Advocare's website is cleverly set up to direct potential buyers to see 'key' ingredients. The complete ingredients disclosure is conveniently difficult to access. Once you are a distributor, this information is easier to find.
The website is also set up to not allow people to right click and copy the ingredients, so I had to hand type these for you the old fashioned way! Here is an example of exactly what is contained in Advocare meal replacement bars:
Ingredients: Protein blend (Isolated soy protein, whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate), glycerine, corn syrup, maltitol, chocolate coating (whey protein concentrate, palm kernel oil, maltitol, cocoa powder, sugar, soy lecithin, vanillan, water, soy fiber, maltodextrin, peanut flour, coconut oil, inulin, vitamin/mineral premix (ascorbic acid, beta carotene, biotin, calcium pantothenate, tricalcium phosphate, ferric orthophosphate, folic acid, magnesium phosphate, niacine, magnesium and calcium phosphates, pyrodoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, hydrochloride, palmitate, cyanocobalamin, cholecalciferol, tocopherol acetate) guar gum, natural and artificial flavors.
Here are the actual 'key' ingredients from the low carb affincionado & more savvy consumer standpoint: GMO soy, corn syrup, maltitol (gas), palm kernel oil and coconut oil (not specified if they are non-hydrogenated), sugar, ferric orthophosphate (iron), inulin (more gas, increases growth of bad bacteria in the colon), artificial flavors etc...... Ther are 28 carbs per bar. They are simply a glorified candy bar enriched with soy and vitamins.
The Advocare meal replacement shakes which are encouraged during the 24 day challenge, contain very similar ingredients and vitamin mineral listing as posted above in the meal replacement bar, plus fructose, maltodextrin, artifical sweeteners..........24 grams carbs per shake! $39.95 for 14 shake pouches.
That isn't lowcarb or healthy in my world.
It's debatable whether or not it would be considered healthier than what the average overweight American is eating.
Rev, you asked for people who have had experience with Advocare products to share their thoughts. I found out quickly that the products are overpriced and contain cheap inferior ingredients like fructose & GMO soy. When I contacted advocare to voice my disatisfaction with these kinds of additives, I was condesended to.....how dare I question their 'experts'. I was told fructose is a healthy ingredient in their products. Perfect for muscle glycogen replacement. (it actually replaces liver glycogen)
I am certain that most here would not want to include the above ingredients in their healthy lowcarb program.
CFT, SPN, MT
Refinery Fitness Center