Shouldn’t a nutritional shake – which you drink to improve your health – actually be nutritious? Taking a closer look at the labels of popular brands revealed a darker side to these shakes.
Some doctors equate refined sugar to a drug. Short term, eating so much sugar can make you feel exhausted and irritable.
Long term, too much refined sugar can have toxic effects – some of them severe – on your body. For older adults, eating too much sugar can increase your risk for diabetes, obesity, heart disease and liver damage.
If the amount of sugar wasn’t enough, there are plenty of other distressing ingredients in these so-called nutritional shakes. Most have genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) grown with potentially toxic chemicals, plus artificial flavors, additives and preservatives. These could lead to other health problems.
That doesn’t sound like a very “nutritious” shake, does it?
A Personal Journey to Healthier Drinks
Many seniors drink these shakes because they need the extra vitamins, minerals, and calories – and because they don’t have many other choices. But the cheap, low quality ingredients and additives in many brands reveal that these really aren’t your best options.
Thankfully, one man’s personal journey through cancer and recovery is starting to benefit us all. Andrew Abraham was diagnosed at the age of 17 with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. While his body was being ravaged by a year of chemotherapy, he relied on nutritional drinks as his primary source of food.
As he struggled to regain his health, he noticed something shocking about these shakes. Abraham says, “I came across a list of ingredients you should never put in your body. I held the drink my doctor had recommended… up to the book so the ingredients were side-by-side. The bottle was exactly like the page, with nearly every bad ingredient in there.” His doctor agreed the available brands had plenty of shortcomings, but nothing else was available. So Abraham threw away the pre-packaged drinks and began making his own truly healthy versions at home.
Abraham later became a doctor, but he was disappointed that the nutritional shakes in stores had still not improved. Inspired by the organic, nutritious drinks that had helped him regain his health, Dr. Abraham started his own company called Orgain®. He perfected his shake and began getting it into the hands of people who needed complete organic nutrition the most.
Orgain proves that a high protein, lower sugar shakes can taste great. Orgain is made from all-organic blends of protein, 23 vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables. There’s no soy, gluten, preservatives, artificial ingredients or GMOs.
To learn more about Dr. Abraham’s story and products, visit Orgain.com. Buy delicious Orgain organic nutrition shakes now at CVS/pharmacy, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Publix, Walmart and Meijer.
Last modified: November 30, 2016