Review of NutriProtein from United Naturals
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Sometimes it seems that weight-loss products and programs are a dime a dozen. So why should you consider NutriProtein? Two important reasons.
First, protein powders can be an effective part of a sensible weight-loss program. Used according to directions, they are safe and they work. NutriProtein is a proprietary blend of essential nutrients, organic proteins and high-fiber superfoods designed to assist weight control...and more. This protein powder helps suppress your appetite while 1) converting fat into energy naturally and 2) replenishing important vitamins and minerals.
Second, unlike whey protein isolate, NutriProtein is ideal for people who are lactose intolerant or who tend to experience bloating, gas or cramps from whey products. I really appreciate that. And I like the fact that NutriProtein is all-natural and 100% plant-based and is suitable for anyone wanting a Vegan and/or Kosher protein powder.
One serving of NutriProtein has just 20mg of sodium and less than 1g of sugar, which is 8% of a 1950 calorie diet. All sugars are natural, and there are no added sugars.
Just add water to create a smooth shake with a unique taste that combines both vanilla and chocolate flavors.
If you have one serving every other day (as recommended), the 15 servings per bottle should last you a month.
Although I didn't discuss the inspiration behind the development of NutriProtein with Vincent Pedre, MD--certified medical doctor and United Naturals Chief Wellness Officer--I know from previous conversations that Dr. Pedre has long focused on issues related to digestion.
I think, therefore, that the decision to create a plant-based, Vegan protein powder without any whey protein isolate or dairy ingredients is in line with other United Naturals products designed to support your good digestion and provide optimal nutrient absorption.
Chickpeas are a rich source of complete protein, including essential amino acids. Cooking and processing actually makes the protein more bioavailable.1 Chickpeas also contain several vitamins and minerals that are helpful for human health and are high in isoflavones.2 Chickpea powder is sold commercially as chickpea flour.
Pea protein is a source of protein derived and extracted in powder form from the yellow and green split peas. It is rich in nutrients and low in fat. Pea protein is not a complete protein, lacking methionine. The protein content can vary widely depending on the species of pea used and its growing conditions.3
Peas are high in dietary fiber and may serve a prebiotic function. It is also high in iron. Pea protein is not without controversy: It contains high levels of potassium which may pose a problem for people with kidney disease,4 and it may contain an enzyme that actually inhibits digestion of proteins.
Cocoa is added probably as a flavorant, since it contributes only a small amount of protein. Cocoa is known to contain flavonoids, many of which are destroyed in the process of cooking. Other bioactive components include theobromine and caffeine. Cocoa from some parts of the world has been shown to contain significant levels of the toxic metal cadmium, presumably derived from the soil.5
Inulins are plant-based polysaccharides that are used by the plant as an energy-storage chemical. In humans, inulins are not digested and pass into the colon, feeding the resident bacteria. In the United States in 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved inulin as a dietary fiber ingredient used to improve the nutritional value of manufactured food products. Sources of inulin include agave, banana/plantain, burdock, chicory, coneflower, dandelion, garlic, artichoke, jicama, onion, and wild yam.
As a soluble fiber, inulin forms a gelatinous material that nourishes the gut bacteria. It is broken down in the colon by bacteria through a process of fermentation. The fermentation results in large quantities of gases such as carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and methane. As such, foods high in inulin may cause intestinal discomfort for those who are unaccustomed to it.
Inulin may help with control of cholesterol6 and diabetes,7 although not everyone agrees8 since it is not broken down into simple sugars and will not affect blood sugar.9 It nourishes the microbiome of the gut and encourages the growth of healthy bacteria.
As of 2013, no regulatory authority had permitted health claims in the marketing of prebiotics as a class. It is likely that the beneficial effects of inulin come more from its prebiotic properties rather than a direct physiologic response to intake of inulin.
Natural chocolate WONF is added as a flavorant. “WONF” is an acronym meaning “with other natural flavors,” which means its a blend of natural flavors that help bring out the chocolate.
Natural vanilla WONF is added as a flavorant. “WONF” is an acronyn meaning “with other natural flavors,” which means its a blend of natural flavors that help bring out the vanilla.
Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) are triglycerides with two or three fatty acids having an aliphatic tail of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). Rich food sources for commercial extraction of MCTs include palm kernel oil and coconut oil. They are able to be absorbed directly into the portal system without requiring bile salts. They are considered an excellent source of storage energy for patients with malnutrition.10 MCTs have been touted as weight loss supplements and body building supplements, but these claims are controversial.11
As an interesting side note, MCTs have shown promise in the treatment of mild cognitive disorders such as early Alzheimer’s Disease.12 This provides supporting evidence of the gut-brain axis.
Allulose is a natural corn-based sweetener.
This is the name of a proprietary supplement made by Deerfield Labs that is described as a “bio-sufficient” blend of enzymes. The intent of the product is to increase breakdown of dietary protein to improve absorption, a claim that is borne out in at least one clinical study.13
A hydrolase is a class of enzymes made by the body and by probiotic Lactobacilli, so a pro-hydrolase might also be a precursor to biologically-active hydrolases.
There are 13 named species of the moringa plant, all indigenous to India and Asia. Virtually all parts of the moringa plant are edible, and moringa seeds, powders, and extracts are used for nutritional support and the prevention of famine.
Moringa has been used for centuries in folk remedies for everything from diabetes to cancer. In a systematic review of the literature, Owens21 found numerous peer-reviewed articles showing beneficial effects on hyperglycemia in humans.
An ethanolic extract of moringa showed gene stabilizing effects after treatment with cyclophosphamide,22 suggesting its antioxidant properties. Moringa powder given in high dose stimulated insulin secretion in healthy subjects, suggesting its use in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.23 There are virtually no reports of toxicity.
Chia seeds are a good source of protein and nutrients, adding a binding textural component needed in powders. Chia seeds may help in weight loss in some patients,14 although this effect is debated.15 They serve a prebiotic function as well, supporting the growth of Lactobacilli in the gut.16
Also called gum arabic, acacia gum is a soluble dietary fiber, meaning it is a complex polysaccharide that is primarily indigestible to both humans and animals. It has an excellent safety profile. Relevant to the current product, it is not degraded in the intestine, but is fermented in the colon by microorganisms. It is therefore a prebiotic.17 In fact, several articles refer to it as “bifidogenic,” as it supports the growth of Bifidobacteria in the gut.18 It is a known cause of flatulence in higher doses.
Guar gum is another soluble dietary fiber and is derived from guar beans. Most of the world’s guar beans are grown in India, although a significant crop is grown in the southern US states as well. The beans are dried, then ground to a powder and treated with acid (hydrolyzed) to reduce their viscosity. When combined with calcium, guar gum forms a gel that is useful as a thickening agent.
In the body, guar gum is mostly nondigestible. It adds bulk and filler to foods, helping to create a sense of satiety and fullness. It is a known cause of flatulence in higher doses. Its use has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome19 and is also bifidogenic.20
This is a thickening agent derived from simple sugars through fermentation.
NutriProtein is all-natural and quality tested. All ingredients are GMO-free. And since this protein powder DOES NOT use whey protein isolate, it is safe for anyone who is lactose intolerant. United Naturals reports that NutriProtein has no known allergens or side effects.
As with any supplement, it is advisable to talk with your healthcare provider before starting to take it. That's especially true if you are pregnant, nursing, trying to get pregnant or if you have a medical condition or are taking medication.
I spoke with United Naturals about how to take NutriProtein. The company recommends mixing 35.6 grams (about 1.25 ounces) of powder with 8 ounces of water. They also advise consuming just one serving of NutriProtein every other day. Therefore the 15 servings per bottle should last you a month.
NutriProtein is a relatively new product with few consumer reports available. However, we can report that the shake has a smooth texture with a unique flavor that combines both chocolate and vanilla.
United Naturals offers a 60-day money back guarantee--60 days from the date when your credit or debit card was charged. However, the company does not refund return shipping costs. You may return two (2) empty containers of NutriProtein, and the remainder is required to be full and sealed. If you are returning more than 2 open or used products, your refund for all sealed products is prorated. Expect up to 7 business days for your refund to appear on your card. Call customer service at 844-794-7728 for full instructions.
Again, NutriProtein is a relatively new product, and we have not seen any product complaints or reports of scams. For your protection, we always recommend that you buy directly from the manufacturer. This also ensures you receive the freshest and untampered products.
From my experience, United Naturals is a reputable company with good customer support. When we placed a call to company after hours, we received a call back early the next day--a less than 24 hour turnaround. United Naturals states on their website that they want their customers to be 100% satisfied. The company invites your inquiries (call 844-794-7728), and refunds are provided--no questions asked (see above for refund details).
We always recommend buying directly from the manufacturer. In addition to getting the freshest product, you have access to discounts on volume purchases. The website offers options for buying one, three and six bottles.
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