Orgain’s flagship Organic Protein Powder is, in my opinion, the most well known organic plant-based vegan protein out here. Mainly due to its wide availability at many local retailers including Walmart, Costco, and much more. Of course, it is readily available online for those of you who don’t like to go to the store, or live far from a store.
Orgain is a company that mainly focuses on shakes. While they do offer some bars and a collagen peptide the company’s main focus is nutritious shakes. Orgain’s founder who is a survivor of a rare form of tissue cancer was not too keen of all the artificial ingredients that were in many of the conventional nutritional shakes on the market. The doctors were recommending him to take as many of these nutritional shakes as he could, but he knew about all the bad ingredients in them so he set out to make his own.
He wanted to make a nutritious shake that was clean and free of artificial and genetically modified ingredients. He wanted a shake that was all organic and plant-based, that can provide you with all the nutrition you need from real food so that was how the company began.
I do not generally use plant-based protein powders (even though I should because of my sensitive stomach), but luckily at my parent’s house, there is always a supply of some sort of brown rice protein blend. This time around my parents found Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder samples being given out and liked it so now they have one. If you guys follow my protein powder reviews, I like to test it at 3 different times, in the morning, after my workout and before bed so I took 3 servings with me. Let’s see how this turns out.
Serving Size: 2 Scoops (46g) | Calories: 150 | Total Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 200mg | Total Carbohydrate: 15g | Protein: 21g
Ingredients: Orgain Organic Protein Blend™ (Organic Pea Protein, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Chia Seed), Orgain Organic Creamer Base™ (Organic Acacia Gum, Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Organic Inulin, Organic Rice Dextrins, Organic Rice Bran Extract, Organic Rosemary Extract), Organic Erythritol, Organic Natural Flavors, Organic Alkalized Cocoa, Natural Flavor, Sea Salt, Organic Acacia Gum, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Stevia, Xanthan Gum
Everything in this protein that could be organic, is organic. Which is always a plus when it comes to these plant-based protein powders. You don’t want anything that could have heavy metal contamination. The list of ingredients looks like it could be a lot, but it really isn’t too bad, let’s dive in a check out what Dr. Abraham put into his flagship protein powder.
- Orgain Organic Protein Blend™ – Well the first thing on this list is Orgain’s protein blend which is headlined by organic pea protein, combined with organic brown rice as well as organic chia seeds. This is a great combination of proteins to give you a well rounded complete amino acid profile that contains all of your essential amino acids.
- Organic Creamer Base™ – I don’t really understand what ingredient in this mix that is considered “creamer” but if it works it works. This creamer base consists of acacia gum, oleic sunflower oil, inulin (a type of dietary fiber), Rice Dextrins, rice bran extract, and rosemary extract.
- Organic Erythritol – This is essentially a low-calorie sweetener. Erythritol is a part of a class of compounds called sugar alcohols. Out of the other sugar alcohols, erythritol has the least calories per gram. While still producing up to 70% of the sweetness of sugar.
- Organic Alkalized Cocoa – This is cocoa processed by a way known as “Dutch process”. This process reduces that acidity of cocoa and smooths out the flavor.
- Organic Guar Gum – This is an ingredient extracted from guar beans, and used as a thickening and stabilizing agent.
- Organic Stevia – This is a natural sweetener normally substituted for sugar. This sweetener is extracted from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant.
- Organic Xanthan Gum – This is a common ingredient in protein powders and as a food additive. It is normally used to keep ingredients from separating.
The thing that I thought was interesting with this protein powder was that there is a bit of calcium and iron in it. If you are a vegetarian or vegan you might have trouble getting these minerals so its a plus. The combination of proteins should give you all the essential amino acids you need.
The one my parents purchased was the Creamy Chocolate Fudge flavor, and I found that it mixed fairly well. I only use water with my protein powders, but my parents say it mixes well with their coconut milk as well. I used about 6 oz of water and there were very minimal clumps in my shaker.
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The consistency wasn’t too bad, it wasn’t quite a smooth shake, but it was creamy enough and was slightly thick. As with many plant-based protein powders, I half expected a nutty taste, but it wasn’t too bad. The chocolate flavor was good, the smoothness of the dutch process shows through here.
The sweeteners are well balanced in this protein powder as well. I didn’t notice too much of the Stevia aftertaste like how many products sweetened with Stevia tends to have. As far a grittiness of being a plant-based protein powder, I honestly didn’t notice it too much. I have tasted plant-based protein powders that have unbearable grittiness. Orgain’s Organic Protein powder can be found in the following flavors:
- Creamy Chocolate Fudge
- Peanut Butter
- Sweet Vanilla Bean
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
- Iced Matcha Latte
- Natural Unsweetened
- Vanilla Almond
- Cookies & Cream
Effectiveness is hard to measure when it comes to protein powders. What I usually do is I just see how well the protein powder does as far as keeping me full, and away from those snacks full of carbs like donuts.
- Morning – I rarely ever have time to get anything in the eat in the mornings, so protein shakes are my go-to thing in the morning. I am not sure if I was just busy the day I took this in the morning, but I didn’t notice myself feeling too hungry after taking this shake in the morning.
- After Workout – Normally whenever I take a shake after my workout, it keeps me full for about 20 minutes and then I feel like I need to eat something, this was no different.
- Before Bed – The carb count might make you not want to take this before bed, but some might argue that the carbs coming from the sugar alcohols don’t count. I generally don’t take any protein shakes around bedtime unless I haven’t had anything to eat in a while and I feel hungry before bed. Either way, I felt pretty good taking this before bed, I was able to fall asleep fairly quick without feeling hungry.
I didn’t personally notice any side effects when I was taking Orgain’s protein. Although it is worth noting that some peoples digestive systems do not like sugar alcohols. For some people, it could lead to issues such as gas, bloating and diarrhea. Sugar alcohols for most people will lead to these issues as well if it is consumed in excess.
The reason is that sugar alcohols are not completely absorbed and digested. That is also the reason for the calorie count is low with sugar alcohols is the fact that your body doesn’t completely absorb them. With only 5 grams of Erythritol for each serving, you should be just fine.
Orgain’s Organic Protein powder can be found on Amazon for $22.20, which breaks it down to about $1.11 per serving. Which comes in pretty cheap when it comes to plant-based protein powders. When compared to some popular competitors Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard 100% Plant comes in at about $1.82 per serving, Thrive Vegan Protein powder comes in at $2.00 per serving, and Sunwarrior’s Class Plus which comes in at about $1.22 per serving.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this protein powder. For it being a plant-based protein powder it tasted great and didn’t leave to much of a gritty texture in your mouth.
The calcium and Iron content in this protein powder is definitely helpful for anyone that is on a plant-based diet. It is definitely up there in one of the better plant-based protein powders that is out there on the market. The carb count is slightly high on this protein powder, but a good chunk of it is the sugar alcohol so it is not too bad if you don’t count those.
Overall I think this is a great alternative to an animal-based protein, and it is one of the better tasting plant-based proteins powders out there in the market.
Have you tried plant-based protein powders before? What is your take on them? Let me know below! As always thank you all for reading, and if you have any questions, comments, or concerns don’t hesitate to leave it below and I will get back to you.