Our society has become inundated with “free” foods…fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free…and there is a lot of benefit to decreasing sugar and eliminating gluten. However, if we choose to grab a drink or snack only because it says ‘sugar-free’ or ‘fat-free’, we aren’t getting the full picture.
If the sugar content has been taken out of a food, often SOMETHING has been put in its place. Other protein shakes might only have 1 gram of sugar documented in their Nutritional Facts, yet they are loaded with artificial chemical sweeteners (check the label for sucralose, aspartame, or sugar alcohols). Beachbody refuses to sweeten Shakeology with something so detrimental to the body.
Shakeology’s small amount of sugar only comes from natural sources, which can easily be processed by the body. Plus, Shakeology has been tested and certified by an independent lab to have a Low Glycemic Index (GI) of between 14 and 29 (depending on the flavor).*** This is lower than most fruits (an apple has a GI of 39, and a ripe banana has a GI of 62).†
So while the best stuff in life might be free, read those labels to make sure you aren’t paying a price you don’t want to pay for something that is “free.”