Although both MSG and protein hydrolysates are additives that are primarily used as flavor enhancers, they are subject to specific labeling rules that requires their disclosure on ingredient labels. MSG is an isolated salt of the amino acid glutamate, which is used to enhance the savory flavor of foods. While glutamate is found naturally to some degree in nearly all foods (particularly high in cheese, mushrooms, and tomatoes), MSG is an extremely concentrated source. Protein hydrolysates also tend to be naturally higher in glutamate, although are presented with other amino acids and nutrients. Even though they are listed as natural flavors under the Code of Federal Regulations, it’s mandated that they be specifically listed along with their source on the ingredients label. Common types of hydrolysates often appear on labels under such names as “hydrolyzed wheat gluten,” “hydrolyzed soy protein,” and “autolyzed yeast extract.”

I do want to say (and nowhere did you say or suggest otherwise), that I met MANY great people in Isagenix. Many were kind, caring, motivated, fun to be around, and truly wanting to live a healthy life-style. I could go on and on about how Isagenix does what it does and succeeds in the ways that it does but I don’t feel like that is right on your blog and quite frankly, would be quite an endeavor of writing – as I have given much thought to the subject having been an Isagenix Associate myself. I will say, however, in a nutshell that structure, convenience, eating better (“better”, as you clearly pointed out, doesn’t mean healthy), being told things from people representing themselves as “experts” and health professionals, seeing and reading testimonials, and feeling apart of something bigger than yourself that’s preaching health and wealth can be very powerful.
The Isagenix model is to turn as many customers as possible into supplement dealers armed with nothing but slick marketing materials and ZERO qualifications. I know multiple people who peddle this stuff, and not one of them has any kind of qualifications related to health, nutrition or fitness. The things I hear them tell people is not only beyond scary, I have had to intervene and stop multiple sales that would have had negative impacts on known health conditions (ie: sale of e-shots to someone with hypertension, and whey protein concentrate to someone who everyone knows is lactose intolerant….they didn’t even know that whey concentrate still has lactose, or that whey was dairy for that matter!!!!)
1. Go for foods that are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. They help to neutralize toxins and prevent inflammation and damage caused by overdoing it on less-than-healthy toxin-creating foods and drinks. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory foods actually help to revitalize cells (think vegetables, [especially brightly colored, but all work—and the more the better! After all they are 80-90% water and provide potassium and fiber], fruits, beans, fish).
I know you wrote this article a year ago but my brother-in-law recently asked me to research Isagenix for him. Without even researching it I knew what I would find would be an awful product, but he does not eat a “clean” diet so I know I need proof for him. Anyway, I found your article very informative. What I found extremely sad is the comments. I don’t care if you have a degree in accounting, nutrition, or no degree at all, research is research! Any person with a brain and sometime to look up ingredients could find this information. I am short on the “time” so I appreciate your help. Most people want to review a product so they go to that products website and read all the awesome reviews about it and what it can do for you!!! That is NOT how you research products. These uneducated people commenting on your blog are part of the herd. Good for you on standing up and doing your homework!!
So, again, while some of the ingredients do not hold up well to the “ideal” scenario, as your excellent research has shown. the ultimate issue is one of product demographics, and the end-result after continuous use. On each issue, I would contend that any person who is capable of affording, purchasing, preparing, cleaning, packing, and consuming a diet that is totally organic and whole-food based would never even consider Isagenix. That demographic (like yourself) would pass it by, especially because you don’t live on junk, and your cholesterol, triglycerides, CRP, TSH, and other markers of disease and inflammation are all stellar! For you, perhaps, the end-result would be less, rather than more, health and vitality. But for 90+% of the users of this product, they are experiencing a profound shift in lifestyle patterns that are decades old, while seeing their bodies change, and their list of Rx drugs diminish by the week. The x-factor is that the Isagenix purchasing population is incapable of eating a diet that is free of all the ingredients you listed above, and are “going in” to this program needing the simplest list of “do’s and don’ts” possible. Learning how to read ingredient labels and make wise-choices, for them, is not an option. And for many, having a personal coach as knowledegable as you isn’t either.
I think sometimes people in your profession forget just how much most regular people do not know, and condemn products that may be a far better choice when compared to what they are currently eating, as in my case. What that does, is confuse people even more and they throw up their hands in defeat and return to their good old American Processed diet. An entire generation plus, has been born and raised into this over processed, convenience food country….Perhaps the all or nothing approach to better nutrition with them will not work? It does appear to be failing, as American’s keep getting heavier and heavier, and far less healthy than say 45 years ago. But wait, not true, we have pharmaceuticals to keep us alive in our unhealthy state even longer 🙂

I didn't set out to write this article. It started when I received an e-mail inquiry about Isagenix. I posted my answer on a discussion list, and it was picked up and published at http://healthfraudoz.blogspot.com/2006/11/critique-of-isagenix.html. Sandy Szwarc, author of a blog titled Junkfood Science, approved of it and kindly reposted it (see http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2006/11/can-you-really-cleanse-your-way-to.html.)

Juice diets do prevent your body from going into a state called ketosis, he says. Ketosis means your body has no carbohydrates to burn for energy, so it has to burn stored fat or whatever else is available, he tells WebMD. "You feel bad, even smell bad. That's what makes you feel like hell during a [water-only] fast. But is that because the toxins are coming out? No! You're going into ketosis. It's known physiology."


The UIC study evaluated body weight, body composition, cardiovascular risk factors, and oxidative stress biomarkers in 40 women. The subjects in the Isagenix group had superior results across all parameters. They lost weight more predictably week to week and 56 percent more weight and 47 percent more body fat overall. Notably, the subjects also lost twice as much visceral fat, which led to a greater reduction in oxidative stress and cardiovascular risk markers. 

Ohh yes I see these guys in my gym, they started using it and hey I have so much energy, suddenly I have improved my personal record by 40kg? Really? just that you have trained like shit for the last decade and suddenly you got a bit of motivation through a shake? Ahh and yes obviously you stopped eating junk food and drink lots of beer due to the isagenix program, which you should have done to start with.
Just because soy, agave and gluten are only in some of the items I listed on my site, does not mean that they are not in more products that Isagenix sells. I do not have the time or energy to go through every single product Isagenix sells and highlight the garbage. For example, there is soy in this http://www.isagenix.com/us/en/isaleanbars.dhtml as well as this http://www.isagenix.com/us/en/isagenixsnacks.dhtml and I’m sure in several other products.

Their medical advisor, Becky Natrajan, MD, tells us on a video presentation that she is “excited about results” but she does not say what those results are or why she thinks the results are due to the product rather than to diet, exercise and other factors. Perhaps her funniest argument is that the $5 a day Isagenix costs you is less expensive than open heart surgery. As if it were a simple choice between the two!


Honestly, I could rant about this till im blue in the face. But no amount of ranting will mean anything because you do have some valid grounds but your missing the concepts of what Isagenix was based off of. The real quality of the stuff used (again my body can tell). But hey id be willing to even challenge you that if you worked with me directly, id probably gain 20-30 pounds no matter what you tried to do if I went Isagenix clean for a month. But at that point you would probably brush it off as a failure and I would be the one left to suffer the consequences .


Every time you eat, your body digests the foods you consume, then absorbs and transports nutrients to all of your body’s cells through the blood stream. Your cells can either use these nutrients right away or store them for later. When you consume more food than your body needs at any one time, it can lead to a back-up of excess nutrients for your metabolism to manage.
I also stated: They repeat the tired old myth that our food isn’t as nutritious as in the “good old days.” They put digestive enzymes in their products to help you assimilate them, not realizing that orally ingested digestive enzymes are themselves digested in the stomach before they can do anything. They say that their electrolytes “ignite the body’s electrical system” – I have no idea what this means, and it certainly is not scientific terminology. – Again none of them could comment.
One of the first things that people notice when they embark on Cleanse Days is the weight loss. Studies on intermittent fasting have shown that it is just as an effective approach for weight loss as compared to cutting calories (1). In one study, overweight women who fasted intermittently for six months lost more weight than women who restricted their calories each day (2).
Sorry Laura but Isagenix funded that study how is that 3 rd party? I am a Isagenix distributor.I say thanks for the article Dani. Trying to counter Dani’s articles with Isagenix articles is embarrassing. Right now you can go to Hight Fructose.com or whatever and they’ll tell you it’s great. If folks want to continue using and selling Isa then go ahead. Just don’t bash Dani’s work. It’s obvious she is bringing 100% facts to the table. The person earlier that called Dani a fool, once again embarrassing. I will most likely continue using Isa for now. Thanks Dani for some eye opening information.
Isagenix works for me, I’ve used it for over one year. Thanks to Isagenix I no longer suffer from seasonal allergies, seasonal disorder, and cronic knee pain. Now I can have pets, and I don’t whine about my allergies anymore. Furthermore I don’t whine about taken allergy meds either. My story is not as fantastic as other people. But I encourage all of you out there, DO THE RESEARCH YOURSELF. Don’t just read someones opinion on the interweb, even if they call it unbiased. Its just a call for attention. These days food is not what it used to be, and everybody uses supplements. What supplements do you take?
Hey not everyone has the ability to exercise (possibly due to any injury). So for some of us Isagenix has been a life-saver. It’s not just about the weight loss. I have never felt better in my life! And by the way, I don’t sell it, I use it for my own personal consumption. And it is gluten free!! I’m sorry everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but that’s just what it is “opinion.” Not everything is going to work for everyone, but that’s what makes the world go round! People need to make their own decisions based on their own personal needs. For me, Isagenix in conjunction with super clean eating has been the answer.
Wow, so much anger is these postings. I am using Isagenix for the first time. I am impressed! My husband and I are both losing weight at a healthy steady rate, we work out more because we feel better and our blood pressure is down. We have spent 54 and 70 years respectively searching for the “right way” to eat. I started with Harvey and Marilyn Diamonds Fit for life book. I liked it. Then I became the president of our local American Heart Association and followed their diet guidelines. I ballooned! Then we tried Atkins and had success but it was too hard on our bodies. After a while I felt toxic. After that it was yo-yo and out of control. The food in this country is a mess. We have always exercised, do not smoke and love to cook. We don’t own a deep-fryer and think that we have spent most of our lives searching for a way to lose weight…and eating clean (according to the 80’s 90’s 2000’s approach has left us both obese and hurting.) If you can find something that works for you. Then God Bless You. NOBODY here is a true authority. We all have our own reality. I will continue with Isagenix because it is working and I am sick of the search. There are no easy answers. And I think only people who have really and truly struggled understand. Also, my husband has metastatic prostate cancer thanks to the dioxin poison he had to drink from the streams when he was an unwilling participant in the Viet Nam war (drafted). Isagenix is making him feel good and he is already off of his high blood pressure medication. It is soothing to his upset stomach also. Again, if you haven’t really struggled….to feel good or even stay alive…you are not an authoritarian. This may mean nothing to you now, but it will someday. When you figure out you didn’t have all the answers after all. Good luck to all of you in the constant search for what should be a simple question: What should I eat?
The Cleanse for Life drinks are really good and they taste like fruit punch! It’s basically just mixing two scoops of Cleanse for Life in a tall glass and adding cold water and mixing.  I’ve tried cleanses before and Cleanse for Life is the best one yet hands down. I’m actually still craving that drink even though I’m off the cleanse now because it’s that good.

Your body needs calcium to maintain normal healthy function. You’re probably most familiar with calcium in terms of its role in the skeletal system — it helps maintain your bone health and density — but it’s also crucial to several other body functions. Your heart needs calcium to maintain its rhythm, and contractions of the skeletal muscles depend upon calcium.


The Isagenix model is to turn as many customers as possible into supplement dealers armed with nothing but slick marketing materials and ZERO qualifications. I know multiple people who peddle this stuff, and not one of them has any kind of qualifications related to health, nutrition or fitness. The things I hear them tell people is not only beyond scary, I have had to intervene and stop multiple sales that would have had negative impacts on known health conditions (ie: sale of e-shots to someone with hypertension, and whey protein concentrate to someone who everyone knows is lactose intolerant….they didn’t even know that whey concentrate still has lactose, or that whey was dairy for that matter!!!!)
One of the most important defense mechanisms the body has to guard itself against aging is a process called autophagy (8). Autophagy can be thought of as the body doing its own internal “housekeeping” so that all organ systems and processes continue to run smoothly. Old, damaged cell components are repaired or discarded so that cells can continue to function optimally. Autophagy in the body decreases as we age, so the body’s ability to self-help itself is reduced as well. Calorie restriction, including fasting, has been found to promote autophagy to mend the body’s cells (9). It’s as if the consumption of fewer calories allows the body to rest and to go into recovery mode. This has been proposed to be the reason why calorie restriction and fasting have an “anti-aging” effect.
A short juice cleanse might not pose an immediate danger to most people, but going all-juice might have more subtle risks, experts warn. “This type of diet is like shock treatment to the body,” says Meredith Luce, RD, a nutrition consultant with the Rosen Medical Center in Florida. “By eating one day and fasting the next, you stimulate the body’s starvation response. When you do eat again, your body hoards calories, making long-term weight loss more difficult.” Another problem Luce notes is that dietary cleanses don’t instill healthy eating habits. "Cleanses of this type allow people to justify bad behavior,” she says. “In other words, ‘I’ll eat and drink whatever I want this week, because I’m doing a cleanse next week.’ Cleanses promote the mentality of a quick fix as opposed to long-term balance.”
Sorry, kitchen’s closed! At least for 12 hours since you last ate. Nighttime fasting—or reducing your “eating window”—may help to reset your metabolism and burn the extra glucose in your system after a period of overindulgence, according to a study in the journal Cell Metabolism. Researchers put groups of mice on a high-fat, high-calorie diet for 100 days (and you thought the 12 days of Christmas were bad!). Half the mice were allowed to nibble throughout the night and day on a healthy, controlled diet, while the others only had access to food for eight hours, but could eat whatever they wanted. The result of the 16-hour food ban? The fasting mice stayed lean, while the mice who noshed ‘round the clock became obese—even though both groups consumed the same amount of calories! There are more aggressive fasting protocols, but 12 hours without food is enough for most people to enter into a fasted state, according to some experts.
One of the most important defense mechanisms the body has to guard itself against aging is a process called autophagy (8). Autophagy can be thought of as the body doing its own internal “housekeeping” so that all organ systems and processes continue to run smoothly. Old, damaged cell components are repaired or discarded so that cells can continue to function optimally. Autophagy in the body decreases as we age, so the body’s ability to self-help itself is reduced as well. Calorie restriction, including fasting, has been found to promote autophagy to mend the body’s cells (9). It’s as if the consumption of fewer calories allows the body to rest and to go into recovery mode. This has been proposed to be the reason why calorie restriction and fasting have an “anti-aging” effect.
Just because soy, agave and gluten are only in some of the items I listed on my site, does not mean that they are not in more products that Isagenix sells. I do not have the time or energy to go through every single product Isagenix sells and highlight the garbage. For example, there is soy in this http://www.isagenix.com/us/en/isaleanbars.dhtml as well as this http://www.isagenix.com/us/en/isagenixsnacks.dhtml and I’m sure in several other products.

Commending you on writing frankly about a product which has “sacred cow” status with so many who want any way to be healthy that allows them to avoid work and learning about real food. I have a friend who uses this (she hates to cook and wants to know nothing about the subject). I had to go through several google search screens to find an article that wasn’t either directly selling or touting the sale of the product. It’s brave of you are because people who are having their pet delusions questioned are not generally likely to respond with sane remarks. I learned the hard way that health doesn’t come off a factory manufacturing line.
Dani, The article I linked to specifically stated the use of high oleic sunflower oil in the isalean shakes. As far as the slim cakes go, there is no sunflower oil in them, other NON Hydrogenated oils are used. The key word here being non-hydrogenated! There is no soy no canola no corn oil and no palm oil in the shakes it’s in a few of the snack products, and palm oil has very many health benefits similar to that found in coconut oil.
This celebrity-backed juice cleanse (Salma Hayek is a company co-founder) can’t be beat when it comes to convenience. After you can choose either the three- or five-day plan, everything is delivered right to your door, nationwide. But Jackie Newgent, RD, a dietitian and author of the Big Green Cookbook, says that relying exclusively on juice can cause problems with overall nutrition. “Though a natural fruit-based juice cleanse may offer some people a ‘mental’ kick start for following a diet without harm, I don’t recommend the use of cleanses,” she says. “Cleanses have never been necessary to jump-start weight loss or remove ‘toxins,’ and they never will be necessary.”
Increasing your heart rate will mean an increase in blood flow. This, in turn, will help your body to flush out toxins all on its own. You don’t even need to hit a gym to get your sweat sesh in, here’s a quickie workout I do just about anywhere. The takeaway here is to rev your heart rate, break a sweat, and get in a better mindset to kick it up a notch again tomorrow.
“What is Nutritional Cleansing?” That’s a question we’ve been asking here at Spafinder Wellness 365 and chances are it’s a question you may have asked recently as well! Nutritional Cleansing has been making a new mark on the latest health trends, and there’s a reason why! Isagenix International, a company which has been specializing in Nutritional Cleansing products since 2002 and creates systems for maintainable health habits, is largely responsible for the increasing popularity in this health trend. We found out the meaning behind its praise by digging deep into the world of cleansing and getting the latest scoop on what it is and how to do it right from the experts themselves!
I was in poor health and using the Isagenix products helped me lose weight, begin exercising, and make healthier food choices. I continue to use Isagenix products as part of a healthy lifestyle. Unlike Dr. Hall, I am not an MD, but with that being said, many of her criticisms of the Isagenix products are not really accessible to the average person. So, Dr. Hall, I guess since you are writing so much about Isagenix, maybe refer us readers to other health professionals, perhaps in the field of nutrition that can speak with more credibility, to what you are saying.
Traditional “cleanses” will strip or deplete your body with use of laxatives or diuretics and leave you feeling deprived of certain foods. Isagenix promotes whole-body detox cleansing on a cellular level and releases un-wanted toxins & excess fat, while at the same time building lean muscle. Building lean muscle helps you burn fat faster. Losing weight fast can be harmful when you do it the wrong way; but with this program, you release it the right way - by creating a healthy body so the fat no longer needs to 'protect' your organs from the toxins, and is in turn, released.
Shakes, fads, and quick fixes are temporary fixes to a bigger issue in my opinion. Yeah, I can detox, drink shakes and a few healthy meals a day but am I willing to do that for the rest of my life so I can lose weight? Hell no. I’ll stick to eating 6 times a day, eating my dozen egg whites and veggies, chicken and tilapia. I’d rather invest my money in real food.
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