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 http://marylucas.myevolv.net