A common question we get is, is Shakeology gluten free? In this post we’re going to answer that question and explain a few things.
So, is Shakeology gluten free?
Yes, Shakeology is gluten free.
Here’s the thing…
Shakeology is gluten free, but it’s not “certified” gluten free. So, what the heck does “certified” mean?
An unrelated side note – When I was 18 years old I took a one day class on roofing and became a “Certainteed Certified” roofer. It’s been an inside joke for 20 years between me and a few of my old high school buddies. We were all Certainteed Certified roofers, but we didn’t know anything about roofing. Still to this day when something related to home improvement comes up I use the line, “I can fix it, I’m Certainteed Certified!”.
The point is, being “certified” sometimes doesn’t mean anything. Often times, it’s just a piece of paper to hang up on the refrigerator to impress house guests.
But back to Shakeology being Certified Gluten Free…
According to Beachbody, they have chosen to not pursue a gluten free certification to keep costs down. Obtaining a certification can be expensive.
This is from verywell.com; “Applying for and receiving gluten-free certification from one of the organizations can cost a manufacturer significant money, since they’re generally billed for the audits, facility inspections and testing required.”
I don’t know the whole story or logistics behind the manufacturing process, but I’m assuming Beachbody would have to make major changes to their facilities and the expense is probably not worth the costs to obtain a gluten free certification, especially if it doesn’t change or improve the product in anyway.
If having a “certified” gluten free is not going to change or improve Shakeology in any way, why pay the extra costs?
This comes directly from Beachbody;
“Shakeology is not certified gluten free. Although Shakeology is made with gluten-free ingredients, all Shakeology formulas are in a manufacturing facility that also processes known allergens such as soy, milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts and wheat (gluten) ingredients.”
If you look closely at the Shakeology label you will find this statement, “This product is manufactured in a plant that also processes egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soy ingredients.”
The above statement is something they are required to put on the bag. All it is saying is that somewhere in the facility those products are processed. It does NOT mean that those ingredients are in Shakeology.
In the videos below, the creators talk about the topic of Shakeology, gluten, certifications, and much more.
Shakeology Testimony From A Celiac Without A Gallbladder
Is Shakeology Gluten Free Or Not?
Basically, Beachbody does not want to incur the expenses of obtaining certifications, if it’s not going to improve the quality of the product, which makes sense.
In conclusion, Shakeology IS gluten free, but if you’re still hesitant to give it a try out of fear that there is gluten in it, my advice would be to start out with a quarter of a scoop, and see if your body reacts in any kind of way. You could a quarter of a scoop for a few days and if you’re feeling good move up to half of a scoop. Continue on with half a scoop of Shakeology for a few days, then move on up to the regular serving size of a full scoop.
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