{"id":556888621129,"title":"Sakara Review: Is The Most Expensive Meal Plan Worth It?","created_at":"2022-08-24T22:39:10-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Sakara Review: Is The Most Expensive Meal Plan Worth It?\",\n \"keywords\": \"sakara, sakara review, sakara reviews, sakara life, sakara meals, sakara metabolism powder, sakara life reviews, sakara food\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews the ingredients in Sakara Metabolism Powder and Sakara meals to determine if they're healthier than the competition and worth the high price. 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The company has great branding, and suggests that their products can improve your health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut are their products really that much better than the competition to justify their high prices, or is it mostly just a branding play?\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll review the ingredients in some of Sakara’s most popular products based on published medical research to give our take on whether they’re likely to be effective or whether they’re a waste of money.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eSakara Metabolism Powder Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Sakara_Metabolism_Powder_Ingredients.png?v=1661395447\" alt=\"Sakara Metabolism Powder ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of Sakara’s most popular products is their Metabolism Super Powder. The brand claims this product can support metabolism gut function. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe first two ingredients in this blend are whole foods: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eraw cacao powder\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecoconut milk powder\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. We consider both to be nutritious, and good options for a healthy shake.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDark chocolate is rich in cacao powder, and its consumption has been found to have favorable effects on human metabolism. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/19810704\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJournal of Proteome Research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that dark chocolate consumption reduced cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and caused favorable changes to the gut microbiome (the balance of live cultures existing in our digestive tract).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe cannot identify much medical research on raw cacao consumption specifically, but given that cacao is the main ingredient in dark chocolate and there is extensive medical research backing the health benefits of dark chocolate, we would consider this a healthy ingredient inclusion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCoconut milk has been found to have a favorable effect on cholesterol levels. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3824402\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emeta-study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e from 2013 found that its consumption decreased low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels, which is considered “bad” cholesterol, and increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels, which is considered “good” cholesterol.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMost of the remaining ingredients are supplement ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eL-glutamine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an amino acid and is included in this formulation at a dose of 1,000 milligrams (mg). This ingredient does have significant research backing in regard to its ability to improve gut function and reduce gut inflammation, but the dose in Sakara appears to us to be significantly below the therapeutic range.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA medical review on the health effects of l-glutamine documented that the “observed safe dose recommended for chronic [glutamine] consumption is presently 14 g\/day,” or 14x the amount in Sakara.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe cannot find any medical data suggesting that \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ehorsetail extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e improves metabolism or supports gut function.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eKelp extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e appears to be an effective ingredient for a metabolism powder formulation, with some impressive early research. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC9370431\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the well-respected \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNutrients\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal analyzed the effects of kelp on metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of health conditions including obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe study authors found that kelp supplementation had anti-obesity, blood sugar lowering and cholesterol lowering effects. A wide range of doses were used so we believe it’s too early to determine an effective therapeutic range for this ingredient, but we do consider it likely effective for Sakara’s stated health claims.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eGymnema sylvestre leaf extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e may favorably impact metabolic function as well. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/32460589\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJournal of Medical Food\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that this plant improved blood sugar control at a dosage of 600 mg daily, which is similar to the 400 mg dose in Sakara. The plant also increased insulin sensitivity, which is an important biological process that’s dysregulated in diabetics.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnother \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/28459647\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003estudy\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on gymnema found that it decreased body weight and cholesterol levels in an overweight patient population. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we’re very impressed by this formulation, and would recommend it as a general nutritional powder with the approval of a doctor. We wouldn’t recommend using this product to treat or cure any medical conditions, but as a general preventative it may be useful. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne aspect of this formulation that we appreciate is that the brand doesn’t include mega-doses of added synthetic vitamins and minerals, which is a practice we see so often in health products we review on Illuminate Health. This is a clean formulation with whole foods and effective supplement ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eSakara Meals Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Sakara_Burrito_Bowl_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1661395476\" alt=\"Sakara burrito bowl ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSakara sells a meal plan on a subscription basis with a rotating menu. Consumers sign up and receive shipments to their door every week.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAll of their meals are made with entirely whole food ingredients, and we would consider them quite nutritious. The ingredient list above is from Sakara’s burrito bowl that was on their menu at the time of writing this article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’s notable that every ingredient is an organic plant material or a spice. There are no preservatives or questionable additive ingredients like flavoring agents, which is uncommon for a food delivery menu. Even the salsa mix contains ingredients like \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eplum tomatoes\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecilantro\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and has no unhealthy elements.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Sakara_Chia_Protein_Waffles_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1661395498\" alt=\"Sakara chia protein waffles ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTheir sweet baked items are healthy too. The chia protein waffles shown above use natural sweeteners like \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003emaple syrup\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecoconut nectar \u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003erather than processed cane sugar.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs we explained in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/daily-harvest-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDaily Harvest reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article, maple syrup is a much healthier sweetener than cane sugar because it’s rich in minerals like phosphorus, potassium and calcium, and doesn’t cause as much of a blood sugar spike as processed white sugar.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ve reviewed every single ingredient in every item on Sakara’s upcoming menu and can’t identify one single ingredient we consider unhealthy or unsafe.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe would definitely recommend Sakara meals to be healthy, and to be an excellent option for consumers with high discretionary income who can benefit from the convenience of this service.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eSakara Cost\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe only downside to Sakara in our opinion is the cost. This isn’t surprising, given that organic botanical ingredients are relatively expensive, but the meal service is definitely more expensive than shopping for groceries yourself. It’s also more expensive than most meal delivery services we’ve reviewed previously.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAt the time of writing this article, the cost of 5 days worth of Sakara, even at the subscription price, is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$420 per week\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. This equates to $1,680 per month and doesn’t even cover weekend meals, so the total amount someone in our location would expect to spend is nearly $2,000 a month.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe tested entering different ZIP codes into Sakara’s pricing tool, and the price is definitely lower in major cities. We noted prices barely over $300\/week in some cities, which is still expensive but not as bad.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor those with high discretionary income, investing in your health is one of the best investments you can make, but we have to be honest here about the fact that this service is not accessible to many Americans based on cost.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSakara Real User Review\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne popular review of Sakara is published on YouTube by a channel called “Avocado on Everything.” The creator signed up for Sakara for a week and shares their experience of the meals:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/dOa5KRAvm0I\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSakara Pros and Cons\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere are the pros and cons of Sakara Life based on our review of the brand’s formulations:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003ePros:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHealthy ingredients\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePositive user reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFantastic branding\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEffective supplement ingredients\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCons:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eExpensive\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOnly 5 out of 7 days of meals \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe would recommend Sakara to any consumer that can afford their products and services, and is willing to invest in their health. We’re impressed by the brand’s nutritional powder and meal formulations, and anyone who reads our blog knows how infrequently we recommend meal delivery services, because we often note many questionable ingredients their products contain.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSakara meals are composed entirely of whole foods ingredients and spices, and we find it impressive that the brand is able to deliver to many different jurisdictions in the U.S. without needing to use preservatives.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-08-24T22:51:27-04:00","updated_at":"2022-10-23T02:20:46-04:00","summary_html":"We review the ingredients in healthfoods brand Sakara Metabolism Powder and Sakara meals to determine if they're healthier than the competition and worth the high price. We share a real user review of their meals.","template_suffix":"","handle":"sakara-review","tags":"_related:diet, _related:nutrition"}

Sakara Review: Is The Most Expensive Meal Plan Worth It?

Sakara Review: Is The Most Expensive Meal Plan Worth It?


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Sakara, alternatively called Sakara Life, is a healthfood brand that sells everything from complete meals delivered to your door to protein powders and supplements. The company has great branding, and suggests that their products can improve your health.

But are their products really that much better than the competition to justify their high prices, or is it mostly just a branding play?

In this article we’ll review the ingredients in some of Sakara’s most popular products based on published medical research to give our take on whether they’re likely to be effective or whether they’re a waste of money.

Sakara Metabolism Powder Review

Sakara Metabolism Powder ingredients

One of Sakara’s most popular products is their Metabolism Super Powder. The brand claims this product can support metabolism gut function. 

The first two ingredients in this blend are whole foods: raw cacao powder and coconut milk powder. We consider both to be nutritious, and good options for a healthy shake.

Dark chocolate is rich in cacao powder, and its consumption has been found to have favorable effects on human metabolism. A medical review published in the Journal of Proteome Research found that dark chocolate consumption reduced cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and caused favorable changes to the gut microbiome (the balance of live cultures existing in our digestive tract).

We cannot identify much medical research on raw cacao consumption specifically, but given that cacao is the main ingredient in dark chocolate and there is extensive medical research backing the health benefits of dark chocolate, we would consider this a healthy ingredient inclusion.

Coconut milk has been found to have a favorable effect on cholesterol levels. A meta-study from 2013 found that its consumption decreased low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels, which is considered “bad” cholesterol, and increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels, which is considered “good” cholesterol.

Most of the remaining ingredients are supplement ingredients.

L-glutamine is an amino acid and is included in this formulation at a dose of 1,000 milligrams (mg). This ingredient does have significant research backing in regard to its ability to improve gut function and reduce gut inflammation, but the dose in Sakara appears to us to be significantly below the therapeutic range.

A medical review on the health effects of l-glutamine documented that the “observed safe dose recommended for chronic [glutamine] consumption is presently 14 g/day,” or 14x the amount in Sakara.

We cannot find any medical data suggesting that horsetail extract improves metabolism or supports gut function.

Kelp extract appears to be an effective ingredient for a metabolism powder formulation, with some impressive early research. A medical review published in the well-respected Nutrients journal analyzed the effects of kelp on metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of health conditions including obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.

The study authors found that kelp supplementation had anti-obesity, blood sugar lowering and cholesterol lowering effects. A wide range of doses were used so we believe it’s too early to determine an effective therapeutic range for this ingredient, but we do consider it likely effective for Sakara’s stated health claims.

Gymnema sylvestre leaf extract may favorably impact metabolic function as well. A clinical trial published in the Journal of Medical Food found that this plant improved blood sugar control at a dosage of 600 mg daily, which is similar to the 400 mg dose in Sakara. The plant also increased insulin sensitivity, which is an important biological process that’s dysregulated in diabetics.

Another study on gymnema found that it decreased body weight and cholesterol levels in an overweight patient population. 

Overall we’re very impressed by this formulation, and would recommend it as a general nutritional powder with the approval of a doctor. We wouldn’t recommend using this product to treat or cure any medical conditions, but as a general preventative it may be useful. 

One aspect of this formulation that we appreciate is that the brand doesn’t include mega-doses of added synthetic vitamins and minerals, which is a practice we see so often in health products we review on Illuminate Health. This is a clean formulation with whole foods and effective supplement ingredients.

Sakara Meals Review

Sakara burrito bowl ingredients

Sakara sells a meal plan on a subscription basis with a rotating menu. Consumers sign up and receive shipments to their door every week.

All of their meals are made with entirely whole food ingredients, and we would consider them quite nutritious. The ingredient list above is from Sakara’s burrito bowl that was on their menu at the time of writing this article.

It’s notable that every ingredient is an organic plant material or a spice. There are no preservatives or questionable additive ingredients like flavoring agents, which is uncommon for a food delivery menu. Even the salsa mix contains ingredients like plum tomatoes and cilantro and has no unhealthy elements.

Sakara chia protein waffles ingredients

Their sweet baked items are healthy too. The chia protein waffles shown above use natural sweeteners like maple syrup and coconut nectar rather than processed cane sugar.

As we explained in our Daily Harvest reviews article, maple syrup is a much healthier sweetener than cane sugar because it’s rich in minerals like phosphorus, potassium and calcium, and doesn’t cause as much of a blood sugar spike as processed white sugar.

We’ve reviewed every single ingredient in every item on Sakara’s upcoming menu and can’t identify one single ingredient we consider unhealthy or unsafe.

We would definitely recommend Sakara meals to be healthy, and to be an excellent option for consumers with high discretionary income who can benefit from the convenience of this service.

Sakara Cost

The only downside to Sakara in our opinion is the cost. This isn’t surprising, given that organic botanical ingredients are relatively expensive, but the meal service is definitely more expensive than shopping for groceries yourself. It’s also more expensive than most meal delivery services we’ve reviewed previously.

At the time of writing this article, the cost of 5 days worth of Sakara, even at the subscription price, is $420 per week. This equates to $1,680 per month and doesn’t even cover weekend meals, so the total amount someone in our location would expect to spend is nearly $2,000 a month.

We tested entering different ZIP codes into Sakara’s pricing tool, and the price is definitely lower in major cities. We noted prices barely over $300/week in some cities, which is still expensive but not as bad.

For those with high discretionary income, investing in your health is one of the best investments you can make, but we have to be honest here about the fact that this service is not accessible to many Americans based on cost.

Sakara Real User Review

One popular review of Sakara is published on YouTube by a channel called “Avocado on Everything.” The creator signed up for Sakara for a week and shares their experience of the meals:

Sakara Pros and Cons

Here are the pros and cons of Sakara Life based on our review of the brand’s formulations:

Pros:

  • Healthy ingredients
  • Positive user reviews
  • Fantastic branding
  • Effective supplement ingredients

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Only 5 out of 7 days of meals 
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Conclusion

We would recommend Sakara to any consumer that can afford their products and services, and is willing to invest in their health. We’re impressed by the brand’s nutritional powder and meal formulations, and anyone who reads our blog knows how infrequently we recommend meal delivery services, because we often note many questionable ingredients their products contain.

Sakara meals are composed entirely of whole foods ingredients and spices, and we find it impressive that the brand is able to deliver to many different jurisdictions in the U.S. without needing to use preservatives.




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