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Garden of Life Raw Organic Fit is one of the few vegan protein powders with all organic ingredients, and has a pretty good reputation.
Naturally, I needed to try and test it.
I’ve broken down the results into the 4 main properties of vegan protein powders.
What’s the most important aspect of nutrition for a protein powder?
I developed a simple formula that compares the calories that come from protein to the total number of calories per serving.
The formula, shown below, gives you a score from 0 to 25.
A score near 25 means that relative to other protein powders, a powder has a high protein content.
Likewise, a score near 0 means that it has a relatively low protein content.
Looking at the nutritional label, we can see that there’s 28 grams of protein and 170 calories in a serving.
That gives us a nutrition score of 18.
That turns out to be right about average, so not good, but not bad.
If you’re particularly interested in this powder because of the ingredients, let’s take a quick look:
- Organic Pea Protein, Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Organic Tapioca Fiber, Organic Chia Seed & Sprout, Organic Flax Seed & Sprout, Organic Cracked-Wall Chlorella, Organic Amaranth Sprout, Organic Quinoa Sprout, Organic Millet Sprout, Organic Buckwheat Sprout, Organic Garbanzo Bean Sprout, Organic Lentil Sprout, Organic Adzuki Bean Sprout, Organic Sunflower Seed Sprout, Organic Pumpkin Seed Sprout, Organic Sesame Sprout, Organic Svetol, Organic Ashwagandha, Raw Probiotic & Enzyme Blend
It’s mainly organic pea and brown rice protein, and a bunch of other ingredients to give you some vitamins.
Personally, yes the vitamins are a plus, but protein is most important in a protein shake.
Raw Fit comes in 2 main sizes:
- 461 g / 1 lb
- 922 g / 2 lb
In order to compare prices as fairly as possible across all the vegan protein powders I’ve reviewed, I look at the price of the most common size, which is 1 kg (2.2 lb).
I take the price per 100 grams of that size and plug it into this formula:
The formula gives us a score out of 25, where 25 is very cheap, and 0 is very expensive.
Plugging in the appropriate value, we get a price score of 16.1.
Again, this is right around the average. It’s a reasonable price unless price is your #1 concern by far.
Here’s an are where the product struggled.
I test mixability to see how thoroughly each protein powder mixes in a realistic situation.
Here are the steps to test this:
- Put 450 mL of almond milk into a shaker bottle
- Add 35 grams of protein powder
- Shake for 45 seconds
- Strain out the remnants (clumps) and weigh them.
Next, I take that number and plug it into the following formula that I derived:
A score close to 25 is great, while a score close to 0 means there was a ton of clumping.
In this case, there were 6 grams of remnants, which you can see below, which is quite a lot.
Plugging that into the formula means that Garden of Life Raw Fit gets a mixability score of 6.25.
Unless you’re using a good blender everytime, expect to have to suffer through a lot of clumps.
The last aspect of a protein powder is a subjective one – taste.
I try to be as unbiased as possible and explain my reasoning.
In order to stay consistent, I use this taste table:
|25||Amazing, would drink for enjoyment alone.|
|15||Drinkable, not really good or bad.|
|10||A bit of a struggle to get down|
In this case, the shake had a frothy texture, which is fine, and the flavor itself is pretty good.
My big issue was that it’s very chalky, and leaves a strong chalky aftertaste.
I’m fine with a small amount of chalkiness in vegan protein powders, as I’ve said before in my other reviews, but this was too much.
Because of that, I assigned a rating of 15 to this protein powder.
If you’re one of the few that doesn’t mind a chalky texture, I think you’ll really enjoy the taste of this.
Summary and Overall Review Impressions
Garden of Life Raw Fit has a reasonable nutritional profile and price, right around the average of the ~20 protein powders I’ve reviewed so far. You can see how it matches up on my page of the top vegan protein powder supplements.
However, it mixes very poorly, and while it’s drinkable, it has an extremely strong chalky texture and aftertaste.
If it’s your only option for some reason, it’s certainly not a terrible one, but I can’t think of any other situations where I’d recommend it above the best ones I’ve tried so far.