Protein, Meal, and Diet Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Tested by ConsumerLab.comProduct Reviews
Protein Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Review

Find the Best Protein Powders, Shakes and Drinks

28% of Protein Powders and Drinks Flunk Tests of Quality
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Brands compared in report

Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein - Chocolate
EAS 100% Whey Protein Chocolate
Genisoy Soy Protein Shake Chocolate
GNC Pro Performance 100% Whey Protein
GNC Total Lean, Lean Shake 25 Rich Chocolate
Hammer Nutrition Hammer Vegan Chocolate
Isopure Zero Carb Protein Drink - Coconut
Jay Robb Egg White Protein - Unflavored
Muscle Milk Organic Protein Shake - Chocolate
Muscletech Nitro Tech Milk Chocolate
Myology Whey Isolate - Vanilla
Naturade Pea Protein - Vanilla
Nature's Way Alive! Protein Complete Shake - Vanilla
Nature's Way Alive! Ultra-Shake - Pea Protein - Vanilla
Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powder
ON Gold Standard 100% Whey Double Rich Chocolate
PlantFusion Complete Plant Protein - Vanilla Bean
Precision Engineered Whey Protein Isolate - Vanilla
Reserveage Grass-Fed Whey Protein - Vanilla
Shakeology - Chocolate
Shakeology - Strawberry
Shakeology - Vanilla
Shakeology Vegan - Chocolate
Shakeology Vegan - Tropical Strawberry
Six Star Pro Nutrition Casein Protein - Triple Chocolate
Solgar Whey To Go Whey Protein - Chocolate
Swanson Ultra Whey Protein Powder - Vanilla
V8 Protein Shakes - Vanilla

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More about this report

Protein from whey, soy, pea, egg, rice, or hemp is a key ingredient in powders and drinks for body-building, endurance, sports recovery, dieting, and meal-replacement. But which protein powders and drinks provide the best quality and value, and how do they compare nutritionally?

Our tests of protein powders and drinks revealed problems with the quality of 4 of the 14 products selected for testing. Each of these problems was confirmed in a second, independent laboratory:
    • Two protein powders contained more cholesterol than claimed. In fact, one which did not list any cholesterol actually had 16.5 mg per serving
    • One protein powder contained 181.4 mg more sodium than listed
    • Another product contained 70 mg more sodium than listed and was contaminated with cadmium, a toxic heavy metal
The cost of an equivalent serving of protein from CL Approved products ranged from just 67 cents to over $5 -- showing how much you can save by comparing products.

You must subscribe to get the full test results for protein powders and drinks along with recommendations and quality ratings. You will get results for 27 protein supplements -- 14 selected by and 13 others that passed voluntary certification testing — as well information about a product very similar to one which passed testing.  

In this comprehensive review, you'll discover:
    • Which protein powders and drinks failed testing and which passed
    • Direct comparisons and quality ratings of protein supplements and foods
    • The pros and cons of different types of protein (whey, casein, soy, rice, pea, egg, hemp, and bone broth) and different forms of protein (concentrates, isolates, and hydrolysates)
    • How to get the best protein powder or drink at the lowest price
    • Ingredients you may want to avoid in protein powders and drinks

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