While doing research for this post and looking at Arbonne protein powder reviews online, I had some reservations. I’m friends with people who sell it, and they’re generally very passionate about Arbonne’s shakes and other products. And I sell a plant-based protein powder of my own, so this opens the door for some potential bias.
So first off, let me say I’ve always thought of Arbonne as a good company.
But the goal of every review post I write is to present the facts based on my analysis of the nutrition facts label and ingredients list.
Unfortunately, I was not impressed with what I discovered about most Arbonne protein powder and shakes. See below for my short and full versions of the review …
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Arbonne Protein Powder Review (Short Version)
Similar to my other reviews, I am reviewing Arbonne’s protein powders based on health and nutrition … NOT taste.
This is what I look for in a healthy protein powder:
- Organic, real food ingredients
- No allergens or inflammation-causing soy, dairy, or gluten
- No fillers, natural flavors, or gums
- Protein per serving
- Protein sources
- No added sugar or other artificial sweeteners used
The ingredients Arbonne uses in its protein powders are not as clean as you might think.
Here’s proof …
Look guys, I’m not trying to bash Arbonne … just giving you my honest review based on the facts. And the facts, unfortunately, are quite clear:
All Arbonne protein shakes except Arbonne Essentials have sugar, gums, flavors, and other junk.
The Arbonne Essentials Daily Protein Boost actually looks like a decent product and I like the protein blend. It’s unflavored though and not organic.
Arbonne Protein Powder Reviews (Full Version)
On its website, Arbonne says:
By integrating the most beneficial botanical ingredients from nature with the principles of green chemistry — we craft products with integrity, expertise and innovation.
“Green chemistry” is kind of an oxymoron if you ask me.
Arbonne also has an “Ingredients Policy” page that has a picture of a pretty lady (this is called “aspirational marketing”, a clever psychological tactic) along with words about how “pure,” “safe,” and “beneficial” their products are:
After reviewing the ingredients in Arbonne’s protein powders and shakes, my problem is not what they formulate without, as stated above … it’s what they formulate their protein powders with.
If you dig into the ingredients list on Arbonne’s flavored protein powders and shakes, there are some things clean eaters should be very concerned about:
1. Arbonne Shakes Have Way Too Much Sugar
Take a look at the sugar content in two of Arbonne’s protein products:
- Arbonne Protein Shake Mix: 9 grams
- Arbonne Ready to Drink Shake: 11 grams
Cane sugar is the #2 ingredient in each of these after the protein blend. Huge red flag. Might as well drink a milkshake.
2. All But Arbonne Essentials Protein Powder Have “Natural” Flavors
Natural flavors are chemical-filled junk and they’re definitely NOT natural. Read my article “What Are Natural Flavors?” if you want to know more about this mystery ingredient.
Bottom line: “natural” flavors can contain hundreds of different ingredients that food companies don’t have to disclose to you. Many of these are chemicals in standard “flavors.” Not saying Arbonne uses them but it’s worth asking them where their flavors come from and how they’re made.
3. Arbonne’s Proteins Have Corn, Gums, Gillers, and Other Highly Processed, Artificial Ingredients
Arbonne Protein Shake Mix and Ready to Drink contain a laundry list of these additives. That could spell bad news for your body because these processed thickeners, fillers, gums, and fibers can wreak havoc on your gut.
One ingredient they use that really bothers me is corn starch (also called maltodextrin), which is used as a thickener. I assume Arbonne doesn’t use GMO corn. But most corn that’s not organic is genetically modified. And corn is one of the “Big 8” allergens that many people should be avoiding. Side Note: it’s worth a trip to an Allergist to see if you test positive for an allergic reaction. I had no idea that I was allergic to corn and dairy because going to see one!
So let’s look at the big picture view of all the “red flag” ingredients in Arbonne’s protein powders and shakes. Note all the things I highlighted in red:
Arbonne Protein Shake Mix
Arbonne Essentials Daily Protein Boost
Arbonne Ready to Drink Shakes
Let’s wrap this up …
Arbonne Protein Powder Reviews Summed Up
Arbonne Essentials Daily Protein Boost is the only product I recommend based on my nutrition and ingredients analysis. I recommend avoiding Arbonne Protein Shake Mix and Ready to Drink Shakes because of the high sugar content and all the highly processed gums, fibers, fillers, and thickeners. Plus, for the price they charge, I wish they would use organic ingredients.