Anyone get any of mark sisson's new protein shake? Or just general opinions on it? Here's the link: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/announcement-primal-fuel-now-available/
Personally, I consider powdered protein shakes to be not very primal at all. I also do not consider them to be a meal replacement as they are not food as I consider food. Not to say I am always a perfect paleo eater, but I consider these shakes to be more of a weight lifter thing.
That is possibly the biggest rip-off in the history of protein supplementation. It is a whey protein isolate powder without artificial sweeteners (but with some thickening agents and stevia).
I typically drink 40 grams of protein in a serving of protein powder. That much would cost me...$6.67!!!! (Unless I'm reading that wrong)
There's a bajillion better ways to do it. First, you can buy whey isolate and coconut milk and mix it yourself. Second, get customized protein from a place like proteinfactory.com or trueprotein.com, or even some grass-fed whey from Ori Hofmekler.
I agree with all the comments to date - not very primal/paleo, very expensive. There's also some (albeit minor) dubious ingredients - see the comments.
I also think Mark's replies in the comments were extremely defensive - he probably knew it would cause some controversy offering a shake which is so expensive in the middle of a huge economic downturn. That said, I think all his supplements are expensive, and good old supply and demand will sort this out.
MDA is what it is - a great source of free information paid for by an expensive supplement business. I'm happy with that as I will take the free information but not the supplements. As long as Mark makes enough profit from people who are interested in the supplements, everybody can be happy.
Hey Mark is a business man. He still provides sound, free information to anyone who wants it on his site. If you want to purchase his stuff, OK, if not, OK. I don't begrudge him trying to make a living or earning a profit. The trap is, the love of profit can corrupt the message and the more commercial he becomes, the more suspect his info. Although, in my opinion, so far he's kept a good balance.
One of the claims he made was it is a meal replacement when you don't have time to cook. At 181 calories it's not much of a replacement. When I get in a hurry and have no time to cook I grab some of my precooked bacon and harboiled eggs. If I ate 6 peices of bacon and 4 hardboiled eggs I consumed approximately 700 calories, 54 grams of fat, and 51 grams of protein. Now thats a meal replacement!
I think people are quick to forget that the man helped so many people change their lives for the better and probably also saved a lot of lives, mine included.
The guy is dedicated, posts fresh good content every day and always has an open attitude to the community and the newcomers.
If the product turns out to be a flop, let it be that way. It will be hard enough to have lost all that time, energy and money on a product that turns out being a failure not to criticize him to death on top of that.
Life is already hard enough, we don't need people being so hard on other people, especially those who did so much to help us.
What else could we expect? Mark sells a super expensive multi, he sold a garbage protein powder before without a bad conscience, he sells a fish oil supplement that is not up to his own standards (EPA DHA ratio), he sells over-priced vit d3... $$$
If one wants to drink a shake there are much better (quality, price) options. To my surprise I really liked the book but everything else? No thanks!
I love the information-level and community-level services and forum that he provides free of charge.
I will not be buying this powder or any of his other supplements. I will continue buying his texts, cookbooks, and such.
I feel that the high supplement prices are the metaphorical counterpoint of the missing DONATE button that he conspicuously leaves off of his site.
The money to host the site has to come from somewhere, esp. a site with so much traffic.
If I was feeling meaner: I would say that the high cost of meal-replacements are a 'tax' on those that cannot cook, or more kindly: I feel that they have the money and that they would prefer it to go to Sisson and his team of workerbees.
I had the opportunity to be one of the taste testers and it truly is a fantastic product. It tastes great with just water and ice and it is something I would love to enjoy on a regular basis for when I need something quick.
When I taste tested it I had NO idea what the price was going to be. I saw the blog post come out yesterday and when I noticed the price of $99 my mind went crazy. I do NOT plan on paying $99 for his product. Why? I simply do not have the money. But, for someone who is rich and wants to try it out then it would be a great investment.
It is not a meal replacement by any means but if one simply adds berries, more coconut, macadamia butter, hemp seeds, egg yolks, etc. then it can easily become a 300-500 quick meal for when you are in a hurry. This is what I was thinking I would use it for until I found out it was $99 and told myself there is no way I will choose to buy it at this price.
Mark can do what he wants to do but it seems as if he might lose a good amount of fans by pricing it this high. To be 100% honest, he lost me a bit but I still love the guy and know that he is a massive part of this incredible primal/paleo movement. So, let the guy do what he wants. He needs to make a living and this is how he is doing it. I think he does enough stuff for free for the community in order to justify his price.
But, again, for me, $99 is too high. I would consider buying it at $49 but nothing more.