Thrive is a brand from the multi-level marketing company Le-Vel®- producing products such as shakes, flavored drinks, supplements.
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|Soy Free Protein|
|No Artifical Sweeteners|
|Price Per Serving||$2.43||$3.50||$2.55||$4.33||$3.12|
Thrive Shake Summary
Thrive is a shake by the company Le-vel with an aim to support a healthy lifestyle. It is meant to be used as part of an “8-week premium lifestyle plan to help individuals experience and reach peak physical and mental levels.” But how does the formula measure up as a weight loss shake?
In this review, we will analyze this product, which is lesser known in the world of weight loss shakes, and find out how it can help, support or hinder your efforts…
Editors Tip: Studies suggest that meal replacement shakes offer the best results when used for at least 5 months. Save money and buy in bulk or bundles.
Thrive Nutrition Facts
Thrive Shake formula comes in different flavors including Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry and Apple Pie but for the sake of this review we are going to look at the Vanilla Shake mix…
The Vanilla Shake boasts a good amount of calories with 110 calories per serving, which is right in the range that a meal replacement shake should be (around 100 calories). Many meal replacement shakes contain far too many calories (some even 300 calories or more), which will seriously set back your weight loss efforts.
In contrast, a shake with around 100 calories like this one allows you to add many different ingredients into your shake formula.
Protein – Soy Protein Included
The protein in each Thrive Shake is also an ideal amount at 15g per shake serving. Protein is necessary to keep you full and satisfied in between meals and also to boost the metabolism in your body to effectively burn fat. Protein is also low in calories, filling you up while keeping your daily calorie intake low.
Whereas we agree with the amount of protein in each shake serving, one of the protein types is concerning.
Two of the proteins, pea and whey concentrate, are good choices. While pea protein helps to keep you full and get rid of hunger signals in the body, whey concentrate contains a ton of branch chain amino acids for heart health and weight loss. In contrast, soy protein may be thwarting your efforts.
Soy is a controversial ingredient due to its ability to disrupt hormones, and may actually lead to weight gain, PMS, bloating, stubborn fat and more. This is because soy has a metabolic estrogenic effect in the body, and having too much estrogen in the body from processed soy (for women and for men) can wreak havoc and lead to weight gain.1
The amount of fiber in each Thrive shake serving (5g), is also a great amount for overall health and weight loss. Fiber is another major factor in helping your body to stay full for around four hours, to last you until your next meal.
Fiber also helps move along the digestive processes in your body and rid you of impurities and toxins so it can function optimally and enable you to lose weight.
Each Thrive Shake contains a good amount of vitamins and minerals (19 in total) including vitamin A, C, D, E and B6 and minerals calcium, magnesium, iodine, zinc and copper.
In addition, they have a proprietary blend including garcina fruit extract, natural caffeine from black tea and lactobaccilis acidophilis, a probiotic strain for gut and digestive health.
Sugar/Sweeteners: The Potential Dangers of Sucralose and Maltodextrin
There is only 2g of sugar in each shake serving, which is great, because sugar is a leading cause of weight gain, as it causes insulin resistence, causing you to eat more than you should.
The problem is that this shake instead includes artificial sweeteners sucralose and maltodextrin, and research shows that they can actually work the same way as real sugar in your body, leading to weight gain and potential health issues.
There is definitely a reason why Wholefoods banned artificial sweeteners from all products in their stores – they are simply bad for you, and there’s a host of reasons why.
Starting with sucralose (Splenda), recent studies show that Sucralose can have an adverse effect on thyroid activity in rats, which means it has the qualities of an endocrine disruptor in mammals. With thyroid hormone suppressed, an increase in appetite and weight gain happens. In this way, you may think you are actually doing something good for your health by going with artificial sweeteners instead of sugar but this is very far from the truth.2
Maltodextrin, another artificial sweetener, can have similar side effects and health risks as most food additives. These side effects can include unexplained weight gain, allergic reactions, bloating and flatulence.3
We found Thrive Shakes on Amazon in single serving packets for a whopping $65.00 (plus shipping) for 16 packets. This makes this shake $4.06 per shake before shipping! That is a very high price in the world of meal replacment shakes.
There are definitely some things to love about Thrive Shake: the formula itself has a low amount of calories, a good amount of protein and fiber, and a low amount of sugar. It also has a blend of vitamins and minerals as well as another proprietary health blend.
The problem with this shake is the choice of soy as their protein, since we don’t believe it’s the best overall option for health or weight loss. They also include artificial sweeteners sucralose and maltodextrin, which studies show may lead to weight gain and potential negative health effects.
Finally, the price point on this shake is through the roof. In general, you are replacing a meal with a shake and the meal may still cost more, but $4.06 is still very much on the high end for meal replacement shakes. Check out our comparison feature to see how this shake compares with others on DietShake-Reviews.com
- 2 – http://www.rickosborn.com/soy-can-negatively-affect-your-weight-health/
- 3 – http://naturalnews.com/2017-01-16-twisted-splenda-actually-promotes-weight-gain.html
- 4 – http://www.livestrong.com/article/502241-the-risks-of-maltodextrin/
1Nutritional information from https://media.le-vel.com/Documents/THRV002.pdf. Price per serving calculated from a package price of $40.80 for Thrive Vanilla Lifestyle Mix with 16 servings per package. Accessed 5/22/17.