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 ConsumerLab.com recommendations and quality ratings. You will get results for 27 protein supplements -- 14 selected by ConsumerLab.com and 13 others that passed voluntary certification testing — as well information about a product very similar to one which passed testing.
In this comprehensive report, 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