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High Quality Product
on 19 August 2013
I decided to buy this product because I was unhappy with the amount of toxins (artificial colours, preservatives, sweeteners etc) that I was putting into my body from Normal protein powders. I wanted a protein powder that was as healthy as possible that did not cost the earth or contained any meat or dairy products (Vegan protein). I wanted it to be organic (Antibiotic, Insecticides, Pesticides & Herbicides etc free).
I was alarmed to hear that 90% of soya worldwide was from USA and that 90% of that is Genetically modified (GMO). Soya is one of the best proteins to take because it's 90% protein and it has an amino acid profile score of 100 (contains all the right amount of amino acids in the right proportion). Vegan-wise, only Hemp can match this, however the downside with hemp is that it contains only 45% protein with around 12.6% fat (albeit healthy fat), 21% fibre and about 15% carbs (albeit slow release carbs ).
This product is 100% natural and ticks all the desired boxes on paper.
The price was reasonable at £13.50 for 1kg given that Hemp protein & Brown rice protein were £18.50 - £20.00 per 1 Kg (Pea protein was £13.50 which I also bought at the same time). (Refer to Pea protein comment at the end of this review).
When I prepared the product for the first time, I used a pint glass and a large spoon and added 40g of it to cold water (about 36g protein in 40g product with fat & carbs content being extremely low). It did not mix very well and I ended up with an unmanageable paste which I did not want to eat. The taste was exactly what I expected; Soya! (Yukkk!!). Not very tasty on its own I'm afraid.
My second attempt at making a protein shake from it was much better. Instead of using a pint glass, I put it in a protein shaker (you can buy these for £2-3), added 2 table spoons of raw organic cocoa powder (into the water first) and shook it hard a few times. I ended up with a thick chocolate mouse dessert, much like a normal chocolate mouse. It tasted surprisingly nice!.
So in summary: This product ticks all the boxes on paper: it's cheap, Vegan, Organic, Natural, GMO free, high in protein, low in fat and carbs. If you can eat it plain then great. However most people will have to add something tasty to it and make it in a protein shaker.
I would highly recommend this product. I have already bough 3 bags in the past 12 months.
Note on Pea Protein:
I found that the Pea Protein tasted far nicer than the Soya Protein, however it has the same problem as Brown Rice protein. However If you take Pea protein and Rice protein together the blend then gives you a complete protein. Although the bag of Pea Protein that I bought was tasty, Pulsin have now changed the formulation due to 'supplier issues'. The new formulation (the one that they sell now for £6.99 no longer tastes as good as the old formulation but I would still drink it and I believe that it's a bargain at that price).
If I had to put the Pulsin vegan powders in order of taste then I would have to put them in this order and taste rating:
1/ Brown Rice = 10/10 (Refer to Brown Rice Protein review)
2/ Pea Protein = 9.5/10 (Refer to Pea Protein review - Old Formulation)
3/ Pea Protein = 5/10 (Refer to Pea Protein - New Formulation)
4/ Hemp Protein = 5/10 (Refer to Hemp Protein review)
5/ Soya Protein (Raw) = 4.5/10 (9/10 with cocoa powder) - (Refer to Soya Protein Review)
Verdict: Highly Recommended at £13.75 or less.