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Review of: Amazing Grass Protein Superfood, 15.1 oz

The first thing I noticed when I opened the container was the pleasant aroma. The taste is superb. This mixes well and provides (per scoop) 20g of easily-assimilated protein. It packs a nutritional wallop, too. The ingredients are all organic, so no glyphosate poisoning or other problems that come with so much of the non-organic products. In fact, with all the anti-carcinogens in this product it actually moves the needle way in the other direction.

Also, it may be worth noting that most of the ingredients are grown on a family farm in Kansas. The family farm thing is a plus, and also I live in Kansas so for me an extra plus there.

Let me say a few words (OK, a lot of words) about vegan protein powders before telling you what's in this product.

At one time, I used dairy-based protein powders. Now I use only vegan protein powders. These beat diary-based ones in several important ways, such as:

  • Easier assimilation.
  • Really good amino profile, when blended.
  • Micronutrients typically included.
  • Typical dairy toxins (in all but the highest-end dairy-based powders) not present. These include some pretty nasty, endocrine-modifying stuff and at least one neurotoxin.
  • Nice absorption rate, unlike whey. This is critical. Whey hits your bloodstream fast, and you can absorb maybe 20g of it. Most people using whey powders consume more than 20g at a time, and the leftover is converted to fat or eliminated.
  • And (as I understand it) vegan sources mean less work on the kidneys and less nitrogen loss because bioavailability is higher; this might be marginally less. To me what's important is it's not more.
  • No lactose intolerance issues!

Cost is always a consideration, and the vegan powders typically cost less than their dairy counterparts. For this product, I'm much less price sensitive because of how very good it is.

Basically, I am finding you can't go wrong with a vegan protein powder. The ingredients panels on the vegan proteins are real eye-poppers. Read and compare the amino profile of any vegan blend to that of any diary-based, and you will want vegan every time. It's like you're taking a BCAA supplement along with your protein, plus getting aminos that aren't branch-chained.

The real test of vegan powders is how a body builder does on them. I've been using vegan powders for a couple of years now, and have gained muscle mass during that time. I do not eat meat, wheat, corn, or soy; those ingredients make up about 80% of the typical American diet and meat is the primary protein source. Those ingredients, unless organic, are all contaminated with the powerful neurotoxin glyphosate (confirmed by three independent laboratories in Europe).

So do I get enough protein? About eight months before I wrote this review I had an "age 55" photoshoot, and I was at about 3.5% body fat (it is very hard to measure body fat in that range; body fat scales stop at 5%). Yet really strong; I do flyes with 10lbs more than 2/3 of my body weight (counting both dumbbells) and I do them slowly. This takes great strength relative to body weight; normal is less than 1/3 of a man's body weight.

So what back to the Amazing Grass Protein Superfood product. All of the ingredients are listed on the container (note to the peanut-sensitive, this contains peanuts). But also on the container is a nice table that consists of three columns:

  • Alkalyzing greens. These include alfalfa, broccoli, spinach, and wheatgrass (more are listed).
  • Protein. The four are pea, chia, quinoa, and hemp.
  • Fruits and veggies. These include banana, beet, goji, and sweet potato (more are listed).

It's low in calories (190 per serving that gives you 20g of protein). It's also high in both the BCAAs and glutamine (that's not on the label, I just know that from the protein sources listed).

I find the taste to be somewhere between amazing and awesome. I bake my own "protein cookies" and this adding this product to the mix is a great way to boost not just the nutritional value but also the taste. I normally use a mix of oat and garbonzo bean flour. I may try using this mix in place of the garbanzo bean flour and even if it doesn't "come out right" it is going to taste fantastic.




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