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The reason people don't stick with a diet is because they become hungry and fatigued very quickly. That is an unsustainable situation no matter how much weight you want to lose. That's why diets fail. The solution is having a complete meal that is convenient, delicious, and prevents hunger and fatigue for five hours. That is now possible with the patented Zone Chocolate Shake. Used as a meal replacement, it supplies the necessary balance of protein, carbohydrate, and fat to help maintain blood sugar levels so you are not hungry for five hours. It also supplies more than one-third of the daily requirements of vitamins and minerals.
But the real nutritional stars are the polyphenols in the Zone Chocolate Shake because they maintain energy. The organic unprocessed cocoa beans are the richest source of polyphenols. You can tell by the slightly gritty taste of the bits of chocolate in the shake. If you don't have that gritty chocolate taste, then a shake doesn't contain the true benefits of chocolate. To this we add additional delphinidins to provide even more energy. Elite athletes use it as the ultimate recovery aid, but for an individual looking to lose weight, it is these polyphenols that maintain the energy you need while you are reducing your calorie intake. As an added benefit, it is the ideal healthy meal for any child because it supplies the essential nutrients (protein, vitamins, and minerals) that a growing child needs in a delicious form that takes only seconds to make.
What causes the hunger is the lack of hormonal balance. What causes the fatigue is the lack of chemical energy (ATP) generated by a calorie-restricted diet. The Zone Chocolate Shake overcomes both problems.
The balance of protein, carbohydrate and fat in our patented Zone Chocolate Shake help maintain healthy blood sugar levels to keep the brain supplied with adequate energy for the next five hours. If your brain has a stable supply of blood sugar, then you won't be hungry. Equally important, the unique polyphenols coming from organic unprocessed cocoa beans and highly purified extracts of the maqui berry help activate the enzyme (AMP kinase) that produces the chemical ATP, providing additional energy for the body. Lack of hunger and increased energy are the secrets to long-term dietary compliance, especially when coupled with great taste.
The quality of any product begins with the quality of the ingredients. At ZoneHealth, we have the strongest commitment to ingredient purity and potency. Yes, it does make our products more expensive, but it is also the reason that they fulfill their promise.
Organic, unprocessed cocoaThis is the critical ingredient in the Zone Chocolate Shakes. As soon as you begin to process cocoa beans, you begin to destroy the levels of polyphenols. This processing consists of fermentation, roasting, and separation of the polyphenols from the cocoa fat that encapsulates them before you even get the 100% chocolate that is considered virtually inedible. To make that type of commercial chocolate, you add sugar and call it dark chocolate. Add still more sugar, and you call it a candy bar. This makes no sense as you have reduced the real health benefits of chocolate, and adding white sugar to it essentially eliminates any real health impact. At ZoneHealth, our commitment is your health. We use only organic cocoa beans (they are higher in polyphenols than non-organic chocolate). Unfortunately, only a very small percentage of cocoa beans in the world are organically grown. We never ferment or roast the organic cocoa beans, which would destroy the polyphenols. We keep the polyphenols in their natural microenvironment encased in cocoa butter and then grind them to add to our Zone Chocolate Shakes. How can you tell if you are really getting organic cocoa beans? They have a slightly gritty, but chocolate taste to them. Of course, we subject every lot to intense validation by microbiology, high-pressure liquid chromatography, and anti-oxidative capacity analysis before they can be added to our Zone Chocolate Shakes. That's why we post the results of every batch on our website for all to see. But then would expect anything less from Dr. Sears?
There are often questions relative to certain ingredients in ZoneHealth products, so here are the answers.
Omega-6 Fatty Acids
It is the excess consumption of omega-6 that is the driving force for inducing the cellular inflammation that makes you fat and keeps you fat, develop chronic disease, and age faster. This is why our ZoneHealth products have the lowest levels of omega-6 fatty acids in the food industry.
We are led to believe that fructose is dangerous and makes us fat. Nothing is more ridiculous. If you eat too much of any nutrient, it will make you fat. In carefully controlled studies, it has been found that in humans the substitution of fructose for glucose does not make you fat and actually lowers your blood sugar. Furthermore, if you combine high-quality protein with fructose, it stops hunger. That is why we use them in our ZoneHealth products to help control hunger.
Of all the artificial sweeteners, sucralose is not only the safest but also the most stable to heating. The level of sucralose that we use in our products is measured in micrograms and is only used as a way to neutralize the flavor of polyphenols, not to make the product sweet to the taste. Try eating unsweetened baker's chocolate. It's impossible. Add enough table sugar to it, and you call it dark chocolate. That added table sugar is why eating chocolate makes you hungry. Instead of using table sugar, we use trace amounts of sucralose wheat protein isolate.