ViSalus Sciences Body By Vi – NON GMO soy protein isolate – The Truth

by Mary Lucas on June 19, 2012

I received a comment yesterday regarding my reasons for leaving ViSalus.  Apparently I need to give clarification on one specific problem with the ViSalus Shakes.  I hope you enjoy my research Melissa Reagan, perhaps this will help you gain some perspective.

After much thought and research I decided to actually respond with an educated answer instead of just allowing a few people out there to continue thinking that the world is great and this specific company has the BEST interest of consumers in mind..HEALTH is NOT what they are about!!


1. ViSalus states: “Our soy has been processed to remove the isoflavones, so this is not an issue.” It’s great that they removed the isoflavones… what might not be so great is the extraction method itself, which introduces aluminum and a host of other problematic issues into the equation. Can you tell me what extraction method do they use to remove the isoflavones?

2.The main ingredient in ViSalus shakes is soy protein isolate. Why would they use an admitted waste product of the soy oil industry in shakes that are supposed to be good for you? The soy industry makes a profit off of selling this waste – AND, according to the FDA, soy protein isolate has not been given GRAS status (generally regarded as safe) and was actually DENIED GRAS status due to the concerns over lysinoalanine. The FDA did approve soy protein isolate for use in the production of cardboard boxes, however. But something tells me that wouldn’t be very comforting for MOST people, if they knew about it. So, I’m curious if the take ViSalus has on this is if it’s safe for cardboard boxes, it’s safe for human consumption?

The reason I ask HOW they are extracting the isoflavones and WHY they are using soy protein isolate is for the following reasons:

In order to remove the isoflavones 99% of the companies use Hexane. Hexane is a known neurotoxic petrochemical solvent used to produce oils, soy protein isolates or texturized soy protein (TVP) from soybeans.

Hexane is a chemical solvent that is purified from crude oil. It has been identified as a toxic air contaminant and a greenhouse gas, and its release is monitored and regulated by the EPA. It is used in a variety of applications including as an ingredient in certain glues and as a specialized industrial cleaning agent. Of the millions of pounds of hexane that are produced annually, however, its major use is by the oilseed industry in its extraction of vegetable oils.

There are two major methods for removing oil from vegetables like soybeans — expeller pressing or solvent extraction with hexane. Of these two methods, hexane extraction is the more complete and therefore more profitable and is preferred by large oilseed processors. Of the estimated 18.8 billion pounds of soybean oil produced in the U.S., well over 90% is extracted with hexane.

In removing the oil from soybeans, the major by-product is defatted soy meal or flakes. This defatted soy can then be further processed to remove the non-protein fractions, yielding soy protein concentrate (70-90% protein) or soy protein isolate (90% or more protein). Given the availability and low cost of the starting materials, the vast majority of soy protein concentrate and isolate are made from hexane-extracted soy meal.

This process is completed using aluminum equipment to produce the products, as well as alkaline soaking solutions or baths. Non hexane-extracted versions of these ingredients are currently available, BUT IN LIMITED QUANTITIES and at a substantially higher price.

So, you see, just saying, “We removed the isoflavones, so there’s no problem there” doesn’t tell the whole truth by a LONG SHOT. Most people are COMPLETELY uninformed. They don’t know the right questions to ask and if you tell them, “Oh we removed the ‘bad stuff’” they happily smile and hand over their money and erroneously believe that they know what they’re talking about… all the while companies smile too – while raking in the profits.

People need to REALLY do their homework.

If anyone can send me clarification with ViSalus Sciences process I will gladly retract this post.  I have asked ViSalus Head office personally what the process was and not one agent could give me an answer.  ANYONE can claim to be “non gmo”, in fact MANY companies make this claim knowing it to be untrue however banking on the comfort zone of client’s.  It’s human nature to believe the warm fuzzy smiles of sales reps who tell you that it’s all good, nothing to worry about, it’s “non gmo”.  Sadly most don’t ask for the proof to back this claim nor research to find out for themselves.

I personally will NOT promote or consume a product that is NOT 100% all natural!  For Evolv Health’s product information feel free to visit


1 Mary Lucas
Twitter: maryleelucas
April 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm

That would be fine Tomoko. Thank you for asking.

2 Tres Longwell April 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

Calling any part of the soybean a “waste product of the soy oil industry” is not rational. You may as well call oil a waste product of the other parts.

3 Katie October 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I looked and they claim to remove the isoflavones using water extraction. I looked up how well that method works to extract the isoflavones: apparently it keeps most of the isoflavones in tact.

4 Sarah October 5, 2012 at 11:19 am

Just wondering if you had any knowledge on ViSalus and thyroid conditions. I have hypothyroidism and have been taking the vi shake for nearly 3 weeks. I have lost hardly any weight and yet have been exercising 5 days a week from anywhere of 45 minutes- 60 minutes.
To me, something just isn’t making sense. Any idea’s?



5 Valerie October 4, 2012 at 8:28 am

Hi Mary!

I came accross your site and I was shocked! Been using Visalus since July and I loved the product! But now I’m worried!!! I love too that I don’t have to worry on what to have for lunch….

I went on Evolv’s site. Seems to be a good and altenate product. I need to know it’s 100% natural? And no soy at all? I know that’s what it says on the site but there is so many products out there stating that they are good, with all the best products in it.

Thanks for your help!


6 Gail July 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I am interested in finding someone in my area who is with evolv. I would like a free sample of your shakes.

7 ER July 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I was approached to use ViSalus and had so many doubts that I decided to do some research. While yours is one of many negative claims I have found about ViSalus (so yes I agree it’s bad), I noticed that you are backing Evolv. On Evolv’s website the ingredient list included Isolated Soy Protein which you claim is the same main ingredient in ViSalus. It is not the main ingredient in Evolv, but it’s in there. Also Evolv (as well as some ViSalus products) contains Sucralose (Splenda) which is very bad for you. How do you explain Evolv?

8 Mary Lucas July 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

Thank you for your post!
You actually found the OLD ingredients list. The ingredients were reformulated and launched in May 2012. The Evolv shakes contain no soy isolate or sucralose. Stevia is used as the sweetener and soy lecithin in place of isolate. As we all know soy lecithin is a healthy soy that has been proven NOT to cause adverse effects only health benefits.
Thanks for reading,
Mary :)

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