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Protein Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Review
 

Initial Posting: 12/21/18   Last Update: 11/19/19

Find the Best Protein Powders, Shakes and Drinks

20% of Protein Powders and Drinks Fail CL's Tests of Quality
Protein, Meal, and Diet Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Tested by ConsumerLab.com
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
AmaZing Grass Green Superfood Beachbody Performance Recover Post-Workout Beachbody Shakeology - Chocolate Beachbody Shakeology Vegan - Vanilla EAS 100% Whey Protein Chocolate Garden of Life® 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
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
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ConsumerLab.com Answers -- for Protein Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Review
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