When fructose is consumed in a normal range as our hunter-gatherer ancestors did when they ate fruits and vegetables all year round – and as part of a reduced-calorie diet for building muscle and losing weight – it and its cousin sweeteners such as sucrose, glucose, honey, agave nectar, fruit juice concentrates, and sugar alcohols really aren’t so freaky after all.

I’m a little late to the party but I tried Isagenix about 5 years ago (before I became a Health Coach). I thought it was an over-priced program and pretty awful, especially the cleanse days with the little wafers (don’t know if they still do that). It’s basically over-priced Slim-fast. I’m absolutely stunned at how many “health coaches” there are out there that sell this stuff. There are a lot of good products on the market and I’m not anti-MLM but the person who sold me this stuff now markets for a company called Qivana and their shakes don’t look any better. Thanks for taking the time to write this!

I just have to say since I can not post the pictures I took of the IsaLean Shake container the issue can not put to rest. There are no DENATURED protein in Isagenix IsaLean Shake and is FREE of GLUTEN and SOY (reads on the front of the container). I take it and I looked the actual ingredients and all I read UNDENATURED and have not found anything that reads “artificial” There is FRUCTOSE, but I as looked up fructose I found this article: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/nutrition/a/fructosedangers.htm
Hell, the last time I visited my doctor she recommended going vegan and avoiding whey – so who is right? My doctor or Isagenix doctors? Why do you think there is so much debate in scientific and doctoral fields? Because people disagree! Because people are paid to promote one thing over the other, people are paid to skew studies. There are doctors that say GMO’s are safe, even healthy!
But more recent studies show that while increasing fish oil intake improves omega-3 index, reducing LA intake doesn’t have any effect. Nor does increasing LA in the diet lead to any increase in molecules produced through pro-inflammatory pathways (5). Those pathways appear to be tightly controlled and not influenced by LA intake. – I know you said that this oil can cause inflammation in our bodies….but the research (studies NOT done or funded by Isagenix…no worries) shows that this is not the case.
Fats often get a bad rap. Although there are some types of fat you want to avoid or consume sparingly, such as trans fats, our bodies do require fat for survival. Fats are necessary for providing an important cushion around organs, they are essential for building hormones and cell membranes, and they supply the body with an efficient source of energy. In addition, fats assist in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins K, E, A, and D). For these reasons, it’s important to have a healthy amount of fat with every meal.
You speak specifically about Calcium D Pantothenate. This is also referred to as vitamin B-5 or pantothenic acid, is an essential nutrient your body uses to generate energy by breaking down carbohydrates and fats. Adults should consume at least 5 mg of calcium D-pantothenate each day to maintain a healthy body, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. If you have trouble getting enough of this B-5 vitamin from your diet, your doctor may recommend treatment with a calcium D-pantothenate supplement.
1. Cut out sugar and artificial sweeteners for a week. The goal is to reset your “sweet” taste buds. By limiting very sweet flavors your taste buds will “reset” themselves as they lower their perception of sweetness. Steer away from sugary drinks, snacks, and treats. Allow fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth—and you’ll be amazed by how well it works! When you go back to sugary foods, you’ll need less sweet flavor to satisfy you. Plus, if you saw our New Year’s Resolution article you know that refined sugars typically add a lot of calories without nutrients, contributing to weight gain—and they also often increase cravings. They seem to weaken the immune system too by reducing your white blood cells’ ability to destroy bacteria.
Ive read most of these comments. I’d like to add that this is America and everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, there should be more of a modicum of respect for the blogger. Dani has a job. If you don’t agree, at least be respectful in your responses. This country has gone downhill in values and morals. But on to the reason for my post: Isagenix does have certain components with whey, gluten, etc. But there are other components of the cleanse that are extremely natural with nothing added. I am NOT affiliated in any way with the product. I am doing research based on what a friend has recommended. I was just diagnosed as prediabetic and have to make some serious changes. So, for all of you, go tohttp://www.isagenix.com/~/media/product-misc/nutrition-and-supplemental-facts/anz-en-nutrition-and-supplemental-facts.pdf and read for yourself. A) Dani was right and B) others are right as well. It’s a win win. SO, in the end, don’t let someone else make the decision for you and definitely know that it’s not worth the horrible words used in these comments.
I do encourage you to keep at what your doing tho. Despite im one of those rare exceptions where things have to be completely clean doesnt mean you shouldnt be at least attempting to educate people of how bad the toxicity and how bad food in general has become this generation. However I will say isagenix is not as bad as you think it is. Not by a long shot.
I really appreciate your information. I too had a hard time finding unbiased real information about Isagenix that did not come from their own website. I was always a skeptic about it, but got convinced after my friend lost a lot of weight and was really selling me on it. I argued with her about the ingredients, but still got convinced and ended up spending a small fortune I don’t have. It was too hard for me to stick to after a short time anyway….I am used to trying to eat healthy but by actually EATING real food and doing the shakes and all that just felt too restrictive to me.
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If you don’t feel like brewing tea or adding fruit slices to water, then just drink plain H2O. It doesn’t get any simpler than this if you want to detox and lose weight. Many people are surprised that the best detox for weight loss involves nothing more than what makes up 70% of our bodies. Go beyond the recommended eight glasses a day and drink at least 12 cups. Aim for a gallon or more if you’re physically active.
Dani, you mention fructose in high amounts can be toxic to the liver. Can you elaborate on that? There is no definition or explanation as to what is a high amount. While I agree that eating items with high fructose is bad, this is a result of poor diet where items with fructose have little to no fiber or protein content. That would allow the body (liver) to break down the “sugar” and process it similar to glucose. I’m not expert, just an interested reader.
There was an inverse association between soy food intake and sperm concentration that remained significant after accounting for age, abstinence time, body mass index, caffeine and alcohol intake and smoking. In the multivariate-adjusted analyses, men in the highest category of soy food intake had 41 million sperm/ml less than men who did not consume soy foods.
A few commenters expressed concerns about the product. The Isagenix rep couldn’t answer questions about origin of ingredients and quality control. There have been no controlled studies. Where is the evidence? How do we know it is safe? Long-term results remain to be seen. How many can maintain this restrictive lifestyle for years? Why isn’t it being regulated by the FDA?

Dani – Thank you for your insight on this. This product was recommended to me by two people who said it helped in their recovery from Cipro poisoning. I am looking for something that will help my body detox the residuals of this antibiotic out of my system. I am on a ton of supplements, use magnesium oil for muscle pains, and take epsom salt baths. Is there anything you can recommend? These antibiotics are pure poison, and I encourage anyone who is given this or others to realize they should only be used when all else fails.


You see, every day there are millions of cellular reactions occurring in your body. Some of this activity causes damage within your body. As with any equipment that is used a lot, the daily stress causes breakdown. Fortunately, your body is built for such circumstances and can naturally heal anything that isn’t working at an optimal level. This is autophagy.

Isagenix is for anyone that wants to feel better and needs to do a 30-day detox cleanse. The ultimate goal is to get the mind and body in perfect balance through cleansing the body of toxins and providing it with all it needs nutritionally. The aim is to move the body from an acidic to an alkaline state and to reduce inflammation in the body. It supports gut and brain health and boosts the immune system.
My brother is pushing this ISACRAP stuff and I am extremely concerned. I warned him about the mlm- pyramid scam and was attacked by all of his “cult” so called friends. I have tried looking for negative feedback and finally found some using bing rather than google as a search engine. Found website where folks had some major medical issues. Hope this helps anyone trying to research before trying. Bottom line..eat healthy and exercise
You are clearly fighting to protect the “integrity” of your blog and feel that if you accept Isagenix as beneficial, your castle will crumble. I think you either already know we’re right or you’re starting to. In either case you feel that you can’t give in because it goes against EVERYTHING you stand for and you that if you do, your readers will abandon you.
so glad to see this feed back, here in Australia I am confused at times , I seem to be the only one that does not want to try Isagenix, I am a therapist and I have clients telling me all these great stories how Product B saved lives , from cancer to skin conditions , and it stops you aging with the telomeres , it cost $100 for 100 capsules , it last a month at 4 capsules a day , and yes these people win trips to overseas all the time , and bring a income of $2000 a week from sales , sounds good , hey , .
I started isagenix upon many harassing sales pitches of a friend who is no longer my friend because after i purchased the product I said leave me alone and let me see if it works for me. To which she harassed me even more to continue selling it. I HATE IT when I smell that a friend is so persistent only for the money because she is more interested in making money than to let me be and see how I feel. I am not going to promote something I am not convinced with.

Gladys, you clearly misunderstood why I was asking people to explain to me how soybean oil, isolated fructose, synthetic vitamins, gluten, etc are healthy. My point is that they are not healthy, so this cannot be explained. My point is that Isagenix uses these toxic ingredients (most likely because they’re extremely cheap). I know why these products are unhealthy, but clearly Isagenix users have no knowledge of actual nutrition.
Alcohol is particularly bad for your weight because it’s a toxin. Your body mobilizes to burn off the calories in alcohol as quickly as possible—ignoring any other calories that might have come along with it. So whether it’s wine and cheese or beer and wings, the body metabolizes the drink while shoving more of the accompanying food calories into fat cells.
The “heart healthy” diet is ridiculous – it consists of grains, low-fat foods, minimal meat, and processed food byproducts. It’s the opposite of what people should eat for heart health. Like I said in my other comment, when you’re testing against horrible diets in the first place, it’s not surprising that the outcome is positive. But it doesn’t mean that the products are ideal.
I’ve used the products before -never sold them as MLM are just tacky IMO- and I have to say there is a lot of very misinformed, fanatical weirdness going on with it. I think a lot of the people who are fanatical about it, are not very educated in general- that is what I noticed across the board with them. But that’s maybe also why, they’ve fallen into it so deeply.
A colleague was telling me about the product who has lost quite a bit of weight. She says she feels amazing… How could I not want to know more? But, I am cynical by nature and wanted to know more. I guess the things I was wondering were; if this product is so great, why is it only available via MLM methods? Wouldn’t it be available everywhere for everyone, rather than kept quiet? Something just didn’t add up, and I wonder if in fact the colleague is being conned? The more I look, the less I like what I see, almost like a pack mentality from the people involved?
Hi! Very interesting blog post and comments section. I was given Isagenix by my sister and am currently on Day 4 of a 2 week “cleanse”. Prior to her giving it to me, I told her that I was wary of the product because I could not find any research supporting Isagenix that was not influenced or purchased by the company itself. That’s odd, especially for such a large company with so many supporters and testimonies. Despite my hesitation, I agreed to try it. I am obese and have been having trouble with sleep apnea, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations. My typical weekly diet included regular doses of fast food, pizza and at least 2 liters of fit soda per day. Frankly, I believe that Isagenix DOES contain things that are unhealthy. However, it is likely that they are less unhealthy than the disgusting things I was already consuming everyday. My plan is not to use Isagenix for life. I can see why people do, though. It’s a matter of convenience (and for some, a matter of pride). I am using this period to move from being completely unhealthy to embracing real foods again. There’s something about two shakes a day and a 48 hour no-solid-food period that just makes you appreciate something simple and natural like a sweet potato. (Please please please don’t tell me sweet potatoes are bad for me. I just fell in love with them.) I fully intend to return to a life of real food, which I believe does have everything we need to be healthy and thrive. I just needed a way to “reset”, to start the change I know my life needs. 

So happy to see people finally hearing the truth about these products. I have been with Isagenix for 13 years and am tired of the scam being run on customers. The products are no better than typical vitamins that can be bought at Target or Walmart. Further, the claims of financial freedom are completely overblown. Almost no one makes money in Isagenix!
If you do Zumba or CrossFit or power yoga or are in the midst of training for a marathon or the Miss Olympia contest, by all means continue. But whether you’re a couch surfer or an actual surfer, you’ll jump-start your weight loss if you add in a 10- minute walk outdoors. This easy a.m. ritual works on two levels. First, a recent study found that exposure to UV rays, even on a cloudy day, between the hours of 8 am and noon reduces your risk of weight gain. Researchers speculate that the morning light synchronizes your metabolism and undercuts your fat genes. And burning calories before you eat means you’re exercising in a fasted state. According to some studies, exercising in a fasted state can burn almost 20 percent more fat compared to exercising with fuel in the tank.
There may also be some legitimate health concerns with the Isagenix product line. “I am not comfortable with the lack of research on this cocktail of herbs," says Sharp (she's talking about the herbs like aloe vera, licorice root, and peppermint in the Isagenix cleanse drink). "Just because they’re natural, doesn’t mean they’re benign, and consumed in large amounts, they may not be safe,” she adds.
You can’t just write “Fact:” and it be true, where are your resources and your qualifications?? This is the kind of uneducated response that makes false information continue to be spread. There is obviously no reason to argue with you as you are clearly one of those people who are always right even when smacked in the face with some contradicting evidence. I wonder if back in the day you would have been on the ‘world is flat’ commonsense bandwagon.
My question really is (after all of that) about your protein shake. My mom was a home economics teacher and so I was trained as a young girl in food safety. Therefore I’m totally freaked out by your use of eggs in the shake. It’s not cooked! Please help me understand why this is ok. I know lots of people put raw eggs in things, but I’ve always been uncomfortable with it because Mom was/is a food safety nut, therefore I am one too. I’m so anxious about it that I always order meat well done. Maybe that’s why I don’t like meat very much…
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I am not for this stuff. Sorry but real food is what can grow on trees and in the ground or eat the grass in fields. Sorry to say though there are studies on BOTH sides that say agave is healthy agave is unhealthy, or different oils are fine and are not fine. There is research to prove both sides. Thats just how it goes! I am having crazy bad health problems, have 4 kids, and am only 26 years old! I have a friend trying to sell me this but gotta be honest I would rather attempt to rebuild health by taking out all fake crap and stuff that doesn’t belong. $400 dollar shakes made in a lab and sold by multi level marketing tactics DOES NOT sound good right out the gate. Its just another fad. It will fade just like the rest of them. Even if it made me feel better it just isn’t healthy. 20 to 30 pounds in a month??!?! Any good dr would tell you thats not healthy unless you have a severe heart problem that made you have to lose weight immediately. My Mother in law did that with the HCG diet. The difference very few people knew that you had to take all sorts supplements because the HCG diet is not good long term and you are missing a ton of nutrients. So she had a naturalpath giving her the other stuff she needed. She lost the weight, went off, and now eats only organic healthy stuff and she kept the weight off for years. The point is, we don’t know the long term effects. And you don’t know its healthy just because they say it is. Now I am rambling so I need to go.
Dani, thank you for posting such a well-researched article, and I’m sorry that the Isagenix lemmings jumped on you for exposing the truth. Posting ingredients right off their websites is not false information, unless the website is a liar itself. Isagenix is GMO free in SOME COUNTRIES but it has NOT been officially verified as GMO-free for the US. Also, they are not certified organic and by reading the ingredient list it is pretty obvious why. The ingredients don’t lie. For those that are arguing should take a REAL nutrition class. Did you know that Isagenix is calling their representatives “health and wellness coaches”? However, they don’t offer any nutritional coaching, just promote the Isagenix products. It’s absolutely despicable.

Once I stopped, I put on some weight, then more, then even more than before I started. I was gaining weight in places that I never did before. I prided myself on my great metabolism. Not anymore. I can’t lose weight no matter how much I exercise (which was the way I could lose weight in the past). Isagenix destroyed my metabolism and I still have not been able to repair it.

” Hi Hanh, Yes, I am with Isagenix. I understand how you feel that way about shakes also. I was glad I took the time to speak with the formulator. He’s an amazing person and he really understands how to put whole food nutrition into a shake. He explained to me how our body has to actually liquefy the food we eat and break it down into it’s most basic components. He decided to put together a shake that already had all the nutrients our body needs, broken down so our body does not have to do the arduous task of digestion. It tastes really good and I think that if you looked into it very closely you would find that like me, you would be very pleased. If you know anyone who would be interested in something like this and you referred them to me, I would truly be grateful. http://www.isagenixhealth.net

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Sad also you have to bash a product when hundreds of thousands are getting GREAT results…..with a 96% success rate with people KEEPING IT OFF and feeling great its hard to deny its a good product. I would LOVE to see the results for your product. 96% I doubt its that much! thanks for coming out though. I also find it funny that you said you didn’t want to click on the page that EXPLAINS all the things you said were bad, JUST because it was from isa. SO you wont even let the company defend it self and SHOW YOU that really your dont know what your talking about. Like so many else have said……what are your credentials? This product was refereed to me by MY DOCTOR. who HAS done WAY more research on this stuff then EITHER of us has. She said she wouldn’t have put her name behind it if it wasn’t amazing stuff. So who am I going to believe…..someone that just looks at words and makes ASSUMPTIONS or my doctor who has all to loose if this product was a giant FLOP?
Thanks for the article, Dani. I really appreciate the insight. I am always entertained by the constant back and forth. I tried Isagenix because a friend of mine has been using it and having a great deal of success. Since January, I have been trying to really get my health and weight under control. I had a real unhealthy lifestyle (eating like crap and very little exercise) and was bound and determined to get it under control. I started Isagenix in February (after a solid month of clean eating and exercising 6 days a week), and experienced a great deal of success in the first week and a half. I had more energy and my body was feeling great. However, after that first week and a half, I experienced serious hunger and harsh digestion reactions. It was really a struggle to follow the plan and all of the suggestions that my friend gave me. I felt like my body was holding onto everything I ate (or drank) – I was exhausted all of the time, dizzy, and constantly hungry.
I’ve been in the organic food industry decades before it became “legalized” — I’ve been around and seen a lot of things. It is almost impossible these days to follow the trail of “substances” from their food source all the way through the laboratory processing then through to the “food-like substances” processing and packaging. Meaning — if the original source of the “food like substance” components were not originally qualified as “organic” — the chance of those substances being sources from non-GMO products is almost impossible to know for sure.
You mentioned many times in your blog and in responses to others that your objections were only to certain products, ingredients, or processes from Isagenix. I have been using it for about 6 months now. I do not sell or promote it and am not a fanatic or nut like some of the others posting here have been portrayed. I initially started as a serious skeptic, talked reluctantly into it by my wife and sister-in-law. I had a serious weight problem and my health was gradually getting worse. While I may or may not agree that certain Isagenix products are bad or good for me, I have had a significant improvement in my health and weight during this time. What I object to the most in your presentations is the blanket statement, “Isagenix is unhealthy,” while saying that it is certain products and their ingredients or processing you object to. I could find absolutely no reference to one of their flagship products, Product B, anywhere in your site and yet, it is probably the most important of all their offerings. This is probably what has helped me the most of all the Isagenix products, although I have received benefits from others as well.
This is not written to debunk what you have written only but to those super supporters of Isagenix who rely only upon research provided by Isagenix and “third party’ reviews. Sorry, when you look at the third party they also are affiliated with doctors and supporters of Isagenix. What you want to review are Medical Journal totally unaffiliated. Arbonne is another company similar to Isagenix but their ideas are more closely insync with what you are talking about Dani. They also have better third party research to support their products. They believe in 100% natural and organic ingredients combined with a whole food diet. Take a look at it Dani and tell me what you think. I can not take it because they use soy they say NON-GMO soy but soy period causes a reaction for me.
Despite this, there are plenty of Isagenix 'fans' keen to sell, sell, sell on social media. Nikalene Riddle, who runs the healthy eating Facebook group Skinnymixers, says she's been 'bombarded' with Isagenix sellers. "What I dislike about this product and their sellers is they don't post publicly about it, they private message my members. They use this method because they know that advertising in my group is strictly forbidden, and if they promoted such a ridiculous product in a healthy eating group they would have hundreds of people calling them out. So instead they pick off people one by one until someone bites."
Not everyone has fresh raw milk at their fingertips and some of the other ingredients, like grass fed meat. But you can get a lot of protein from organic produce. The big thing about Isagenix is the amino acids. Amino acids are protein. But you can lose weight with organic bone broth too. There are a hundred ways to lose weight without eating synthetic concoctions.
The “heart healthy” diet is ridiculous – it consists of grains, low-fat foods, minimal meat, and processed food byproducts. It’s the opposite of what people should eat for heart health. Like I said in my other comment, when you’re testing against horrible diets in the first place, it’s not surprising that the outcome is positive. But it doesn’t mean that the products are ideal.
Some still consider fasting -- in any form -- to be "out there." "When I review diets that are not based on science, the question I ask myself is: Would I feed them to my family? In this case, the answer is a clear no," says Susan Roberts, PhD, chief of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and a professor of nutrition at Tufts University in Boston.
Ancestral Nutrition Robbie Bianchi Pray I didn’t even address the “natural flavors” in my post, which in hindsight I should have because it’s just another reason these products are not healthy. To each their own, it’s entirely up to you what you put in your body. Personally, I choose to avoid toxins and most likely GMOs, especially because I don’t want to support Monsanto. Also just as an FYI – it’s not legit to retrieve accurate, unbiased information from a website whose intention is to sell the very product you’re researching.
There is something to be said about understand each individual’s needs in combination with the environment. True, the soil is depleted, pesticides, and pollutants have effected and affected the growth of whole foods to a point where it just isn’t realistic to get what we needs anymore. In cases like myself, people are starting to become allergic to things that they once were not. In my case onions, radishes, and green peppers for goodness sake. I can not eat them raw. I tried organic grown in the best of conditions and still I have to have them cooked.
On a Cleanse Day, you drink four deep cleansing servings of Cleanse for Life, spaced evenly throughout the day in the morning, noon, late afternoon, and evening. You also choose from Cleanse Day support tools, or small snacks, to help you manage cravings and provide steady energy while still keeping calories very low. Choose from a combination of four to six Isagenix Snacks™  plus two small snacks, one in the midmorning and one in the early evening.
I come from a background of clean eating, working out, medical, etc. and someone who suffers from a huge list of medical issues and am on about 30 medications. I decided to try Isagenix because I want to have some energy so I can be a mom again to my two young children and maybe lose the 35 pounds I have gained since being diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, fibro, heart problems, etc. etc. etc. I also just turned 40 and it was time for a change. I started Isagenix last week and I tell you that it is like I just woke up. My clarity is scary amazing, I smell the trees, I see the colors, I hear things, I am remembering stuff from years ago. I have chronic fatigue syndrome, could sleep all day and then sleep 12 to 14 hours a night. I now have a hard time going to bed and I am getting tons done around our house and I go out with my family. Thanks to Isagenix for giving me a life and getting off of meds hopefully and back to working out.
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