{"id":556924207177,"title":"Orgain Protein Powder Review: Is Plant-Based Protein Healthier?","created_at":"2022-09-08T23:48:19-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Orgain Protein Powder Review: Is Plant-Based Protein Healthier?\",\n \"keywords\": \"orgain, orgain protein powder, orgain organic protein powder, orgain protein shake, orgain organic protein, orgain protein, orgain protein shakes, orgain organic protein plant-based powder, orgain protein powder review, orgain chocolate protein powder, orgain organic plant based protein powder\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews the ingredients in Orgain Protein Powder and Orgain Protein Shake based on medical studies to determine if the products have an effective protein dose and healthy formulation. We explain whether plant-based protein has higher lead levels than animal-based protein.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/orgain-protein-powder-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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All of the brand’s organic plant-based protein powders have very similar formulations, so our comments stand for all flavors.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll review both the protein dosage and the ingredients in Orgain protein powder based on medical research to give our take on whether the brand is an effective and healthy choice. We’ll also discuss whether plant-based protein powders are a good idea generally.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOrgain Protein Powder Ingredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Orgain_Protein_Powder_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1662695502\" alt=\"Orgain Protein Powder ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOrgain contains a surprisingly large number of ingredients for a protein powder. Many protein powders we review on Illuminate Health have one single active ingredient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis protein powder provides 21 grams (g) of protein per serving, which is an effective dose for building muscle. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23899756\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on dietary protein established the effective range to be at or above 20 g per serving for maximizing muscle protein synthesis.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrom a nutritional standpoint, we have no issue with the blend of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eorganic pea protein\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eorganic brown rice protein\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eorganic chia seed\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e for the protein blend. However, brown rice protein is not a “complete protein” as it lacks all nine essential amino acids that need to be acquired from diet.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe typically recommend supplementing with protein powders that are complete protein sources.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe “Organic Creamer Base” is decently formulated, containing ingredients like \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eorganic acacia\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e which is an effective prebiotic and thickening agent. However, in our opinion a lot of these filler ingredients are somewhat unnecessary. We don’t believe that consumers have a need for additional dietary fats in the form of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ehigh oleic sunflower oil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e or refined, filler carbohydrates like \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003erice dextrin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis formulation also contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003enatural flavor\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e which is an ingredient that we recommend consumers avoid. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3620743\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEnvironmental Health Perspectives\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal documented toxicity concerns with some flavoring agents. We don’t believe there is any need for this ingredient in protein powder.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOrgain Creamy Chocolate Fudge protein powder is sweetened with \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eerythritol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003estevia extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e which we consider to be healthier choices than added sugar, but we recommend avoiding sweeteners generally.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we consider this to be a decent formulation but we don’t recommend it due to the inclusion of natural flavor and a variety of filler ingredients we consider unnecessary for a protein powder formulation. The product is also relatively expensive per gram of protein which we’ll discuss below.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOur Vegan Protein Powder Recommendation\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Naked_Nutrition_Pea_Protein_Powder_Product_Shot_Optimized.png?v=1662695479\" alt=\"Naked Nutrition Pea Protein powder product shot\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/shareasale.com\/r.cfm?b=1595397\u0026amp;u=3153363\u0026amp;m=78253\u0026amp;urllink=\u0026amp;afftrack=\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNaked Nutrition Pea Protein Powder\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e as our top vegan protein powder choice. This product contains only one ingredient: yellow pea protein. There are no questionable additive ingredients. We consider this to be a simpler and cleaner formulation than the vast majority of vegan protein powders on the market.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePea protein is a complete protein as discussed in the previous section, and Naked Nutrition Pea Protein Powder provides 27 g protein per serving, which is an effective dose.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe cost of Orgain Creamy Chocolate Fudge protein powder at the time of writing this article is $33.99 and the product contains 420 g total protein, which equates to a cost of $0.08 per gram protein.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe cost of Naked Nutrition Pea Protein Powder is $57.99 and the product contains 2,052 g total protein, which equates to a cost of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$0.03 per gram protein\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, or more than twice as cheap as Orgain.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInterested consumers can buy Naked Nutrition Pea Protein Powder \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/shareasale.com\/r.cfm?b=1595397\u0026amp;u=3153363\u0026amp;m=78253\u0026amp;urllink=\u0026amp;afftrack=\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Plant-Based Protein Powder Higher in Lead?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA non-profit organization called the Clean Label Project published a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cleanlabelproject.org\/the-best-worst-protein-powder-products\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elandmark study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e in 2018 which analyzed contaminant data from 138 off-the-shelf protein powders. The organization reported that plant-based protein powders had higher lead levels than protein powder sourced from animals.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe understand that some consumers are vegan or vegetarian for ethical reasons, and for those consumers we consider Naked Nutrition Pea Protein powder to be an excellent choice.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHowever, for consumers choosing vegan protein powder for health reasons, we would suggest they reconsider in light of this information. Whey protein powder sourced from pastured animals may contain lower lead levels.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNaked Nutrition sells a whey protein powder product that has one single ingredient: whey protein sourced from grass-fed animals. This is the protein powder product we typically recommend for consumers without dietary restrictions. Interested consumers can check it out \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/shareasale.com\/r.cfm?b=1595478\u0026amp;u=3153363\u0026amp;m=78253\u0026amp;urllink=\u0026amp;afftrack=\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOrgain Protein Powder Real User Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of the most popular reviews of Orgain protein powder on YouTube is published by a channel called “TheProteinFreak.” The creator shares their thoughts on the taste of the product as well as some usability issues:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/37KcY8ZO1AY\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOrgain Protein Powder Amazon Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOrgain Protein Powder Chocolate Fudge flavor has been reviewed over 50,000 times at the time of writing this article, which is an impressive amount. The product only scores a “D” grade \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.fakespot.com\/product\/orgain-organic-plant-based-protein-powder-creamy-chocolate-fudge-vegan-low-net-carbs-non-dairy-gluten-free-lactose-free-no-sugar-added-soy-free-kosher-non-gmo-2-03-pound-851770003179\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eon FakeSpot\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e which is a software tool that detects potentially fraudulent Amazon reviews.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe average rating on Amazon is 4.6 out of 5 stars, but FakeSpot’s adjusted rating is 2.5 out of 5 stars.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top positive review of this protein powder from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Danny A. Escalante” who claims that the product is a healthy option for consumers with food allergies:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“While it doesn't contain as much protein per scoop as other competitors, it offers a great choice for those who are like me and have severe food allergies, but still want their protein. A good product that has the potential to be great”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Amanda Grey” who is concerned about some of the additive ingredients:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“‘Natural Flavors’ is not freaking organic or healthy or RIGHT! Why does it even need, natural flavoring??? Aren't the ingredients they are using quality and healthy??? Shouldn't they actually taste good as is and not need a chemically produced Sugar Additive called Erythritol”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOrgain Protein Shake Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Orgain_Protein_Shake_Ingredients.png?v=1662695401\" alt=\"Orgain Protein Shake ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOrgain also sells a protein shake that we consider to have a worse formulation than their protein powder. While it does provide an effective protein dose (20 g), it also contains several ingredients we recommend avoiding.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFirst, the product has natural flavors added which we recommend avoiding as described in previous sections.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOrgain Protein Shake also contains added minerals such as \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003etricalcium phosphate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003emagnesium phosphate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. We recommend avoiding health products containing added vitamins or minerals, because it seems illogical to take supplemental vitamins and minerals without a deficiency in those vitamins or minerals.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6276611\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eClinical Interventions in Aging\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal found that supplemental calcium may increase the risk of heart disease in some patients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis shake contains 3 g added sugar in the form of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eorganic agave\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. While this is likely a healthier option than table sugar, we recommend avoiding added sugar, especially in the context of health food formulations.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt also contains many ingredients like \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003esunflower oil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003evegetable glycerin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that just seem unnecessary for a simple protein shake formulation.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do not recommend this product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eConclusion\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOrgain is not a brand of vegan protein powder that we would recommend. Plant-based protein powders tend to have higher lead levels than protein powders sourced from animals. For vegans and vegetarians who must consume plant-based protein powders, we would recommend Naked Nutrition pea protein powder, because it’s a complete protein and has a simple, single-ingredient formulation.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe generally recommend grass-fed whey protein over plant-based protein powders to consumers without dietary restrictions.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBoth Orgain protein powder and Orgain protein shakes contain natural flavoring agents that we recommend avoiding. 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Orgain Protein Powder Review: Is Plant-Based Protein Healthier?

Orgain Protein Powder Review: Is Plant-Based Protein Healthier?


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Orgain is one of the most popular protein powder brands, especially for vegetarians and vegans, as the brand is one of the premier plant-based protein brands. 

The brand sells a variety of protein powders, but we’ll be reviewing their Creamy Chocolate Fudge flavor which is their most popular according to Amazon. All of the brand’s organic plant-based protein powders have very similar formulations, so our comments stand for all flavors.

In this article we’ll review both the protein dosage and the ingredients in Orgain protein powder based on medical research to give our take on whether the brand is an effective and healthy choice. We’ll also discuss whether plant-based protein powders are a good idea generally.

Orgain Protein Powder Ingredient Review

Orgain Protein Powder ingredients

Orgain contains a surprisingly large number of ingredients for a protein powder. Many protein powders we review on Illuminate Health have one single active ingredient.

This protein powder provides 21 grams (g) of protein per serving, which is an effective dose for building muscle. A medical review on dietary protein established the effective range to be at or above 20 g per serving for maximizing muscle protein synthesis.

From a nutritional standpoint, we have no issue with the blend of organic pea protein, organic brown rice protein and organic chia seed for the protein blend. However, brown rice protein is not a “complete protein” as it lacks all nine essential amino acids that need to be acquired from diet.

We typically recommend supplementing with protein powders that are complete protein sources.

The “Organic Creamer Base” is decently formulated, containing ingredients like organic acacia which is an effective prebiotic and thickening agent. However, in our opinion a lot of these filler ingredients are somewhat unnecessary. We don’t believe that consumers have a need for additional dietary fats in the form of high oleic sunflower oil or refined, filler carbohydrates like rice dextrin.

This formulation also contains natural flavor which is an ingredient that we recommend consumers avoid. A medical review published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal documented toxicity concerns with some flavoring agents. We don’t believe there is any need for this ingredient in protein powder.

Orgain Creamy Chocolate Fudge protein powder is sweetened with erythritol and stevia extract which we consider to be healthier choices than added sugar, but we recommend avoiding sweeteners generally.

Overall we consider this to be a decent formulation but we don’t recommend it due to the inclusion of natural flavor and a variety of filler ingredients we consider unnecessary for a protein powder formulation. The product is also relatively expensive per gram of protein which we’ll discuss below.

Our Vegan Protein Powder Recommendation

Naked Nutrition Pea Protein powder product shot

We recommend Naked Nutrition Pea Protein Powder as our top vegan protein powder choice. This product contains only one ingredient: yellow pea protein. There are no questionable additive ingredients. We consider this to be a simpler and cleaner formulation than the vast majority of vegan protein powders on the market.

Pea protein is a complete protein as discussed in the previous section, and Naked Nutrition Pea Protein Powder provides 27 g protein per serving, which is an effective dose.

The cost of Orgain Creamy Chocolate Fudge protein powder at the time of writing this article is $33.99 and the product contains 420 g total protein, which equates to a cost of $0.08 per gram protein.

The cost of Naked Nutrition Pea Protein Powder is $57.99 and the product contains 2,052 g total protein, which equates to a cost of $0.03 per gram protein, or more than twice as cheap as Orgain.

Interested consumers can buy Naked Nutrition Pea Protein Powder at this link.

Is Plant-Based Protein Powder Higher in Lead?

A non-profit organization called the Clean Label Project published a landmark study in 2018 which analyzed contaminant data from 138 off-the-shelf protein powders. The organization reported that plant-based protein powders had higher lead levels than protein powder sourced from animals.

We understand that some consumers are vegan or vegetarian for ethical reasons, and for those consumers we consider Naked Nutrition Pea Protein powder to be an excellent choice.

However, for consumers choosing vegan protein powder for health reasons, we would suggest they reconsider in light of this information. Whey protein powder sourced from pastured animals may contain lower lead levels.

Naked Nutrition sells a whey protein powder product that has one single ingredient: whey protein sourced from grass-fed animals. This is the protein powder product we typically recommend for consumers without dietary restrictions. Interested consumers can check it out at this link.

Orgain Protein Powder Real User Review

One of the most popular reviews of Orgain protein powder on YouTube is published by a channel called “TheProteinFreak.” The creator shares their thoughts on the taste of the product as well as some usability issues:

Orgain Protein Powder Amazon Reviews

Orgain Protein Powder Chocolate Fudge flavor has been reviewed over 50,000 times at the time of writing this article, which is an impressive amount. The product only scores a “D” grade on FakeSpot which is a software tool that detects potentially fraudulent Amazon reviews.

The average rating on Amazon is 4.6 out of 5 stars, but FakeSpot’s adjusted rating is 2.5 out of 5 stars.

The top positive review of this protein powder from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Danny A. Escalante” who claims that the product is a healthy option for consumers with food allergies:

“While it doesn't contain as much protein per scoop as other competitors, it offers a great choice for those who are like me and have severe food allergies, but still want their protein. A good product that has the potential to be great”

The top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Amanda Grey” who is concerned about some of the additive ingredients:

“‘Natural Flavors’ is not freaking organic or healthy or RIGHT! Why does it even need, natural flavoring??? Aren't the ingredients they are using quality and healthy??? Shouldn't they actually taste good as is and not need a chemically produced Sugar Additive called Erythritol”

Orgain Protein Shake Review

Orgain Protein Shake ingredients

Orgain also sells a protein shake that we consider to have a worse formulation than their protein powder. While it does provide an effective protein dose (20 g), it also contains several ingredients we recommend avoiding.

First, the product has natural flavors added which we recommend avoiding as described in previous sections.

Orgain Protein Shake also contains added minerals such as tricalcium phosphate and magnesium phosphate. We recommend avoiding health products containing added vitamins or minerals, because it seems illogical to take supplemental vitamins and minerals without a deficiency in those vitamins or minerals.

A medical review published in the Clinical Interventions in Aging journal found that supplemental calcium may increase the risk of heart disease in some patients.

This shake contains 3 g added sugar in the form of organic agave. While this is likely a healthier option than table sugar, we recommend avoiding added sugar, especially in the context of health food formulations.

It also contains many ingredients like sunflower oil and vegetable glycerin that just seem unnecessary for a simple protein shake formulation.

We do not recommend this product.

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Conclusion

Orgain is not a brand of vegan protein powder that we would recommend. Plant-based protein powders tend to have higher lead levels than protein powders sourced from animals. For vegans and vegetarians who must consume plant-based protein powders, we would recommend Naked Nutrition pea protein powder, because it’s a complete protein and has a simple, single-ingredient formulation.

We generally recommend grass-fed whey protein over plant-based protein powders to consumers without dietary restrictions.

Both Orgain protein powder and Orgain protein shakes contain natural flavoring agents that we recommend avoiding. The protein shakes have a worse formulation in our opinion, containing added sugar and a blend of added minerals.




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