Seeq Review: Is Fruit-Flavored Protein Unhealthy?

Seeq Review: Is Fruit-Flavored Protein Unhealthy?


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Seeq is a unique protein powder brand because it’s fruit-flavored. The company describes their product line as “The Juicy Side,” and sells five different flavors.

But what type of protein is in Seeq, and does this shake provide an effective dose? What’s used as the flavoring additive(s) and are they unhealthy? How do real users rate and describe the effects of Seeq? And which retailer sells this brand for the best price?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in Seeq based on medical studies to give our take on whether or not this supplement is healthy and effective, or if it’s a waste of money.

We’ll feature unsponsored customer reviews of the brand, and provide a cost comparison to show which retailer sells Seeq for the best price.

Ingredient Analysis

Seeq Blue Razz Freeze ingredients

The ingredients in Seeq Blue Razz Freeze are shown above.

Whey protein isolate is the most important active ingredient, and Seeq provides 22 grams (g) of protein per serving. 

We consider this to be an effective dose for building muscle, given that a 2013 clinical trial established 20 g post-workout as the effective dose threshold.

There is no mention as to whether the protein is sourced from conventionally-raised or grass-fed animals. 

As we discussed in our review of High Impact Protein, animal products sourced from grass-fed animals are clinically shown to be more nutritionally rich, although this is less of a consideration with a “processed” supplement like a whey isolate than with a full-fat animal product like dairy.

There are a number of inactive ingredients in Seeq that may be questionable from a health perspective.

Natural flavors is a broad categorical descriptor that fails to specify the flavoring chemicals used.

A 2013 medical review suggests that some flavoring additives and their metabolites may be toxic.

Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that was shown in a clinical trial published in the Nutrition Journal to have negative effects on insulin metabolism.

Citric acid is a preservative and flavoring agent that’s commonly derived from fungus, and can cause whole-body inflammation in some people as documented by a medical review published in the Toxicology Reports journal.

Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifier shown in animal studies to impair gut barrier function.

Overall, we consider Seeq likely to support muscle growth if combined with exercise, given its effective protein dose, but we do not currently recommend this brand and we consider it less healthy than the average protein powder reviewed to date on Illuminate Health due to the inactive ingredients highlighted above.

We’re also concerned with how the finished product is blue (or turns water blue) when none of the ingredients on its label appear to be blue based on our research.

We urge Seeq to clarify what gives this shake its distinctive color, and we hope there are no missing ingredient disclosures.

But how do real people rate the taste and describe the effects of Seeq? We’ll feature some unsponsored customer reviews in the next section of this article.

We Tried Seeq Ourselves

Seeq UGC

One of our product testers named Hannah Westerman tried the Mango Pineapple flavor of Seeq. Here's her experience:

I found the packaging easy to open, though the seal on top of the container was a bit tricky to open.

The taste was sweet but very artificial. While the flavor is tasty, it’s clear that it’s made with chemicals. I had to add extra water to make it taste less like juice.

It made my teeth feel gritty and it gave me a headache a few times. I believe the chemicals affect me. 

I felt a bit of energy which I think improved my workout performance. It was nice to get so much protein just by drinking a glass of water, rather than making a shake or mixing it with food/yogurt/etc.

If you like juice and you want to find easy ways to get more protein, this could be a good product for you.

Overall, I'd rate this product 5/10 and I don't plan to purchase it again.

Real People Try Seeq

A YouTube creator named “Moncats Beauty” shares her thoughts on the various Seeq flavors and explains why she purchased from the brand:

A TikTok creator named Promise rates Seeq out of 5 stars after trying it for the first time:

@strong_promises Best tasting protein shake ive ever had, but beware their warning #nurse #fitness #nutrition #proteinshake #bodyrecomposition #icunurse #nurselife #ldnurse #ernurse #nursingschool #nursingstudent ♬ original sound - Promise

Our Clean Protein Picks

Bulletproof Collagen Protein is our top overall protein powder pick, and costs only $1.32 per serving at the time of updating this article.

The main reason is its formulation: Bulletproof's protein powder only contains one single ingredient: collagen protein sourced from grass-fed animals.

As the core structural protein in skin, supplemental collagen is clinically shown to reduce visible signs of skin aging like wrinkles, which is a secondary benefit not offered by other types of protein like whey protein.

Promix Whey Protein is our top whey protein powder, and costs only $0.93 per serving at the time of updating this article when you purchase the 5 pound bag.

This brand uses grass-fed whey protein and no sweeteners or flavoring additives. Whey protein is a "complete" protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids.

Complement Organic Protein is our top vegan protein powder.

The only ingredients in this protein powder are a blend of nutritious plant proteins: organic yellow pea protein, organic pumpkin seed protein, organic almond protein, organic sunflower seed protein and organic chia seed protein.

All three of the products mentioned in this section are entirely free of additive ingredients that we consider to be unhealthy or unsafe.

How to Use Protein Powder to Build Muscle

A YouTube creator and fitness influencer named Jeff Nippard has a video with over 6 million views on how to use protein powder to build muscle:

Where to Buy Seeq for the Best Price

Seeq is currently only sold on the brand’s website and Amazon. Here’s a price breakdown for a one-time purchase at the time of publishing this article:

Brand website: $44.99 (plus $7.99 shipping, link)

Amazon: $49.99 (free shipping, link)

Seeq is currently 6% cheaper on Amazon than at the brand’s website when factoring in shipping fees.

The $2 price-per-serving of Seeq, even on Amazon, is unreasonably high in our opinion given the product’s formulation. This is a protein powder with no mention of sourcing from pastured animals (which generally commands premium prices) and with no active ingredients beyond protein.

Real Customers Review Seeq

Amazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion.

Seeq has been reviewed over 700 times on Amazon, with an average customer review rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars.

The top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Jenna J.” who gives the product a 4/5 star rating and likes the taste:

“I have a SEEQ drink every evening. It gets blended up with ice and makes for an awesome slushie treat. So far, I’ve tried the blue raspberry, watermelon, and now the mango pineapple”

The top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Nadley D” who gives the product a 1/5 star rating and claims to have experienced side effects:

“​​I was very excited about this product because regular protein shakes are hard for me to drink and thought this was a great solution but it caused severe stomach upset. After a couple weeks on the product I noticed it had sucralose in it which is terrible for the body for many reasons.”

Seeq has an average review rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 on Facebook.

The brand currently has an average review rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars on Google.

Pros and Cons of Seeq

Here are the pros and cons of Seeq in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Effective protein dose
  • Should support muscle development
  • Mostly positive online customer reviews

Cons:

  • Contains natural flavors
  • Contains sucralose
  • Contains polysorbate 80
  • Contains citric acid
  • No clarification on whey sourcing
  • Doesn’t appear clinically tested
  • Questions over potential ingredient discrepancies
  • Expensive (per-serving)
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Conclusion

Overall, we do not recommend Seeq and consider this to be one of the worst powdered protein products that we’ve reviewed to date on Illuminate Health.

The brand does use an effective protein dose that should support muscle growth, but also uses a number of questionable inactive ingredients like flavoring additives and citric acid.

Most of the online customer reviews of Seeq that we came across while researching this article were favorable.

For consumers interested in trying Seeq, Amazon currently has the best price when factoring in shipping fees.