Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Unflavored, Pumpkin Spice, Peanut Butter, Iced Matcha Latte
Orgain’s organic protein powder is one of the highest rated on Amazon and most other sites that sell protein powder, so I was excited to finally try it and review it.
As usual, I’ve broken down this review into the 4 main factors behind choosing a protein powder. Each have a score out of 25 maximum points.
The scores are based on measurements and data wherever possible to remove any bias of mine.
Feel free to read my detailed methodology if you’d like more detail into the testing procedure.
Fundamentally, a protein powder should contain a lot of protein, which is what I base the nutritional rating of a powder on.
I developed a simple linear formula to calculate a nutrition score. The only thing I plug in is the ratio of calories from protein to the total calories in a serving.
You can check my math if you’d like, I’m using the numbers straight from the nutrition label:
With only 84 of 160 total calories coming from protein, which is only about 53%, this powder gets a nutrition score of 7.8125, out of a maximum of 25 points.
Compared to the other vegan protein powders that I have reviewed, this one just has a really low amount of protein in it.
One thing that the score doesn’t reflect at all are the ingredients, which may be important to you. Orgain’s protein powder is one of the few that uses all organic ingredients.
Here’s the full ingredient list:
The second most common thing to consider when buying a protein powder is usually (but not always) the cost.
Orgain sells their organic protein powder in 3 different sizes. Here’s a quick breakdown of the cost per hundred grams for each size:
|Size||Cost (USD)||Cost per 100 gram|
|462 g / 1.02 lb||22.72||4.92|
|720 g / 1.59 lb||23.81||3.31|
|920 g / 2.03 lb||33.18||3.61|
Considering that all the ingredients are organic, which usually increases a product’s price quite a bit, those prices aren’t too crazy.
In order to compare the price of a protein powder with others, again I created a simple formula.
I plug in the price per 100 grams of the size closest to 2lbs (the most common size offered) into this linear formula:
A score of 25 means that it’s very cheap, while a score of 0 means it’s very expensive.
Plugging in the value here yields a pricing score of 16.2 out of 25.
Not terrible, but if budget is your primary concern, there are other plant based protein powders that would be better for you.
No one likes clumps in their protein shakes, which is why I test mixability.
I’ve devised a simple procedure to measure how mixable a protein powder is. The detailed explanation is in the methodology I linked in the intro, but here’s a brief breakdown of what I do:
After doing that procedure for several protein powders, I was able to create yet another simple formula to measure how well a protein powder mixes compared to others. Again, 25 indicated perfect mixability, while 0 is terrible.
Here’s the formula:
Since the scoop size is controlled, all that needs to be input into the formula is the weight of the remnants (the clumps that were filtered out).
Here’s where this protein powder really shines. It’s one of just a few protein powders I’ve tried that scores a perfect 25.
Finally, we come to the subjective part of the review.
In order to stay as consistent as possible, I try to assign a taste rating based on this table, and give a justification for it.
Amazing, would drink for enjoyment alone.
Drinkable, not really good or bad.
A bit of a struggle to get down
In this case it was pretty simple to give the protein powder a solid 22.
It had a great taste and texture. There was a small aftertaste and a slightly chalky texture (not as bad as in most vegan protein powders).
Keep in mind that I ordered the vanilla bean flavor. Other flavors might vary, but I generally find that the different flavors that a company makes are pretty comparable when it comes to taste.
Also note that I usually prefer chocolate over vanilla, and still really liked this.
This protein is definitely a great choice for certain types of people.
It has very clear strengths:
But also some weaknesses:
I’d say that if you’re looking for a vegan protein powder just to get a little bit more protein, and budget isn’t an issue, you’ll enjoy this Orgain Organic protein powder.
If you’re looking for a more cost-effective powder or one that maximized protein intake, there are likely better options for you.