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What Does Herbalife Protein Shake Do?

Herbalife protein shake is considered a processed food. Yet, not all processed things we put in our body are bad for us… understanding what exactly is in our protein shake (the ingredients content) to deciding whether to consume it/ select an alternative/ discontinue using it is indeed crucial.

Before we dive into herbalife protein powder ingredients further, let’s considering what Herbalife Protein Shakes promise is:

“Herbalife protein shakes provide up to 21 essential vitamins and minerals in one delicious glass. It contain fiber, protein, and essential nutrients that help boost metabolic function at the cellular level. The shakes build sleek muscles, weight loss, and work as a quick and easy meal replacement, giving your body all the nutrition it needs and nothing it does not. It helps maintain ideal body weight, etc…”

It’s logical to see why, but is Herbalife protein shake good for you and really safe?

There’s ONE thing that is worth emphasised on again, that is, majority of the protein shakes out there, they are all processed and deciding on whether or not they are actually real food comes into question. And you should by now, know that consuming a protein drink with any of those ingredients (and more others that will be discussed in future) is a risk to your health. 

What are the side effects of Herbalife shake products?

You see, the food & beverage industry is making an absolute killing marketing strategy selling us that are filled with highly processed proteins, chemicals, preservatives and other additives. Take a closer look at Herbalife Protein Powder Ingredients below:

What Does Herbalife Protein Shake Do

The very first 3 ingredients listed in Herbalife Ingredients are: Soy Protein Isolate, Fructose, Cocoa Powder (Processed with Alkali). Yet, we’ve discussed Soy Protein Isolate here, Fructose here, a few of Food Additives here before in previous blog posts, so I won’t go into them again in detail specifically. Instead, let’s look at other pro-inflammatory ingredients such as canola oil & carrageenan.

make an oil change

Some fats fight inflammation. Some fats create it. Among the top pro-inflammatory culprits are oils that is fragile… canola oil is one of them.

Study Reveals Canola Oil Is Bad for the Brain.

When it comes to canola oil, some people avoid it at all cost, while others view it as healthy food as canola oil has been bred to be rich in omega-3s, low in saturated fats, a good source of oleic acid. BUT, because of this, it is fragile, you do not want to expose it to heat… and there’s much more to the canola story…

Some people might say that, well, the amount of canola oil in Herbalife Protein Shakes is so insignificant that it is not worth to mention nor worried about. In fact, for people who take shakes religiously before and after workouts, as meal replacements every single day, as weeks and months goes by… it would be an issue for them. They might start to experience unwanted health issues sooner or later in their life… that they would never think that it could be due to the trusted brands and shakes that they are consuming daily!

When there are extremely passionate viewpoints, it can be very challenging to get to the bottom of it all. A new study in the journal Scientific Reports links canola oil consumption to memory deterioration, degenerative learning ability, and weight gain in mice – symptoms modeling Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). The study reveal canola oil is indeed more harmful than beneficial for brain health! Omega 3s in Canola Oil? Think twice!

Besides, canola oil is bad and very harmful to the body for more reasons:

  1. Over 90% of canola oil is genetically modified GMO. Although there have been NO long-term viable studies done on GMO canola oil, reports that it caused many kidney, liver, toxicity, allergic reactions, immuno-suppression, cancer, loss of nutrition, and neurological health issues. This makes sense since there are other reports that GMO products like corn and soy also can cause negative health effects.
  2. Canola oil is a refined oil that’s often partially hydrogenated to increase its stability 🙁 but this increases it’s negative health effects. Canola oil goes through the process of refining, bleaching and degumming – all involve high temperatures / chemicals… questionable safety!
  3. Canola oil high in omega-3 fatty acids, which easily become rancid and foul-smelling when subjected to oxygen and high temperatures, it must be deodorised. This process removes large portion of the omega-3 fatty acids by turning them into trans fatty acids. Research at the University of Florida at Gainesville, found trans level as high as 4.6% in commercial liquid oil. The consumer has no clue about the presence of trans fatty acids in canola oil because they are not listed on the label!
  4. Monsanto has been incorporating genetically modified organisms in it’s canola oil seeds.
  5. Dangers of Canola Oil:Kidney and Liver Problems as a result of GMO foods published in Environmental Science Europe review in year 2011. Kidneys been disrupted by 43.5% in male mammals and 30.8% in female mammals. So ingesting a GMO food like protein shakes that are full of GMOs ingredients like the soy, fructose, canola oil, etc… is really NOT something to take lightly!Life-Threatening Heart Trouble as a monounsaturated oil, it is a fatty acid that is associated with heart damage, especially Keshan disease, that manifests itself with fibrotic lesions of the heart. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils like canola are known for causing inflammation and calcification of arterieswhich are well-established risk factors for coronary heart disease.High Blood Pressure & Strokes studies have shown that consumption of vegetable oils shortens the life span of stroke-prone and high blood pressure animal subjects. Nutrition & Toxicology Research Divisions of Ottawa discovered that rats bred to have hypertension and prone to have stroke died sooner when fed canola oil. There’s also study found that there was a canola oil induced shortening of blood coagulation time! And increase fragility in red blood cell membranes… this promote the occurrence of strokes in stroke-prone animal subjects.Negative Effects on Memory & Brain Health. Studies shown that canola oil group weighed and experienced memory and learning ability decline significantly more than the control group. These findings confirm that regular, long term consumption of canola oil has negative effects on memory and brain health.

    Retard Normal Growth. It is not legal to use canola oil in infant formulate. The euroric acid in canola oil is harmful to infants due to an inability to properly break down. Proponents brag about canola oil healthy profile, but I don’t buy it.

    Increase LDL and Lower HDL. When canola oil undergoes hydrogenation to become a partially hydrogenated oil, this increases its level of trans fats. These group of fats are scientifically known to increase LDL cholesterol and lower HDL cholesterol.

    When you read “partially hydrogenated oil” “zero trans fat” … this guarantees that there is some amount of trans fat present. How can it be zero when the company is allowed to indicate there are no trans fats, when the serving contains less than 0.5 grams? Frustrating and sad, I know.

    Trans fatty acids are hazardous byproducts of food processing and are truly health destroyers. In fact, if you decide to get rid of canola oil… watch out for packaging food products that contain corn oil, safflower oil, soy oil. and vegetable oil!

As summary, luckily, we don’t have to rely on protein drinks because simply eating a variety of real food alone gives you plenty of protein. 😉

But, if you are still concerned about protein you could make a protein-filled real food smoothie at your comfort home! Learn how to make healthy green smoothie for weight loss here!

Hope my sharing make sense for you. All of above is based on my personal experience and knowledge as a Pharmacist in Malaysia. Hope you enjoy reading my weight loss journey blog and do feel free to leave any comment^^

I Do Kay Pharmacist Malaysia Blog Isagenix Isalean Shake Review

What is in a Isagenix Isalean Shake?

I can’t tell you all how many times I have been asked to review this protein shake (a damn lot!) again and again by my patients and clients. But sorry guys… this is the other shake that I would not buy…

But before I straight dive into the whys… Let me just briefly go through with you what is Isagenix IsaLean Shake all about. 🙂

Isagenix company claimed that their Isagenix IsaLean Shake is a nutritious, balanced meal replacement clinically tested to promote effective, healthy weight loss and lean muscle building protein shake. It’s a low-glycemic shake with energy fueling carbohydrates, good fats, vitamins and minerals, and 24 grams of high-quality protein, with:

  • superior branched chain amino acid profile
  • active enzymes to help ease digestion
  • essential trace minerals
  • natural ingredients with no artificial flavours, colours, or sweeteners
  • no trans fat

ISAGENIX SHAKE Sounds pretty good huh… but

having all these benefits been said. Are Isagenix IsaLean Shake really that perfectly healthy? Would Isagenix IsaLean Shake never bring any health issues to our body when it was religiously be used? Is Isagenix IsaLean Shake “Protein Shake With Integrity”? Were Isagenix company just another chains with “healthy marketing” pitches telling the truth, or lying through their bottle wrappers? Let’s dig further…


Now, first of all, by looking into the long ingredients list of Isagenix IsaLean Shake… how many of these ingredients can you all understand and imagine? Yes? No? What about from the outside bottle of Isagenix IsaLean Shake?

  1. What is the first 3 ingredients on their food label?
  2. Is it organic, free of pesticides, and grass-fed?
  3. Does it contain soy protein mostly?
  4. Is it GMO-free?
  5. How is it processed?
  6. Does the processing allow it to retain its nutritional quality, its vitamins and minerals, or being denatured?
  7. Does it contain a lot of additives?
  8. Does it contain artificial or refined sugars?
  9. Does it have heavy metals?
  10. Does eating refined foods versus whole foods make sense?

These are the essential steps and questions to know what is in your hand before buying any protein shakes and drinks! It is incredibly essential to know what you are eating, buying, where it is from, how it is produced, is it genetically modified (GM)? If there is no detail informations, call to their customer care line and find out more! Are their staffs and nutritional experts friendly to answer your queries as a consumer?

why ISALEAN SHAKE is another popular one that i wouldn’t buy…

Well, Isagenix IsaLean Shake “seems pretty clean” but the reasons that I would not buy it is that this protein powder is NOT organic certified and NOT non-GMO Project Verified. With these 2 simple condition, there is a chance that some of the ingredients such as fructose are derived from GMOs!

but their website states their whey from nz cows fed!

Yes, while their website states their whey comes from New Zealand cows fed on a pasture, they readily admit, “We have also sought other suppliers in Australia and the U.S. who meet the same standards for dairy protein“. Well, the matter of fact is that without the certified organic or certified grass-fed label, there is the higher chances that the cows were raised with some GMOs feed.


  • The amount of sugar in this shake is pretty high too at 11 grams per serving, which is almost 3 teaspoons!
  • Although this powder is filled with vitamins and minerals, these don’t come directly from real food.
  • The ingredients within the natural flavours in this shake are not identified on the label.

Why identifying it is important? Well, flavours can contain up to 100 ingredients, including “synthetic chemicals such as the solvent propylene glycol or the preservative BHA” as well as GMO-derived ingredients. Hence, clearly labelled is critical in this case.

but they are still consider “safe” to consume…

Well, not with these ingredients at least… please! >> Fructose.

Some people might think that I am a no-sugar diet fan. In fact, this is NOT true. I do allow up to 5 grams of sugar in my protein shake from sugar alcohols. Sugar forms and their source matters. I don’t like the idea that people are getting that 5 grams of sugar from agave, high-fructose corn syrup, fructose, artificial sweeteners, etc… here’s why:

the idea of “healthy sugars” is crazy

Well, I hate to break you here… but the idea of “healthy sugars” is crazy. It’s a hype. They don’t exist! I am sorry. Some people argue that agave and honey are natural. Yet, in fact, natural or not, it could not be worse for you. Not all sugars are created equal. For example:

  • Agave is higher in fructose than high fructose corn syrup.
  • Honey, however, could have some homeopathic benefits for the allergies, strengthen your immune system, help you handle things better… but this honey needs to be grown organically raw with about a half-teaspoon a day. Not more than that.
  • You don’t want drinks whose names contain the words nectar or cocktail. Both terms are code for “we added even more sugar”.
  • Product with the word light on it because that only means they added water and artificial sweeteners.

the myth of fructose. the worst sugar of them all

Watch out for your protein shakes sugar content. Avoid protein shakes with fructose. Some people argue that, well… all fruits contains fructose. What’s bad about it?

You don’t need to worry about the fructose found in whole fruits and vegetables that you consume. Now let’s get ONE thing straight: fruit is fabulous IF you were eating the right kinds and the right amounts. I want you to choose those with high fiber and low glycemic index in this case. Berries are the best. 1 to 2 pieces of low GI fruit per day should be it.

Ironically, the problem is when you start drinking juice or consuming high-fructose corn syrup or agave sweetened “health foods” with low glycemic index. This approach gives you super high levels of fructose and sets you up for weight gain and other health risks. 

problem #1

The biggest problem with fructose marketing is that “health foods” companies and conventional healthcare professional states that fructose has a low-glycemic index (meaning that it doesn’t raise your blood sugar). Well, of course it doesn’t raise! That’s because fructose is metabolised differently from glucose. This brings serious problems to a lot of my patients. They think that because fructose are low in GI (glycemic index), they can then consume a lot of it and still thinking that it can help with their weight management regimen. This lead to problem #2.

problem #2

Fructose doesn’t trigger your brain to release leptin, the fullness hormone. This is bad news to your weight loss journey. Because this means that you can consume an enormous amount of fructose calories without your brain ever realising that you are full! Your blood sugar spins out of control, you develop leptin resistance (fail of feeling fullness), and you end up loading your body up with calories!

problem #3

100% of fructose you consume goes straight to your liver, which stores a lot of it as fat and converts the rest into free fatty acids, triglycerides and cholesterol, which then turn into fat and artery-clogging plaques.

problem #4

Fructose can exacerbate high blood pressure. In fact, researchers use fructose on lab rats if they need them to become hypertensive (high blood pressure) for a study!

problem #5

Fructose can elevate uric acid, which led to gout. An over abundance of fructose first found it’s way into our diets when we learned how to genetically modified corn. As a result, it became very cheap to produce high-fructose corn syrup, sweetener and preservatives that is in just about every processed food you can think of! Not to mention that fructose, is one of the main ingredients in full-sugar sodas.

problem #6

Fructose can cause small bacterial intestinal and yeast overgrowth, kidney disease and insulin resistance. Fructose can poke holes in your small intestine creating leaky gut.

problem #7

Fructose makes you fat and contribute to the incidence of obesity in humans. One study estimated that high fructose corn syrup accounts as much as 40% of caloric sweeteners. The study look at both short term and long term effects of high fructose corn syrup on body weight, body fat and triglycerides in rats. The rats fed with high fructose corn syrup found gained overall weight and fat around their waists and had higher triglycerides than either rats ate the chow with sucrose.

problem #8

Fructose just frustrates your weight loss efforts. It affects your fat burning ability. In fact, counting calories is really not important in weight loss. Here’s what I meant. According to Dr. Robert Lustig, a professor of pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, 1/3 of the fructose calories ends up getting stored as fat.

Fructose vs glucose: For example, if you consume 120 calories of fructose, 40 calories are stored as fat. Meaning that fructose is 40 times more likely than any other sugar to make you fat. Whereas, if you consumed 120 calories of glucose, only 1 calorie is stored as fat 🙂 These corn syrup, fructose, fruits juices calories are on a fast track to turn into fat. Not a pretty picture 🙁

Hence, in conclusion, do you know someone still consuming protein powders with terrible ingredients? If so, please share this post with them and spread the word! If you still confused on protein powders… just remember, if your protein powder is not certified organic and contain fructose and soy protein (that I had discussed on my sculpt protein reviews blog post), it’s not worth putting it in your body – especially on a regular basis. Period.

P.S.: All of above is based on my personal experience and knowledge as a Pharmacist in Malaysia.  Hope you enjoy my Pharmacist Malaysia Blog and do feel free to leave any comment^^

I Do Kay Pharmacist Malaysia Blog Review On Horleys Sculpt Dietary Supplement Protein Powder Berry

What is horleys sculpt dietary supplement protein powder berry?

Horleys Sculpt Dietary Supplement Protein Powder Berry is a nutritional support for those woman with busy lifestyles , working out, who seeking a nutritious, convenient, lazy meal supplement, need an extra source of protein, lower-carb eating plan, fat-metabolism ingredients to keep their body toned up, muscle gain, fat loss, alongside to boost their energy levels and be healthy.

How it shape down for ladies while maintaining their lifestyle is that Horleys Sculpt Dietary Supplement Protein Powder Berry will make ladies feel fuller, hinder from craving, slight boost in metabolism due to it’s protein content that requires more energy to digest it and harder to store as fat. Furthermore, Horleys Sculpt Dietary Supplement Protein Powder Berry green tea ingredient is there to boost ladies metabolism. Their L-carnitine is there to assist ladies body to burn fat as fuel. Whereas Garcinia extract (Citrimax) is to suppress appetite and inhibit fat production.

In addition, Horleys Sculpt Dietary Supplement Protein Powder Berry product features high quality protein from New Zealand Whey Protein and non-GMO (genetically modified) soy, a full vitamin and minerals profile including iron and folate as complete nutritional support, all natural colours and flavours, sweetened with stevia and sucralose, and gluten free, halal certified with the exception of Banana Delight flavour.

Ladies with busy lifestyle can almost substitute Horleys Sculpt Dietary Supplement Protein Powder Berry for meals. The best time to consume is 2 hours before workouts or after workouts.

Is Horleys Protein Powder “Protein Shake With Integrity”?

Most protein powders on the market are not certified organic, nor are they Non-GMO Project Verified. That means all of them might contain GMOs and most definitely contain pesticides that are considered harmful and potentially toxic with long-term exposure. This increased exposure is linked to birth defects, nerve damage, and even cancer.

The President’s Cancer Panel has urged us not to consume food sprayed with pesticides and doesn’t believe any amount is safe. Because of this reason, I can’t imagine willingly wanting to spend a serious chunk of change (protein shakes are expensive!) to buy any of these listed products as a way to help build muscle, lose weight or replace a meal.

Hence… are Horleys Sculpt Dietary Supplement Protein Powder Berry really that perfectly healthy and would never bring any health issues to our body in longer term used? Is Horleys Sculpt Dietary Supplement Protein Powder Berry “Protein Shake With Integrity”? Were Horleys company another chains with “healthy mearketing” pitches telling the truth, or lying through their bottle wrappers? Let’s dig further…


My Wake Up Call

I’m Kay, aka Kay (Care) The Unconventional Pharmacist. This is what I do–hold my patients and clients accountable for their health transformational journey and coach my clients to repair their dysfunction energy cells the unconventional way. Though I get a lot of objections and disagreements feedbacks nearly from most of my colleagues, I still insist to regularly expose the unhealthy ingredients and practices that food companies and pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies don’t want you to know about.

Why I do what I do? Is because it makes me really sad to see how these big corporations have adulterated our foods with unhealthy fats, refined flour, extra sugar, dough strengtheners, fake flavourings, additives, genetically modified organisms, hormones, pesticides, and so much more…

… that food additives in famous milk and protein powders that I can’t even pronounce, food colourings made from petrochemicals and the bodies of dried, ground-up insects, cancer-causing preservatives, and much more. The more I know and learned, the more upset I became. I couldn’t believe there’s coal tar in my fast food burger and cheese, yoga mat and rubber in my bread, beaver’s ass in my vanilla ice cream, powdered glass (sand) in fast-food chilli! The GMOs have been added to our food supply.

For the past 15 years, many of our dairy and meat products been come from cows injected with hormones and antibiotics, been fed with soy products and grains to increase their meat and milk productions. I realised majority of the people have no knowledge to tell what we were putting into our body daily was actually poisoning us and making us fat and sick!

Protein shake and me

I remember clearly it was mid 2015. After leaving the gym, I went back home to pick up my post workout Horleys Sculpt Dietary Supplement Protein Powder Berry. Back then I thought this was healthy, I was religious about using this particular brand and I would drink the shake nearly every single day, few times a day! As weeks and months goes by, yes, I beginnning to put on weight and muscles, but also body fats, constipated, bloating, and acnes around my jaw! My colleagues who work with me every day told me, “Kay! You look chubby! What happen to you?!” Not only these, I get frequent migraine and felt chronically tired every day. 10 hours sleeping time wasn’t enough for me at all! I don’t feel good nor energised every morning. I experience frequent unstable emotional health problem at that time as well.

At that time, I couldn’t connect any of these dots to what I was doing. So, I went to consult a gynecologist and seek 2nd opinions from other doctors. They pronounced that nothing was wrong with my hormone levels , just that I have bad blood cholesterol profile with high rheumatoid factor. Yet, in order to solve my acne issue, doctor prescribe me hormone pills for my acne problems and ask me to exercise more to help increase my HDL level! In fact, I worked out 5-6 days a week consistently already at that time… 🙁

I was so confused… I am thinking maybe it’s the shakes that I frequently took after workout and in between meals that causes the problems that I have not had for quite some time… And the same protein shakes works 7 out of 10 works for others, BUT why not me?! And I always frustrated to search for an answer on the shakes that works for me… As I believe I am the most obedient, compliant, and discipline person who are being consistent to follow dietary advices, exercise programs, and living as healthy till the extend that everyone around me ask me “Are you ok?”…

One decision that shape my health forever.

So after years of all the “listening to others (advertisements, health & exercise experts)” experimentation, I had finally took the courage and choose to “stop the protein shake and start listening to my body.” As soon as I regained my energy and re-structure whatever I am doing previously, I dug deep into the skills I’d learned during my university days, that is, start researching to identify the most nutritious and healing protein shakes on the planet.

I decided to figure out what was in the protein shakes I have been drinking and other protein bars and meal replacement products and plant-based milk etc… what made me sick in the first place. I became intoxicated with the process of discovery, and I research and read about them ferociously… because I believe there’s something you need to know about these supplements.

Yes, no doubt that if you cut back on meat and dairy products, you might want to supplement with protein powders and shakes. But there’s something you need to know about different kind of these supplements selling out there….



Once I start embarked into this investigation and research journey… O.M.G. little did I know that the Proteins that been used in protein shakes and those food additives: Thickeners 466, 415, Anticaking Agent 551, Artificial Sweeteners, etc… were known to bring havoc to our body system if we used it religiously.

My own chronic health problems led me to make the connection to packaging foods contain with proteins and food additives that my body do not need, like, and want. A link that made sense once I started researching the effects of certain chemicals and ingredients on majority of the protein shakes.

GMO Project Verified or certified organic?!

This protein powder is not Non-GMO Project Verified or certified organic so there is a chance that some of the ingredients! Although Horleys Sculpt label claims they make use non-GM Soy, this shake thickeners and other ingredients might still derived from GMOs!

While their website states their whey comes from New Zealand cows fed on a pasture, but without the certified organic or certified grass-fed label, there is the possibility that the cows were raised with some GMO feed.

Although this powder is filled with vitamins and minerals and label all natural colours and flavours, these don’t necessary come directly from real food. Flavours can contain up to 100 ingredients as well as GMO-derived ingredients.

what is soy protein?

This protein shake use soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate in conjunction with other proteins like whey protein concentrate. Over 90% of the soy produced in this country is GMO and contaminated with Roundup herbicide, but in this case, Horleys Sculpt Dietary Supplement Protein Powder Berry claimed to be non-GM Soy. BUT that’s not the safe reason to take the soy protein!

Soy has been marketed as the miracle food of all time, maybe because it can be produced cheaply and some big companies have invested in its production and modification. I remember the pharmacy I worked with pilled with tins and cans of soy products, when you walk in into the pharmacy, you can seem like one big homage to soy!

Yet, eating soy daily basis may create problems, whether in traditional forms like tofu/ edamame or in modern incarnations: hotdogs, fake meat, chips, sauces, workout bars, ice cream, meal replacement shakes, etc… you name it!

“One study showed that high midlife tofu consumption – high being only 2 servings! per week – increased the risk of late-life cognitive impairment and dementia in both men and women.”

In fact, don’t believe the soy hype! Here’s why:

  • When soy is looked at from a macronutrient perspective, it can give the illusion of a very healthy food – full of plant based protein, essential amino acids and fiber. However, the soy that is grown and produced today is largely hybridized, making the amino acids largely indigestible leading to digestive issues that have caused many people to be allergic to soy.
  • What’s worse is when soy is isolated to just its protein state, it becomes severely denatured and can cause hormonal disruptions because of the excessive amount of estrogen contained in it. That means that it can disrupt hormone balances for both genders (woman: affect ovulation, man: lower testosterone).
  • Soy also has an abundance of phytates or phytic acid that leaches calcium and other vital minerals like magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc from your body. In other words, soy can be an antinutrient. To neutralise the phytates in soy, you have to ferment the heck out of it, as we do in Asia 😉
  • Soy is also full of trypsin inhibitors. Trypsin is an enzyme produced in the pancreas that need to digest protein. Soy interfere protein digestion and cause pancreatic disorders. Not surprising we find more pancreatic, stomach, and thyroid cancers. Hence, soy might even increase risk of certain cancers.
  • Soy increases the body needs for vitamin D. That’s why often, vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) will be added to soy milk. BUT our body preferred vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), this is the form of D our body synthesise from sunlight. And vitamin D3 not usually found in soy milk. Hence, soy bad for bone health.
  • Soy as source of protein? Although soy is complete protein. BUT it has very low amounts of 2 essential amino acids, lysine and methionine, so it is not a quality protein source.
  • Soy lower cholesterol? Doubt that. I am still not convinced that lowering cholesterol reduces your risk for heart disease, as I’ve seen many cases in my pharmacy and hospital. There are far better ways to lower cholesterol, including lowering your overall glycemic load, getting rid of damaged fats and increasing your intake of fiber.
  • Affect children development, thanks to its hormonal effects. Boys genitals may not fully develop and little girls may develop faster and start their menses earlier than normal. You don’t want to feed soy to infants either. It can impact infants brain and nervous system development. Soy has linked to thyroid cancer and to autoimmune thyroid disease in infants drinking soy formula.
  • Soy depress thyroid function. I’ve seen this often among my clients. When they eat soy every day, they tend to have elevated levels of TSH (thyroid-stimulating-hormone), which is an indicator of hypothyroidism. Thyroid numbers come back to normal quickly when soy is taken out of diets. Make sure you talk to your doctors and run the full panel of thyroid tests and making sure is there any other disrupters (heavy metal, aging, nutritional deficiencies, poor iodine, etc)
  • Soy has been overly processed and refined with sugar added.

As you can see, that there are lots of reasons to avoid soy and really no reason at all to consume it. After I start living a conscious lifestyle, and made conscious positive change, and get rid of certain chemicals on the body, my health problems started to solve one by one, it was like a dominos effect to me. I lost those 8% of body fats, my high rheumatoid factor successfully brought down, incurable eczema scalp totally healed, acne getting better. My bloating gut issue vanished. Anxiety and emotional health issue gone.I no longer had to take any drugs, hormone pills, prescription antibiotics, migraine pills, or over-the counter medicines.


food additives thickeners (466, 415)?

Thickeners are food additives that are used in food manufacturing to thicken or to give a small uniform texture to a food or drinks.

Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (Cellulose gum) also known as thickeners 466 or E466, is genetically engineered as it is a by-product of cotton production GM-cotton is grown on a large scale in many countries and primarily in the USA, China and India. One may assume that a certain portion of cotton raw materials stem from GM plants.

Thickener 466 has been linked to cause cancer when ingested by test animals. It is also use as dietary fibre, anti clumping agent and emulsifier. It is very similar as cellulose, but very soluble in water. Found in many different products, such as toothpaste, laxatives, diet pills, water-based paints, detergents, textile sizing, and various paper products.

Carboxymethyl cellulose is very soluble, and can be fermented in the large intestine. Large concentrations can cause intestinal problems, such as intestinal obstruction, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea.

Xanthan gum 415 or E415 is a polysaccharide derived from the fermentation of corn sugar with a bacterium, can be genetically modified and derived from GM maize/ GM soya. Commonly used as thickening agent in protein shakes, salad dressings to increase viscosity and a stabiliser in cosmetic products to prevent ingredients from separating. Xanthan gum aggravated food intolerance such as asthma, skin irritation, allergies and hay fever.

the key to finding a high-quality protein powder

Ask the right questions:

  1. What is the first 3 ingredients on their food label?
  2. Is it organic, free of pesticides, and grass-fed?
  3. Does it contain soy protein mostly?
  4. Is it GMO-free?
  5. How is it processed?
  6. Does the processing allow it to retain its nutritional quality, its vitamins and minerals, or being denatured?
  7. Does it contain a lot of additives?
  8. Does it contain artificial or refined sugars?
  9. Does it have heavy metals?
  10. Does eating refined foods versus whole foods make sense?

Ask heavy metals because there’s an eye opening investigation conducted by Consumer Reports in July 2010 revealed popular, highly processed protein powders like GNC, Muscle Milk, Designer Whey, Myoplex, and many other brands contained arsenic, cadmium, and lead. This is just another reason why it is incredibly essential to know what you are eating, buying, where it is from and how it is produced, is it genetically modified?

So in the next blog post, I will share with you my Kay (Care) The Unconventional Pharmacist approved list of protein powders and shakes that are free of pesticides, GMOs, all those nasty chemicals and other yikey ingredients. In fact, you don’t have to rely on protein drinks because simply eating a variety of real food alone gives you plenty of proteins.

Till then, I’d love to know if you have tried any of the protein shakes before or found any protein powders you like better. Please leave a comment and let me and others know! xoxo

All of above is based on my personal experience and knowledge as a Pharmacist in Malaysia.  Hope you enjoy my Pharmacist Malaysia Blog and do feel free to leave any comment^^