Plant Fusion Protein Reviews: Nutrition and Ingredients Analysis

Plant Fusion sells a lot of protein powder. But based on the Plant Fusion reviews I read on Amazon, it’s clear plenty ‘o peeps are awfully confused about what constitutes a “healthy” protein powder.

Not to worry, because I’m here to clear up the confusion with my typical sardonic wit and wisdom.

Here are the long and short versions of my PlantFusion Protein Powder review:

Click here to get instant access to my FREE Google spreadsheet comparing 20+ plant protein powders by ingredients, nutrition, cost, and more.

Plant Fusion Protein Powder Review (Short Version)

Similar to my VegaArbonne, and other reviews, I am evaluating Plant Fusion’s protein powders based on health and nutrition … NOT taste.

There are four key criteria I use to determine the “healthiness” of a protein powder in my reviews:

  1. Organic, whole food ingredients.
  2. No allergens or inflammation-causing soy, dairy, or gluten.
  3. No fillers, flavors, or gums.
  4. No added sugar or artificial/highly processed sweeteners used.

On its website, PlantFusion says:

Let’s stick to the facts … the “supplement facts”

Clever marketing talk, but here’s a fact they’re not telling you:

Plant Fusion uses the same processed junk as every other popular plant protein powder!

Here’s a quick breakdown of their ingredients and nutrition facts:

PlantFusion Organic Protein PowderPlantFusion Complete Protein PowderPlant Fusion Phood ReviewPlantFusion Lean ProteinPlantFusion Ready to Drink
PlantFusion Organic Plant Based Protein PowderPlantFusion Complete Protein PowderPlantFusion PhoodPlantFusion LeanPlantFusion Ready-to-Drink
Calories120120200170150
Grams of Protein 20 21 1821 19
Protein Source(s) Organic pea protein, organic amaranth, organic quinoa, organic flax seed Pea protein isolate, artichoke protein, organic sprouted amaranth powder, organic sprouted quinoa powderPea protein isolate, artichoke protein, organic sprouted amaranth powder, organic sprouted quinoa powder, algalinPea protein isolate, artichoke protein, algae protein, fermented & sprouted organic millet, organic lentil, organic flax, organic chia Pea protein isolate, artichoke, organic sprouted amaranth, organic sprouted quinoa
Grams of Sugar 04 127
Free of “Natural” FlavorsNoNoNoNoNo
Free of Gums & ThickenersNoNoNoNoNo
100% OrganicYesNoNoNo No
VeganYes YesYesYesYes
Cost Per Gram $.07 $.04 $.03$.05$.01
Nutrition/Ingredients (click each image to enlarge)PlantFusion Organic Protein Powder Nutrition FactsPlantFusion Complete Protein Powder Nutrition FactsPhood nutrition ingredientsPlantFusion Lean Nutrition FactsPlant Fusion Ready to Drink Nutrition Label

The “facts” speak volumes about the quality of PlantFusion’s protein powders and shakes. So my reviews of all their products are summed up as-follows:

PlantFusion makes yet another very average line of plant-based protein powders and shakes. If you’re a clean eater who avoids processed ingredients like flavors, fillers, and sweeteners, you may want to choose something with organic, whole food ingredients instead. 

If you’re interested in taking a little deeper dive and learning more about PlantFusion’s ingredients and nutrition facts, keep reading.

Plant Fusion Protein Powder Review (Full Version)

Let’s switch gears for a brief moment and talk about what I like about Plant Fusion. As a company, I admire their commitment to plant-based nutrition and sustainable, eco-friendly products. I also really like most of the plant protein sources they use (pea protein, amaranth powder, chia powder, flax powder).

And their fermented, sprouted foods blend in the organic product is great:

sprouted food blend protein

On its website, you can read about Plant Fusion’s story. Here’s an excerpt: 

Plant Fusion Reviews
Ironic they mention “inferior ingredients” …

The second part I highlighted in red is what really concerns me … and what should concern you too if you follow a clean, plant-focused diet.

Allow me to elaborate:

1. “Natural” flavors are NOT natural.

Natural flavors aren’t real food … they’re science experiments. All the big protein powder companies, PlantFusion included, claim that they make “proprietary natural flavor blends”.

This means nothing.

Ask them exactly what ingredients and how many ingredients go into those “natural” flavors and you won’t get a straight answer (if they answer at all … I emailed them and didn’t get a response).

Natural flavors are often chemical-filled junk. Check out my article “What Are Natural Flavors?” to learn more.

2. Inulin

PlantFusion (along with many other protein powder manufacturers) contains inulin, which is a starchy carbohydrate that’s not absorbed by your upper GI tract (and is thus considered a type of fiber).

While protein powder companies will tout inulin’s benefits as a “beneficial prebiotic fiber”, what they don’t tell you is that these prebiotics are not always beneficial … particularly for those with GI sensitivities. Prebiotics can actually lead to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) or worsen existing digestive ailments. If you have SIBO, these prebiotics will ferment and create more gas that will cause your symptoms to worsen.

On top of that, studies have shown that inulin encourages the growth of Klebsiella, a bacteria implicated in Ankylosing Spondylitis and leaky gut syndrome. Klebsiella can lead to serious infections in the urinary tract, pneumonia, and even death. So while inulin may indeed promote the growth of good bacteria, it feeds “bad” bacteria too.

If you suffer from GI sensitivities like I do, prebiotic fibers like inulin will only exacerbate your suffering.

3. Xanthan gum

Xanthan gum is another highly-processed, mostly-indigestible starch that’s used to thicken protein powders. It’s made by bacterial fermentation of a sugar-containing food. Usually that food is an allergenic and/or GMO-containing substance such as corn, soy, dairy, or wheat.

Here’s another little-known (and tragic) fact about xanthan gum. In 2013, several infants who consumed a baby formula with xanthan gum tragically passed away after developing necrotizing enterocolitis, a disease where the wall of the intestine is invaded by bacteria, causing infection and inflammation that can ultimately lead to death in infants.

Scientists reviewed the cases of xanthan gum-associated NEC, and found that the xanthan gum caused increased bacterial production of short chain fatty acids in the newborns’ intestines, and thus contributed to the development of NEC, which led to their deaths. (side note: the New York Times reported the story if you care to read about it)

I wouldn’t let my toddler touch any foods that contains this stuff. On top of that, it can cause unpleasant gut symptoms in adults. No thanks.

4. Sugar

One of PlantFusion’s products, the Ready to Drink Complete Plant Protein, has 6-7 grams of sugar per serving (depending on which flavor you choose). On its website, Plant Fusion says you shouldn’t worry about this because the type of sugar they use (fructose) is lower on the glycemic index:

Plant Fusion Sugar Content

Patrick Skerrett, former Executive Editor of the Harvard Health, disagrees:

Crystalline fructose … is not fructose gently extracted from fruits or vegetables; it is crystallized high grade HFCS.

Ouch.

Physician and author Dr. Joseph Mercola also warned about the potential dangers of crystalline fructose in a HuffPost article.

Crystalline fructose (a super-potent form of fructose the food and beverage industry is now using) may contain arsenic, lead, chloride and heavy metals.

Sugar is sugar. Please Plant Fusion, do us a favor and stop trying to spin it.

PlantFusion’s other protein powders use a combination of highly-processed fructose, stevia, and erythritol. You can read about the potential dangers of these pseudo-healthy sweeteners here.

Plant Fusion Reviews Summed Up

Plant Fusion makes very average vegan protein powders that contain too much junk, in my opinion. Personally, I’d rather spend a few extra dollars on a product with organic, real food ingredients.

Click here to get instant access to my FREE Google spreadsheet comparing 20+ plant-based protein powders (including PlantFusion) by ingredients, nutrition, cost, and more.

6 thoughts on “Plant Fusion Protein Reviews: Nutrition and Ingredients Analysis

  1. Heather says:

    Hi Scott, I’ve just done a quick read of your review. Thanks for this. I’m so bummed, as I have Plant Fusion, but now I would like see your free Google spreadsheet to compare other plant-based proteins to find the cleanest one… clean of all the junk that PF has and hides. But I can’t access your document. Is it still available to the public? Thanks for your reply.

  2. Michael harman says:

    Hey Scott, I love your review . What have you found to be the best plant based protein product I can purchase? Strictly from a pure health perspective. I’m sick of seeing all the fillers and crap seen on ingredient lists and people claiming organic and natural. Please advise as I have a 17 year old son who is really into fitness and I am trying to only allow anything plant based trying to be as healthy as possible. Thanks in advance for any recommendations from what you’ve researched

  3. Elicia Silberberg says:

    Hi Scott, I’m glad I ran across your website on Plant Fusion Protein drink, I just bought a sample, but will not be buying more. In your opinion can you tell me the best protein on the market, as I am so confused! Thanks for your time.

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