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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Review: PlantFusion protein powder

I first discovered this protein powder while reading this article about a vegan bodybuilder:
Plant-based muscle: An interview with Ed Bauer

I prefer vegan protein powders myself for a variety of reasons - mostly to vary my protein sources, but also because of milk tolerance issues - so I have tried many, and reviewed one. Also, I want to minimize my non-fermented soy intake. So I sought this out and tried it, and I have been using it for a few years.

According to the label, PlantFusion has:
- No dairy
- No soy
- No animal products
- No gluten.

and is hypoallergenic.


The protein mix itself is quite a variety: pea protein isolate, artichoke protein, organic sprouted amaranth powder, organic sprouted quinoa power. Plus it has a "proprietary enzyme blend" with bromelain (an anti-inflammatory found in pineapple) and alpha galactosidase (which can help digest legumes.)

It is sweetened with fructose and stevia.

You can see the food label here

One 30g scoop (about 15/pound) contains 120 kcals, 2g non-saturated fat, 4g carbohydrates (all fructose), and 21g of protein.

Cost - It runs about $16/pound in a 2 pound container at retail, although the MSRP is $30/lb. This is significantly more expensive than most milk-based protein powders. However, it's not unreasonable for a well-made vegan protein powder.

Mixability - PlantFusion mixes very well. It isn't gritty or sandy. It can be mixed by hand, given enough patience, or mixed in a shaker bottle.

How are the flavors? - The chocolate and chocolate raspberry are both good - they mix well and work well in shakes. I have a hard time telling the difference between the flavors once mixed. Vanilla is also good, and like most vanilla flavors it is fairly weak and is easily overwhelmed by stronger-flavored ingredients. However with vanilla-complementing flavors (vanilla almond milk, bananas, etc.) it's quite good. The unflavored is simply that - unflavored. It's perfect if you need a taste that is easy to disguise.

None of them have a strong aftertaste.

Taste: 4 out of 5. Very good, but easily overwhelmed by other ingredients.
Mixability: 5 out of 5. Dissolves easily and completely.

Overall: I highly recommend this protein powder if you want a soy-free vegan protein powder and don't want to custom-mix your own using an online site. It's tasty, it mixes well, it's easy to digest, and it's a solid blend of the various amino acids. Recommended.

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