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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Clean Protein Powders...REVIEWED!


Last week I posted a writeup about protein powders and why you need protein, how much you need, and the different types of protein powder.  I also mentioned what to seek and avoid in a clean protein powder (artificial sweeteners, unnecessary additives, etc.).  I've reviewed some of the cleaner protein powders I've tried based on taste and cleanliness and provide the pros and cons of each below.

  • Taste - 10/10  (1 meaning "tastes awful"; 10 meaning "tastes like heaven!")
  • Cleanliness - 10/10 (1 meaning artificial sweeteners, additives, colorings, etc; 10 meaning organic ingredients and a highly trustworthy source of ingredients)
  • Pros - rBGH/rBST free; 21 grams of protein per serving; available in convenient packets; tastes like a milkshake when mixed with almond or coconut milk; works exceptionally well with baking
  • Cons - we love the packets, but we wish this product was also available in a large (2 lbs. or 5 lbs.) container!
  • Overall - our first choice for whey protein.  In the world of whey protein supplements, if a supplement manufacturer does not disclose that their dairy source is rBGH/rBST free, you can assume the cattle have been exposed to this lab-created hormone (learn more about rBGH/rBST here).  For the perfect 30-second meal replacement, try mixing it with coconut milk and a tablespoon of almond butter for a very healthy and satisfying meal.
  • Where to Find It - {if you are interested in ordering this product email us at and we can also send you a free Shake & Bake Recipe eBook!}
Optimum Nutrition - Gold Standard Natural - 100% Whey (Chocolate)
  • Taste - 7/10
  • Cleanliness - 5/10 
  • Pros - uses whey isolate as primary protein source; does not have any artificial sweeteners; contains digestive enzymes for better absorption; uses only a few ingredients
  • Cons - does not disclose whether or not milk protein source has been injected with hormones or antibiotics; contains soy (lecithin) which is used as an emulsifier; lists natural flavor as an ingredient - when listed, natural flavor can be a number of things, so I prefer to limit products using these ingredients when possible
  • Overall - certainly one of the better and more prevalent natural whey products on the market... if this is all you can find, great, but not my first choice.
  • Where to Find It -

  • Taste - 9/10
  • Cleanliness - 5/10
  • Pros - uses only a few ingredients; does not have any artificial sweeteners; chocolate tastes like brownie batter; over 9g of BCAAs
  • Cons - does not disclose whether or not milk protein source has been injected with hormones or antibiotics; contains soy (lecithin) which is used as an emulsifier; lists natural flavor as an ingredient; somewhat high in carbs (7g per 37g serving); carbs are derived from honey powder and evaporated cane juice (natural, but not the most ideal); this one's nit-picky, but 210mg sodium per serving
  • Overall - probably the most prevalent product choice for a natural flavored casein protein.  Tastes very good.  Compared to the artificial ingredient-loaded casein proteins on the market, this is a very good choice.
  • Where to Find It -
  • Taste - 8/10 (chocolate only)
  • Cleanliness - 7/10
  • Pros - uses only a few ingredients; does not have any artificial sweeteners; great taste; low in carbohydrates
  • Cons - not sure if they use hormones or antibiotics on their cattle; natural flavors; contains soy
  • Overall - great taste, but it contains soy so it's not the cleanest out there. The stevia used doesn't provide the typical bitter aftertaste. The chocolate is very good, but the vanilla is not great.
  • Where to Find it - 
  • Taste - 8/10
  • Cleanliness - 7/10
  • Pros - uses only a few ingredients; does not have any artificial sweeteners; high in BCAAs; whey protein isolate = faster and better absorption; all natural protein and they seek milk protein from cattle not injected with hormones or antibiotics; heavy metal tests results are extremely low and they actually put the results on their site!; great product disclosure and very trustworthy
  • Cons - the only reason this did not get a 10 is because it is not organic and they also use soy lecithin, which likely isn't organic either; a little more expensive than the other brands, but worth the cost
  • Overall - great taste, very trustworthy, plenty of flavors, but I've only tried the birthday cake batter.  We wish it didn't have soy!
  • Where to Find It -
  • Taste - 8/10
  • Cleanliness - 9/10
  • Pros - protein is derived from grass-fed cattle from New Zealand (that just sounds clean, doesn't it?); hormone free and antibiotic free; uses only a few ingredients; does not have any artificial sweeteners; protein blend for continued release of amino acids into bloodstream; great taste; if you buy the sticks, they are very convenient
  • Cons - carbs could be a little lower than 4g, but that's not a deal-breaker.  Other than that you need to be careful not to use too much water...I would start with 4-6 oz; wish they had more flavors, but then it probably wouldn't be as clean!
  • Overall - tough to find and pretty expensive.
  • Where to Find It -
Needless to say, there are plenty of good, clean protein powders on the market for you to choose from and this is just a sample of the products I've tried - there are plenty of other natural protein powders to choose from, but the main ingredients you want to avoid are the artificial sweeteners (Acesulfame Potassium or Ace K, Sucralose, and definitely aspartame), additives (natural/aritificial flavors) and food colorings.  As I said in my previous post, it would be ideal to get all of your protein from whole food sources, but with our busy lifestyles and hectic schedules, protein powder is a necessity for active individuals.

Keep it clean!

- Scott


  1. Great information! Thank you! So glad I found your website.

    1. We are glad you joined our website! Thank you for taking the time to comment! Let us know if you ever have any questions. :-)

  2. Thanks for the great post! Can you tell me if any of the following ingredients in this protein powder raise a red flag? I just get lost when it comes to this

    Chocolate: Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Fructose, Alkalized Cocoa, Inulin (Chicory Root Extract), Chocolate Flavor, Erythritol, Soy Lecithin, Gums (Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan), Salt, Cream Flavor, Sodium Ascorbate, Rebiana (Rebaudioside A).
    ALLERGEN INFORMATION: Contains milk and soy

    Vanilla: Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Fructose, Inulin (Chicory Root Extract), Erythritol, Vanilla Flavor, Soy Lecithin, Gums (Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan), Salt, Cream Flavor, Sodium Ascorbate, Rebiana (Rebaudioside A).

    1. Not sure of fructose source...hopefully not lab-created from corn! Soy lecithin isn't great. Also, like the reviews, not sure on source of milk protein...has the cow been injected with hormones/antibiotics? Cream flavor could be lab-created.

      Overall, it's not that bad, but not as good as Only Protein or About Time.

    2. Xanthan Gum and Carrageean are MSG in disguise if that may be a concern for you.

  3. this is GREAT!!! I am wondering if the UMP protein powder was anything to stay away from? I have heard GREAT reviews of it as I used to have GNC lean shake but not a big fan of it!! and now I am on the hunt for a new kind.

    Thank you

    1. Never tried it - check and see if it has any of the ingredients I warned about in this post and the previous one. Sorry!

    2. UMP has sucrulose in it .

  4. you have got to check out the Arbonne protein powders....made from a vegetable protein!

    1. Veggie protein is okay, but not as digestible as animal proteins. Most gets passed off as waste, so if you're paying $1 for 20g of protein, you're body is really only getting about 14-16g. Unless you're allergic, go with's a better source.

    2. I appreciate the post and feel the need to point out that past the age of two years old no one fully digests milk products. Plant based (minus soy) protein is really the better route. Hemp protein is fantastic and i believe organic sprouted brown rice protein is the only one that is something like 97.3% digestibility which is the closest you can get to consuming breastmilk.

      Thank you for your site and raising awareness for healthier eating all around! :-)

    3. It depends...plant based proteins are better immune builders than muscle builders or repair agents. Milk based proteins have a better amino acid profile and have the highest bioavailability of all source. Rice protein is low in lysine, so it must be mixed with pea protein to provide a better amino acid profile.

      Vegetable protein sources are's the allergic response most people get from whey or casein that is the issue, not digestibility.

      I agree that plant based protein sources are less inflammatory, but they aren't as efficient at muscle building and repair.

      If you feel intestinal discomfort from a milk based protein then I would switch to a plant based protein or cut out powders altogether. Whole foods are always king when it comes to proper nutrition.

  5. What are your thoughts on sun warrior protein?

    1. Don't know...never heard of it. Ingredients?

    2. It's Sunwarrior warrior blend: Pea protein, cranberry protein, hemp protein,with a complete amino acid profile. I don't have the complete list of ingredients but that is tha base ingredients.

    3. I had the same question especially since it's advertised in the right hand side bar of your website?

  6. Whats your take on visalus shakes?

    1. Hello! I am having a hard time locating the actual ingredients list online for these shakes. We will get back with you shortly.

    2. I would like to know that as well. I love their protein shakes.

  7. I have been buying supplements from Swanson Vitamins for several years now and a few months ago started using their protein powder. I love the taste and the price and would really appreciate it if you could look at the ingredients to let me know if this is as healthy as they claim it is. Thank you, Diane Rieger

    Product Label
    Swanson Ultra

    Certified Grass-Fed Hormone-Free Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
    Swanson $15.99

    Item #: SWU477
    Availability: In Stock
    420 grams (14.8 oz) Pwdr
    Pwdr size = *, Pill Size Guide

    Hormone-free high-protein nutrition with Aminogen plant enzyme

    Boost overall health and support lean muscle development

    17 grams of protein per serving
    Delicious all-natural vanilla flavor

    Try Whey Vanilla Powder with Aminogen from Swanson Health Products! This delicious formula surpasses other whey protein powders because it comes from grass-fed cows that deliver more amino acids and nutrients. It is made with the finest non-denatured, non-acid, cold processed whey protein concentrate from grass-fed cows that are not hormone treated. This protein powder also includes the patented Aminogen plant enzyme to boost absorption and retention. Product of New Zealand.

    Supplement Facts

    Serving Size 1 Scoop (23 grams)

    Servings Per Container 18


    Calories from Fat

    Total Fat

    1.5 grams


    Saturated Fat

    1 gram


    Trans Fat

    0 grams


    50 mg


    Total Carbohydrate

    2 grams



    1.5 grams


    17 grams

    Vitamin A(as palmitate and beta-carotene)

    500 IU


    Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)

    6 mg


    Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol)

    40 IU


    Vitamin E(as d-alpha tocopheryl acetate)

    3 IU


    Thiamin (vitamin B-1) (as thiamin HCl)

    0.15 mg


    Riboflavin (vitamin B-2)

    0.17 mg


    Niacin (as niacinamide)

    2 mg


    Vitamin B-6 (as pyridoxine HCl)

    0.2 mg


    Folic Acid

    40 mcg


    Vitamin B-12(as cyanocobalamin)

    0.6 mcg



    30 mcg


    Pantothenic Acid(as calcium pantothenate)

    1 mg



    90 mg


    Iron (from ferrous fumarate)

    1.8 mg



    60 mg



    12 mg



    30 mg



    160 mg


    Whey Protein Concentrate80% (milk) (from hormone-free, grass-fed cows)

    22 grams

    Aminogen® Patented Plant Enzyme

    80 mg


    †Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

    *Daily Value not established.

    **Typical analysis. Nutrients are naturally occurring.

    Other ingredients: Natural vanilla flavor, xanthan gum, sunflower lecithin.

    Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, mix one scoop (23 grams) with at least 6 to 8 oz of cold water or your favorite beverage.

    1. Personally, I have never tried this protein powder, but it appears to be a good choice!

  8. Just curious on your opinion of Designer Whey protein powder. Here's the nutrition info: Cal 100, Total fat 2g, cholesterol 60mg, sodium 80mg, potassium 170mg, total carbs 3g, sugars 2g and protein 18g. It has no msg, artificial colors, aspartame, gluten, fillers, casein, soy protein or creatine. I look forward to hearing what you guys think! :)

    1. Hello! I took a look at the chocolate protein powder and at quick glance, there are quite a few things that jump out at me:
      1. Artificial chocolate flavoring (wonder what this is!)
      2. Soy lecithin
      3. Vanillan (artificial flavoring)
      4. Dried cream extract
      Hope that helps!

  9. Great post. You have mentioned each and every ingredients in your review Regarding Different Protein powders which are available in market. Thanks for your useful information. I am happy to found your website and got great information regarding protein powders.

    Organic whey protein powder

    1. Thanks for commenting Claudia! Let us know if you ever have any questions! :-)

  10. Thanks for this! I've used Vega protein but have been wanting to switch to a natural Whey one. Just ordered the SDC Naturals, Its About time in vanilla. Excited to try it!

  11. Hi. I was wondering if you have tried any Garden of Life products? They have Raw Protein Powder-it's Vegan, Raw, Organic. I haven't tried it myself, just curious if you have.

    1. We have heard of it, but haven't tried it YET! As soon as we do, we will let you know!

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  13. Replies
    1. According to independent research studies (Weston A. Price Foundation):

      •High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Phytic acid in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking, sprouting and long, slow cooking. High phytate diets have caused growth problems in children.

      •Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders. In test animals soy containing trypsin inhibitors caused stunted growth.

      •Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have the potential to cause infertility and to promote breast cancer in adult women.

      •Vitamin B12 analogs in soy are not absorbed and actually increase the body's requirement for B12.

      •Processing of soy protein results in the formation of toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.

      •Free glutamic acid or MSG, a potent neurotoxin, is formed during soy food processing and additional amounts are added to many soy foods. MSG is highly inflammatory.

      •Soy foods contain high levels of aluminum which is toxic to the nervous system and the kidneys.

      Granted, many of these are results of tests done on animals and not on humans, but with all of the anti-soy information available and most scientific studies determining that soy has more detrimental qualities to health than beneficial qualities, I'd play it safe and avoid soy...there are plenty of other options to replace dairy, consume protein and vegetables, fiber, etc.

    2. Thank you!! My daughter has been drinking Soy milk since she was a baby and she is now 2 years old! I will gradually switch her to almond milk which is better for you, correct? I have never done much research on it as I always assumed it was healthy for you!

    3. Well I would like to add these links for reference when trying to decide on whether or not to use any soy based products:

      I only add this so users may inform themselves on more recent studies of soy. The first listed site is all about soy and information on the facts about soy (with* citations). The last link is from the JNCI(Journal of the National Cancer Institute) in response specifically to the claim soy increases the chance for breast cancer. Some of these articles contain lingo that some users may not be familiar with, but there is normally are review/summary towards the bottom that will explain/address what they were talking about if you want to skim. If you are truly vested in correcting (in my personal opinion*) the incorrect notions about soy listed on this site or just don't have time t research yourself then I hope this is helpful and I completely disagree that soy is harmful. Some of the information is specific to men's health in regards to the effects of soy, but the articles overall will address general soy knowledge. You use this site: to review the finds of said medical trials included as citations. I included a variety of different sites that all pretty much account for the same findings and also for people of varied back grounds (gym rats, those in the military like myself, regular everyday people just getting into the gym) that have trouble trusting sources of information. I am happy to receive replies in response to this as I am always looking to update my working knowledge on things involving fitness. By the way the reason I bring all this to the forum's attention is because my wife is vegan and I was looking into plant based protein to supplement her diet as she is currently working to better her own personal fitness.

  14. Have you ever looked into SunWarrior protein blends? They are excellent!

    1. We have heard of SunWarrior blends, but haven't tried them yet! As soon as we do, we will let you know what we think!

    2. I want to try sunwarrior but it's SO expensive!!

  15. Is there another Casein Protein that you guys use, or have used? I noticed that the carb count was a bit high per scoop on the All natural ON.


    1. Unfortunately all of the casein powders that are low in carbs are also the ones that use a lot of artificial ingredients. If you're trying to control carb consumption then you could always do egg whites instead, but they digest faster than casein.

      One thing I usually do is make shakes with only pasteurized liquid egg whites, unsweetend vanilla almond milk and reduce the casein to half a scoop to cut down on carbs. You won't lose much flavor, but you can always add a bit of whey to get some flavor back.

  16. I use the sun warrior protein powder and love it. It's the only powder that I have been able to drink.... Don't really like the typical protein powder taste. I also use PB2 powdered peanut butter. Have you all ever heard of it?

    1. We have recently tried Sun Warrior as well! I have heard of PB2 but I have not tried it yet!

  17. I have heard good stuff about One World Whey protein?!? It's a little pricey, but might it be worth it? I ordered the trial size, great taste... but curious about your take on the nutritional info?!?!

  18. Thanks so much for all of the information!
    Could you please tell me how Designer Whey ranks on the list?
    Years ago I read it was great and have been using it since then. Any thoughts on it? Thanks! Christy

  19. Great sound of strongest list of protein powder.. As a nutritionist point of view, they are try to test all powder to rise of body...I have been also added all information in my stuff and one bye one try all powder and see the result...Thanks...

    Best whey protein powder

  20. I was wondering what you thought of Perfect fit Protein powder? It is a brown rice protein which I know isn't as good as a dairy-base protein. But it only has several ingredients and no sugars. -Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein
    - Organic Vanilla Flavor
    - Organic Guar Gum (Thickener/Stabilizer)
    - Organic Stevia (Sweetener)
    - Sea Salt (Flavor Enhancer)

    I'm getting so confused when I'm reading up on Protein powders, I don't know what to look for in them.

  21. I really like Bluebonnet protein. It seems natural and clean. Have you tried this? Wondering what your thoughts are.....

  22. What do you think about Twinlab Whey Protein?

  23. Whitney, which one do you use and when do you use it? Thanks

    1. Hi Elle! I usually use MRM Protein Powder (but I do use any of the ones listed above). I have it after my workout or for breakfast if I do not eat my eggs!

  24. What do you use to mix your protein powder in? Are you just mixing in water?

    1. Hi Jess - We use unsweetened almond milk or water! You should check out our recipe page for some great protein shake recipes!

  25. How do you all feel about the Beverly International protein powders and supplements?


  26. Look into hammer nutrition's protein powders! I promise they are amazing! Very few ingredients and no sugar. Yummy and clean clean clean!

  27. Hi, I'm trying to decide between only protein whey and jay Robb whey. Which would you say is best? Thanks!

  28. Do you know if there is a list anywhere of the bioavailability of the different protein powder brands?

  29. This was an awesomely helpful post! Thank you. I was wondering if you had tried or heard of Garden of Life Protein. It's a vegetable/sprout/grain based protein powder. If you've tried it, how does it compare?

  30. Thanks for doing this review of clean protein powders. It helps me shop without wasting money by trying several before I find the ones I like. I have just purchased the trial pack from About Time and look forward to the Cake Batter flavor. Keep up the good work!

  31. Ok,so I'm a raw, newbie with eating clean, and am trying to do it gradually, cutting out the most obvious culprits first, and then tackling the rest one at a time!!! I rely on protein shakes for my lifestyle, and I actually enjoy them. My all time fave (best match of taste/protein value/low carb/price) is Kaizen Whey from Costco!! (goes on sale for $38 for a HUUUGE bucket!)

    Ingredients: Undenatured cross-flow microfiltration whey isolate, whey protein isolate 97%, Cocoa, Natural Flavours, Soy Lecithin, sucralose (Splenda, 20mg/41g) Stevia Leaf.

    Thanks SO much for doing this!!!!! Amazing!!!


  32. I just wanted to thank you for this post. I am new to clean eating and I cut out protein powder because I was having a difficult time locating one that wasnt filled with sugars or artificial flavoring. I appreciate the time you took to review these.

    Keep up the great work!

  33. Do you have any thoughts about Unjury brand protein powder?

  34. Thanks so much for this! SO helpful!

  35. Thanks!

    What about True Athlete Natural Whey? My teenage son wants ON Gold Standard, but I am concerned about BCAAs, and think the True Athlete would be better?

    True Athlete Natural Whey Protein:
    • Enzymes and probiotics (lactospore) to support healthy digestion
    • Inulin, a prebiotic to support immune and digestive health
    • No artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners
    • Hormone free: no RBGH bovine growth hormones
    • No wheat, gluten, citrus, fish, artificial colors or flavors added
    • No banned substances, unlisted ingredients or harmful impurities
    • NSF Certified for Sport (Products that are designated NSF Certified for Sport are rigorously tested to help ensure that they contain no banned substances, unlisted ingredients, or harmful impurities.)
    • Contains milk and soy
    • Other Ingredients: whey protein concentrate, natural flavors, cocoa powder (processed with alkali) , inulin, stevia extract, cellulose gum, xanthan gum, stevia extract, LactoSpore L. sporogenes, lactase digestive enzyme, papain, bromelain

    1. Do you know anything about the metal in protein drinks that was pointed out in the Consumer Reports article: ?

      Wondering about the metal content of powders not in the Consumer Reports list...such as True Athlete. How to find this out?


  36. Acesulfame potassium is an artificial sweetner. Optimum Nutrition powders have this in them :/

  37. Thanks for doing this post. I too love About Time whey. I'm always looking for protein powders without aspartame, sucralose etc. Natural Factors' protein Whey Factors is another one to try if you haven't already. I wasn't too keen on the strawberry but the chocolate was pretty nice. I'm going to try vanilla next. Pink Sun whey is also natural but pretty high in carbs as they use sweet dairy whey rather than whey concentrate or isolate, so the protein content isn't as high as most protein powders.

  38. How do you know that About Time has soy lecithin in it? It's not on the ingredient list...

  39. Know you get lots of product questions, but are you familiar with Maximized Living Perfect Protein?
    . . . made from organic whey from grass fed cows which is never heated to high temperatures. This is vastly different from most of the commercial whey products on the market which contain whey derived from conventional dairy, it is heated to very high temperatures causing the fragile nutrients to become damaged, and then often contain other additives and preservatives. No artificial flavors, additives or colors. Naturally sweetened with Stevia. Whey protein derived from naturally-raised animals.

    Quality protein makes up the building blocks of a healthy body by repairing muscles and bones, providing a source of energy, and boosting your metabolism.

    Whey protein is nature’s richest source of biologically-available protein, complete with all 22 essential amino acids. Whey protein contains powerful immune boosters and helps to synthesize antioxidants necessary for detoxification.

    ML Perfect Protein is derived from the whey of 100% naturally-raised cows. Never injected with hormones or fed grains or genetically modified foods, they graze on natural grass pastures free of pesticides and chemicals. Vital enzymes, immune factors, and amino acids remain intact through low-temperature delicate filtration to prevent any nutrient damage.

    Fortified with vitamins and minerals, plus L-Lysine and Glucosamine for collagen and cartilage strength, and Chicory Root Extract and Glutamine to aid digestion, ML Perfect Protein is the ideal protein powder for your everyday health or for enhanced recovery from exercise.

    Perfect Protein comes in French Vanilla or Dutch Chocolate and blends easily to make delicious smoothies for a nutritious morning breakfast and it is perfect for an after workout recovery drink.

    Directions for Use:
    For optimal health, take one serving daily. Enjoy Perfect Protein mixed with 1 cup of water, juice, milk, or preferred beverage after exercise, or as a full meal or snack. One serving is equal to one level scoop of Perfect Protein, and provides 20 grams of bio-active whey protein, plus vital nutrients needed on a daily basis.

    Thank you!

  40. Hi, can you please review Pink Sun with these products and how it rates amoung them? I would really appreciate it! Thank you

  41. Thank you so much for this information! Im looking for a good protein powder for getting lean muscle, but im trying to cut down on costs. I found this protein powder called L-Men. Could you please let me know if any of these ingredients are harmful or bad?:

    Ingredients in order:
    Whey protein concentrate,
    Whey protein isolate,
    Cocoa powder,
    Vitamins & Mineral premix,
    chocolate flavor,
    Creatine Monohydrate,
    Sucralose 25mg/serving,
    acesulfame-K 34 mg/serving

    Thank you so much in advance!

    1. Sucralose ingredient raises a serious red flag...Just Google it.

  42. Nice blog comment Chicory extract I like chicory extract this is hallty is the valuable herb which for a long time has won popularity in national medicine.chicory extract was also often prescribed by herbalists of recent centuries to cure a whole host of ailments; the herbalist of the middle ages often recommended herbal remedies made from the chicory extract as tonics, as laxatives, and as diuretics.

  43. You have provided a great public service. Thank you so much!

  44. really useful site. I got here by looking for a a naturalish casein protein powder to complement my AllMAX IsoNatural whey.
    FYI has a post re:some testing along the lines of the consumer reports one showing some of the wild west nature of supplements though I am unsure of how the results were dirived.
    Basically, the problem is you can't fully trust anything in an unregulated market like health foods. Look at all the stuff that gets past inspections in regulated ones!
    It is a shame that we cannot fully trust anything unless you grow and make it yourself! I can't even say anymore because it was only ignorance via lack of information in the past that made things 'rosy'.
    I really appreciate the efforts of this site to help shed some light. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  45. Good info.

    Check out for awesome ratings and reviews on all flavors and brands of protein powders.

  46. Hi Scott,

    What do you think of Jay Robb's Protein Powder?

  47. Why do all of these "clean" protein powders have "natural flavors" in them? Natural flavors are not clean. Are you aware of any protein powders that do not include natural and/or artificial and/or made in a lab ingredients? Thanks!

    1. you are new to this stuff, so I will tell you the short version - without something in it, you would not be able to drink 3-6servings /day, everyday! you would vomit. And when you are 90kg of pure muscle or 8-10% body-fat with a high metabolism, you need to eat a LOT! (like over 6000kcal/day). I am 88kg, train hard 6days a week, more than 4h/day, and if I don't eat well over 4000kcal/day or a high fat-protein meal just before bed, after 8hours of sleep, I am 3kg lighter!

      So a protein shake + fruits 2-3 times a day is a must for me! Now, if it doesn't taste at least a little bit good, after a month, or a year ... you just can't take it. Trust me...

  48. I found a website that i think carries the only protein product.

  49. People, trust the guy, just tried only protein (hard to get in my country, paid over 30$ for shipping ..) but it is awesome. Taste is different but great (now, don't compare it with syntha-6 cookies, that is like actually eating a home made cookie..but also so stuffed with fillers plus over 200kcal/scoop!). would gladly pay 40& for only protein, but 35shipping ... that takes me to 8-$/jug witch is too much (75+5$ local tax).

    Stop buying things you are unsure, things with carageenan, Sucralose,acesulfame-K and the #1 red/blue stuff ... YOU DON'T NEED IT! also, they must learn an respect us, the consumers, and stop thing MGo bullshit. But only YOU can make it happen, not buying the damn crap! You need protein but don't afford things like only protein? buy milk,eggs,fish,chicken,beef,pig,cheese etc etc etc. Regards.

  50. What are your thoughts on Cellucor's Cor-performance?

  51. Do you have any comments/opinion on Reserveage Whey Proteins? They are organic and grass-fed derived whey protein concentrates.

  52. I started taking Creatine about 3 years ago. I recommend the Dr Max Powers Creatine Elite - It has really lowered my bodyfat due to my more intense workouts. I am currently at 230 pounds with about 15% body fat and I am trying to get down to 10 in the next 3 months.

    I always take the Dr Max Powers Creatine with a big glass of Apple juice as I have found my body reacts best to that combination.

  53. Hey! Your website is amazing! THANKYOU for all of your help and support, you will never really know how much you have helped me become the woman I have always imagined. I have recently heard of Bode by vemma protein powder, would you personally use this?

  54. Thank you so much! I have one question... Only Protein also has Meal Replacement protein powder. If I'm trying to lose weight and have shakes as my breakfast (and maybe lunches in a pinch), should I get that one or stick with the standard protein powder?

    1. Hi Lindsay, if I were you I'd be tempted to stick with the "Only Protein" standard protein powder rather than the meal replacment. As Scott mentioned above, you're always better off as far as possible to try and get your daily calorie intake and nutrition from whole foods, therefore it wouldn't be a great idea to substitute two meals (breakfast and lunch) with shakes (I think that's what you meant, right?)

      Also, in my experience, meal replacement shakes tend to be a bit more expensive than standard protein powder.

      Hope that helps you in your decision.

      All the best

      Julia x

  55. The energy of Optimum Glutamine Powder wasn't crazy but it was enough to start me up for my workout.

  56. Hi!
    I was wondering if ''Jamie Eason Signature Series Whey Protein Isolate" is a good choice?
    Here's the ingredients :

    Cross-Flow Micro Ultrafiltered Whey Protein Isolate, Sunflower Oil, Calcium Caseinate, Inulin (Chicory Root), Organic Cane Sugar, Natural Flavors, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Monkfruit Extract.

    thank you


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