This means the way they sell stuff is to hire independent reps that sell their products for them.
The reason we bring this up is not to knock on MLM companies (there are plenty of fine ones out there) but to point out that most Isagenix reviews you see online are from websites that have a vested interest in selling Isagenix products (aka, they get commission!).
Full disclosure: While we do sell plant protein powders of our own, this review of Isagenix protein powders is based on two objective criteria: 1.) Ingredients and 2.) Nutrition.
Here’s what our analysis revealed …
Isagenix Reviews: Methodology
Similar to our other plant-based protein powder reviews, we’re analyzing Isagenix protein powders based on health and nutrition … NOT taste. If you want to read reviews about how it tastes, check their website and Amazon.
Let’s get started …
Isagenix sells two main types of protein powder:
- IsaPro Whey (90 calories, 1 gram of sugar, and 18 grams of protein per serving)
- IsaPro Plant (90 calories, 4-5 grams of carbs, 1-2 gram of sugar, and 18 grams of protein per serving)
IsaPro is marketed toward people trying to lose weight. The latter two target more active people who are looking for more calories and protein per serving.
Next, let’s review what’s in them.
Here are complete nutrition facts information labels and ingredient list analyses for each product and flavor …
Isagenix Ingredients and Nutrition Facts Reviews
IsaPro Chocolate Whey Protein Shake
Ingredients: Whey protein concentrate (undenatured), natural Dutch cocoa powder, natural flavors, stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) leaf extract, Ionic Alfalfa™ (Medicago sativa) leaf extract, lactase, protease. Contains milk ingredients.
IsaPro Vanilla Whey Protein Shake
Ingredients: Whey protein concentrate (undenatured), natural vanilla flavor, Ionic Alfalfa™ (Medicago sativa), stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) leaf extract, lactase. Contains milk ingredients.
IsaPro Vanilla Plant Protein Shake
IsaPro Chocolate Plant Protein Shake
4 Reasons I Don’t Love Isagenix Protein Powders
- Natural flavors: Like most flavored protein powders, Isagenix uses “natural” flavors. Despite their innocent-sounding name, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says natural flavors “may trigger an acute, allergic reaction, intolerance, or other problems.” I personally avoid products that have them, because you really have no idea what’s in them (and food companies aren’t required to tell you).
- Gums/Thickeners: Isagenix uses several different types of gums, some of which may be disruptive to gut health. For example, xanthan gum may lead to GI bloating, gas, and diarrhea.
- Not Organic: Isagenix’s products are not organic, which means their ingredients could be exposed to chemical pesticides and herbicides. Also, the country of origin is unclear, and their customer service would not reveal this information when asked.
- Cost: At $.07-.08/gram, Isagenix is expensive compared to similar powders. (Note: I use cost per gram to account for different serving sizes).
Bottom Line: Are Isagenix IsaPro Protein Shakes and Powders Worth It?
In my personal opinion, the only Isagenix shakes I recommend are the IsaPro Plant Based shakes because they’re low in sugar (1-2 grams) and have a solid blend of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and probiotics.
There are definitely worse protein powders you can buy, but based on my reviews of all Isagenix products and ingredient / nutrition analysis, I recommend sticking with a product with 100% real food, organic ingredients instead.