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Product Review: Protein Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Review
 

Initial Posting: 6/10/16 Last Update: 11/1/17 
Protein, Meal, and Diet Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Tested by ConsumerLab.com
28% of Protein Powders and Drinks Flunk Tests of Quality

Find Out Now If Yours Passed!


Alphabetical list of protein powder and protein drink brands in report
Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein - Chocolate Myology Whey Isolate - Vanilla Shakeology - Chocolate
EAS 100% Whey Protein Chocolate Naturade Pea Protein - Vanilla Shakeology - Strawberry
Genisoy Soy Protein Shake Chocolate Nature's Way Alive! Protein Complete Shake - Vanilla Shakeology - Vanilla
GNC Pro Performance 100% Whey Protein Nature's Way Alive! Ultra-Shake - Pea Protein - Vanilla Shakeology Vegan - Chocolate
GNC Total Lean, Lean Shake 25 Rich Chocolate Nutivia Organic Hemp Protein Powder Shakeology Vegan - Tropical Strawberry
Hammer Nutrition Hammer Vegan Chocolate ON Gold Standard 100% Whey Double Rich Chocolate Six Star Pro Nutrition Casein Protein - Triple Chocolate
Isopure Zero Carb Protein Drink - Coconut PlantFusion Complete Plant Protein - Vanilla Bean Solgar Whey To Go Whey Protein - Chocolate
Jay Robb Egg White Protein - Unflavored Precision Engineered Whey Protein Isolate - Vanilla Swanson Ultra Whey Protein Powder - Vanilla
Muscle Milk Organic Protein Shake - Chocolate Reserveage Grass-Fed Whey Protein - Vanilla V8 Protein Shakes - Vanilla
Muscletech Nitro Tech Milk Chocolate    
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 Naturade Pea Protein - Vanilla Nature's Way Alive! Protein Complete Shake - Vanilla Nature's Way Alive! Ultra-Shake - Pea Protein - Vanilla Nutivia 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
Make sure your protein powder or protein drink passed our test and is right for you!
Isn't your health worth it?
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
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ConsumerLab.com Answers -- for Protein Powders, Shakes, and Drinks Review
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