- Cal 240
- Protein 24g
- Fiber 8g
- Carb 24g
- Sugar 11g
High level of protein, high level of vitamins and nutrients, taste
High level of sugar, high calorie level, price
Summary :Isagenix Isalean meal replacement shake is somewhat lesser known than others we’ve reviewed. That doesn’t speak to its quality or effectiveness, it just means chances are greater that consumers haven’t heard of it. Like the other drinks we’ve reviewed, we’ll base this on their Creamy French Vanilla flavor.
Isagenix Isalean uses what it calls an Exclusive Myo-Isalean Complex, which is a combination of whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate, and low-heat nonfat dry milk. One of the most important parts of any meal replacement shake is the protein type and content. Protein usually has the highest content in a meal replacement shake because it fills you up(1). This is why it’s important, not only for meal replacement shakes to have a high amount of protein, but for them to also have a nutritious type of protein.
Isagenix uses whey and milk proteins, which are great choices and much better than soy. Whey protein contains nine essential amino acids and is low in lactose content. Whey protein concentrate is different than other types of whey protein (isolate and hydrolysate). It’s low in fat and carbohydrates. But this drink contains a whopping 24 grams of protein. Anything in the 20 grams or over range always make us concerned because unless you’re an active person or building muscle, the excess protein may be converted over to and stored as fat.
Another important factor in the best meal replacement shakes on the market is the amount of fiber. This shake has 8 grams of fiber per serving, which is not only a good amount, it’s also a bit higher than many other meal replacement shakes out there. Fiber is digested slowly so it keeps you feeling fuller, longer(2). This combined with protein is essential in the top meal replacement shakes.
Another thing we look for in any meal replacement shake is a blend of appetite suppressing supplements. This shake doesn’t have anything like that, but very few do, so we can’t judge it too harshly. The level of protein and fiber it has makes up for any appetite suppressing complexes.
While this shake does contain stevia, which is one of our favorite sweeteners because it’s natural and low calorie, they also included fructose. This might not be an issue, except for how high up on the ingredient list fructose is, and how low on the list stevia is. It’s almost like, what’s the point of including stevia at all? That being said, fiber combined with fructose makes fructose much better because the fiber slows down the digestion of fructose. But you can’t just take sugar and add fiber and hope it will be digested without turning to fat. Taking a sugar drink and adding fiber to it, your body will process it much differently than a piece of fruit that has both(3).
The calorie count is also high for a meal replacement shake, at 240 calories. Chances are you’ll be adding milk, fresh or frozen fruit, maybe some peanut butter or oats. These extra ingredients could up the calorie count significantly. Not only that, there are 11 grams of sugar per serving in this shake, which is much higher than the best meal replacement shakes and several grams higher than even the mediocre shakes.
As much as we like high quality ingredients, which this shake does have, in our opinion it’s not particularly affordable for any focused weight loss. We believe drinking two meal replacement shakes a day is ideal for weight loss, which would mean this shake would only last a week at a time. At $50 per container, that may not be affordable for most.
To be fair, this shake does have other positive qualities. The flavors, for example, are unique and varied. Unlike the typical chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, Isagenix Isalean has Strawberry Cream, French Vanilla, Black Sesame, and Creamy Dutch Chocolate. Who could say no to flavors like that? Their flavors do taste pretty good; though everyone has different taste and is likely to prefer one over another.
Overall, this is a high quality protein shake. Had the amount of total sugar been reduced and the price been more affordable, we have no doubt it would have been ranked much higher.
((1)) Kathleen M. Zelman: Foods That Curb Hunger (September 19,2007) http://www.webmd.com
((2)) Lisa Fields: How Fiber Helps Your Digestive Health (July 24, 2015) http://www.webmd.com/
((3)) Sophie Egan: Making the Case for Eating Fruit (July 31, 2013) http://well.blogs.nytimes.com
Protein quality : 8.9/10
24 grams of protein per serving, whey and milk protein
Appetite Suppressant : 7.9/10
8 grams of fiber per serving
Taste : 9.0/10
Value : 6.0/10
$56.00 for a 2-week supply or $3.80 per shake