New Shakeology Sucks! – Addressing The New Shakeology Formula Taste

 

New Shakeology Sucks! – Addressing The New Shakeology Formula Taste

This has been the common consensus on the new Shakeology formula taste. I understand your frustrations and concerns about this issue and I wanted to give you guys an insider look at what is going on at Beachbody headquarters to deal with these issues.

Below are some quotes from the Coach Advisory Board members, Carl Daikeler himself, and other various members of Beachbody corporate an the new Shakeology formula taste.

 

Addressing The New Shakeology Formula Taste – Wayne Wyatt’s discussion with Carl Daikeler

I just had a 45 minute call with Carl Daikeler himself about Shakeology, the changes in the formulation, the feedback about flavor, and the frustration within the coach network about how to address it.

With the continuing evidence about fructose and the links to diabetes and other health problems, the call for it’s removal from chocolate shakeology was getting louder and louder. If this is the “healthiest meal of the day“, Carl wanted us to be able to stand behind it with no reservations or doubts, and that meant that the fructose had to be removed. But since it’s a delicate balance of ingredients, all of which affect the overall taste, a total reformulation was required. It wasn’t taken lightly. Carl knew it would be a big change. But it needed to happen for us to be the industry leaders and to continue to say our ingredients beat the crud out of anyone else.

There was also questions about the levels / amounts of vitamins, and whether t

hey were really in a bio-absorbable format. So that has been corrected in the new formulation. It also has contributed to a stronger / bitter taste due to the vitamins. And of course using Stevia has affected aftertaste. But we CAN’T go back to original. Many of us thought “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but in actuality it needed to change. Either now, while we are still ahead of the curve … or later, when it looks more like an excuse than an explanation. I was upset with the change myself, but I now understand the REAL reasons and necessity for it. Side note = this wasn’t an economic decision. Carl is losing money on this new formulation. It is more expensive. But he believes in it and knows that in the long run, having no regrets about the ingredient quality will pay off, and that moving more quantity will generate profitability as they get the flavor fixed. THE GOOD NEWS = Corporate is working URGENTLY on the flavor. They are putting together taste testing panels of coaches and customers, and WILL get the flavor better …. much better. Be patient. They are working as hard as possible on it, AS WE SPEAK. They can’t go back to the old, but they are determined to make the new formulation taste GREAT. I am confident in the integrity of our leadership. Carl won’t skimp on quality. He never has. He never will. And that gives me great confidence as a coach to stand up and proudly recommend Shakeology to others. It’s unlike anything else. Sure, other stuff may taste more like a milkshake, but that isn’t going to make you healthy. And this tastes pretty darn good too. I think the future is still bright …. VERY BRIGHT.

Frustrations come and go. Remember that first week of P90X or Insanity. It’s not a fun place to be. But those who push on are the ones rewarded.

There is going to be a lot more coming out from corporate next week addressing these issues, but I wanted to get the info to you first!

Keep bringing it team!!!!

Wayne

Addressing The New Shakeology Formula Taste – Steve Edwards responds to complaints

… we have four food scientists working on this full time right now. We’ve got a lot of projects on this list in front of me that would make a lot of money but we want Shakeology to be perfect before we move on.

The original formulation took us years to complete to our satisfaction. We thought this one was ready and many/most of us still do but we want that to be all of you, so it’s our number 1 priority at the moment. As someone suggested in one of these posts, it’s not easy to get 70-some-odd healthy foods to blend together, especially when we use so many raw or highly bioactive substances. They react together in ways that are unexpected, and then there is taste.

The reason Shakeology took so long was that it’s very challenging to get all these things to taste good. Try some of the competition to see what I mean. It’s not like fast food where artificial flavors are used and you could make the box P90X came in tasted like a chocolate shake. We have to work with what nature gives us.

Now, based on your feedback as well as the latest research, we’ve reformulated to make Shakeology even healthier. It’s got less sugar, more super foods, photo and micronutrients, and more fiber. That it doesn’t taste exactly the same is to be expected. Sorry to spring it on you like this but you, as a collective, asked for it and we listened. And I, like Denis [adstaffdenis], much prefer it — though I liked the old formulation fine too. The bottom line is, as ALWAYS, we are listening and doing our best to answer your questions and comments.”

When asked if there would be a “Classic” flavor, Steve Edwards replied:

That is on the table, however, Carl [Beachbody CEO] is pushing for us to keep getting healthier–and the new one is healthier, not just the ingredients but the sourcing is more natural so it’s likely we’re going to tweak the new formulations until everyone is happy–but more than one version is absolutely a possibility.

Keep in mind we’ve had changes in the original version a couple of times already. As I said, it’s tricky. Just changing an ingredient supplier to, say, organic, can alter the taste a bit. This has happened each time and then calmed down. We’ve got a couple of versions ready to taste this Monday, so we’re working on it full steam.

The Takeaway for The New Shakeology Formula Taste…

Beachbody cares first and foremost about your health. The fact that your health is their #1 priority gives me great pride in representing them and the efficacy of the new shakeology Formula. If the taste does bother you – in the mean time, experiment with healthy ways to alter the flavor. There are many shakeology recipes out there to be tried and I am confident that you will find a favorite. But until Beachbody finds that delicate balance between “the healthiest meal of the day” and the perfect taste that everyone is satisfied with…You will just have to remain positive about drinking such an amazingly healthy product with a taste that no other manufacturer could touch without adding a bunch of artificial junk!

As always, Beachbody stands behind its products and if you just ordered Shakeology and are not completely satisfied, you can return the empty bag within 30 days for a 100% refund.

When you think about it in the grand scheme of health and longevity…nothing compares to Shakeology. I am proud to recommend it still and I am proud of the people working to bring us such an amazing product.

The New Shakeology Formula Taste…still good…under construction.

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17 comments
5XblessedMama
5XblessedMama

I was a loyal Shakeo drinker.  I LOVED the chocolate, the way it tasted and what it did for me.  The new chocolate... awful!  It tastes HORRID, but the worst part is I get very sick 30 minutes after I drink it.  I hug the toilet praying to puke.  This terrible stomach pain lasts for nearly 3 hours, then I have to deal with the Shakeo exiting my body in an unpleasant manner.  I just canceled my direct ship.  I will NOT order again unless they bring back the OLD chocolate formula!!!

Pete
Pete

Shakeology is horrible now. I'm with everyone else hey are frauds trying to make a buck. I was a loyal customer but I guess they now better. I might have lost 92 instead of 90 pounds on the new formula. I recommend everyone uses mysitnessspal track your calories work out and find blancd good tasting nutrition else where

Gwen
Gwen

I just spent $130 for something that tastes like a bag of chemicals! We are supposed to just throw out another $130 to test out the next flavor!?!? I would also likecto know why... If this is so healthly...that it is not recommended for pregnant women or women breastfreeding and why there is a warning to keep away from children!?

Sam
Sam

Okay I would like to say that I have cancelled the auto shipment because of new formula but I understand the change had to be made, I was fine drinking it for a good bit but before I couldn't wait to go drink shakeology for breakfast but now it was just a thing I did to try to be a little healthier however now that I'm happy where I am right now I decided I didn't want to be paying 100 bucks a month anymore, is there anyway when they fixed this "taste problem" I will be able to be notified so I can try it for another month and see if I wanna to auto shipment again?

jsmith
jsmith

I just got the new formula and agree that it's not nearly as "tasty" as the old one. However, I'm willing to give myself time to adjust to it because the health benefits are clearly there for me. Honestly, the old formula almost had an addictive quality to it probably because it was much sweeter and more chocolaty and I'm not sure that was a good thing. This new one seems more appropriate if one is drinking it for the health benefits. I wouldn't recommend it, but if it really bothers people that the new version doesn't taste like the old one they could throw in some chocolate syrup and probably get the same taste. :)

chris
chris

Dumping the "new" formula. I was an avid drinker for breakfast but the taste is terrible, not to mention the after taste. Back to the cereal, LOL. Sorry Carl and Co. you struck out on the improvement.

Emily
Emily

I've never commented on a product online before. I have cancelled my auto delivery of the new Shakeology. It is undrinkable. I searched for a long time to find Shakeology and it has now been ruined. I don't know if I'll find something as good as the old Shakeology. I'll keep looking. Does anyone recall New Coke? Yeah, Coke had to go back to Classic Coke. That was a huge marketing error. This is as well. Taste IS important. Shakeology has screwed up in a huge way.

Paul
Paul

Bailing on the new chocolate too and not re-ordering any other flavor. I either feel mislead about the "healthiness" of the old formula or duped by the transformation of the new formula and I am not sure which, maybe both. Not only am I not able to get people to buy it, I feel like Carl and Co are being too darn stubborn about pushing the new and "improved" for what really, four new super foods and only a little less sugar, but different kind of sugar. (9g in old v. 6.85g in new when using 48oz seriving size for both and not just 42oz for the new). Carl will not formulate a vanilla version of Shakeology and why you ask? Because he/they can't get the taste right without adding non-natural indregients...he probably should have taken his own advice with the new chocolate formula because taste is clearly important, especially for $120 a month...

Robin Wright
Robin Wright

The new formula taste is God awful. If you came up with the original that was healthy or you market it as healthy, why change? Is it not as healthy as you originally thought? Or are you trying to be even more healthy? Some times you should just leave well enough alone. Guess time to try other companies out there. If you bring the original flavor back, I may come back. Not a happy customer Robin

mmiller
mmiller

We will be canceling our monthly order. New chocolate might be better for you, but only if you will drink it...which we won't. It tastes bad, smells bad, and the texture is even gross. Tried mixing it half old and half new formula, and it was barely drinkable...I tossed the last of the glass. We will be looking for a refund on the disgusting "new" formula. We will come back if you offer the old formula. MM

braillelady
braillelady

I too have had 3 episodes (2 visits to the ER I was vomiting so bad I couldn't stop as well as diarrhea) with the new chocolate Shakeo. I did fine w/the old mix for 30 days in Dec 2012 but when I tried it in Jan 2013, I thought I had food poisoning (didn't think it was the Shakeo), then tried it again in March 2013 (ambulance had to come to my house & then a trip to the ER it was that bad!), and then again in Oct of 2013 (same thing). I am thinking I am allergic to one of the new ingredients (as was listed 4 new superfoods were added to new formula)- was there anything else that was added? I must be highly allergic to one or more of those 4 (don't think its the Himalayan Salt or Coconut Flower Nectar), so maybe Moringa and Luo Han Guo? My coach has basically abandoned me b/c I don't order it and she doesn't make money off me anymore. Wondering if anyone has the old ingredients list and then the new one to compare (live chat wasn't helpful at all!).Thanks!

Coach Todd
Coach Todd

you can try the whole bag and send it back empty for a full refund...since there are so many exotic ingredients, they put those labels on there as a caution. I have breastfeeding mothers who drink it and my own kids drink it, but you should check for any ingredient you are allergic to or consult your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding just to be sure.

Coach Todd
Coach Todd

Hey Sam! If I am your free coach, then you will get an email from me when they make any changes.

Coach Todd
Coach Todd

I agree that it used to taste better. The cool thing though is that Beachbody has HEARD their customers and are in the process of achieving a taste that we can all approve of again while maintaining the improved nutritional profile.

Coach Todd
Coach Todd

Awesome Robin! I hope you are able to find something equally healthy without any artificial sweeteners and fillers to promote taste. Be sure to let us know what you find!

Coach Todd
Coach Todd

thats fine. You might consider trying the chocolate VEGAN formula. Lots of people switching...some people are just adding a scoop of coco powder. Most people dont want to give up the health benefits. You can find lots of shakes that taste good, but have questionable and even dangerous ingredients. Shakeology still stands head and shoulders above the rest.