Personally, I became aware of Herbalife because a worldwide soccer player I admire was once an ambassador for the brand, but its reputation as an MLM (multi-level-marketing) seems to precede it, with the company now selling nutritional supplements and personal care products in more than 90 countries around the world.
Herbalife is not a vegan brand. It sells products like the Protein Drink Mix and Protein Bites that contain dairy ingredients such as whole milk powder and whey protein concentrate. Still, they have vegan products, but because their US-based website is not easy to navigate, I didn’t manage to find an easily accessible and comprehensive list of vegan products.
In this article I’ll talk about Herbalife as a brand, including whether you should support it as a vegan, and I’ll also showcase which products you can purchase, given they’re difficult to find.
What is Herbalife?
Herbalife is a multi-level-marketing company that sells nutritional supplements and personal care products.
Multi-level-marketing (MLM), also referred to as pyramid selling, is a controversial marketing strategy for the sale of products or services, where the revenue of the MLM company comes from a non-salaried workforce selling the company’s products and the earnings of the participants are derived from a pyramid-shape or binary compensation commission system.
Herbalife was involved in a controversial episode where the company’s MLM system seemed to be at the core of the issue, mainly because MLM systems are often dismissed as illegal pyramid-schemes or systems in which companies make money from the investments of their salespeople rather than from actual product sales.
Whether that is true or not for Herbalife, they still have some interesting products, including a few vegan products that are low calorie, nutrient rich, and packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Does Herbalife Have Vegan Products?
Fortunately for vegans who love Herbalife products, Herbalife does have some vegan products, however, it’s actually very difficult to find them on the US-based website.
However, I went to the company’s UK-based website, and I managed to find some vegan products, even though the list of products is difficult to navigate (as they have no filters).
Formula 1 Mix
Formula 1 is a product line of meal-replacement shakes packed with vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients with the goal of providing health-centric consumers with the energy and vigor to tackle their busy daily routines.
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s product line is not entirely vegan, and it was only recently that Herbalife launched a new-generation of Formula 1 flavors that are fully vegan.
Unfortunately, I didn’t find the new-generation flavors on the US-based website, but I found them on Herbalife’s UK-based website, so if you live in the US, you’re best bet is to speak to a distributor or salesperson.
Here are Herbalife’s Formula 1 vegan flavors:
- Formula 1 Banana Cream
- Formula 1 Cafe Latte
- Formula 1 Strawberry Delight
- Formula 1 Spiced Apple
- Formula 1 Mushroom and Herb
- Formula 1 Summer Berries
These formulas contain many of the vitamins and minerals vegans need, including vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, and iron, plus as you can see, there’s no shortage of unique flavors.
Tri-Blend Protein Mix
While not available in every region, the Tri-Blend protein shake mix is a high-protein and low in sugar formula containing naturally sourced ingredients from places like Colombia and Canada.
It includes a blend of pea, quinoa and flaxseed so you can have plant-based protein that’s significantly high in fiber, which will naturally provide you with an array of health benefits in the long-run.
Needless to say, this product is suitable for vegans.
Oat Apple Fiber
Oat Apple Fiber is a drink designed to help you increase your daily fiber intake by combining six fiber-rich sources in a single blend: apple, oat, maize, citrus, chicory, and soya.
Fiber is important because it helps support the growth of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract, which leads to various benefits, including a better immune system.
Most vegans typically eat plenty of fiber-rich foods in their diet, so this product isn’t necessary.
Instant Herbal Tea
Herbalife also has Instant Herbal Tea available in four different flavors, including lemon, peach, raspberry and original, which all contain green tea extract, a powerful antioxidant.
It goes without saying, tea is usually vegan, unless you decide to add milk (like the British do).
Herbal Aloe Concentrate
The Herbal Aloe Concentrate allows you to create a refreshing drink made from soothing Aloe Vera leaf – free from crappy ingredients such as added sugars or artificial sweeteners. The mango flavor is also available.
Other Vegan Alternatives
While I don’t question the quality of Herbalife’s products, I still wouldn’t recommend them because I know you can find products of the same (or better) quality for a more affordable price. Additionally, you don’t have to contact a salesperson or distributor to get high-quality vegan products.
Some products we’ve covered above are meal-replacement and protein shakes, so if you’re looking for vegan protein shakes or vegan meal-replacement shakes, you can easily find good and affordable options.
Here are alternatives to Herbalife’s vegan products:
While Transparent Labs is not a vegan company, this product is made from organic vegan ingredients. Not only can get 24g of protein and 4g of dietary fiber in a single scoop, but the product itself is very low in sugar, particularly when compared to other protein powders on the market.
This is a ready-to-drink plant-based nutritional shake containing 220 calories, 16g of protein, and a good mix of 25 vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin B12, iron, and calcium.
Herbalife is not a vegan brand, but they have a few vegan products, including some Formula 1 flavors (Banana Cream, Caffe Latte, Strawberry Delight, Spiced Apple, Mushroom and Herb, Summer Berries), the Tri-Blend protein mix, the Oat Apple Fiber drink, Herbal teas, and an Aloe Vera concentrate.
Other than their meal-replacement shake’s unique variety of flavors, there isn’t anything extraordinary about their products that truly sets them apart.
With that being said, I appreciate and respect the fact Herbalife has invested in vegan products.