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20% of Protein Powders and Drinks Fail CL's Tests of Quality
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Brands compared in report

AmaZing Grass Green Superfood
Beachbody Performance Recover Post-Workout
Beachbody Shakeology - Chocolate
Beachbody Shakeology Vegan - Vanilla
EAS 100% Whey Protein Chocolate
Garden of LifeĀ® Organic Whey Protein Grass Fed
Garden of Life RAW Organic Meal Vanilla
Garden of Life Sport Certified Grass Fed Whey
Garden of Life Sport Organic Plant-Based Protein
GNC Amplified Wheybolic 40 - Chocolate
GNC Total Lean, Lean Shake 25 Swiss Chocolate
MyProtein Impact Whey Isolate
NOW Sports Pea Protein - Natural Unflavored
Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powder
ON [Optimum Nutrition] Gold Standard 100% Whey
Orgain Organic Protein - Vanilla Bean
PaleoThin Organic Egg White Protein - Unflavored
PlantFusion Complete Plant Protein - Vanilla Bean
Premier Protein - Chocolate
Protein2O - Harvest Grape
Quest Protein Powder - Salted Caramel Flavor
Universal Casein Pro - Vanilla Soft Serve
Vega Sport Performance Protein - Vanilla Flavor
Vitacost Soy Protein Isolate - Natural Chocolate Flavor

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More about this report

Extra protein can help athletes build muscle and older people prevent muscle loss as part of a resistance- exercise regimen. It can also help maintain blood sugar levels as part of a low-calorie diet. But with so many protein products from which to choose, how do you know which is best? 

To find out, we tested popular protein powders and drinks made with whey, casein, soy, egg, pea, rice, and/or hemp. The tests revealed problems with 20% of the products selected, including cholesterol in a product that claimed none, and 81% more sodium than listed in another. We also identified many high-quality protein powders. Among these, the cost to get an equivalent serving of protein ranged from just 37 cents to over $5 -- showing how much you can save by comparing products. We selected those that provided the best quality, value and taste as our Top Picks.

You must be a member to get the full test results, along with ConsumerLab's recommendations. You'll get results for 24 protein supplements -- 15 selected by ConsumerLab and nine that passed the same testing through our voluntary Quality Certification Program. 

In this comprehensive review, you'll discover:

    • Which protein products failed testing, which passed, and which are CL's Top Picks
    • How protein powders and drinks compare on taste, mixability, ingredients and price
    • 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)
    • When to take protein for the best results
    • Ingredients you may want to avoid in protein powders and drinks

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