Because I base my protein powder reviews on two objective criteria: the ingredients and nutrition facts label.
And if you look at the ingredients and nutrition facts label for every single one of those companies above, you’ll see they use gut-disrupting additives, emulsifiers, “flavors,” and/or sugars.
Yet they market their products as “natural,” “clean,” etc.
And it works … ’cause people buy lots of their products.
Sprout Living is one of two companies (out of thousands) whose protein powders I actually recommend, aside from Pure Food.
In this review, I’ll tell you what I like so much about this company and its products after doing an in-depth analysis of its nutrition facts and ingredients lists.
Let’s get into it …
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Who Is Sprout Living?
They sell the following products:
Now, as I mentioned above, the way I do my reviews is by analyzing the Ingredients and Nutrition Facts.
Let’s take a look at them for each of Sprout Living’s products …
Epic Protein Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Sprout Living has this to say about the Epic Protein product line:
Epic Protein is an organic plant protein powder made from four vegan protein sources handpicked for their balanced and complete protein, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies. Exotic whole superfoods add an array of nutrients and a burst of real flavors, resulting in a harmonious blend of silky smooth and delicious protein powder.
And here are the nutritionals/ingredients …
Simple Protein Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Here’s how Sprout describes their Simple Protein Powder:
Crafted for the purists at heart, Simple Protein is our line of 100% single ingredient protein powders made from unique whole food ingredients that contain high quality, ultra-clean, hypoallergenic and bioavailable protein as well as other inherent nutritional benefits.
That description is pretty accurate. Just one ingredient each …
Sproutein Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
And finally, there’s Sproutein…
Sproutein is a nutrient-dense protein superfood that combines ten carefully selected, sprouted seeds including Amaranth, Sunflower, Quinoa, Millet, Sesame, Chia, Fenugreek, Radish, Kale and Broccoli, which have been freshly freeze-dried in order to preserve their nutrients, including bioavailable proteins, vitamins, minerals and powerful chlorophyll. Cold-pressed whole Pumpkin Seeds and Yellow Peas provide complete, multi-source protein, and exotic superfoods such as Lucuma Fruit, Goji Berries, Maca Root and Baobab Fruit increase the nutritional profiles while adding subtle notes of real flavor. The unique blend of highly-diverse ingredients provides superior plant-based protein that is empowered by an abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients, resulting in an ultra-clean and powerful whole food source of nutrition – the perfect boost to your healthy, active and fit lifestyle.
Here are the nutritionals …
FD Powder Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
From Sprout Living:
FD Sprout Mixes are derived through a unique process that starts by sprouting the finest, certified organic, non-GMO seeds in mineral-rich water and then freeze-drying them in order to lock in their essential nutrients and enzymes. The dried sprouts are then gently milled into a shelf-stable powder that can be conveniently consumed in a variety of ways.
Nutrition/ingredients are as-follows …
Normally by this point in the review, I’d be pointing out all the red flags (see my Shakeology review for a good example).
But Sprout Living uses only clean, natural, real food ingredients (just like we do).
You won’t see any flavors, gums, fillers, additives, or added sugars that the big guys all use.
And at a price point of $.06/gram, the price is on par with other (alleged) premium powders on the market.
Dare I say I’m actually impressed?
Sprout Living Protein Powders: The Final Verdict
Sprout Living is one of the VERY RARE protein powders I recommend other than my own.*
The only thing it lacks is a good probiotic (Pure Food has you covered there though).
If you’re looking for a worthy Pure Food alternative, all of Sprout Living’s products: Epic Protein, Simple Protein, Sproutein, and Sprout FD Powders, get my (incredibly selective) stamp of approval.
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*P.S. A few of you have asked me why I would recommend a competitor’s product. The reason is simple: If you decide Pure Food isn’t for you, that’s fine … but I’d much rather help people discover other good products from small businesses like Sprout Living than buy the junk that Orgain, Vega, PlantFusion, Arbonne, and all the other guys sell.