Monday, March 10, 2008

Product review

Just received in the mail today: Nutiva(tm) brand Organic Hemp Protein Powder.

I have tried many, many kinds of protein powders. I have hated them all, for one reason or another. Most of the time it's because they're pre-sweetened with aspartame or saccharine or even straight-up sugar. Don't get me wrong; sweet stuff is good and all, but not on a regular basis. And with protein shakes, you have to consume untenably massive amounts on a regular basis.

Blech.

I wanted to try this one because it also had a lot of other nutrients in it besides protein, and because all of these nutrients and protein were naturally-occurring, not chemically combined to form some alien mud substance.

Right away I noticed the difference. This stuff was powderized, but it's like powderized grass clippings -- olive-green in color, with a smell not unlike alfalfa hay.

The first thing I usually try is the make-or-break mixture: V8 juice. Since I drink a bottle of V8 every morning, it's a great candidate for a protein supplement... IF a suitable one can be found.

I swilled the V8/Hemp mixture. It did not dissolve, but that's typical of every protein supplement powder I've ever tried, so it wasn't a deal-breaker. The hemp powder is gritty, not hard like grains of dust or sand, but definitely noticeable. The grassy flavor didn't bother me too much, but I don't know if I'll be able to consume it on a daily basis yet.

I'll try. I have to. I definitely don't hate it as much as the last stuff I tried. And it doesn't get stuck and make me puke.

I tried something else this evening -- I mixed it into some mashed potatoes. And it's not bad at all. It's still got the gritty thing, and it turns the potatoes khaki-green, but I don't hate it.

This has potential. I'm not going to tell you it's the best, yummiest stuff I ever ate. But I've begun to conclude that a truly palatable protein powder just doesn't exist. And at least this stuff isn't artificial. Besides 11g of protein for every quarter-cup of powder, it also has Omega3 fatty acids in it, and a few other goodies.

We'll see.

1 comment:

sarahk said...

"or even straight up sugar"

Kris, straight up sugar is not nearly as bad for you as artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup are horrible for us.

I haven't tried any of Nutiva's hemp products, but I am a big fan of Nutiva's coconut oil. I even tried another coconut oil a month or so ago because it was on sale, but it just wasn't as good as Nutiva's. The other one was extra-virgin and organic like Nutiva, but Nutiva's is just better.