While you guys probably already know that I’m not a fan of meal replacement shakes (Herbalife, Isagenix, BeachBody, Advocare, Shakeology), you may not know that I am a fan of supplements. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not possible to supplement your way out of a bad diet, but specific supplements (that are food based) often make a great addition to a healthy diet.

So this Juice Plus review is going to be a bit different because they offer supplements as well as protein shakes and “nutrition bars.” And I like supplements. For the most part. But I don’t like JP supplements.

ORCHARD & GARDEN BLEND CAPSULES

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 ORCHARD AND GARDEN BLEND CHEWABLES (ADULT)

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Looks good right? Vegetable powder, pineapple, cherry, peach, date?! That’s a lot of fruit. But there’s one big ol’ problem with this: folic acid.

Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate that is naturally found in food. This is a huge problem. Folate is a naturally occurring water soluble B vitamin. Folic acid, however, is a synthesized form of folate that the body is unable to properly absorb or utilize.

In fact, folic acid supplementation has even been linked to cancer.

…in the Journal of the American Medical Association — suggesting that all the extra folic acid might increase your odds of developing cancer. “The more we learn about folic acid, the more it’s clear that giving it to everyone has very real risks,” says folic acid researcher David Smith, PhD, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Oxford in England.

Another study out of Chile linked folic acid supplementation with an increased risk of colon cancer.

And yet another study out of Norway linked folic acid supplementation with a 21% increase in lung caner.

Folic acid and B12 supplementation was associated with a 21% increased risk for cancer, a 38% increased risk for dying from the disease, and an 18% increase in deaths from all causes.

While folate is a necessary part of a balanced diet, folic acid has actually been linked to increased rates of cancer (another source for ya).

As for the protein shakes, I think it’s interesting that I could easily look at and pull up the ingredient lists for the above products, but the text was much smaller for these, not to mention that I wasn’t able to take a screen shot but instead had to hold the mouse down to keep the ingredient list enlarged and take a picture with my phone.

COMPLETE VARIETY DRINK MIX

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SPICED APPLE + RAISIN NUTRITION BARS

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 Soy

I f*ucking hate soy. And you should too. Here’s why.

First, let’s clear up the idea that Eastern countries have been eating soy for thousands of years. Yes, Asian countries in particular eat soy. No, they do not eat soy the way Westerners do. Only recently has soy become a replacement staple for meat. Asian countries consume soy as a condiment. In soy sauce, in miso soup, in aminos. They almost always ferment their soy which reduces the enzyme inhibitors, goitrogens and phytic acid that is naturally present in soy.

In the US, soy is not only one of the highest GMO crops (upward of 90%), it is also eaten as a staple. It’s in junk food. It’s in health food. This is because of a genius stroke of marketing. What do you do with a crop as useless as soy? You convince people it’s healthy. You extract the oil from it using a process of extremely high heat, hexane (a neurotoxin) and bleaching. Then with the leftover trash from this process, you create soy protein – what you find in meat substitutes and cheap protein shakes (except Juice Plus isn’t so cheap).

This study found that soy stimulated the growth of estrogen dependent tumors found in breast cancer. And this one found the same thing.

This study found that,

“…this pilot study indicates that prolonged consumption of soy protein isolate has a stimulatory effect on the premenopausal female breast, characterized by increased secretion of breast fluid, the appearance of hyperplastic epithelial cells, and elevated levels of plasma estradiol. These findings are suggestive of an estrogenic stimulus from the isoflavones genistein and daidzein contained in soy protein isolate.

Inflammation

Soy is high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3 fatty acids. Majority of Americans already have a high omega-6 intake and a low omega-3 intake. This is one of the reasons heart disease is the top killer in our country. A high omega-6 intake can negatively influence gene expression and lead to the formation of many diseases including atherosclerosis (source).

Phytic Acid & Goitrogens

Soy is high in phytic acid, also known as phytates. These phytates prevent the absorption of minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium and phosphorous (among others). This can be particularly problematic, especially for children.

Soy is also high in goitrogens which can interfere with the thyroid hormone, leading to hypothroidism and even cancer.

Hormones, Phytoestrogen, Cancer

Soy is high in phytoestrogen (source). This can interfere and block normal estrogen, leading not just to hormonal imbalance but even breast cancer. Personal note: this is why my periods were so heavy, painful and irregular when I was a vegetarian as a teen.

Fertility

A study from Harvard found that men consuming the equivalent of one cup of soy milk per day had 50% lower sperm count than men who did not consume soy (even accounting for other factors like age, caffeine and alcohol intake, etc). Another Swiss study found that consuming 100 mg of soy isflavones per day was roughly the equivalent of consuming one birth control pill per day. So whether you’re a woman or man, if you want to have children or maintain a normal period, these shakes are really not the best option.

These are only a few of the issues with soy so you can see why consuming a shake made of soy on a regular basis is problematic, especially on a long-term basis. These aren’t the only issues I see with the ingredients in Juice Plus, but they are the two big ones. Eating folic acid and soy everyday can lead to some serious health issues down the line.

I’ve said it before and it needs to be said again. Health is not found in a pill or a protein shake. There is no magic cure. Eat real food. Take healthy supplements.

An-Unbiased-Review-of-Juice-Plus

Sources:

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/35874922/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/t/your-breakfast-giving-you-cancer/#.VLp9YWTF-xE

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19190501

http://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20091117/folic-acid-b12-may-increase-cancer-risk

http://jn.nutrition.org/content/136/1/189.short

http://www.juiceplus.com/content/JuicePlus/en/buy/complete/juice-plus–complete-variety.html#.VLqE92TF-xE

http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/sya-soy-formula/

http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/23/11/2584.full

111 Comments

      • dani stout Reply

        Most likely not. I haven’t checked out the control bars/mix yet but I do take TerraGreens daily.

    • I think you need to do some more research on things that while you think you may have accurate facts. You do not and you are not talking about accurate information here. Why on why would doctors recommend taking folic acid when pregnant? Non gmo soy is infact very healthy for you. And it doesn’t raise your estrogen levels like led to believe. Do some research. All the ingredients listed or in fact non gmo. While most products are not non gmo. You might want to look at that. Omega 6 is just as important as omega 3 and actually it’s the omega 6 is hard to find. While it is most important that a healthy diet is best. You have to understand that not everyone can afford the 40 different fruits and veggies they offer and what make juice plus an excellent product. I have a church friend who was type 2 diabetes and 2 weeks after being on juice plus capsules his doctor took him off his insulin. NO I am NOT a JUICEPLUS rep but I am going to spread the word and help my rep that I purchase from….melindafink.juice plus.com. sure you don’t have to believe me but you need to try for yourself before you make an “unbiased opinion” thanks for reading

      • dani Reply

        1. Doctors don’t recommend folic acid, they recommend folate.

        2. Soy is not healthy, see studies:
        http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/68/6/1431S.long
        http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/5/10/785.short
        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11577007
        As well as the various studies I provided in the article, that you’ve seemingly ignored.

        3. Omega-6 is hard to find? You literally have no idea what you’re talking about. Omega-6 is seriously ubiquitous. This is why majority of people have such a high 6 to 3 ratio. Like, the fact that you even said that indicates your nutritional knowledge. I don’t mean this in a mean way, just a matter of fact kind of way.

        4. Not shocked by that. Changing from a diet that caused type 2 to JP will cause some positive changes.

        Please don’t tell me I have to do more research. It’s offensive.

        • In Canada Drs do suggest folic acid I took that during my pregnancy of my oldest was told to take it once a day and I did for the 10 months. We are told it’s imperative for babies brain and eye development. I’m not sure how how healthy it is now which scares me.

          • dani

            They recommend folate – the natural form of folic acid. The terms are used interchangeably, but folate is absolutely necessary for babies.

      • I have been on JuicePlus for a year now and my doctor recommends it and also a surgeon that I went to gave it praises. Took lab results back in October and my doctor told me that my lab result looked like it did when I was in my late 20s. No more high blood pressure, lost over 30 lbs, have natural energy and walk a lot, no more bloating, sleep good and it’s helped me to learn about Whole Food Nutrition and I’ll stick with it. My lab results had no high readings and my HDL and LOL were AWESOME, too.
        Each to their own opinion, but I’ll stick with a company that has doctors that support and teach people about nutrition and that JP has been in medical journals, in which some are hard to get in to. I will be going and listening to Dr. SEARS in a few weeks and he uses JP personally and in his practice.

      • I was on Juice plus for 1 1/2 years, did nothing for me, no change in autoimmune issues, acid reflux, skin, nothing. I believe their studies have a lot of problems and I can say from my own experience I received no benefits whatsoever. There is just no way they do what they claim. Look at other articles that are even more scientific that debunk Juice Plus and their claims, there are quite a few on the internet and easy to find.

      • Hi folks, I’m a former user and distributor of Juice Plus+ and became seriously ill. Now I’ve liver-cancer.? My doctors at the MD-ANDERSON-CANCER-CENTER in Houston, Texas, told me, that I had immediately to stop taking these products. And they told me why. In the following link to the American Journal of Medicine (AMJMED) you find a study, where these doctors describe, that you may get liver-cancer from this powder:
        http://www.AMJMED.com/article/S0002-9343(09)00712-8/abstract
        So it seems, that these powders were not good for me and I regret that I’ve eaten them and recommended them in all my ignorance.
        Meanwhile I searched through the internet, what I didn’t do during the times before. And folks, what I readed on the websites of JUICEPLUS-REVIEWS, FOODUCATE and especially in JUICEPLUS-DOCTORS-CRITICS changed my opinion and gave me informations, that I didn’t have until that day.
        So, now I know, why my doctors in the University of Texas, one of world’s best cancer institutes, warned me. Thank you!!
        For those, who are interested in more informations, here are the links:

        http://www.JUICEPLUS-DOCTORS-CRITICS.info

        http://www.JUICEPLUS-REVIEWS.com/multi-level-marketing-business-or-scam/

        http://www.FOODUCATE.com/app#!page=post&id=57A356BE-0A17-04AE-43B4-8D07D26112FD

        I hope that the editorial office of this forum is willing to publish such a critical comment to warn other people from the danger of these products. I hope so!

        • That first link of yours, where the doctor uses it as “proof” that JP can cause liver cancer, is quite misleading. It was a case study about one woman, first of all. And she was on Cipro(!), Advil, AND Tylenol!!! Ugh Cipro is one of the most damaging antibiotics you can put in your body. And she didn’t have cancer. She had elevated liver enzymes after beginning a regimen of Juice Plus. You know what happens when you start Juice Plus? You detox. You know what part of your body helps you detox? YOUR LIVER. You know why her levels went “back to normal” after she discontinued Juice Plus? Because her liver was no longer working overtime to detox all of the crap she deposits into her system daily. You know what ACTUALLY causes liver problems?? Alcohol, pharmaceuticals, and ADVIL AND TYLENOL!!!! Holy goodness. Look up herx reaction because that is what was happening to her body – and herxing means healing.

      • You take folic acid for the short time of prgnancy because low folic acid was linked to spina bifida. So as with everything during pregnancy, its for the baby. She sited her sources. I would say this is well written and acurate. As with anything there is often conflicting information available.

      • Lea…wow, this is the reason I laugh at online comments, especially regarding health and wellness issues. you obviously are a promoter of JP and truly uninformed about health and wellness in general. Sounds like you listened to a JP rep at a happy hour one friday!!!! Thank goodness Dani put you in your place as far as the reply to your comments are concerned. Wow, Wow, Wow!!!

        • dani Reply

          Thanks Sean! It’s just insane to me that these people, who literally have no nutritional knowledge, feel qualified to discuss the subject and make crazy, untrue statements as if they’re facts. It’s like me going up to a mechanic and telling them how to do their job.

      • Sheila Stewart Reply

        Personally, I’ll stay on JP+ and my lab results have been the best they hsve been in years and I hsve been on this program for over two years and I believe you need to do a little more research. I feel good and hsve lost weight and exercise now and I love this program and what all it offers! This program had taught me to read labels and eat healthier.

        • dani Reply

          “This program had taught me to read labels and eat healthier.”

          That’s why your blood work is improved.

      • This person has their own supplements they are selling which is why she is trying to discredit other companies. If they were what she said doctors and these studies wouldn’t be published in tons of medical journals and magazines. She is wrong. Juice Plus and Young Living are two of best products I have ever used and I am fighting cancer and an auto immune disease and have to take NOThING prescribed!! Just diet and the natural stuff. Because diet is 80% MY doctors saw such a change in my blood work and I didn’t tell them what I was doing they said whatever ur doing keep it up!! Anyone can post stuff on internet try what works for your body with guidance of someone that went to medical school like a doctor or a physician assistant. Nobody can fault her for wanting to educate and make a living but bashing other products with misleading information is wrong. And there are different guidelines these companies have to go by with labeling because of FDA because pharmaceutical companies wouldn’t make money if we could heal ourselves naturally. Sorry but this article is BIASED.

        • dani Reply

          Even if my article is biased, it doesn’t change the fact that I proided numerous scientific sources to back up all of my critiques. JP isn’t in tons of medical journals. To my knowledge it’s not in a single medical journal, so not sure what you’re talking about there.

          Young Living is great, no arguments there.

          The information I provided is not misleading, it’s scientifically accurate. Just because I also sell supplements, because as a nutritionist it’s literally part of my job, should have no bearing on reviewing the ingredients in other products. I can only be trustworthy if I sell nothing and make no money and have no career in the health field? That’s insane.

      • She does, and needs to stop re saying what Dr. Ax, Dr. Mercola is saying on her blogs. She is also not a doctor, she is an internet marketer, who has chosen to blog, build a platform and business around Paleo Nutrition. Notice on her recommended supplement website that Garden of Life is there and Folic Acid is in the product not folate, note she will take it down after she reads this to stay congruent with marketing efforts. She missed this Research article on Alzheimer’s about Folic Acid, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26224648, Folic acid attenuates the effects of amyloid ? oligomers on DNA methylation in neuronal cells. She also mentions that there is no research on Juice Plus, Check out the Journal of Biochem, JofN etc.
        Hopefully this reply is posted and not censored.
        Dr. J

        • dani Reply

          Garden of Life only uses folate. Not sure what you’re talking about.

  1. I came across your site looking up how bad herbalife was (because I already knew it was, just wanted some science to back me up). Was not shocked in the least about them. After looking up and down and all around your page, I’m learning so much. Never would’ve guessed that Folic Acid is bad for you. And not just bad but REALLY REALLY bad.

    I’m so glad I found you and your page. It’s opening my eyes to just how bad I really was eating when I’m thinking I’m being healthy. In fact, you have inspired me to start taking classes on any and everything nutrition. I want to know what I’m eating and how it’s effecting me.

    Thank you so much for telling it like it is.

    • Gerald Field Reply

      I find this information surprising as I have taken Juice Plus everyday and have taken it for about nine years without missing a day (maybe one or two days). I had severe liver issues that are now resolved completely. I am the only male in my family without any prostrate problems. All in all I think Juice Plus has been a great, easy way to keep my health and energy levels up but of course I don’t know for sure if that is due to Juice Plus. Also I have not had a serious cold for many years and usually sleep well, much better than before I started Juice Plus. I wonder what these other conclusions are really based on. I am open minded if there is really any basis to this I would like to know. I am a 68 year old male. Please respond. Thank you.

  2. Please note that the “folic acid” in Juice Plus is folate. Since they have a nutrition facts label and not a supplement label (because it is whole food) they have to label folic acid according to government regulations. If you look on the nutrition facts label, it is listed as folate. also, all Juice Plus stuff is non-GMO and better than organic, they are NSF certified. That is a very good certification to get. Yes, I am a rep. However, I was a hard sell. I did a TON of reading and research. Many, many doctors back Juice Plus and even stake their reputation on it by recommending it to patients. 32 double blind, placebo controlled research studies done by third parties prove that Juice Plus does excellent things for the body, even in the bodies of those who are already “healthy”

    • Oh…and don’t get me wrong. I am completely all for people eating more clean, whole foods. I just know it is unrealistic to think that people will eat the recommended amount of fruits and veggies daily. Many people can’t, don’t, or won’t eat the variety and amount of fruits and veggies they need and that is where Juice Plus can really make a difference. I have noticed in myself that I will actually eat more fruits and veggies since taking Juice Plus. Stuff I wouldn’t eat before, I now love! It’s all about giving the body what it needs because then it starts wanting what it needs.

      I also love my doTERRA oils for everything else 😉

    • dani stout Reply

      If they used folate, it would be listed on the label as folate. I’ve even been sent information on why they use folic acid instead of folate.

      • Ally Borland Reply

        They do actually use folate. If you look at the current nutrition label on the juice plus capsules it says folate and folic acid is no where to be found on the label because they have changed it out. I figured you should know this so you can update accordingly. Also keep in mind that the Complete and other products using soy are non-gmo. If you have done your readings the biggest problem is with GMO soy. Utilizing water-washed non-gmo soy that is minimally processed is quite different than soy in general.

        • dani stout Reply

          False. GMO soy is terrible, but non-GMO soy doesn’t somehow magically become a healthy ingredient. Can you provide a link to the new use of folate? I’m definitely happy to change the article if that’s the case.

        • I have current bottles of the capsules which clearly have folic acid in the ingredients list. If i could leave a pic here i sure would! The folic acid and calcium ascorbate I am stopping them and I have garden of life already.

        • I just now checked my juice plus bottle of capsules to see what is says about folic acid or folate. It definitely says( Folic Acid). I been taking the Juice Plus for almost 3 weeks. Wow I get constipated and then I finally get straightened out and it happens all over again. I called the rep. of who I bought it from and told me to change how I been taking them Instead of 2 three times a day to 3 two times a day. It hasn’t helped yet. Now I get many places on my skin that itches and I have to put lotion on my skin to get it to stop. almost like hives only I can’t see a rash. My Pharmacy said to stop the Juice Plus for 4 or 5 days and see if it helps so I am going to . I read here somewhere that side effect can be a rash. So far I have not had any great things happening with the Juice Plus that they said I would but maybe not been on it long enough yet. I will keep you all informed.

          • I am experiencing the same symptoms….after stopping are you feeling better?

    • This is correct! I’m a Juice Plus distributor and I know the products r all natural! And what Cindy said is also true!

    • Pam Wilson Reply

      Doctors have no nutritional training what so ever when it comes to your health. All they do is manage symptoms with drugs.

      • Functional Medicine MDs have the best training and are up to date on how nutritional biochemisry and toxicity affects health. It’s the best healthcare available now. Concentrating vegetables and fruits for the phytochemical properties is a great idea, however, it’s critical to use ORGANIC. If we don’t, we’re also concentrating pesticides and herbicides that will bioaccumulate over time. I have researched this company thoroughly. I’m not satisfied how they hide behind NSF certification on this issue. They don’t source organic. NSF testing cannot tell us how much exposure we’re getting in all of JP products. It’s best to stay away from MLM nutritional companies as a rule. Their primary goal is making $. They use nutrition and the public’s vulnerability as their vehicle. It’s best to seek counsel from a licensed qualified practitioner. The last JP MD I heard speak knew nothing about nutrition .

    • Lady, the label says “folate” but if you go to your juice plus sure and read you will see that they even admit it is folic acid and not folate. It’s synthetic. It’s crap.

    • Gerald Field Reply

      Thanks. That is what I have heard over the years from many other Juice Plus takers.

      GF

  3. Thank you so much for doing these reviews. I got on Facebook today and was going to do some reviews myself because I was so angered by the shit they put in these “healthy” supplements. It kills me as a nutritionist to see people handing out crap and us who know real nutrition struggling to find clients.

    • I’m having the same struggle. I recently decided that I’d rather not coach if it means marketing crap!

  4. H.G. da Vinci Reply

    Would be cool to see a network marketing product that was actually good, such a fantastic business model. What do you think about doing a review of Arbonne? They are a certified vegan company!

    • dani stout Reply

      I participate in network marketing through doTERRA, which is high quality essential oils and supplements. Arbonne review in the next month.

  5. Rosalinda Perez Reply

    Thank You Dani! I had no idea Folic Acid was so bad. The gummy vitamins I’ve been taking have about 400 mcg per serving. I’m going to stop taking them. A coworker just offered the juice plus product and I was very sceptical. After reading several reviews about the products I firmly believe that if its to good to be true, it probably isn’t.

    • dani stout Reply

      I’m very confused about the folic acid/folate issue. It’s listed as folic acid and I was told they used folic acid. Yet I’ve had several people comment to say it’s listed as folate.

  6. Jessica Hickey Reply

    Would love to see a review done on ItWorks. Particularly whether their body wraps are safe to use and if their product called “Greens” is healthy or not.

  7. I had to close off all the comments from Disqus about Juice Plus until I read yours….. when I came to the part of soy and non GMO I had the exact same reaction as you. Fabulous article! Well written and researched. Shared on Google + and Pinterest! Also joined your FB page!

  8. I don’t want to get involved in the folate/folic acid controversy. I do know one thing for sure. If you think that you are getting your vitamins and minerals from the fruits and vegetables that you are eating, you are mistaken. The US government conducted a study that showed the soils used for growing the food is depleted. That report was written in the 1930s. If the soil was depleted back then, think about what it is like today! Farmers can get plants to grow in the soil using fertilizer. Unfortunately, the fertilizers the farmers are using contain a mere 3 minerals. The plants need 3 minerals to grow. The human body needs upwards of 60 minerals. The plants would absorb the minerals from the soil, if the soil wasn’t depleted of these minerals as far back as the 1930s. So eat, eat, eat … those fruits and vegetables, but they aren’t doing you much good.

    • dani stout Reply

      Fruits and vegetables aren’t doing much good? You know that Juice Plus contains fruits and vegetables right? That’s basically their entire platform.

  9. Kelsey Rose Reply

    Hey! I love all the info, so on the ingredients of the juice plus capsules it says it does contain folic acid, and then in the break down it says Folate70% – how do you know whats what and how much is to much? or just avoid all?

    • dani stout Reply

      Hmmm…that’s odd. I’d suggest contacting customer service to clear it up for you.

  10. Thank you for doing all of this! I have someone on one of my facebook page pushing this stuff http://visalus.com/pdf/visalus_vishape.pdf and I would love for you to do a review of it since you have a much larger following than I do. I keep posting “just eat real food people” but I feel like slamming my head against my desk. Sucralose, soy isolates, sunflower oil…..BUT BUT it tasts just like CAKE!

  11. I’m wondering is there a supplement/shake that you do suggest? I’m trying to find something for my husband with RA and prediabetic. Thank you for your help.

  12. Hello, I was curious about Shakeology vs. Juice Plus, and stumbled upon this page. When i read about the folic acid i thought, hmm, that sounds familiar. And it was familiar because pregnant women need to get enough folic acid to be sure their baby develops properly in the first few weeks or so. Anyway, in your article folic acid sounds dangerous, but in reality it’s a part of everything else people need to be sure they’re consuming. Everything in moderation i guess – the link on web md mentions its benefits, why people need it, and the problems associated with taking too much. Thanks.

    http://www.m.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1017/folic+acid/source-3

    • dani stout Reply

      No, pregnant mothers need folate. Folic acid is extremely dangerous for pregnant mothers, and as such I do not use or recommend it. Folic acid is the generic name for folate, which is likely where your misunderstanding comes from. But prenatals with folic acid instead of folate need to be avoided.

  13. I actually contacted the company because I wondered the same thing with the serious methylation issues we are seeing. If you look at the new labeling on the capsules, they have changed the labeling to Folate, and have told me that they have no synthetic b vitamin supplementation in those capsules. I can’t speak for the rest because I was only interested in learning about the folic/folate issue for the capsules.

  14. Thank you Dani!! Such truth and you told it well! So glad you’re being true to your passion!

    • dani Reply

      I suppose it could be possible. Everyone is so different and the way you react to a particular ingredient may be different than the way someone else reacts.

  15. Is soy the same as soya? I drink soya milk because of its claim to have b12, calcium, protein & lower sat fat than cows milk. should I stop drinking it then & drink almond milk? Im pescitarian. I tend to eat mycoprotein rather than soy as meat replacement. Hope im not wrong here too

    • dani Reply

      It’s the same. I would never ever recommend drinking that.

  16. becky healy Reply

    You went from just reading the label, but not researching deep enough. Research is Everything to me, so I went a step more. In order to comply with FDA regs, JP+ had to add trace amounts of folic acid. The amount is negligible, which makes this the best “prenatal” on the market. The other issue is the soy – unlike 99% of the dangerous, cancer-causing soy Americans consume, JP+ uses NON-GMO soy, which, as I’m sure you know, is a totally different entity, and actually GOOD for not only men and women, but people going through cancer. I also just found out that it’s MEDLINE score (Medline is the top 10% of scientific research in the World) is over 100! A “good” score in this data base is 5 or 10.
    Why is all this important? Because MOST of the supplements and products out there have dangerous components to them, and some of the ingredients are Horrible for you to consume. I (and I’m sure most of the people reading this) want to stand behind the great products that are the purest, have the best scientific, Gold Standard research, are NSF certified, and do good things for our bodies.

    • dani Reply

      I’m not sure where you’re sourcing your information from, but it is entirely false. The FDA absolutely does not require any company to add trace amounts of folic acid to a product. This actually makes no sense. There are tons of products on the market that contain only folate and no folic acid (ie: in the products I recommend). If JP told you they added folic acid to comply with the FDA, when no other company that utilizes folate has to do this, that is a lie.

      While non-GMO soy is indeed a better option than GMO soy, it doesn’t somehow make it a healthy product (I say product, not food). To extract the protein from soy, it undergoes extreme processing. Not to mention that soy increases the need for B12, is high in phytic acid which blocks mineral absorption, is rich in goitrogens which negatively impact the thyroid and soy is high in phytoestrogen, which mimics estrogen in the body, which in turn actually is a risk factor for cancer. Ever heard of estrogen dominance?

      If research is everything to you, check out these studies on the various issues associated with soy:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16965913
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11694625
      http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/68/6/1431S.long
      http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/5/10/785.short

  17. So what do you recommend as a multi vitamin supplement for adults and kids?

      • Dani. You obviously have a hatred to JP for some reason. The fact that folic acid is the only argument against JuicePlus is mind boggling. It’s the very last ingredient on the label. I just want to say that I’m a JP user. Not a distributor or rep. And I had remarkable results. The product is NSF certified. From the best soil. And the products are proven in 30+ independent research studies.

        • dani Reply

          Maybe read the whole article, folic acid is not my only argument – I also hate soy!

    • dani Reply

      I’m a holistic nutritionist…of course I recommend other supplements. It’s literally part of my job. I just happen to choose supplements of higher quality and caliber.

    • There is a huge difference between recommending supplements and being part of a large MLM corporation. She “recommends” Garden of Life products; she isn’t their ambassador, they do their own marketing and selling. They just happen to also make really good products! Being an affiliate is so different from “building your income base” like MLM’s do.

  18. Hi, I found this posting because a friend who has been using Juice+ invited a few of us to try it out.

    I just wanted to make on comment about folic acid. I wish you would have put an emphasis on “extra” in regards to folic acid. It’s okay to have folic acid, it’s the “extra” part people need to be careful with. Ladies who are wanting to get pregnant, and during pregnancy, have to up their intake of folic acid. Without it, the chances of having a neural tube defect during pregnancy greatly increase. My best friend had a NTD with her first pregnancy and lost the baby. Dr’s said it was partly because the lack of folic acid in her diet. I have been instructed by my Dr. to make sure I’m taking a supplement with folic acid in it as well.

    Anyway…I GREATLY appreciate the writeup about this. I haven’t decided if I will try Juice+ or not. I don’t often get sick and I try to eat as healthy as I can. Thank you!

    • dani Reply

      Actually it’s not the “extra” folic acid that’s the issue. Folic acid is synthetic folate, which is why it’s CRITICALLY important for pregnant women or women trying to get pregnant to take actual folate. Doctors often use the terms interchangeably, but they mean folate. Please take a prenatal with folate and not folic acid.

  19. The issue with your argument about the soy that Juice Plus uses is that Juice Plus does not process their non-GMO, water washed soy in the way in which you are describing. To me, this completely discredits your entire article, because you are only reading the label & you have not looked into the farms where they grow their produce, how their produce is grown, the NSF label they carry, the soil conditions they require of their farmers, the dedication the farmers are to rotating the crops, the nutritional value of the soybeans that tests can show, the fact that they never heat their produce or soy at high temperatures, they have a very specific way that they do things to retain nutrients & they have study after study to back this up. You really don’t know what you are talking about, honestly & this review is not based on honest information. You are taking general information about what companies typically do, Juice Plus is far from typical. I have researched and researched as a concerned healthcare practitioner, I’ve never seen a company like Juice Plus.

    Also, do more research on soy. I’ve read several books on the history of soy. It dates back to 11th Century, B.C. & consumed in its whole food form for eons. As well, Juice Plus has been around for a very long time, they have zero debt, their products appear to be phenomenal in terms of healing people, as also backed by the gold standard clinical studies on the product & testimonials.

    I have so much more I could say, I just can’t believe the level of dishonesty & ignorance in this post, I don’t even know where to begin.

  20. http://www.juiceplus.com/content/JuicePlus/en/buy/capsules/orchard-and-garden-blends.html (locate the capsules- the label is available for inspection)

    Folic ACID is listed as THE very last ingredient, and the FDA requires that ingredients are listed on food labels in order of quantity/weight. On further inspection of the label for the capsules, the fruit capsules contain 24% FOLATE & the vegetable capsules contain 55% FOLATE. Juice Plus makes a distinction between the quantity of folic acid versus folate in this new labeling.

    Not arguing for or against, just trying to provide information about the folic acid v. Folate question.

    • dani Reply

      That label is extremely misleading, because the product doesn’t contain folate, it clearly contains folic acid on the ingredient list. Marketing at its finest, my friend.

  21. I just recently talked with a representative with Juice Plus and they said that the Garden blend and the Orchard Blend DO contain folic acid because they need to regulate the capsules, so that they all have the same nutritional value. The Vineyard Blend is the only capsule (or gummy) that does NOT contain the folic acid. I personally don’t understand why they can take it out of one of their capsules but not ALL of their capsules. Again, the representative said because a lot of women use their products for prenatal care, so they need to ensure that they are getting the full DV that is recommended. So that’s that! Juice Plus does have folate AND folic acid. Sorry … not my cup of tea!

  22. I have fibromyalgia, adenomyosis , hiatus hermia , uterine prolapse , lympodema and other health conditions …

    Been in a lot of pain all over and from the various conditions , it was quite relentless …

    Also 3 stone over weight , so i started JP to help with the weight loss …

    Its done nothing for weight loss , despite being very careful with what i eat
    However , the capsules have had an amazing affect, and my pain levels have dropped tremendously…

    This in turn has allowed me to move more and do some exercise classes ( still strange not to have lost weight though as now moving so much more )

    Ive heard some people say its done nothing for them … But it has been amazing for me … Im a different person … But no joy with the shakes …

  23. I was wondering what whole foods supplement you would recommend instead of JP. I almost signed up today, but found this article at just the right moment! Desperately seeking something to help my 3 yr old daughter.

    • dani Reply

      I don’t recommend supplements for children, they do much better absorbing and utilizing real food.

  24. Great post!! As a dietitian in training, my first reaction was to the soy and sugar in the product as well. We had diarrhea within 1 hour of drinking our sample!! Im sure the reps would say this is “normal cleansing.”

    I was recently approached by a juice plus rep to join the team and in my gut I dont feel comfortable selling it. Your article has confirmed my suspicians for me. Thank you very much! Now I just need to figure out how to say NO, because they seem to have a defense for everything!

    PS. Cant believe how silly some of these comments to you are. Keep up the good work defending the science!

  25. In the last few days I have had really bad acid reflux and I’m wondering if it could have been caused by juice plus tablets I have been taking for a couple of months. I just took some tablets and felt they were hard to digest and I have become uncomfortable.

    Thank you for your help, Sharon

  26. I take Juice Plus. My son takes it as well. My daughter does not. Anytime my son is sick, the illness lasts 24 hours max. Anytime my daughter is sick, it lasts 4-7 days. Same house, same illnesses, different outcome. The only thing I can contribute this to is the Juice Plus.

    I am not a rep and could care less if others choose to take it. Just wanted to share our experience. I cannot deny actual results.

    • Probably due to the Vitamin C. Same effect could come from eating a couple oranges everyday, or a multivitamin. also anecdotal and probably not that long term

  27. I am a new JP rep and did a ton of research on the product. The folic acid slipped by me, but I agree with you. I read this article (not sure it is unbiased) and every single response. I called the corporate office and they are on task. Because of the controversy, they have/are replacing folic acid with folate and the turnover will be complete this year.

    I am still on the fence about soy….there is enough science-based proof on both sides to convince either way is right.

    Unfortunately, most people won’t read all the way to the last responses to find that the folic acid/folate issue has been resolved. I appreciate your knowledge, although I got panicked for a minute. ?

  28. What about the study done at the MD Anderson institute on Ovarian Cancer survivors and JuicePlus products? Why would they put cancer survivors on JuicePlus and Complete if they are cancer causing?? Your title is very misleading as you are incredibly biased against JuicePlus and seem to have no knowledge of the research behind it…

    • dani Reply

      1) Subjects were put on JP or a low-fat, high fiber diet. Comparatively, JP should outperform because a low-fat, high fiber diet is not a great diet for cancer patients. Fiber, unless from vegetable sources, is not great for cancer because they were likely eating a significant amount of grains, which breaks down into glucose, which feeds cancer cells.
      2) Results were not particularly significant. Just that JP could increase phytonutrients, which I don’t disagree with. But this can be achieved if people would just eat more veggies!

  29. Throw Juice Plus away! That’s what I did. I’ve been taking supplements for decades with excellent results. I tried this stuff with several interesting results. First was the terrible underarm odor, which was explained away by that tired old lazy stupid excuse, “It’s your bad toxins coming out.” Right, and you’ll respect me in the morning. Then came diarrhea. Several times a day. When I finally figured out the only thing I changed in my health was that damned Juice Plus, stopped ingesting it immediately , and threw both away. Although diarrhea remains, it is slowly abating.
    I am fully aware of just how unglued most people become when one of their sacred “beliefs” is questioned. And contrary to the Trump Cult, beliefs and opinions do not count as facts. If you are reaping benefits from this stuff, great! But don’t bother me with your insulting replies. Because I am not the least bit interested in hearing what a shit I am for suffering from this stuff. Enjoy your wonderful reactions and leave me alone!

  30. Janell Overton Reply

    Very disappointing. Argumentative, disrespectful, biased.

    Each person who factually disagrees with you, including health care professionals, are disparaged. Each side has “scientific” studies by “professionals” and each contradict the other. If you were not pushing/promoting any other products, perhaps your claimed “un-biased” <- read biased ("HEY, read me because I got your attention by claiming I am unbiased") blog/article would hold more merit. Scare tactics.

    There are many humans on planet Earth whom cannot consume any number of real, non-processed, foods in their most natural state, for whatever reason or perceived reason.

    People want/need reassurances and they look to the web or their doctors or friends for that. And, now that there is this massive, ridiculous overload of people/places to look for someone's opinion – not necessarily correct or valid, but certainly out there on the web a plethora of it – anyone can claim anything for their own benefit.

    Our water, our soil and our plants have been contaminated/depleted/modified. They all hold less nutritional properties because of this. GMO is bad, all around, in every way. Processed "food" really isn't food.
    I imagine that 99% of anything you review "unbiased" will lean heavily in favor of the product you promote.

    • dani Reply

      I have not seen any legitimate or even good arguments against my points in the article. To which I provided numerous scientific literature, studies and information – that you are just…choosing to ignore apparently?

      SHOCKER. I am a health coach and sell products. I have a family and a mortgage. This website is my business. You get paid for doing your job, do you not?

      Suggesting that I can’t make valid arguments against products just because I have a business isn’t just offensive – it’s idiotic.

      If you have another argument against me that’s actually valid, I’m all ears. But it’s apparent that you want to try to bash me because I sell products (mind you – not a single product similar to JP) while ignoring the plethora of valid information I provided to back up my claims that the ingredients in these products are subpar.

    • dani Reply

      I responded to your comment, which was left under another name (which is weird). I receive hundreds of comments a week. Please allow me time to respond to them.

  31. Having lived in Japan for 5 years, I just want to clear up that soy isn’t just used as condiments. Its used in many side dishes in the form of tofu, edimame, or natto (fermented soy beans) as well. It isn’t eaten in large doses or as a main dish, but it is eaten a lot more than just as condiments. Having said that, Im not supporting or disproving its health benefits, simply stating that at least in Japan it is eaten more than stated in this article.

    • dani Reply

      It is also a recent development that the Japanese have increased their soy consumption – I recommend eating ancestrally. Soy consumption has increased all over the world.

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