Jar of Olly Protein Powder

Olly Protein Powder Review

Protein powders are often viewed as an essential part of any workout routine. But with so many kinds of protein powders available, it might be difficult to discern which ones are good and which aren’t.

To this, the most important thing to keep in mind is that each type of protein and each type of powder is designed to serve different kinds of people.

There are mass gainer protein powders, milk-derived protein powders, vegan powders, and diet powders, among others. The biggest step you have to take is determining which kind would mesh best with your personal fitness plans and goals.

With that, the question of vegan protein versus plant-based protein is an important contest to understand in full, especially if you are trying to decide between a vegan protein powder and a milk-based protein powder.

Whey vs. Plant-Based Protein

flat lay photo of female hands mixing a protein powder with a plant on the background

For starters, whey protein is one of two milk-based proteins. Whey is the more popular type of milk-derived protein, and often comes in two forms: isolate and concentrate.

Whey concentrate has more biological compounds, but isolate has a higher protein content – often, protein powders will contain a combination of the two.

Owing to the thorough processing that takes place to isolate whey, whey protein is generally considered to be safe for people with lactose intolerance.

But there are a variety of reasons to opt for a vegan protein option instead, one of the most significant ones being that, if you are vegan or vegetarian, plant-based protein is your only option. 

The biggest difference between whey protein and vegan protein is that whey protein digests quickly while vegan protein is much more difficult for your body to digest. Additionally, whey protein contains all 9 essential amino acids – this is not guaranteed with vegan protein.

But interestingly enough, studies have proven that, when looking at muscle thickness, pea protein is just as effective as whey protein.

So even though many plants contain an incomplete level of amino acids, many powders contain a combination of plant-based protein; multiple types of incomplete protein has the same result as a single complete protein.

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just trying to be a little healthier, plant-based protein is a great option that you should definitely consider. 

Olly Plant Powered Protein

That said, of the many brands that are making solid plant-based protein powders (Bob’s Red Mill, Orgain, Purely Inspired, etc. etc.), Olly is another great option.

For Olly, ‘health is at the center’ of everything they do. Their goal is to make nutritional knowledge accessible to everyone, helping everyone eat, workout, and live healthier lives. This small company is dedicated to flavor and nutrition, which has a powerful result. 

The Necessaries

Whenever you are looking to purchase a new food-related product, you should always check two things: the ingredients list and the nutrition facts.

Checking the nutrition label alone is not good enough – often, ingredients can hide in the nutritional facts, allowing companies to get away with a claim of, for example, 0 sugar, even if an artificial sweetener is contained in the ingredients.

Check everything twice, and make sure to look up anything you don’t know. You don’t want to be ingesting chemicals by accident. 

Olly plant powered protein powder contains pea and flax seed protein, cane sugar, cocoa powder, natural flavors, and Monk Fruit & Stevia extract. The best thing about this list is its length – with a few exceptions, a shorter ingredient lists is always better.

Plus, every ingredient included is pronounceable – this means no chemicals, another plus. The only downside is the level of sweeteners that are included in their recipe – we’ve got stevia, monk fruit, cane sugar, and cocoa powder.

a jar of olly plant based protein powder peanut butter tasteThis is not the worst thing in the world, just something to keep in mind if you’re trying to watch your sugar intake. Overall, Olly passes the ingredients check with flying colors. 

In terms of macronutrients, this powder contains 130 calories, 2 grams of fat, 9 grams of carbs, 0 grams of cholesterol, 2 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 18 grams of protein per serving.

And one $20 bottle contains 12 servings. These numbers are not awful, although I wish they would have some more fiber. Like I mentioned above, the toughest thing about plant-based protein is that it is much harder to digest.

Fiber helps your body digest the protein faster. However, it still contains some fiber, which is better than none, though not great. Otherwise, 18 grams of protein is a little low when compared to some of the competition, though could still serve your needs.

The sugar content is a little higher than much of their competition, but the calories are nice and low, which is always nice to see. Overall, not bad. 

This product is also praised as being ‘flat out delicious,’ and ‘filling.’ It might be a bit chalky, but few protein powders aren’t. If taste and texture are a huge deal for you, just look into recipes to incorporate the powder into a smoothie.

A few seconds in a blender fixes the texture, and a scoop of yogurt plus some fruit fixes the taste. But, overall, this product lives up to its promise of flavor. 

Of the plant-based protein options, this is definitely one to consider. It is not organic, but if that is not a concern for you, the price is relatively competitive, the ingredients and natural and pure, and the flavor is amazing. Olly is definitely worth consideration. 

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Article by:

Daniel DeMoss

I’m a personal trainer based in Denver (Matrix Gym) and a true fitness nerd. If I’m not training clients or working out at my home gym, I’m probably skiing, cycling or hiking with my dog Rufus.  

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