Clean Label Project is committed to changing the definition of food and consumer safety through data, science, and transparency. Within the protein powder space, Clean Label Project has seen elevated levels of heavy metals including Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury as well as BPA leaching from packaging into the finished product. When it comes to protein powders, consumers are looking to complement their already healthy lifestyle choices. Whether looking to bulk up or slim down, they reach for protein powder to supplement their health and wellness goals. Clean Label Project™ is a national non-profit with the mission to bring truth and transparency to food and consumer product labeling. We have found that there is an increase in consumer, media, and academic attention being paid to the health consequences of exposure to heavy metals, pesticide residues, plasticizers, etc.. Yet, consumers will never find this information on product labels.

See Our List of the Best Protein Powder Products

In recent years, few protein powder brands have earned awards as a result of their commitment to doing better than the industry by going above and beyond minimum food safety requirements. The following are some of the BEST brands on the market. We believe these brands are the best based on our rigorous product testing.

View the Best Protein Powder Products

Stay tuned as more brands are currently going through the Certification Process.

Learn More

* Products Tested: Puori PW1 Pasture Raised Whey Protein Powder – Blackcurrant (900 g); Puori PW1 Pasture Raised Whey Protein Powder – Vanilla (900 g); Puori PW1 Pasture Raised Whey Protein Powder – Dark Chocolate (900 g)

See Our List of the Worst Protein Powder Products

One of Clean Label Project’s advocacy retail partner, PureMarket.com, conducted some investigative work of their own in testing the true contents of some of America’s best-selling protein powder products. Here’s a sneak peek at their findings of the WORST brands on the market (based on products tested*). Visit PureMarket.com for the full study details, and to see a list of all ranked products used to create Pure Market’s benchmarked results.

View the Worst Protein Powder Products

*Products Tested: Dymatize ISO 100 Whey Protein Powder Isolate – Gourmet Chocolate (725 g); Dymatize Elite Fusion 7 Protein Blend – Orange Creamsicle (907 g); Vega Sport Premium Plant-Based Protein Powder – Vanilla (828 g); Vega One All-in-One Plant Based Protein Powder – Mixed Berry (425 g); Vega Sport Premium Plant-Based Protein Powder – Berry (801 g); Vega Proteins & Greens – Vanilla (526 g); Vega Proteins & Greens – Chocolate (521 g); Vega Sport Performance Protein Powder – Chocolate (837 g); Vega One All-in-One Plant Based Protein Powder – Vanilla Chai; Vega One All-in-One Plant Based Protein Powder – Mocha (418 g); Vega One All-in-One Plant Based Protein Powder – French Vanilla (414 g); Vega One All-in-One Plant Based Protein Powder – Chocolate (461 g); Vega One All-in-One Plant Based Protein Powder – Coconut Almond (417 g); Nutiva Organic Superfood Hi-Fiber Protein Powder (454 g); Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Hi-Fiber Powder (454 g); 360Cut Pro Whey Protein Isolate Protein Powder – Chocolate Silk (951 g); JYM Supplement Science Pro JYM- Red Velvet Cake (907 g)


About Clean Label Project’s Awards & Certifications for Protein Powder Products

Puirty Award

Clean Label Project Purity Award Winning brands have voluntarily and proactively implemented procedures to ensure ingredient quality and purity. They have enlisted the help of Clean Label Project to go into the marketplace and randomly purchase and test their products to ensure that they continue to live up to these high standards. You can read more about the Clean Label Project Purity Award Winning Protein Powder brands and how the Award program works here.

THC Free Award

The Clean Label Project Certification evaluates products for industrial and environmental toxins and contaminants (like heavy metals, pesticide residues, and plasticizers) that have the long-term potential to adversely affect health and well-being. They have enlisted the help of Clean Label Project to go into the marketplace and randomly purchase and test their products to ensure that they continue to live up to these high standards. You can read more about the Clean Label Project Certified Protein Powder brands and how the certification program works here.