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Protein Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Review
Initial Posting: 12/21/18 Last Update: 1/5/19
Find the Best Protein Powders, Shakes and Drinks
20% of Protein Powders and Drinks Fail CL's Tests of Quality
Alphabetical list of protein powder and protein drink brands compared in this review
AmaZing Grass Green Superfood
Garden of Life Sport Organic Plant-Based Protein
PaleoThin Organic Egg White Protein - Unflavored
Beachbody Performance Recover Post-Workout
GNC Amplified Wheybolic 40 - Chocolate
PlantFusion Complete Plant Protein - Vanilla Bean
Beachbody Shakeology - Chocolate
GNC Total Lean, Lean Shake 25 Swiss Chocolate
Premier Protein - Chocolate
Beachbody Shakeology Vegan - Vanilla
MyProtein Impact Whey Isolate
Protein2O - Harvest Grape
EAS 100% Whey Protein Chocolate
NOW Sports Pea Protein - Natural Unflavored
Quest Protein Powder - Salted Caramel Flavor
Garden of Life® Organic Whey Protein Grass Fed
Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powder
Universal Casein Pro - Vanilla Soft Serve
Garden of Life RAW Organic Meal Vanilla
ON [Optimum Nutrition] Gold Standard 100% Whey
Vega Sport Performance Protein - Vanilla Flavor
Garden of Life Sport Certified Grass Fed Whey
Orgain Organic Protein - Vanilla Bean
Vitacost Soy Protein Isolate - Natural Chocolate Flavor
Make sure your protein powder or protein drink passed our test and is right for you!
Isn't your health worth it?
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
Learn More About Protein Powder, Shakes and Drinks
ConsumerLab.com Answers -- for Protein Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Review
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Question: I am having trouble sleeping. I regularly take a multivitamin, fish oil, magnesium, calcium, vitamins D and K, and a protein supplement. I also take a low-dose blood pressure medication. Could any of these supplements be causing my insomnia? Get the answer >>
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