We are often asked essentially how Shaklee Soy Protein differs from other brands. Here is our response.
1. In the last 15 years there has been an almost complete conversion in this country in soy production to genetically modified soy. Virtually all soy products now manufactured in the United States, including soy protein supplements, infant formula, tofu, soy milk, TVP, meat substitute foods made from soy, etc., are made from genetically modified soy.
The soy is not genetically modified for nutritional reasons but for production reasons. The affect that this genetic modification has on the nutritional value of the soy or the long-term effects of consuming genetically modified soy are largely unknown.
Shaklee does not and will not use genetically modified soy. Shaklee, in fact, participates in a very expensive certification process to insure at every stage of farming, harvest, and production that absolutely NO genetically modified soy gets accidentally intermixed with the soybeans used by Shaklee.
2. Virtually all companies that use or produce soy products use soy that has been washed in alcohol. This breaks down the isoflavones and certain other nutrients in the soy. Alcohol is used because it is a cheap way to try to fight against mold contamination. Shaklee uses soy washed in water only. This insures maximum preservation of nutrients. They guard against contamination by thorough washing with water and rigorous testing of every batch at every stage in the production process. This is far more expensive but insures maximum nutritional value.
3. The body’s utilization of protein is frequently measured by PER — Protein Efficiency Rating. 3.5 is the highest PER rating given. Shaklee soy protein has been given by independent testing a PER “greater than 3.5,” which means the efficiency with which the Shaklee soy is utilized by the body is better than the highest mark on the normal testing scale.
Most soy protein drink products on the market have a PER ranging from about 1.5 up to 3. Only the highest quality products range from 3 to 3.5. Shaklee is listed as “greater than 3.5.”
4. A few years back the Food & Drug Administration undertook a study of the 18 top selling soy protein supplements on the market because of their skepticism and concern about the quality of some of these products and concern about any possible negative health effects of poor quality soy supplements. This study was conducted without Shaklee’s knowledge.
The results of the FDA’s study were subsequently published and they declared that the Shaklee soy protein supplement was the most efficiently utilized protein supplement on the market and that it was far out in front of the next closest competitor. And they determined that some of those top 18 products had only marginal benefit because of their low PER ratings. This was quite an endorsement of Shaklee by the FDA.
** Further comments: It makes no difference what the label on a product says or what you put into your mouth. It is how easily and efficiently your body can utilize and assimilate it that matters. Just because the competitor’s product label claims higher grams of protein per serving doesn’t mean you are actually getting any greater benefit out of it.
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