The plan is moderate in carbohydrate with emphasis on natural sweeteners, and with foods that are rich in fiber, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and generally low glycemic index. And we know that it works!3-7


1This clinical research funded by Shaklee was conducted by researchers in the Human Nutrition Unit, School of Molecular Bioscience, University of Sidney, Australia. Sidney University’s Glycemic Index Research Service (SUGiRS) is one of the leading labs worldwide involved in glycemic index testing.




3Westcott W, Varghese J, DiNubile N, et al. Exercise and Nutrition More Effective than Exercise Alone for Increasing Lean Weight and Reducing Resting Blood Pressure. Journal of Exercise Physiology Online. 2011, 14(4).

4McManus JF, Lau FC, Daggy BP. Outcomes of a 3-Month Employee Wellness Weight Loss Challenge: A Physician-Supervised, Structured Meal Replacement Program. American College of Nutrition Proceedings, 2014. Presented at the annual conference of the ACN, San Antonio, TX, Oct. 15-18, 2014.

5Lau FC, Daggy BP, McManus JF. Effect of an online, mobile app-mediated structured meal replacement program on weight management: outcomes in a real world setting. The Obesity Society Proceedings, 2014. Presented at ObesityWeek 2014, Boston, MA, Nov. 2-7, 2014.

6Lau FC, Daggy BP, and McManus JF. Effect of a Structured Meal Replacement Program on Weight Loss: An Eight-Week Mobile App-Assisted Intervention. American College of Nutrition Proceedings, 2014. Presented at the annual conference of the ACN, San Antonio, TX, Oct. 15-18, 2014.

7Lau FC, Daggy BP, and McManus JF. Effects of a physician-supervised, structured meal replacement program on body composition and weight loss. American College of Nutrition Proceedings (abstracted accepted), 2015. To be presented at the annual conference of the ACN, Orlando, FL, Nov. 11-14, 2015.