Ultimate Protein Mix Review

We took a look at over 50 protein mixes provided only by multi-level marketing (MLM aka direct sales or network marketing) companies. This is one of the largest MLM Protein Mix reviews available. Below we offer detailed information about how we gathered the information, the criteria used for scoring, and other important details. Keep in mind the review is for one type of product and just because they may have one product that did not score so well does not mean the company does not have other high quality products. Some companies put their focus on this type of product and others focus on other types. Note that every product began with 100 points and the point values were based strictly on the ingredients and nutritional facts for their suggested serving size.

Icons

What do the icons represent? We used a green thumbs-up, yellow thumb in the middle, and red thumb-down icon to indicate the following score levels:

equals 121-200

equals 71-120

equals 0-70

Nutrition

We went to each brand’s website and then found the page for the specific protein mix product. We then searched for the nutritional facts (aka supplement) label and full list of ingredients. There were a few that did not offer a nutritional facts label. We searched various outlets to find this label. We were able to find 2-3 from where the product was being sold on Amazon. If this information is not “current,” we welcome the brand/company to provide us with a current and clear nutritional facts label. For the ones for which we could not obtain a label, we noted those at the very bottom of this post.

PRODUCT FLAVOR VARIETIES

Many of the products we reviewed had several different flavors. To keep things fair, across the board, we reviewed either the chocolate or vanilla flavors. The majority of purchases, for protein mixes, are flavored. Therefore, we felt it more fair to review a flavor versus a non-flavored option. This means the sodium may be a slightly higher or lower, depending on the flavor. This also means that a natural flavor may not have been an ingredient in an “original” or “plain” variety of that product. We provided links to each product, under the ingredients tab, if you would like to see if a particular company offers an un-flavored option.

Protein

We did not assign points to the grams of protein found in each product. Why? We did not feel it fair to add/subtract points based on grams of protein because each individual will need/want an amount that fits their particular size, weight, and/or lifestyle (daily protein intake, to be specific). Some will require more and some will require less. Therefore, what is not good for one will be perfect for another.

Carbs

We did not assign points for total grams of carbohydrates (carbs) found in each product. Why? For several reasons, actually. First, there are good carbs and poor carbs that mainly are based on their glycemic load. For instance, sprouted brown rice has less glycemic load than white rice. Therefore, we felt the focus should be on the grams of sugar in each product rather than total carbs.

Organic

In order for a product to earn the 50 organic points, the claim must be noted on the web page with the product. Also, the product must have a *USDA organic certification. Every product was held to this same standard.

Within the summary: we did not type “organic” beside the ingredients listed under sweeteners or gums. If the product is certified organic, please note that those are organic ingredients.

*updated 4/26/2018 to reflect a USDA Organic Certification, the USDA Organic Certification seal must be on the product… we did not think we would have to be this specific but apparently some have tried to claim organic certification by other means, we only will award 50 points to products that have the actual USDA Organic Certification… it is our wish that all companies would want to be transparent an honest when it comes to their product being truly organic

non-GMO

In order for a product to earn the 10 non-GMO points, the claim must be noted on the web page with the product. The entire product must be non-GMO, not just one or two ingredients. It is important to note that any product with an organic certification is automatically non-GMO. To qualify for an organic certification the product cannot contain a GMO ingredient. The “claim” requirement is not necessary if the product is certified organic. Every product was held to this same standard.

Artificial

All products lost points if the product contained any artificial ingredients of any kind. This includes flavors, colors, or sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners include (but are not limited to) the following: aspartame (ex. equal, nutrasweet, natrataste blue), sucralose (ex. splenda), acesulfame K (ex. ACE K, sunette, equal spoonful, sweet one, sweet n’ safe), saccharin (ex. sweet ‘n low, sweet twin), xylitol, and sorbitol.

We understand xylitol, being listed as an artificial sweetener, is controversial. We struggled with this one but our reasoning came down to this:

Xylitol (Erythritol, Maltitol, Mannitol, Sorbitol and other sugar alcohols that end in –itol)

Sugar alcohols aren’t absorbed well by the body and cause an allergic reaction for those who have a sensitivity to it. In addition, it has gastrointestinal side effects that include bloating, gas, cramping and diarrhea. Its laxative effect is so pronounced that it’s actually part of the chemical makeup for many over-the-counter laxatives.

Even though these sweeteners have been on the market for decades, pregnant and breastfeeding women should select a natural sweetener instead. WebMD states: “Not enough is known about the use of xylitol during pregnancy and breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.” (1)

Special note to dog owners: Sugar alcohol-based artificial sweeteners are a life-threatening toxin to dogs. Be mindful of breath mints, candies, sugar-free gum, frozen desserts, and other foods when your pets are around. (2)

Xylitol information source: https://draxe.com/artificial-sweeteners/

Points

Every product began with a generous 100 points. We kept it as fair as possible.

We used the following criteria to assign points for each product, using their recommended/stated serving size:

  1. + 10 probiotics
  2. +10 enzymes
  3. +15 zero to 100 sodium
  4. +10 101 to 150 sodium
  5. -15 151 to 200 sodium
  6. -20 201 or 300 sodium
  7. -50 301 or higher sodium
  8. +20 zero to 4g sugars
  9. +10 4-8g sugars
  10. -25 9g or higher sugars
  11. -25 artificial sweeteners
  12. -5 natural flavors that are not revealed
  13. -20 artificial flavors
  14. -20 artificial colors
  15. +50 certified organic
  16. +10 for non-gmo

We understand some may ask why we did not break down sugar, sodium levels per gram instead of using the entire serving size. We did this because it is our experience that consumers will use the product by its suggested serving size. Therefore, it made more sense to assign points based on total serving size rather than per gram.

THE REVIEWS

Now, on to the reviews! Each product is represented by its own set of tabs. All nutritional totals are per serving. For products with the same score, we listed them in alphabetical order.

A complimentary scorecard graphic has been provided on part 6 of this review series.

 

Score

MiEssence Ultra Foods Protein

scored HIGHEST at 205

Summary

  • MLM: MiEssence
  • Product: FAST Weight Loss Superfood
  • Serving Size: 30 g
  • Total Calories: 99.6
  • Protein: 13.1 g
  • Total Carbs: 1.5 g
  • Sugar: 2.5 g
  • Fiber: 6.3 g
  • Fat: 1.3 g
  • Sodium: 30 mg
  • Enzymes: no
  • Pre/Probiotics: yes
  • Natural Flavors: no
  • Natural Flavors Revealed: n/a
  • Natural Sweeteners: luo han fruit (monk fruit) and amla fruit
  • Artificial Sweeteners: no
  • Artificial Flavors: no
  • Artificial Colors: no
  • Gums: acacia
  • Protein Source(s):organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic pea protein
  • Allergens: none
  • Certified Organic: yes
  • Non-GMO Claimed: yes

Ingredients

Ingredients: organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic pea protein, organic inulin, organic sprouted pea fibre, organic acacia gum, organic amla fruit powder, organic spirulina, organic wheat grass juice powder, organic barley grass juice powder, organic yellow dock root, organic dandelion root, organic matcha green tea, organic aloe vera leaf, organic orange peel, organic peppermint leaf, organic sunflower lecithin, organic freeze dried olive juice extract, dried coffee fruit extract, organic luo han fruit protein

See nutritional facts label

Score

Essante Organic’s 7.365 pH Protein Shake

score = 195

Summary

  • MLM: Essante Organics
  • Product: 7.365 pH Protein Shake
  • Serving Size: 32 g
  • Total Calories: 120
  • Protein: 17 g
  • Total Carbs: 10 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Fat: 1.5 g
  • Sodium: 150 mg
  • Enzymes: yes
  • Pre/Probiotics: no
  • Natural Flavors: yes
  • Natural Flavors Revealed: no
  • Natural Sweeteners: stevia
  • Artificial Sweeteners: no
  • Artificial Flavors: no
  • Artificial Colors: no
  • Gums: acacia, guar, xanthan
  • Protein Source(s): organic sprouted brown rice protein, yellow pea protein
  • Allergens: possible corn from natural flavors and gums
  • Certified Organic: yes
  • Non-GMO Claimed: yes

Ingredients

Ingredients: organic sprouted brown rice protein, yellow pea protein, organic gum acacia, organic inulin (from Jerusalem artichoke root), organic brown flax seed, organic alfalfa leaf powder, organic amaranth sprout, organic millet sprout, organic quinoa sprout, organic cocoa powder (processed with alkali), organic chocolate flavors and organic vanilla flavors (including organic cocoa powder and organic gum acacia), natural chocolate flavor (including cocoa powder), organic gum acacia, organic guar gum, non-GMO project verified xanthan gum, organic stevia leaf extract

See nutritional facts label

Score

Purium Health Products Super Meal L.O.V.

score = 190

Summary

  • MLM: Purium Health Products
  • Product: Super Meal L.O.V.
  • Serving Size: 4 scoops
  • Total Calories: 190
  • Protein: 20 g
  • Total Carbs: 14 g
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Sodium: 30 mg
  • Enzymes: no
  • Pre/Probiotics: no
  • Natural Flavors: yes (apple extract)
  • Natural Flavors Revealed: no
  • Natural Sweeteners: stevia
  • Artificial Sweeteners: no
  • Artificial Flavors: no
  • Artificial Colors: no
  • Gums: arabic and guar
  • Protein Source(s): organic fermented rice protein
  • Allergens: possible corn from natural flavors and gum’s
  • Certified Organic: yes
  • Non-GMO Claimed: yes

Ingredients

Ingredients: Organic Fermented Rice Protein, Organic Flax Seed,  Organic Green Food Blend (Containing: Organic Alfalfa Leaf Juice Powder, Organic Wheat Grass, Organic Barley Grass, Organic Spirulina, Organic Chlorella, Organic Dandelion Leaf), Organic Sprout Blend (Containing: Organic Quinoa Sprout, Organic Red Clover Sprout, Organic Sunflower Sprout, Organic Flax Sprout, Organic Amaranth Sprout, Organic Lentil Sprout, Organic Millet Sprout, Organic Garbanzo Bean Sprout, Organic Broccoli Sprout), Organic Dark Buckwheat, Organic Mushroom Blend (Containing: Organic Maitake Mushroom, Organic Cordyceps Mushroom, Organic Tremella Mushroom, Organic Shiitake Mushroom, Organic Turkey Tail Mushroom), Organic Maca, Organic Pumpkin, Organic Vegetable Blend (Containing: Organic Broccoli, Organic Cabbage, Organic Parsley, Organic Kale), Organic Apple Extract, Organic Eleuthero Root, Organic Stevia Extract, Organic Acerola Cherry, Organic Sea Kelp, Organic Dulse, Organic Rhodiola Root.

See nutritional facts label

Score

MiEssence Complete Protein

score = 185

Summary

  • MLM: MiEssence
  • Product: Complete Protein
  • Serving Size: 25 g
  • Total Calories: 90
  • Protein: 19.7 g
  • Total Carbs: 1.3 g
  • Sugar: >1 g
  • Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Fat: >1 g
  • Sodium: 123 mg
  • Enzymes: no
  • Pre/Probiotics: no
  • Natural Flavors: no
  • Natural Flavors Revealed: n/a
  • Natural Sweeteners: lo han berry extract
  • Artificial Sweeteners: no
  • Artificial Flavors: no
  • Artificial Colors: no
  • Gums: xanthan
  • Protein Source(s):organic pea protein, organic brown rice, organic sacha inchi protein
  • Allergens: possible corn from xanthan gum
  • Certified Organic: yes
  • Non-GMO Claimed: yes

Ingredients

Ingredients: organic pea protein, organic brown rice, organic sacha inchi protein, non-GMO xanthan gum, organic luo han fruit protein

See nutritional facts label

Score

Purium Health Products MVP KIDS

score = 185

Summary

  • MLM: Purium Health Products
  • Product: MVP Kids
  • Serving Size: 1 scoop
  • Total Calories: 60
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Total Carbs: 4 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Sodium: 115 mg
  • Enzymes: no
  • Pre/Probiotics: no
  • Natural Flavors: yes
  • Natural Flavors Revealed: no
  • Natural Sweeteners: lo han berry extract
  • Artificial Sweeteners: no
  • Artificial Flavors: no
  • Artificial Colors: no
  • Gums: guar
  • Protein Source(s): organic pea protein
  • Allergens: possible corn from natural flavors and gum’s
  • Certified Organic: yes
  • Non-GMO Claimed: yes

Ingredients

Ingredients: Certified Organic Pea Protein, Certified Organic Cocoa†, Certified Organic Acerola Extract, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Organic Lo Han Berry Extract, Certified Organic Guar Gum, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Certified Organic Agaricus Mushroom
†Fair Trade Certified

See nutritional facts label

Score

Purium Health Products MVP Sport

score = 180

Summary

  • MLM: Purium Health Products
  • Product: MVP Sport
  • Serving Size: 1 scoop
  • Total Calories: 90
  • Protein: 16 g
  • Total Carbs: 4 g
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Fat: 2.5 g
  • Sodium: 170 mg
  • Enzymes: yes
  • Pre/Probiotics: yes
  • Natural Flavors: yes
  • Natural Flavors Revealed: no
  • Natural Sweeteners: monk fruit extract
  • Artificial Sweeteners: no
  • Artificial Flavors: no
  • Artificial Colors: no
  • Gums: organic acacia, guar
  • Protein Source(s):Organic Pea Protein, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Pumpkin Protein
  • Allergens: possible corn from natural flavors and gum’s
  • Certified Organic: yes
  • Non-GMO Claimed: yes

Ingredients

Ingredients: Organic Pea Protein, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Pumpkin Protein, Organic Cocoa Powder, Organic Sunflower Oil Powder, Organic Acacia Gum, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Moringa Leaf, Organic Monk Fruit Extract, Organic Acerola Cherry Extract, Organic Chocolate Flavor, Organic Maca Root, Pink Himalayan Salt, Organic Eleuthero Root, Cordy-Gen® Organic Cordyceps sinensis Mushroom, Organic Chaga Mushroom, Organic Rhodiola rosea Extract, DigeZyme® Digestive Enzyme Blend (Amylase, Protease, Cellulase, Lactase, Lipase), Lactospore® (Bacillus coagulans), Organic Turmeric Powder, Organic  Vanilla Flavor, Organic Agaricus Mushroom, Natural Caramel Flavor, Organic Black Pepper

See nutritional facts label

Score

Touchstone’s Organic Super Protein

score = 165

Summary

  • MLM: Touchstone Essentials
  • Product: Organic Super Protein
  • Serving Size: 26 g
  • Total Calories: 110
  • Protein: 18 g
  • Total Carbs: 4 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Fat: 2.5 g
  • Sodium: 210 mg
  • Enzymes: yes
  • Pre/Probiotics: no
  • Natural Flavors: yes
  • Natural Flavors Revealed: no
  • Natural Sweeteners: luo han berry extract
  • Artificial Sweeteners: no
  • Artificial Flavors: no
  • Artificial Colors: no
  • Gums: guar
  • Protein Source(s): organic pea protein, organic fermented rice protein, and organic hemp protein
  • Allergens: possible corn from natural flavors and gum’s
  • Certified Organic: yes
  • Non-GMO Claimed: yes

Ingredients

Ingredients: Superfood Protein Blend (Organic Pea Protein, Organic Fermented Rice Protein, Organic Hemp Protein, Lo Han Berry Extract, Organic Quinoa Sprout, Organic Amaranth Sprout, Organic Millet Sprout, Organic Horsetail, Bamboo Extract), Optimal Omega, MCT & Digestive Blend (Organic Coconut Oil Powder Extract, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Sacha Inchi, Organic Chia Seed, Organic Flax Seed, Enzyme Blend (Amylase, Protease, Cellulase, Lactase, and Lipase), Organic Aloe Vera), natural vanilla flavor

See nutritional facts label

Score

IDLife’s IDLife Shakes

score = 140

Summary

  • MLM: IDLife
  • Product: IDLife Shake
  • Serving Size: 32.4 g
  • Total Calories: 130
  • Protein: 23 g
  • Total Carbs: 8 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Fat: 1.5 g
  • Sodium: 95 mg
  • Enzymes: no
  • Pre/Probiotics: no
  • Natural Flavors: yes
  • Natural Flavors Revealed: no
  • Natural Sweeteners: stevia
  • Artificial Sweeteners: no
  • Artificial Flavors: no
  • Artificial Colors: no
  • Gums: xanthan
  • Protein Source(s): whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate
  • Allergens: milk and possible corn from natural flavor and gum
  • Certified Organic: no
  • Non-GMO no

Ingredients

Ingredients: cross-flow/cold-processed ion exchanged proprietary blend (whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate), dextrose, micro-milled chia seed powder, xanthan gum, natural flavor, vanillin, stevia

See nutritional facts label

Score

Jeunesse’s Zen Fuze

score = 140

Summary

  • MLM: Touchstone Essentials
  • Product: Organic Super Protein
  • Serving Size: 40 g
  • Total Calories: 140
  • Protein: 21 g
  • Total Carbs: 11 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fiber: 9 g
  • Fat: 3.5 g
  • Sodium: 95 mg
  • Enzymes: no
  • Pre/Probiotics: yes
  • Natural Flavors: yes
  • Natural Flavors Revealed: no
  • Natural Sweeteners: stevia, and luo han guo
  • Artificial Sweeteners: no
  • Artificial Flavors: no
  • Artificial Colors: no
  • Gums: guar and xanthan
  • Protein Source(s): whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, pea protein, rice protein
  • Allergens: milk, possible corn from natural flavors and gum’s
  • Certified Organic: no
  • Non-GMO Claimed: no

Ingredients

Ingredients: protein blend (whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, pea protein, rice protein), proprietary probiotic blend (lactobacillus, bulgaricus, lactobacillus plantaraum, lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium infantis, lactobacillus casei), soluble prebiotic fiber, natural flavor, theobroma cacao, guar gum, xanthan gum, micro-milled chia seed powder, stevia leaf extract, lo han guo extract, salt

See nutritional facts label (found on Amazon)

Score

LifeVantage’s PhysIQ Protein Shake

score = 140

Summary

  • MLM: Life Vantage
  • Product: PhysIQ Protein Shake
  • Serving Size: 17.5 g
  • Total Calories: 70
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Total Carbs: 2 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fiber: none listed
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Sodium: 100 mg
  • Enzymes: no
  • Pre/Probiotics: no
  • Natural Flavors: yes
  • Natural Flavors Revealed: no
  • Natural Sweeteners: organic dried cane sugar and stevia
  • Artificial Sweeteners: no
  • Artificial Flavors: no
  • Artificial Colors: no
  • Gums: xanthan
  • Protein Source(s): whey protein concentrate
  • Allergens: milk and possible corn from natural flavors and gum’s
  • Certified Organic: no
  • Non-GMO Claimed: yes, claimed free of GMO’s

Ingredients

Ingredients: Whey Protein Concentrate, Micellar Casein, Natural Flavors, Organic Dried Cane Sugar, Coconut Oil Creamer (Coconut Oil, Maltodextrin, Sodium Caseinate, Mono and Diglycerides, Silicon Dioxide), Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Sunflower Lecithin, Stevia Leaf Extract.

See nutritional facts label


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