An Analysis of Arbonne Vegan Shakes

Arbonne Vegan Shakes
Written by Ben Davis

Arbonne Shakes are made from vegan ingredients including pea protein and rice.  The are available in chocolate or vanilla and claim tests have shown they are high in good fats and low in glycemic index. You can find more information at

The protein powder can be conveniently mixed with water and offer excellent benefits from this plant protein blend.  Let’s look at the claims and the truth about Arbonne Shakes.

These shakes have an additive known as Inner G-Plex which is a combination of different ingredients, including:

Co-enzyme Q10:

This is a source of energy that the body uses, but there are mixed opinions on how effective it is.  The FDA has not approved it as a source to treat any symptoms and consumer health studies have shown that many brands either add 75% more of this ingredient or 75% less.

Alfalfa Leaf Powder:

The FDA has reported that this herb is often unsafe by weakening the immune system and is often contaminated.  Tests have shown an increased rate of GME alfalfa, and their many strains, are resistant to pesticides and can be potentially dangerous.

Kelp Powder:

This is a popular mineral found in seaweed and is often a chosen replacement by vegans and vegetarians for missing nutrients.

Ginseng Root Powder:

If this ingredient is used too often, it can cause Ginseng Abuse Syndrome, which can lead to high blood pressure, rashes, confusion and many other health issues.

Sugar Content:

These shakes have 9 grams of sugar added.  If you are an average sized woman, the most you should take in is 24 grams, therefore 2 servings of these shakes will equal 18 grams of sugar which are close to the recommended amount.  Arbonne has stated that their shakes are certified to have a very low effect on blood sugar.

With 160 calories, that’s higher than the average amount in the average meal replacement shake.  You would have to work out a longer period of time to burn off these calories.  You are better off using a low-calorie drink which will help you stay at your daily requirement.

Arbonne Protein Blend Contents:

Pea Protein Isolate:

It’s high in purines which produce uric acid.  This could lead to malfunctions of the joints and kidneys.  It is a protein that is low in essential amino acids and it’s highly recommended you do not take this ingredient on its own.

Cranberry Protein:

This is a very expensive protein which only offers 25% to 30% protein.  As there have been practically not studies performed on this ingredient, it’s unknown how well it will digest or what additional benefits might exist.

Rice Protein:

This protein quickly digests and can lead to nausea and diarrhea if consumed over the recommended amount.  It is quite low in amino acid and should not be taken without other protein sources.

Arbonne Vegan Protein Blend is equating itself with other protein drinks that offer more amino acids.  With a lack of information regarding cranberry protein and the fact that this source has less protein than other sources, it’s is truly hard to measure.  Rice and pea proteins are added to make up for the lack of other amino acids.

There are other proteins that will not increase inflammation and other leading digestive problems.  Although 20 grams may seem extensive, it’s more important to look at the amino acid content  which Arbonne does not list the exact amounts.

Since no studies have been performed on the amino acid content in cranberry protein, and Arbonne does not list the amount; it is hard to determine whether you are getting a decent product for the price.

The Price Of Arbonne Shakes:

An average bag is $69.99 that provides 30 servings, and it’s recommended that you consume two servicing per day.  Therefore,  you are getting 15 days of shakes.

That equates to:  $69.99 divided by 15 = $4.66 per day.

In Conclusion:

Their high sugar content equals 18 grams of sugar per 2 servings.  That is equal to 4-1/2 teaspoons of sugar per day.  High levels of sugar can lead to obesity, an increase in blood sugar and can be addictive.  This goes against the claim that the shake will not produce an unsteady rise in blood sugar.

The highest negative feedback from consumers is the taste and is too sweet.  Plant protein does not mix well in comparison to other protein blends and that’s why there is more sugar added to make up for flavor.  The whole reason for this shake is the replacement of dairy protein with plant protein to appease vegans and vegetarians.

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Ben Davis

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