I love the Shaklee protein drinks. It comes in 3 flavors. The chocolate and vanilla give you 14 grams of protein per serving. The natural flavor gives you 16 grams of protein per serving. The natural flavor is good to put in your cooking and baking. I used to put it in my morning oatmeal all the time. I now like to use the vanilla and mix it with orange juice. I haven't tried the chocolate flavor yet. I can tell you from experience that I can tell a difference in my energy level if I miss my protein drink that day. And this really gives me the boast I need to keep chasing after my 3 year old boy! I like to drink it right after I run, too, to help my muscles recover from the workout.
This protein comes from soy. Here is a word about soy from a newsletter from my director.
Soy Protein - Good or Bad?
This is a question discussed and debated in many places by many people, especially when connected to the subject of breast cancer. Dr. Steven Chaney, PhD, a cancer researcher, recently sent me this report. It so clearly and simply gives the latest SCIENTIFIC findings that I’m reprinting it here in full…
“For years we have known that women in the United States have breast cancer rates that are 4 to 7 times higher than women in China or Japan. We've also known that when Chinese or Japanese migrate to this country their risk of breast cancer is no different from that of any other US citizen by the second or third generation. So clearly the increased risk of cancer in US women is not a matter of genetics. It is caused by the US lifestyle.
“Because soy reduces the sensitivity of breast tissue to carcinogens in animal studies, many experts have suspected that it was the soy content of the Asian diet that was protective - but it has been difficult to prove and it was unclear how early in life soy was important.
“Dr. Larrisa Korde and her colleagues at the National Cancer Institute set out to answer both questions. They studied 1563 women of Chinese, Japanese or Filipino descent aged 20 to 55 years (597 with breast cancer and 966 without) and determined their intake of soy-containing foods during childhood, adolescence and as adults. They then divided the women into three groups – those with high frequency of soy intake (more than 1.5 times/week), those with medium frequency of soy intake (1 to 1.5 times/week), and those with low frequency of soy intake (0 to 1 times/week - not unlike the average American).
“When they compared the high intake group with the low intake group the results were striking. A high level of soy intake in childhood was associated with a 58% reduction in breast cancer. A high soy intake during adolescence and the adult years was associated with a 20-25% reduction in breast cancer (Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, 18:1050-1059, 2009). When you couple that with the December 2009 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that soy consumption decreases the risk of breast cancer recurrence in those women who do develop breast cancer it sends a powerful message. Soy is a woman's friend - all the way from childhood on.”
Will ANY Soy Do?
That answer is a resounding "NO"!
How the soy is grown matters - does it have pesticides, fungicides, or anything else on it? Have chemicals been put deep inside it where they can't be washed off - is it genetically modified? That matters.
How the soy is processed matters - have the isoflavones been preserved? Was it put through an alcohol/chemical bath?
Soy products are definitely not all "created equal"!
Shaklee Soy products are SAFE, it's the Shaklee difference.