Gluten Free Protein Powder Reviews

Gluten Free Protein Powder Reviews and Recommendations (or not!)

Protein powder. It can be so useful, so tasty, so convenient! It can also be completely vile tasting, or worse, make us sick due to cross-contact or hidden gluten. This page is for us all to share our experiences with protein powders, so we can learn from each other and hopefully spare ourselves from wasting money on a product that is nasty.

Please, please be aware that reformulations do occur-so always check labels prior to ingesting any product. If in doubt, contact the company directly.

Here’s what to do:
Leave a comment below indicating the brand of protein, flavor, and quick summary of the nutrition facts if you have the label handy. Please also indicate the gluten status-if you’ve contacted the company please include that information, if there’s a gluten free label, no gluten containing ingredients, etc. Whatever is applicable.

Add your review-how was the flavor, the consistency, the mixability? Would you purchase it again? Feel free to use a 1-10 scale if you would like.

Of course, taste is individual, and what one person finds delicious another may find revolting-but I’m hoping that this will give us a good starting point.

Here’s a couple I’ve done:

-General overview of gluten and dairy free protein powder types

-True Protein Gemma and Rice protein powder-dutch chocolate flavor

Labrada Nutrition Products

Gluten Free offerings from Muscle Milk

Gaspari Nutrition products, and a not-so-great answer from BSN (who since the time of this post has revised their labeling and now reveal gluten containing ingredients on some products)

Allmax Nutrition’s Gluten Free List

Rockwell Nutrition-Gluten and Dairy Free Supplement Options

Bring the reviews! I will be adding more as well. :)

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  1. Erin says:

    Here’s another one of mine:

    Beverly International. I’ve been using their Chocolate flavor Muscle Provider and Vanilla Ultimate Muscle Protein for a few years. They are both protein blends. Easily the best tasting protein I’ve ever had. The vanilla UMP mixed with a little water is like vanilla cake icing, I swear. The chocolate is like brownie batter. I’ve only mixed them with water, and they are really good. They are sweetened with sucrolose, which is the only thing that’s not optimal, IMO. Per Casey from Beverly: “with one exception, every Beverly International product is Gluten Free. You may list the entire line with the exception of Ultimate Muscle Protein Cookies and Crème flavor.” That flavor does contain gluten due to the flavoring system.
    Check out Beverly here:
    http://www.beverlyinternational.com/

  2. monica says:

    I have been using NutraBiotic Vegan Brown Rice protein powder. I buy the plain flavor so that I can mix it with anything and it barely alters the flavor. It doesn’t have a lot of taste which is fine with and there are no sweeteners of any kind. I don’t think it would be very good mixed with just water. I mix mine with Kefir yogurt drink and stevia and fruit in a blender. If I add flax or chia seeds, I thin with a little water. Believe me, this is a meal. I buy it on line from Allhealthtrends.com and it is very economical that way. Per heaping Tbsp: 55cal .3 grams fat 8mg sodium 1.8 carbs .5 frams fiber 1 gram sugar and 12 grams of protein. I can’t tolerate much dairy, but I have no gut issues with this brown rice protein powder. I would recommend it to anyone.

  3. Erin says:

    Awesome thanks Monica! Always great to have another non-dairy option. I was just looking into some unflavored whey isolate to use in baking as well.

  4. monica says:

    I have never tried protein powders in baking. Let me know how that goes!

  5. Nectar by Syntrax:

    Syntrax claims that Nectar is the “World’s best tasting protein, guaranteed!” With my experience in bodybuilding and trying many different brands of protein shakes, I had come to accept that protein powder just couldn’t taste good. So, I was very skeptical and had low expectations when first trying Nectar. They were right!!! I got their On-the-Go pack that contained individual servings of each flavor they offer. There isn’t a bad one! Some even taste like Crystal Light or even Kool-Aid! I can’t say enough about the taste.

    I always mixed it with water. Unlike other proteins, I didn’t have to use a shaker cup and could mix it with just a spoon and minimal water. They were all very light, didn’t leave you feeling bloated, and I had no stomach issues.

    Nutritional Facts: 90 Calories, 0g Fat, 0g Carbs., 0g SUGAR, and 23g Protein per serving. How can something taste so good with no sugar!?

    Gluten Free: Their packaging does not say Gluten Free, but I spoke with the company many times about their product being gluten free. They are just learning about the gluten free market, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the next update in packaging contains Gluten Free.
    They are trying to spread the word in the gluten free market, and said to use coupon code MH3090 to get 40% off on http://www.boosters4health.com

    I give Nectar a 9 out of 10 (always gotta leave some room for improvement). I will be buying it again! I have given a few friends and family samples, and we will all be combing for a big order. These are great for meal replacement or just a quick snack. Honestly, I can’t say enough, and it has raised my standards of protein powders.

  6. Erin says:

    Thanks Mike!
    I have had Syntrax’s Nectar Roadside Lemonade flavor in the past and remember it being good. I am definitely more of a chocolate gal though! Thanks for the awesome review!

  7. Erin says:

    Hey Monica!
    I’ve used protein powders quite a bit in baking-there’s a couple of recipes:
    http://www.glutenfreefitness.com/gluten-free-dairy-free-protein-bar-kind-of-a-recipe-trail-mix-bars/
    http://www.glutenfreefitness.com/recipe-alert-gluten-free-chocolate-banana-protein-brownies/
    http://www.glutenfreefitness.com/recipe-alert-homemade-gluten-free-pumpkin-protein-bars/

    It seems to vary on which types of proteins work best for baking. I’ve only used flavored ones, so I’m curious to see what I can come up with using an unflavored powder!

  8. Lincoln says:

    I’ve used GNC Whey protein – chocolate (GNC will tell you the GF status of their products if you email, but I would trust the clerks at the stores) and Biochem Sports 100% Whey protein chocolate. I don’t use them for cooking though just as a shake post-workout. They have a product that I bought 100% Greens and Whey protein powder but though it says Wheat and Gluten free on the front it lists barley grass juice powder and leaf kamut in the ingredients which makes me wonder. No info from their website makes this an annoying problem. Does anyone know anything about Biochem Sports products?

  9. Erin says:

    Hey there!
    Just found this on barley grass-and as I understand this is true for wheat grass as well:
    Barley grass is rich in nutrients and can be taken by those with gluten intolerence

    Barley grass (hordeum vulgore) is made from the powdered leaves of young plants and does not contain gluten. The reason is that the plant is at its optimum nutrient value when the young leaves are between 12 cm to 16 cm and before the grain stalk has started to develop. This is the time that it is harvested, dried and powdered. Once the grain stalk has started to develop, the nutrient focus is on growning the stalk and developing the head for the barley grain to grow. This is were the gluten in produced, in the stalk and head of the barley. It is an excellent source of dark green vegetable (chlorophyll) nutrition, rich in dietary fibre (promoting good colon health and regularity, higher than bran). Contains high amounts of minerals, vitamins and proteins, more than most other leafy vegetables. It contains magnesium, calcium beta carotene, more iron than spinach and many other amino acids and enzymes essential for healthy living.

    It contains 5 Vitamin B groups including B12, folic acid. Studies have shown that is contains traces of over 70 minerals and 18 amino acids which are the building blocks of our functioning.
    Ref:http://www.natural-nutrition-for-health.com/barleygrass.html

    And this:
    From: Cynthia Kupper RD CD
    Executive Director, Gluten Intolerance Group http://www.gluten.net:

    * Q: Is barely and wheat grass safe to use in a gluten-free diet? What about sprouts?
    * A: According to information from USDA research chemists, specializing in wheat gluten and cereal proteins and a statement from the American Association of Cereal Chemists, gluten is found only in the seed kernel (endosperm) and not in the stem and grass leaves. If the grass is cut from a growing plant and does not include the seed kernel, it should be safe for persons with gluten intolerance to use. Wheat and barley grass are promoted as having superior nutrients, however the nutrient composition of the grasses is not superior to eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, which would be overall more healthy and less expensive than using this supplement. Bottom line is that I would stay away from it at this time and eat more fruits and vegetables! My personal and professional choice is not to use these products. Instead, rely on a variety of gluten-free grains, fruits and vegetables for a nutrient-rich diet. Feel that you must include a grass in your diet; I would recommend alfalfa grass instead of the wheat or barley grass.

    As far as the Biochem products specifically, you can always contact them to verify to see how they’ve determined the GF status.

  10. Lincoln says:

    Thanks. I think I will invest in some test strips and just test products myself rather than going by a manufacturers claim. I have the silent form of celiac disease so I can’t just go by whether I have an immediate reaction since I usually can’t tell until I get an antibody (anti-endomesial (sp?) antibody) test to determine if I got gluten and then I can’t tell if I would have gotten it there or somewhere else.

  11. Erin says:

    That sounds like a good idea. Let us know how it goes!

  12. Erin says:

    Gaspari Myofusion:
    Myofusion is a protein blend of whey protein isolate, concentrate, egg protein, and milk protein isolate.
    According to Drew at Gaspari: “all of our products other than the powder form of SizeOn and the RealMass are 100% gluten free” They are processed in a shared facility. The proteins are sweetened with acesulfame potassium and sucralose.

    I have had (so far) the vanilla and strawberry flavors, both of which have been very good. I will be trying the chocolate next. It makes a bit of a thicker consistency shake, which I like. The flavors are pleasantly strong, and mixability is very good.

  13. AmandaonMaui says:

    Plant Fusion protein powder is a nice change from Soy and Whey based protein powders. It’s totally vegan and gluten free. The color of the Chocolate variety when prepared with one scoop of the powder, eight ounces of water, and four cubes of ice is kind of a depressing gray. However, the flavor is quite good. It’s not too sweet and not too chocolatey. It is slightly chalky, but most powders are. The Vanilla flavor is the favorite of a dear friend of mine. She likes to put it on her cereal in the morning. She has a very intense farming job for which she requires a higher amount of calories and protein. And, while this is only 117 calories per scoop it is quite sustaining. On its own I can go 4 hours without feeling hungry. With other additions I’m sure it would last me longer.
    I do recommend this protein powder. It’s only 15 scoops per container and is $21-25 dollars here on Maui, but the price may be lower elsewhere.

  14. AmandaonMaui says:

    Oh, and the ingredients are based on brown rice protein, artichoke protein, and pea protein.

  15. Erin says:

    Thanks Amanda! I looked it up and did find it available online at bodybuilding.com and vitacost.com. It’s $12.97 for 1 pound at bodybuilding.com. I’m going to give it a shot next time I order. Thanks for your review-it looks like a great option for our gluten and dairy free contingent.

  16. Mike says:

    This is great! I have been looking for some feedback like this for a while now…so far this is the best I have seen. Very excited on your review about Gaspari! I have been steering clear of all products that aren’t labeled GF even if I read the ingredients and feel that it should be. I have been using Dymatize Nutrition Elite Gourmet whey/casein blend. They have many flavors, but of course I stick with the vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. I hear the peanut butter cup is great! Just thought I would chime in, and hopefully these reviews keep coming and eventually all labels are updated if the product is or is not GF.

    Keep up the good work…much appreciated!

  17. Erin says:

    Thanks for coming by and sharing your review Mike!
    I’ve not tried the Dymatize-I think I had a toffee flavor a ways back, and remember it being REALLY sweet. I’ll have to give it a shot. Peanut butter cup sounds awesome!
    We can hope that someday the FDA gets its act together on the GF label, but in the meantime we just have to stay vigilant with label reading and contacting companies.

    Thanks for the compliments and for your contribution!

  18. Mike says:

    Your very welcome…hope to be a regular! a friend of mine owns a nutrition store here in MA…American Nutrition Center and he orders what ever I want pretty much so he says find out whats good and I will stock it for you… I told him about your site and he is going to put it on his website… anyways, if you get a chance check into VPX for me.. I like their products they have out but reluctant to try most of them.

    Best,
    Mike

  19. Erin says:

    Hey Mike,
    I did email VPX last year and did not get a response, but I’ll try again. You never really know where those emails go. I also am reluctant to try most products. NOW Foods has a very good labeling system and I use their products quite a bit. They have almost everything you would need. (Then again, I don’t use too terribly many supplements-Vit D, Cal/Mag, fish oil (Carlsons), Gr8Dophilus, Creatine Mono, and Beta Alanine, as well as BCAA’s pre and post workout (I train fasted-a la Leangains-a story for another post!)
    Thank you to you and your friend for including me on his site!

  20. AmandaonMaui says:

    I am glad you had something on your blog about the barley grass/wheat grass issue. I just came across protein powders that say gluten free but that contain barley grass and wheat grass. When I first went gluten free it was my understanding that wheat grass contained gluten, but I guess it is okay if harvested properly. The brand I saw, Amazing Grass, says they test their product for gluten. So, maybe someday I will give it a try. It would suck though for it to not be true (since there is no serious regulation on the term gluten free) and to have spent all that money for a few bad days.

    I’m wanting to get into including some more super foods into my diet (even though I am a serious Michael Pollan fan and he says to be the kind of person who takes vitamins and supplements but don’t…instead eat whole foods). Even though I eat lots of good for me whole foods I think I still would like to amp up some of my nutrition, especially since I am quite sedentary while pursuing my new degree.

    I am currently using Raw Protein from Garden of Life, and I also have used and loved Plant Fusion protein powder.

    Are there any particular products and or types of products you would recommend for me?

    I am also at 120 pounds and 5’5″. But, my waist has increased while my weight hasn’t (I guess I need to get back to the crunches and pilates). I am 25 years old.

  21. Erin says:

    Hey Amanda!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the Garden of Life products! I think the idea of improving your nutritional bang for caloric buck can really never be a bad thing. I do think you are on the right track absolutely as far as eating a variety of foods. I’m not too sold on the whole “superfoods” thing either. Depending on how many fruits/veggies you’re getting in while you’re in school, the only thing you may want to consider is something like an Emerald Balance, which is very similar to the Amazing Grass (but WAY tastier IMO.) Personally, I like the Emerald Balance Plus a lot-it is chocolate flavor. But even the original Emerald Balance is pretty good. If your veggie intake is down, that might be worth a consideration.
    As far as your waist goes, considering your weight is stable there could be a couple things going on:
    -bloating-whether from food, drink, water weight fluctuations, or another food intolerance
    -body composition change-depending on how sedentary you’ve been, there is potential for muscle loss with fat gain
    The answer depends on which one of those scenarios is more probable. I know personally, my weight and waist can fluctuate quite a bit depending on hormonal cycles, so keep that in mind.

  22. AmandaonMaui says:

    It’s probably from the sedentary thing. I had a long trip to the southeast visiting my family this summer, and by the end of my trip my pants were quite tight.

    I do notice that my waist is flat in the morning and quite a bit larger by bed time.

    Thanks for the brand recommendation. Do you personally take any supplements on a regular basis?

  23. Erin says:

    It could indeed be a combination of things, a bit of fat gain and perhaps a food intolerance if there’s that much of a difference AM to PM. Realistically though, it could just be volume of food and drink throughout the day.

    As far as supplements I use:
    Health related:
    -Vitamin D3
    -Super Enzymes (NOW Foods, a nice broad enzyme that I take with large meals)
    -Carlson Fish Oil 2 tsp/day
    -Calcium/Magnesium

    Performance related:
    -Creatine Monohydrate
    -Branched Chain Amino Acids (before and after weight training, because I train fasted)
    -Beta Alanine (hoping this will help with my boxing training)

  24. ankit says:

    hey erin .i want to know about nutrilite soya protein poweder ..is it contains gluten or not ..im gona confused ..suggest plz

  25. Erin says:

    Hi Ankit,
    I recommend contacting the manufacturer directly. Unfortunately there is no way for me to keep up with all of them around the world! Please post back and let us know what you learn.

  26. Tina Haayer says:

    Hi There,

    I am wondering if the GFR – LeanFit Product: Whey Protein Shake would be okay to take on a gluten free diet.

    The ingredient list states: protein blend (whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate), xanthan gum, natural vanilla sucralose, bromelain, amylase, papain and lipase enzymes.

    It also states: DOES NOT CONTAIN gluten!

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  27. Erin says:

    Hi Tina,
    The fact that is does not contain gluten is a great start, but it doesn’t give us a full picture.
    Contact the company directly (there should be contact info on the canister) so you can ask about where the product is manufactured. If it is manufactured in a dedicated gluten free facility, then you are good to go. That’s unlikely though, so if it’s in a shared facility, you then need to ask what measures have been taken to prevent cross contamination.
    Let us know what you find out!

  28. Jean says:

    There’s a new gluten free protein powder, with a great twist: half its 30 grams of protein comes from collagen! Along with the muscle building benefits of whey, you get collagen’s support of healthy skin, connective tissue and cartilage throughout the body.

    Its called Collagen Sport, and its made by NeoCell. It is sugar free, gluten free, lactose free, and does not contain artificial sweeteners, flavors, or fillers. I contacted the company and confirmed it is a GMP facility. NeoCell is family owned, and specializes in collagen products.

    Each serving has 30 grams of protein, 123 calories, half a gram of fat. It has vitamins, minerals and pomegranate extract.

    I have tried both the Belgian Chocolate and French Vanilla flavors, both are mild and delicious, and mix well with fruit, etc. I find it mixes with a spoon.

  29. I have searched all over and finally found this page. Many thanks for the information on wheatgrass.

  30. AD'Angelo says:

    For those looking for a high quality, gluten free protein that’s excellent for cooking may I suggest Prograde’s Whey Protein powder.
    It’s formulated using low temperature micro-filtered and ion-exchanged whey protein isolates for unparalleled purity.
    It does not contain artificial sweeteners and is naturally sweetened with stevia. It is produced using non-GMO ingredients and is free of growth hormones.
    Each serving contains 24g of protein and only 2g of carbohydrates.
    It’s available in three delicious flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate and Orange.
    I’ve tried several recipes using this versatile and delicious protein powder from smoothies, to cookies to snack sized protein bars and the results have been really impressive.

  31. Tressie says:

    Just a note on the wheat and barley grass, for those who are eating gluten free because of Celiac I would be careful. The problem is that many Celiacs are also highly allergic to these and don’t know it and these grasses could be fatal. So I would definitly avoid. Also Body by Vi labels as GF, but on their box there is an allergy warning that their product that states it is produced in a facility and on equipment that products many things including wheat. So there is no way they can make that claim. There is too big of a chance of cross contamination to take a chance!

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  33. Jacob says:

    I am a lactose intolerant individual. Currently I am using Isopure’s whey protein powder to supplement my workouts (Les Mills Pump, P90X). I’ve tried dutch chocolate and the vanilla flavors, both which I really liked. I haven’t had a setback since switching over to Isopure. The protein (50g) and vitamins have really helped me grow and maintain my body. Although somewhat costly ($75 and up), I would recommend this line for those who cannot process dairy with ease.

  34. Erin says:

    Hey Jacob!

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I also have had good experiences with Isopure, although it has been quite a while since I’ve used it. Lactose intolerant people should be good with any true pure whey isolate, as the lactose by definition is removed in a whey isolate. (A whey concentrate can still contain some lactose.) A dairy intolerant individual *may* do fine with a whey isolate, but it can vary greatly, since it still does contain the whey part of the milk protein.

  35. Our family uses Shakeology. It is Gluten Free and DELISH! My husband and I fight over the last scoop! I have a Gluten Intolerance and my son has Latent Celiac Disease coupled with Type 1 Diabetes.
    Shakeolog has: Protein from whey.
    • A whole bunch of Vitamins and minerals support optimum health.
    • Antioxidants
    • Phytonutrients to support immune function
    • Prebiotics to support digestive and immune health.
    • Digestive enzymes
    We buy chocolate and we mix it with a TBS of Peanut Butter, a banana, almond milk, and ice! Super YUMMY and super healthy!

  36. PS- You can make no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies with the Chocolate Shakeology too! Yummmmmm! I have a great recipe~What could be better?

    INGREDIENTS:
    8 Tablespoons PB2 (powdered peanut butter from: http://www.bellplantation.com
    3 Tablespoons Natural Peanut butter ( I like Parker’s Farm)

    ½ Cup Shakeology Protein Powder

    3 Tablespoons Raw Honey
    ½ Cup Gluten Free Oats

    DIRECTIONS:
    Mix PB2 with water until it’s a paste like consistency. Mix all ingredients, including the PB2 mixture together in a mixing bowl. It make take some time to blend all of the ingredients together. If it’s too sticky, sprinkle in additional Shakeology powder so that it’s a pretty dry/crumbly texture.
    Next – Roll mixture into small individual balls (about a ping-pong ball size) and place on a wax sheet. Makes about 12 balls, 1 ounce each. Put in freezer until firm.
    NUTRITION: (serving size 1 ball)
    Calories: 80
    Carbs: 10g
    Fat: 2g
    Protein: 7g

    You can’t actually heat Shakeology because it destroys the phytonutrients. Note: if you don’t have the PB2, you could likely substitute just peanut butter, but the calories and fat will be different.

  37. Erin says:

    Thanks Nickie! Those sound delish :)

  38. Sarah says:

    Nectar by Syntrax:

    I just want to make sure all are aware of the differences between
    L-Glutamine (Not made with Wheat)
    vs
    Glutamine Peptides (Made with Wheat)

    Please read all labels! Especially if you are very sensitive to wheat, slow and fast onset. I was really excited about the thought of being able to drink this one and naively took it at face value. I ended up extremely sick! I don’t know if this has been stated before but it needs to definitely be made aware!

    Good luck all!!

  39. Troy says:

    Shakeology changed their formula for the chocolate and now it is not GF and the taste is terrible. I used to make no bake cookies with it but now I can’t. It has stevia ( way to much in my opinion) and wheat grass. They have a green berry and tropica that were GF but with the recent change in Chocolate (7/1/2012) I can believe that they will be true GF.
    I will have to try some of the other options here for chocolate GF shakes. Thanks for the help

  40. Erin says:

    Hey Troy,

    Thanks for that info about Shakeology. I do know that some people have used their stuff in the past, although I’ve never personally tried it. It really reinforces the need to always check labels as formulas can change. Let us know what else you try and what you like!

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