SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, everyone!

This week we are featuring a brand I am very excited about: Burt’s Bees. I don’t know about you, but when I think about Burt and his Bees, I think about lipgloss, organic baby cotton clothes, toys and even bedsheets. But protein powder?! This is a brand new venture for them and I look forward to getting deeper into their product. Here we go…

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Looks super cute and fun, right?! Vanilla flavor, organic pea protein, plant-based protein shake.. they have all the key buzz words. So far, so good…

The basics: GRADE A

Sodium: 210mg, or 9%, meh. Aim for less than 6-8% whenever possible for sodium.

Protein: 15g/serving. Good balanced serving size, and from peas, brown rice and even sunflower seeds. Yummy sounding.

Servings of fruits and veggies: 4.5 — pretty decent in one glass! Their fruit and veg nutrient blend includes tons of colorful fruits and veggies, along with shiitake mushroom for a bonus kick of vitamin D and immune support.

Stamps of approval: GF (gluten free), Soy-free (yippee!!), Non-GMO, Dairy-free. Well done, Burt.

Expiry date: well listed, along with organic, non-GMO stamps.

 

Now for the fun part… What is IN this protein shake, and what is it made of???

Questionable ingredients:

  • Honey powder: maltodextrin (usually from corn, and might contain added MSG or other non-ideal sourcing issues…)
  • Natural flavors: NO way of being actually natural, as they are flavorings
  • Partially hydrolyzed oat flour: some suggest that this form of processing may even be suitable for those with Celiac disease, although the flour is derived by acid or other enzyme.
  • Carrageenan: WHY on earth, Burt, did you include this in your product? I mean, I understand that carrageenan can be added to instill a false sense of creaminess, or flowy texture, but from a health perspective it is a HUGE DANGER as it is carcinogenic — which means get it out of your diet!!!! This filler can be found in many organic ‘health’ foods so please read labels and do your best to avoid products that have this.

OVERALL rating for this product: I wanted to give this a solid GRADE A, although due to the questionable ingredients, I must resort to a final GRADE of A-.

PS Burt, if you’re reading this, you were steps away from a nearly perfect shake — get rid of the carrageenan please!!!!

 

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