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Protein Powder To Never Buy Again (And What To Choose Instead)!

I get a lot of questions about protein shakes and powders. Many of you want to know if I drink them, which brands I recommend, what types of protein are the best, which ones to avoid…etc.

The truth is that most protein powders on the market are filled with highly processed denatured proteins, preservatives, GMOs, and tons of additives. Many are so expensive but also at the same time can be some of the lowest quality ingredients you can buy! 

Let me give you an example of a protein powder that I would NEVER buy…

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EAS Soy Protein Powder: Soy Protein Isolate, Fructose, Cocoa Powder (Processed with Alkali), Natural & Artificial Flavor, and Soy Lecithin.

This protein powder is not certified organic or non-GMO project verified – so it can contain GMO ingredients. The soy likely comes from “Roundup Ready” soybeans (a GMO) that is engineered to be doused with Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer deemed glyphosate “probably carcinogenic” – This is definitely not something you should be supplementing your diet with!

Besides being GMO, I avoid soy protein because when soy is isolated to just its protein state it becomes denatured and can cause hormonal disruptions. It also endures an extreme amount of chemical processing to become “isolated” – so it is not what I consider real food.

Here’s another popular one I wouldn’t buy…

IsoPure Zero Carb Protein (Vanilla): Ion Exchange Whey [Milk] Protein Isolate, Microfiltered Whey [Milk] Protein Isolate, Vitamin/Mineral/Amino Acid Blend, (Taurine, Potassium [As Potassium Chloride], Chloride [As Potassium And Sodium Chloride], Calcium [As Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate], Phosphorus [As Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate], L-Glutamine, Magnesium [As Magnesium Oxide], Vitamin C [As Ascorbic Acid], Vitamin E [As DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate], Niacin, Zinc [As Zinc Sulfate Dihydrate], Vitamin A [As Palmitate], Pantothenic Acid [As D-Calcium Pantothenate], Vitamin B6 [As Pyridoxine Hydrochloride], Copper [As Amino Acid Chelate], Manganese [As Manganese Sulfate Dihydrate], Riboflavin, Thiamin [As Thiamin Hydrochloride], Folic Acid, Biotin, Iodide [As Potassium Iodide], Chromium [As Amino Acid Chelate], Vitamin K, Molybdenum [As Amino Acid Chelate], Selenium [As Amino Acid Chelate], Vitamin B12), Soy Lecithin, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Xanthan Gum, Sucralose.

This artificially flavored protein powder is made from whey protein that is not certified organic, so it likely comes from cows that were raised on GMOs, growth hormones, antibiotics and other drugs. It also contains the artificial sweetener sucralose (Splenda) which is linked to leukemia. The Center for Science in the Public Interest says sucralose is not safe and should be avoided

This next protein powder seems pretty clean, but I still wouldn’t buy it…

Vega One Nutritional Shake (French Vanilla): Pea protein, whole flaxseed (micro-milled), organic acacia gum (naturally occurring fiber), hemp protein, SaviSeedTM (sacha inchi) protein, organic gelatinized maca root, organic broccoli, inulin (from chicory root), organic spirulina, organic kale, organic marine algae calcium, fruit & vegetable blend (spinach, broccoli, carrot, beet, tomato, apple, cranberry, orange, blueberry and/or bilberry, strawberry, shiitake mushroom), chlorella vulgaris (cracked whole cell), papaya extract, probiotics (bacillus coagulans [provides 1 billion cfu/serving]), antioxidant fruit blend (grape seed extract, organic pomegranate, açai, mangosteen, organic goji, organic maqui), Contains 2 percent or less of: natural vanilla flavor, natural caramel flavor, stevia extract, citric acid.

This shake is not certified organic, including the first two ingredients, which means that they may have been treated with synthetic pesticides. Roundup herbicide is also used as a desiccant (drying agent) on some non-organic peas and flaxseed crops. Since I try to avoid these chemicals, I choose certified organic foods whenever possible! This powder is also sweetened with stevia extract (instead of whole stevia leaf), which goes through a chemical-laden process.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked to review this next shake… (a lot!) and again, this is one that I wouldn’t buy…

Isagenix IsaLean Shake (Strawberry Cream): Exclusive Myo-IsaLean Complex [whey protein concentrate (undenatured), milk protein concentrate (undenatured), low heat nonfat dry milk], isomaltooligosaccharide powder, fructose, sunflower (Helianthus annuus) oil powder, natural strawberry flavors, olive (Olea europaea) oil powder, tapioca maltodextrin, flax (Linum usitatissimum) seed powder, xanthan gum, medium chain triglyceride oil powder, Ionic Alfalfa™ (Medicago sativa) leaf extract, natural flavors, beet juice powder, magnesium oxide, tricalcium phosphate, potassium citrate, enzyme blend [lactase (from Aspergillus oryzae), lipase (from Rhizopus oryzae), cellulase (from Trichoderma longibrachiatum), invertase (from Saccharomyces cerevisiae), protease (from Aspergillus oryzae), amylase (from Bacillus subtilis), bromelain (from Ananas comosus), papain (from Carica papaya), acid stable protease (from Aspergillus niger)], magnesium citrate, sea salt, stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) leaf extract, silicon dioxide, yucca (Yucca schidigera) root powder, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), magnesium stearate, psyllium (Plantago ovata) seed powder, biotin, selenium amino acid chelate, vitamin E succinate, copper amino acid chelate, vitamin A (beta carotene), zinc oxide, manganese amino acid chelate, iodine amino acid chelate, niacinamide, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), chromium amino acid chelate, niacin, molybdenum amino acid chelate, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine HCl), vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin), riboflavin, Lactobacillus acidophilus, thiamine HCl, folic acid.

This protein powder is not organic! Although Isagenix claims they make every effort not to use GMOs, this shake is not Non-GMO Project Verified or certified organic so there is a chance that some of the ingredients (such as the fructose) are derived from GMOs. While their website states their whey comes from New Zealand cows fed on a pasture, they readily admit, “we have also sought other suppliers in Australia and the U.S. who meet the same standards for dairy protein“. Without the certified organic or certified grassfed label, there is the possibility that the cows were raised with some GMO feed. The amount of sugar in this shake is pretty high too at 11 grams per serving, which is almost 3 teaspoons! Although this powder is filled with vitamins and minerals, these don’t come directly from real food. The ingredients within the natural flavors in this shake are not identified on the label. Flavors can contain up to 100 ingredients, including “synthetic chemicals such as the solvent propylene glycol or the preservative BHA” as well as GMO-derived ingredients.

Another two I get asked about all the time that aren’t organic either…

Shakeology (Greenberry): Proprietary Superfood Blend, Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate (milk), Pea protein, Flax (seed), Chia (seed), Quinoa (seed)), Chlorella (whole plant), Pea fiber (seed), Spirulina, Yacon (root), Cordyceps (fungi), Camu-Camu (fruit), Acerola cherry (fruit), Chicory fiber (root), Spinach leaf, Pomegranate (fruit), Astragalus (fruit), Bilbury (fruit), Blueberry (fruit), Lycium berry (fruit), Maitake (fungi), Reishi (fungi), Rose hips (fruit), MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), Ashwagandha (root), Enzyme Blend (Amylase, Cellulase, Lactase, Glucoamylace, Alpha-galactosidase, Invertase, Kale (leaf), Lactobacillus sporogenes, Shisandra (fruit), Maca (root), Luo Han Guo (fruit), Cinnamon (bark), Green tea extract (leaf), Moringa (leaf), Sacha inchi (seed), Other ingredients (non-GMO Fructose, Xanthan Gum, Natural Strawberry Flavor (with other natural flavors), Citric acid, Himalayan salt, Stevia extract (leaf).

This shake is also not certified organic or Non-GMO Project Verified, but even if all the ingredients are non-GMO, there is a BIG difference between organic and non-GMO ingredients – These ingredients can still contain synthetic pesticides and that’s why I choose certified organic foods whenever possible. This is especially important if you are drinking a protein shake daily, as many people do! The whey is also isolated, which is a heavily processed form and is not the best way to consume it. 

Arbonne Vanilla Protein Shake MixProtein Matrix Blend (pea protein isolate, cranberry protein, rice protein), sugar cane, sunflower oil, natural vanilla flavor, inulin, maltodextrin, flax seed, stevia leaf extract, xanthan gum, gum acacia, guar gum.

This protein isn’t certified organic or Non-GMO Project Verified – which is the first reason to not to use this powder. It’s also sweetened with stevia extract, which to me, leaves an odd after taste in your mouth, and they add several gums which are not necessary.

You can still supplement with protein and avoid heavily processed protein powders like these!

I typically prefer to make protein smoothies from scratch with real nutrient-dense foods – but this is not always the most convenient option. I realize there are times when you just need to whip up a quick protein shake and run out the door or want something while traveling – without worrying about poisoning yourself with unnecessary chemicals. Now that I am pregnant, I need extra protein for my growing baby, but want to make sure I am getting it from the safest sources. 

It’s important to note that I don’t like consuming additional no-calorie sweeteners like stevia extract and erythritol on a daily basis. The extra sweet sensation screws with my taste buds and I’d rather have my daily drinks sweetened with fruit and other natural sources that don’t mess with my hunger signals.

That’s why I created my own: Truvani Plant-Based Protein Powder

Our unique protein blend of organic pea, chia seed, and pumpkin seed protein creates a complete plant-based protein that is easy to digest and is smooth (not chalky and lumpy like the other brands!)

We also avoid the plastic tubs that other protein powders use to avoid BPA contamination.

We have strict criteria each ingredient supplier must meet before we’ll consider using them and then we hold them accountable by independently testing their ingredients. For instance, our ingredients need to be not only be certified organic and non-GMO, but they need to pass heavy metal testing as well.

Truvani Plant Based Protein is:

  • USDA Organic
  • Dairy-free
  • Soy-free
  • Free of stevia
  • Free of additives or artificial flavors
  • 100% plant based (made from a unique blend of pea, chia, and pumpkin seed protein for a complete amino acid profile)
  • Made from real protein (NOT an isolate)
  • Easy to mix – even in just water
  • Good for your cardiovascular health, a strong immune system, muscle growth, a healthy metabolism, and youthful skin

To learn more about what makes Truvani Plant Based Protein so unique, check this out.

Do you know someone still consuming protein powders with terrible ingredients? If so, please share this post with them and spread the word!



P.S. Still confused on protein powders? Remember, if your protein powder is not certified organic, it’s not worth putting it in your body – especially on a regular basis. Period. 


Updated to remove outdated info 8/27/2016

Updated with Truvani protein powder, as this is what I currently use – 7/17/19

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191 responses to “Protein Powder To Never Buy Again (And What To Choose Instead)!

  1. Hi Vani!

    I’m one of your biggest fans, and I’m starting to blog myself. My website is still under construction but should be revealing hopefully by next month!
    I recently purchase a protein powder through Thrive Market called:
    Chocolate Coconut Primal Fuel by Primal Kitchen. It’s a low carb meal replacement shake, but I’m using it for in between meals since I’m working on building muscle. Mark Sisson is the founder of Primal Kitchen, and I enjoy most of his products.
    The ingredients are:
    Whey protein isolate, coconut milk, cocoa powder, natural favors, insulin (from chicory root), Gura gum, stevia leaf extract.
    I’m starting to regret buying this because nowhere does it say Non-GMO certified , or organic. However, I thought I can trust this brand because I’ve been following Mark at his Daily Apple App for nearly 8 years now. Can you please do me a favor and review this product? Some companies, like organic farmers cannot yet afford the extremely expensive certification process, so they can’t label it as organic.
    Hope to hear from you soon! And check out my website after the big reveal. I would love to have you on there as a guest blogger! Thanks!!!

    1. Problems I see with this shake are the whey protein isolates and the stevia extract. I’ve read on a number of sites to avoid whey protein isolates. Also, I look for whole stevia leaf rather than the extract which is highly processed.

      1. The WPI is a form of MSG as well, as are all Factory manufactured isolates. So it compounds the trouble by using so much of it.
        MSG is just as much if not more of an issue than the benefits of eating organic, so I where possible eat organic, but in almost every case msg free unless there is no avoiding it. Ie, I am yet to find a reallygood alternative to soy and worcestershire sauce 🙁 two important ingredients to a good jerky.

    2. “Natural” flavors are the first sign of a junk protein powder. Search for “EWG + natural flavors” to read more (I’m sure Food Babe has an article about natural flavors in her archives too. I’d definitely avoid this.

      On top of that, cocoa powder is the heat-treated, highly processed version of raw cacao, inulin is a processed fiber, stevia powder is a processed version of the real stevia plant, and guar gum may cause GI issues.

      Long story short, find another powder.

  2. Vani, thank you for the review. What about the protein powder/shake from 22days nutrition? They have a natural flavor with no sweeteners. Only three ingredients and organic and non-gmo.

  3. Vanni,
    I would ask you to please provide the documentation supporting the claims against the products you do not seem to like AND for the one you do, and of course, are selling to your readers.
    When an expert witness testifies to in court, they must provide and reference supporting research. I believe that should stand in any forum, especially when marketing products.
    I am not trying to be antagonistic or belittling of your work. I believe you are doing what you love, for the correct reasons, some personal(financial success) and others public(physical health and wellbeing).
    I am the type of individual who reads and researches before making decisions. Many are like me. Unfortunately, most aren’t. That’s why sales is the best business…most folks buy based on perception rather than facts.
    If you could, please post the supporting research and who did it, on the protein powders listed above. It would help me and many others to make well informed choices.

    1. Peter, I agree with you.

      It’s always odd when there’s a lot of belittling of other products on the market (which a lot, I agree, are junk, though others not), when there’s a BIG Advertisement at the end of the page. It is odd. And those who are in business of any kind know this.
      Some people do sell anything to make money. Some people are truly kind, care about others so genuinely, and only talk about the product they believe in…knowing that belittling others is highly unnecessary because their product of choice is found to be superior to the others. So, it should be a waste of time to belittle the others, if you look at it that way.

    2. I think essentially she’s just giving her opinion- which people have asked her for and have also asked what she uses and would recommend. I think the thing that she is pointing out about a lot of these products that she finds unsettling is the lack of transparency with a lot of the products she has reviewed. The fact that they are not certified non-GMO and are not certified organic is clear to anyone who looks at the labels of the products and isn’t something that needs to be ‘proven’ as I believe that if they were they would have no problem stating so on their labels. Again- the lack of transparency when a company lists ‘other natural flavors’ at the end of their label is suspicious. All she is doing is pointing out that she has found a product that is very transparent about their products and their origins (non-GMO & organic). Have a blessed day~

    3. thumbs up for Tara and Mariah who get it right – people asked, she answered… she gave her reasons but the best part is – she did the research, or at least enough, so that I wouldn’t have to spend a day starting from scratch to figure it out myself – AND enough for me to ask more in case I wanted to dig a little deeper!

    4. Buy organic buy this….. but wait isn’t all this packaged in plastics leaking toxic chemicals into the product stored inside? Just asking the question?

    5. It seems that the writer has done her own research and is stating her preferences. There are many places to find anti non gmo research. I think this particular ad/blog is just an opinion paper. It leaves the option to research more in depth up to the reader. Also, having her professional opinion is helpful to me because I tend to agree with the idea that companies do not fully list the sourcing of there ingredients. I see an opinion paper here. It is up to the manufacturers to use proper labelling and fully inform the customers of there ingredients. She is stating that if there is no labelling for what she personally looks for, and the product contains ingredients that are known to be processed, unnatural or “complicated” , she will not personally purchase. If this was a research paper, I would also appreciate citations, it is not though, so we are able to do our own research and choose what we like it what is best for us ourselves. 🙂

    6. Go over to Mike Adam’s site where he tested numerous products and found huge levels of heavy metal contamination in several organic products. So everyone really needs to do their own homework. Reading the labels may not even be enough. If you are not using organic then it is surely of lower quality. Even if organic it may have other contamination that was untested before. Even GOL products were found to have heavy metals a few years ago, probably from China sourced rice protein grown in Contaminated soil.

  4. Thanks so much for your reviews!!

    I have recently fallen in LOVE with Orgain Organic Protein Plant-Based Powder. I love it so so much. I hope it doesnt have any dirty secrets I don’t know about!

    1. Orgain Organic Protein Blend (organic brown rice protein, organic chia seed, organic hemp protein, organic pea protein), organic high oleic sunflower oil, organic erythritol, organic rice dextrins, organic cocoa, organic arabic and/or organic acacia gum, organic inulin, organic natural flavors, organic guar gum, xanthan gum, orgaic rice bran extract, sea salt, organic stevia, monkfruit, rosemary extract.

      1. I love Orgain Protein Powder (Chocolate flavor). It is the first Protein Blend that tastes great and contains great ingredients as well.

      2. Orgain has “natural” flavors, gums, and fillers. These are junk ingredients.

    2. I too love the Orgain Organic Protein Blend. I am pretty particular about my protein powders and this one is affordable, organic, vegan (no whey) tastes good and is available at Costco.

      1. I’m also put off by the obvious marketing. I notice a lot of people have asked about Orgain but theres not been a reply. They have answered about a lot of others but not Orgain. I am wondering if the reason is that this shake is safe but she’s unable to confirm because of her affiliation with Nutiva? Anyone else wondering too?

      2. Alex, I was wondering that also. I’ve been following this site for awhile now and have really enjoyed it for the most part, but the huge marketing push on Nutiva’s product is unsettling. As far as the Orgain powder goes, I would guess that the negatives would be the various gums and “natural flavors”. However, Nutiva’s powder contains dextrose and silicon dioxide, which is a GRAS additive. There are controversial studies regarding adverse health effects from silicon dioxide but the FDA considers that you will generally not consume a high enough amount to put yourself in danger. I would rather just have food that promotes healing rather than food that won’t cause much harm if I don’t eat too much. But that said, the Nutiva powder certainly is much better than most other products out there. I also understand that if you’re getting something that’s pre-made and processed it’s not going to be perfect. I wish she would consider posting some other positive options in addition to Nutiva.

      1. Hi Natasha,

        I’m in the military and cannot eat anything with hemp for fear it will affect my urine. Any other suggestions for a safe alternative?

      2. Hi! I’m drinking the organic raw meal replacement from Garden of Life and it’s amazing! The vanilla flavor it’s very good. I add 1/2 a banana to it. It keeps me satisfied until the next morning ?

  5. hey Food Babe, I use Now Sports Pea Protein isolate. it says its Non GMO
    Ingredients: Pure, Non-gmo Pea Protein Isolate [From yello peas (pisum sativum)] Think its distributed from NOW FOODS.
    Any feed back or knowledge about this product??

    1. Although it is non-GMO, is it certified organic? If not, per the post above:
      “Roundup herbicide is also used as a desiccant (drying agent) on some non-organic peas and flaxseed crops. Since I try to avoid these chemicals, I choose certified organic foods whenever possible!”

  6. After reading your examples of why you wouldn’t buy other protein powders, I can figure out for myself that The Garden of Life plant protein powder that I use is pretty good but not the best. All the ingredients are organic, there is no soy in any form, BUT it is sweetened with stevia extract. It says “leaf” but it also says extract and that’s not the best. The same for the Nature Force Organic Whey Protein that I have been using and thinking it was great. All good but the stevia extract. I have been following your email posts and have read your book so I think I’m catching on about reading labels!

  7. Vani …

    A huge THANKS for taking the time to address each of these shakes! Your detailed insights are extremely helpful to so many of us who supplement our diets with such protein shakes. Grateful & thanks for sharing the Nutiva bundle! It has shipped, so looking forward to it’s arrival 🙂

  8. Another good product, while not a powder, is still a very good protein source: hemp seed.

    I’m not sure if you can get it in the States, but here in Western Canada, we have organic Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts which are raw shelled hemp seeds. Nothing in there but the hemp seeds themselves.

    A serving of three tablespoons have only 1 gm of sugar, 3 gm of fibre and 10 gm of protein. They also have lots of minerals, folate (15% DV – good for pregnant ladies!), calcium and iron.

    They also taste yummy, with a slightly nutty flavour. We put them on cereal, in porridge, on salads, in smoothies, and so on.

  9. Thank you for mentioning desiccation. This is a major health issue that most urban consumers don’t know about yet. The practice has become widespread, in grain farming, over the past decade as conventional grain farms continue to consolidate and get bigger. They desiccate because they can’t wait for nature to naturally ripen the grain for harvest. So they create their own harvest timeline by directly spraying toxins on the grain to ‘ripen it’…essentially kill it, for harvest.
    ‘Roundup herbicide is also used as a desiccant (drying agent)’

    1. Hi! How do we find out which product has used dissection? Hope you can give us your feedback ?

  10. Hi. Are you familiar “My Perfect Fit” protein podwer by Tone it Up? They claim Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Certified, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Kosher & Vegan! Thoughts??

  11. Vani hi, thanks for information on what’s good and what’s not . The only issue I have with this post is, that it opens up a whole new world of questions.
    I take a product which I won’t mention on the principle that I’m not trying to make a hard sell. I have the utmost respect for it and what it has done for my health and wellbeing.
    I do however not appreciate that someone like yourself with such a high profile and respectful position be endorsing one product as the be all that ends all. Because that’s how it struck me, and I have lost some respect .
    I see many people take a zillion products and all now have questions.

    So here’s the thing. Get your researchers to find out all the products out there in the sphere of shakes, and give us your feedback. Charge for that by all means, I know I would pay.

    But not this blatant prostituting of one product.


      1. Ummm….that article leads to the same conclusion as this one…so no different in my eyes. Seems gimmicky to me.

  12. Hi! I just ordered some of Nutiva’s protein! However, My top two favorites are Vital Proteins whey + collagen and then Sprout Living epic chocolate maca for plant protein. There are the cleanest that I have seen. Have you looked at these? What are your thoughts?

  13. Hello! I have been dying for someone to help me out with your take on the Shaklee life shakes. I try and stack in against the things Ive learned from your site, but I must be missing something…would you mind taking a look at the ingredients? They have a soy and non soy…so i know theres an opinion right there, but their soy is non gmo…which you rarely see, so they go through lengths there. They do more testing for pesticides etc that are even necessary than most or all supplement brands etc, the thing that i get stuck with on them is why they dont claim to be organic, and is it just a tiny thing in there that keeps them from being able to do that? They use stevia leaf…. i feel like all the other things talked about here are covered, so can someone help me figure out what Im missing, or are they actually comparable to Nutiva here? Please help! 🙂

  14. Have you heard of JuicePlus Complete? Your thoughts: GF, Non-Dairy, Low Glycemic, Vegan, a natural whole food based shake mix. 13 g of minimally processed water-washed soy and other natural protein, 8g of our proprietary beld of soluable & insoluable fiber. Ingredients for Vanilla: Proprietary protein powder (low processed soy protein, chickpea powder, pea protein, rice protein), natural sweetner blend (org evaporated cane sugar, stevia), proprietary fiber blend (natural gums (Arabic, guar & zanthan), plant cellulose fructooligosaccharides, plant cellulose, soy fiber, rice bran, pectin, apple fiber), natural flavor, proprietary ancient grain & sprout blend (broccoli sprout, alfalfa sprout, radish sprout, org amaranth or quinoa, org millet), calcium (as citrate, phosphate, carbonate, ascorbate), sea salt, proprietary powder blend (pumpkin powder, pomegranate powder, spirulina powder, yucca powder, mushroom powder), natural enzyme blend, niacinamide, soy & sunflower lecithin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, vitamins B12

  15. I use either Tera’s Whey grass fed organic whey protein powder or Orgain Organic Plant based protein powder. And I always add Green Vibrance to them!

    1. I use Tera’s Whey too and I really like it but now I an wondering if it is okay. Seems every time I find something I like, there is something wrong with it. I like and appreciate what Food Babe does but in the end, all of these bloggers are selling or promoting something.

  16. Hi, I get that you are receiving a financial benefit by supporting this one protein powder that’s on sale, and you certainly want everyone to buy that one. But are there other protein powders that do make the grade? You’ve pointed out plenty that are not cutting it, and I understand why you say that, but are there other good ones out that, perhaps you don’t get paid to promote? There has to be more than one. Perhaps your article from 2012 could be referenced?

  17. Hi Vani,
    What do you think about living fuel protein. It is organic and wild crafted and seem to have great clean ingredients.


  18. I’m a soldier stationed in Germany. Would be a problem to get this bundle send an to APO AE adress.

  19. If you’re eating a well balanced diet .. why would you need to consume protein powder? Reduce carbs and up protein rich foods.

  20. I am using NUZEST Clean Lean Protein powder. It’s made with European Golden Peas and offers 20.5g of protein per serving. It says it’s natural, no additives or preservatives, no artifi colours or favours & no pesticides. However, it doesn’t says its organic and, what is Natural chocolate, natural vanilla & natural fruit protein (Thaumatin)?
    Feeling very unsure about my choice now too 🙁

  21. Hey you are 100% wrong about Arbonne which seriously disappoints me as I follow you and I know Arbonne inside & out. Clearly you are getting superficial bad Intel.
    It’s 100% certified pesticide free not usda organic because that labeling is not recognized in Canada, Australia, EU or UK. We are 100% GMO project certified, 100% free from gluten, certified Vegan,kosher, BSCG,, dairy free, glycemic GILabs tested and sweetened with pure organic cane sugar + stevia which tastes delicious. Seriously! If you say one bad thing about this product you lose mine and all my connections credibility. Happy to help you get details if you can’t find them. Xo Karen.

    1. Thank you for this post because I was ready to write one and be very angry!!! You are 100% correct!!!!

    2. These are some of the junk ingredients in Arbonne vanilla … you’re telling me you believe these are healthy?!

      natural vanilla flavor, inulin, maltodextrin, flax seed, stevia leaf extract, xanthan gum, gum acacia, guar gum.

      Personally, I’ll stick with real food.

  22. Hi Vani!
    I love reading your blog and am a huge fan of your book too! Love most of what you stand for and have been following you for a few years. Your research has helped me quite a bit in the past too. This post does however worry me. People that don’t know better might miss out on the chance to drastically change their health based on a review that includes a lot of “could possibly contain”. If you take a moment to browse Isagenix’s site you will find a VERY open company that spends a lot of money on quality control. Their food standards are better than Organic and the owners have a very strict no-compromise policy. When I first read the label (as I learnt to do from you) I also questioned the fructose and felt comfortable with the answers given:

    Fructose is naturally found in nearly all fruits and vegetables and differs from other sources of simple sugar because it is low glycemic, helping to support against blood sugar spikes. In addition, it’s a little sweeter than other sources of sugar, so it allows for less use of sugar overall. In fact, the total amount of fructose included in IsaLean Shake is less than what’s found in half of a medium-sized apple or orange. There’s really no reason to be afraid of sugar in Isagenix products because it’s used in ways that are strategic and smart: You end up receiving less total amounts of sugar while still getting just enough to provide sweetness in nutrient-dense (as opposed to energy dense) meals, and to fuel the brain and body systems on Cleanse Days, as well as physical activity every day.

    Regarding the lack of Organic and Non-GMO labels:
    Safety being the highest priority at Isagenix means that any food products have to be “clean.” The principles of “clean” and “safe” have been a statute at the company that existed well before the rise of “clean eating” or “organic.” In the world that belongs to QA scientists, you hear of countless examples where “whole food” and “organic” supplies often turn up too dirty to meet standards due to high microbial activity or even the presence of heavy metals from probable use of organic, arsenic-based pesticides. Isagenix does seek organically produced materials whenever available, but safety remains the priority and the order of the day.

    Again, I appreciate you sharing your opinions and your drive to make this planet healthier.

  23. Hi, Vani , I noticed that you do not include Warrior Force natural I’m your list of protein powders any more. In fact I think it was your top protein powder, if I’m not mistaken. What’s changed?

  24. I use PurelyInspired 100% plant based Protein Shake. It is dairy free, Gluten free, soy free, No artificial colors or sweetners. Has 16g protein, 6g fiber, low fat, and 20 essential vitamins and minerals. I purchase it at Walgreens. What do ya think, is it a good one??
    Thank you.

  25. I have been using The Slender Blend from Protein World. Do you have any information on them and their products? I believe they are out of Australia. They say it uses “the finest, non-GMO quality ingredients” and “no aspartame or artificial colourings”.

    Ingredients are: Whey Protein Concentrate (93%), Protein World Thermogenic Blend (1%) which is Guarana extract (22% caffeine) and Green Tea Extract (40% polyphenols), Protein World Multi Vitamin Mix (Ascorbic Acid, Magnesium Oxide, Ferrous Fumarate, Vitamin A Acetate, Cholecalciferol, DL-Alpha-Tocopherol Acetate, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Niacinamide, Pyroxidine Phosphate, Cyanocobalamin, Zinc Oxide, Potassium Iodide), Sunflower Lecithin Natural Favors (4%), Sweeteners; Sucralose.

  26. what about Ideal Shake? Is it safe to drink? I add organic collegan peptides to it for my skin and inflammation. Is that safe as well?

  27. Good Morning! Am I able to access this from any/all devices? Or is just available to access from the computer that I downloaded it to? Thank you!

  28. I see that the Nutiva Protein powders contain both dextrose and silicon dioxide. Those ingredients would concern me.

    1. I agree Tiffany. She states in her article that there are no added sugars, but it clearly states on the label of both chocolate and vanilla that there is dextrose – another name for sugar.

  29. I understand that everyone has an opinion, including Vani. Either go with her suggestions based on her research or stick with what you like. I feel that she is just trying to help us all be our best/healthy selves. I purchased that great combination of Nutiva products and I am very happy with all of them and will be purchasing them again. Try looking at the site,, they have lots of specials & recipes! As for Vani, I believe that she only wants to put the best possible things available in her body, especially now more than ever! New baby coming! Good enough for my trust in her suggestions! Now, I actually do have a question. Can I put a scoop of the protein powder in a cup of tea?

  30. Have you checked out Paradise Protein & Greens? Organic and claims no pesticides. Uses organic pea protein.

    1. I’ve tried various pea proteins. My eyes get very itchy, then my skin later. From reading, after peanut, dairy, soy, allergies to foods are then sesame, and peas (chick, garbanzo). If you can tolerate it, check out the amino diversity. Some evidence suggests that regardless of allergies, all peas/beans (most legumes) have a slightly toxic element remaining even after thorough cooking but are factually toxic when eaten raw. Do you think the powder manufacturer cooked and dried your product’s ingredient? Read up on your favorite tool.

  31. You’re very lucky to make most your choices based on them being organic. Any thoughts on actual nutrition? Amino diversity? Country of origin? Some people who are genetically lucky may endorse a product that can turn those who are not into buying a product with no real advantage…

  32. Hi Food Babe. On your recommendation, I purchased the Nutiva Organic Plant Protein powder and it is VERY tasty. I’m waiting for my chocolate ones to be delivered. But I’m concerned with three of the ingredients.
    Morninga- according to Web MD “It’s LIKELY UNSAFE to use the root, bark or flowers of moringa if you are pregnant. Chemicals in the root, bark, and flowers can make the uterus contract, and this might cause a miscarriage. There is not enough information available about the safety of using other parts of moringa during pregnancy. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.”
    I’m not pregnant, but you are, and if Web MD is to be believed, pregnant women should be aware of this.
    Thanks for any insight you can give on these ingredients. The deal Nutiva was offering in conjunction with you was fantastic. Thanks!

  33. What about the Thrive Probiotic/enzyme/protien/vitamin lifestyle shake? can you do a review on their product and their capsule? How much caffeine is actually int he product.

  34. What about Protizyme Protein shakes? It’s hard to find low carbs and high protein. That’s why I like this one, plus it taste great.


  35. What about plant fusion. They have an organic line. I have been using it, but a couple times have experienced terrible stomach cramps and then vomiting/bathroom issues. I use almond milk with it too. I went to the dr. after I first had issues, b/c I wasn’t sure what was wrong. They said my sodium levels were super low. Not sure if the plant fusion or almond milk could cause this. I have been drinking it for about 2 months with 2 incidents of stomach problems. Of course the stomach prob. might not be related to this. Any advice would be appreciated.

    1. PlantFusion has gums and natural flavors, which may be the cause of your stomach problems. Look for a powder without those (I make one called Pure Food Probiotic Protein Powder if you’re interested in checking it out).

  36. What is your opinion on Juice Plus Complete plant based protein/meal replacement? Non GMO, organic, no gluten.

  37. Thank you so much for this review! I recently lost 80lbs and have been trying to find a protein powder for months that didn’t make me feel sluggish or overly stuffed to maximum capacity. I have been going more clean and raw with my diet so I was so happy when you posted this review. I’ve wasted so much money on trying so many different powders I eventually gave up and opted to eat my protein. Now that I am on the brink of vegetariasm, I started panicking. LOL. Im very happy to report that this shake gave me natural energy I felt very awake and alert and best of all. SATISFIED. It curved my snacking all day long and I didn’t feel like I was going to explode after 3 sips. I thank you so much Vani for suggesting Nutiva! I feel so clean. LOL

  38. Agree with you Vani that Nutiva’s products are solid and Vega’s are junk. For those of your readers looking to compare ingredients, nutrition, and cost of 20 different plant protein powders, click the Pure Food Company link.

  39. Hi! Thank you for your article. I went on the Nutiva website excited by what I was reading until I learned about the added sweetner and perservative that is put into the powder. As a cancer survivor, I am very careful what goes into my body. I emailed the company my disappointment and asked if they had a healthier alternative. They referred their Hemp powder. I did not see soy in the ingredients but is not marked soy free and only supplies 15 grams of protein. I’m really beginning to think there is no true “right” powder for me to use. I’ve tried Vega but not happy it’s not organic and you turned me off further with your comments. I work out 4 days a week and trying to maintain health and muscle. Tried eating lots of meat, eggs, cheese, yogurt, nuts, beans, but certainly not eating enough. Concerned about cholesterol and calories too. Does anyone relate or have any ideas of what to do?

    1. Karla – as the owner of a small protein powder company, I understand your frustrations. I spent several years trying different powder, and ALL had some type of hidden junk … even the ones marketed as “healthy.”

      If you’d like to try a sample of mine, shoot me a note: [email protected]

  40. HEPL !!!!!!!! ( Purely Inspired organic protein shake powder ) I spend days / hours trying to find if this product was tested for unsafe metals or other problems a consumer should be concern about . I could not find a darn thing please help if you can :'(

    1. If a protein powder company isn’t transparent about the heavy metal levels in their products, you should expect them to be high.

      I took a look at this product’s website and quickly noticed a few major issues with their ingredients list:

      1. They have natural flavors. Even if they’re organic, they’re probably not natural. (Google “CNN natural flavors” and click the top link to read a good article about this).
      2. They have gums. These can cause major issues for anyone with GI sensitivities.
      3. They use organic “cocoa” powder. This is the heat-treated, highly-processed version of raw cacao.

  41. I just ordered the Nutiva product suggested in your article ( has it for the lowest price I’ve found!), but after reading the label, it appears that not all the fruits and veggies are organic. So I’m a little confused at to why you would recommend this one over others that you put down for not being all organic. Can someone correct me if I’m wrong here?! Thank you 🙂

  42. So many of these protein shakes/bars/supplements use the worse possible forms of protein. I found that being plant-based, I could strength train and still get what I needed from beans, legumes, potatoes, whole soybean tofu, and other food sources. We have such a protein hyped society that most people don’t realize they don’t need more than what is found in food. Shared this on my blog!
    Oh My Nosh Nutrition and Wellness

  43. The updated product is just called “plant protein” and can had at Amazon for $24 at times with coupon code. This is a reformulated ver of the 30. I just it with fruits and water.

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