Oprah Magazine Shakeology Article Review

If you’ve ever asked yourself, Why is Shakeology So Expensive? or Is Shakeology Worth the Money? then you REALLY need to get yourself a copy of the May 2011 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine. Seriously folks, Shakeology is just THAT GOOD. If you’re not convinced of that after reading this 11-page article that was both unsolicited and non-endorsed by the folks at Beachbody then really…I don’t know what else you to tell you!

O’s editor-in-chief, Susan Casey, traveled with Darin Olien, the co-creator of Shakeology, through the rainforest, jungles, and mountains of Peru. Here she learned about some of the superfoods that Darin hand-picked while he formulated Shakeology’s 70+ ingredients. (CLICK HERE to view complete nutritional information.)

She writes, “If somebody told you there were dozens of superfoods you’d never heard of before–delicious, low calorie, and so nutrient rich, scientists think they fend off cancer–you probably wouldn’t believe it. But it’s true…I learned about these foods from Darin Olien, a nutrition expert who has created health products based on them, including the popular powdered supplement Shakeology…What I saw (and ate) there changed the way I think about food, and cleared the path to even greater health.”

sacha inchi

The title of the article is GOOD MORNING WORLD! and is highlighted on the cover as 6 Superfoods That Will Change the Way You Eat (And You’ve Never Heard of Them Before). The 6 superfoods outlined in the article include yacon, maca, lucuma, camu camu, sacha inchi, and cacao among numerous others including Dragon’s blood (Sangre de grado), and aguaje.

The article provides a brief history of how Shakeology was created, including the challenge Beachbody CEO, Carl Daikeler, gave Olien to create a supplement that matched the tagline The Healthiest Meal of the Day. Casey writes, “Daikeler gave Olien no limits on quality, no cost/revenue restrictions; the goal was to shoot the moon, to seek out and combine the most extraordinary plants, fruits, nuts, herbs–nature’s secret weapons.” (And here’s a fun fact: Since Shakeology hit the market in March 2009, more than 400,000 bags have been sold.)

After that we’re taken on a journey through Peru…traveling through places like Lima, Tarma, Junin, Huanuco, and Ambo where Casey and Olien along with the rest of his ingredient hunter cohorts explore and taste whatever precious plants they can find.

There were a few key points that stuck out for me:

1. Casey was not afraid to acknowledge the fact that there’s still a lot that we don’t understand when it comes to nutrition. One quote that I particularly liked came from William Li, a Harvard-trained MD who has done a lot of research on whether or not the foods we eat make us vulnerable to cancer. He says, “There’s so much we don’t know. Space is a frontier. Oceans are a frontier. I think food is a whole other frontier. And it’s not something you have to train with NASA for, or put on scuba gear for. It’s sitting in front of us every single day.”

2. Something I read in the article reminded me of a passage from the book In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan which I read a few years ago. Dr. Oz talks about what happens when we supplement our diet with specific vitamins and how that can be a problem. He writes, “When you eat vitamin-A rich foods like carrots, you reduce the risk of lung cancer. When you take vitamin A as a pill you increase the risk of lung cancer.” And this is possible for one simple reason, because the carrot was already created to be perfect.

In his book, Pollan also uses the carrot as his example for why food is more than just the sum of its nutrient parts. It’s a system. He says, “Who knows what else is going on deep in the soul of a carrot?…You don’t need to fathom a carrot’s complexity in order to reap its benefits.” I remember when I read that book for the first time that section really stood out for me. It was the first time I really started getting interested in nutrition. So it was kinda neat that everything sort of came full circle while I was reading this article. :-)

3. I like how this article focused on how the superfoods as well as other foods in nature are perfect just the way they are and even come complete with their own set of directions. God isn’t mentioned in the article specifically, but it’s my belief that all of this is the work of Our Magnificent Creator. Like Casey says (my emphasis added), “It’s no accident that walnuts, with their squiggly oval hemispheres, are the ultimate brain food. Or that a plant the rainforest natives call chanca piedra (‘stone breaker’ in English), which produces tiny green balls, is a natural remedy for kidney stones. Or that dragon’s blood, the sap that acts as a coagulant, actually bleeds out of the tree.”

Certainly, if nothing else this article confirmed for me that Shakeology is worth every penny you spend on it. In fact, I’m starting to believe that what Carl says is true…Shakeology is a bargain at $119.95/bag. :-) There really isn’t anything else like it on the planet. I’ll probably be reading this article a couple more times to get the full scope of all the information that’s presented here…there is TONS of info that pertains to each superfood and what makes it unique. I want to make sure that I understand everything completely!

If you’re a Beachbody coach you would be wise to purchase a few copies of this issue. I don’t think you’ll find a better third-party tool plus you’ll be supporting all the hard work that went into making this article possible. Below is a video that shows Darin Olien in action doing what he loves to do.

Amanda is a 2-Star Diamond Beachbody Coach, retired Licensed Veterinary Technician and RRCA certified running coach. Her geekiness is legendary and is most proud of the fact she finally found a way to turn her passions for running, fitness, nutrition, writing, and pets into a full-time business that now helps others get off the couch and get after their dreams. Proverbs 3:5-6


  1. says

    I was so excited when I found out Oprah had an article on Shakeology in her Magazine! I’ve been using Shakeology for the past two years and haven’t had a sick day! I’m 66 years old and before I started Shakeology and an exercise routine my cholesterol was too high and so were my tryglcerides! All is perfect now! Thankyou Shakeology and thankyou Oprah for sharing this information! Our goal is to end obesity and illness!

  2. Tina DeNard says

    I am a huge fan of of Oprah Winfrey, I recall doing a Celebrity Telethon with her back in the late 80’s in Chicago when I was a cheerleader for the Bulls, the event is quite memorable because I actually met her and that was before she was The Oprah Winfrey!

    I was ecstatic to hear that you had an article on Shakeology in O Mag. I am a huge fan of fitness as well as Shakeology there is definitely not enough said about this wonderful product.

    Thanks for all you do!

  3. says

    Hi Amanda, I just started using shakeology and cannot believe the energy I had over the holidays. I have never felt that before and I am going to be 61. I remember reading this article but must have given my copy away. At the time the cost pushed me away. Now I wish I would have started then. Thanks for reminding me about this article. Carol M. Theisen

  4. Sue says

    I have been drinking choc Shakeology for about 4 months, I cannot say enough about this product and how much energy I have and how it helped me to lose FAT lbs. !! I will be trying the New Vegan shake next week. Love this product!!!!

  5. says

    I don’t know a lot about Body by Vi…but I believe it’s made with soy protein isolate which really isn’t the greatest for your body if you do some research on it…esp if this is something you’re going to consume everyday. I do believe their product also contains some artificial ingredients. Shakeology doesn’t contain anything artificial. In fact, that’s why there’s no vanilla flavor. In order to make a lot of vanilla meal replacement shakes taste good you have to add artificial ingredients even though the product can still be labeled “natural”. It’s a sneaky little loophole that a lot of companies use but Beachbody doesn’t go there, and I really respect that!

    This article will probably answer your question better than I can, so I encourage you to read it as well as all the comments. Carl D. is the CEO of Beachbody and he’s not afraid to tackle some tough questions in the comment section: http://www.carldaikeler.com/shakeology/the-big-shake-off-like-comparing-apples-and-tang/

    Also, I do believe with Body by Vi you are required to drink two servings a day (Shakeology is one serving per day) so while at first glance it may seem less expensive it’s really not. I hope that helps, if you have any other please don’t hesitate to contact me!

  6. says

    Thank YOU for this article, I have been a Coach in Canada going on 4 months now, I’ve never felt better in my life! Shakeology is amazing, the entire Beachbody company is woot woot!

  7. leslie says

    I currently take several vitamins. I would like to know if those are included in the shakes or would i need to continue taking Coral Calcium, Omega Krill w Daily Vitamin and liquid B12.

  8. George. Williams says

    Your article is old like 3 years old. Now that Dr Oz does not recommend Shakeology especially the greenberry because of the lead content has that changed your opinion?