While doing research for this article 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 potential bias.
So first off, let me say I have always thought of Arbonne as a good company that has helped a lot of people lead healthier lives.
But the goal of every review post I write is to present the facts based on my analysis of the nutrition label and ingredients list.
Unfortunately, I was not impressed with what I discovered about most Arbonne protein powder and shakes. See below to learn why.
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Arbonne Protein Powder Review
Similar to my other reviews, I am reviewing Arbonne 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 may not be as clean as you might think.
Here’s proof …
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 also has an “Ingredients Policy” page that states:
Being Certified Arbonne Clean ™ begins with the ingredients that we use, taking the best from nature, and embracing the idea that healthy living starts from the inside out — what we choose to include in a product is just as important as what we choose to put on our skin or in our bodies. We choose carefully, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that we’ve done the research.
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 Protein Powders Have 7 Grams of Sugar
Cane sugar is the #2 ingredient after the protein blend in Arbonne Essential Protein Powder (now called FeelFit Pea Protein Shake). Huge red flag. Might as well drink a milkshake.
2. Arbonne Essentials Protein Powder Has “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 Gums, Fillers, and Other Highly Processed, Artificial Ingredients
Arbonne Protein Powders (and most others on the market) contain processed thickeners, fillers, gums that can cause gut health issues.
Arbonne FeelFit Protein Powder Nutrition Facts and Ingredients
Arbonne Essentials Daily Protein Boost Nutrition Facts and Ingredients
Let’s wrap this up …
Arbonne Protein Powder Reviews Summed Up
Based on my nutrition and ingredients analysis, I recommend avoiding Arbonne FeelFit Protein Shake Mix (formerly Arbonne Essentials Protein Shake Mix). I do, however, recommend the Arbonne Essentials Daily Protein Boost.