Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Whole Foods Soy Protein, PB2

Hi guys! Stopping by for a quickie. Today I tried Whole Foods Soy Protein Powder:

I'm a little nervous about having too much soy in my diet based on some of things I've read about it. Anyone have any insight on the topic? Regardless, the shake was very delicious- almost malt like. The first sip did taste a little...chalky, but it was a very slight taste and I didn't notice it after the first sip. Stats(based on the package):
  • 14 g protein
  • 125 calories (for the packet, I added 1 cup 1 % milk which added another 110 calories)
  • 1 g fat
  • contains soy (duhhhh), "Good manufacturing practices used to segregate ingredients in a facility that also processes milk, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nut and wheat ingredients."
  • contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
  • Ingredients: soy protein isolate, fructose, dutch cocoa, natural chocolate and vanilla flavors, tri-calcium phosphate, potassium cholride, guar cum, santhan gum, magnesium oxide, vitamin E succinate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), ferrous fumarate, niacinamide, zinc oxide, copper cluconate, clacium pantothenate, viamin A (palmitate), selenomethionine, potassium iodide, cyanocobalamin (sorry if there are any misspellings)

Ok, so far I prefer the Jay Robb Egg white protein best. The ingredient list was far shorter and I actually liked the taste better. More to come! Feedback is welcomed!

Onto the PB2! I was so excited to try this today! About PB2 (from the Bell Plantation Website):

  • PB2 is made with premium quality peanuts that are slow-roasted to our specifications and pressed to remove the fat.
  • All natural with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives.
  • Same consistency as full-fat peanut butter with all of the roasted peanut flavor, but with more than 85% less fat calories.

To make regular "peanut butter" out of the PB2:

Take 2 tablespoons PB2 powder-

Add 1 tablespoon water-

Enjoy! I had mine with an apple and it was SOOOO yummy. I was very nervous to take the first bite but it really tastes like roasted peanuts (probably because it is...haha)!
Calories from Fat-16.8
Total Fat-1.87 g
Sodium-77.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate-3.4 g
Protein- 5.65 g

I can't wait to try it in my baking!
Have a fabulous afternoon!!!!


Sarah W. said...

I'm dying to try PB2! seems like it would be great for certain things like baking, homemade protein bars, and pasta dishes with pb sauces :)

I'm with ya on the soy. i think avoiding is more impt ifyou have thyroid issues or are on estorgen since soy adds more estrogen to your body.

for the avg person tho, soy isn't bad for you - i mean haven't the asian cultures lived on innumerable soy products for a long time?

i think the key is to stick to WHOLE soy sources and unfortunately protein powders are out!

i take this to mean edamame & tofu. soy milk is procssed but I only have half a cup with my kashi go lean daily so ehhhhh I dont owrry about it too much! but I avoid other soy products like the "veggie" burgers (LOL - i have a few boxes in my freezer I still need to eat! - not wasting food!) and especially the soy cheeses & fake soy meats - nasty - read THOSE ingredients yo!

hope I helped add some insight

i like the new blog theme :)

lesley said...

I'm likin' these protein powder reviews ...

Yeah, I'm nervous about too much soy, also, and typically try to stay away from it which is why we never really eat tofu, edamame, drink soy milk, etc. Some people who eat it all the time seem fine, but, yeah, it still makes me nervous and we don't eat much of it at all.

Love the looks of the PB2, I've never tried it either but glad to hear it tastes good, so now I know : )

K said...

I want to get PB2 for the sole purpose of making into a peanut sauce - doesn't that sound yummy :)

Thanks for the review of WFs protein powder!! I really appreciate it!

FoodsThatFit said...

Great reviews! I am always on the lookout for good protein powders and love to hear about one's people have tried since there are so many!

I love the PB2 as well and add it to my oats with some jam for PB and Jelly oats. It is so good and a great alternative for those looking for lower calorie substitutes!

Becca said...

One day you hear one thing about soy, the next something else...I agree with Sarah W. with trying to avoid the processed stuff. I've heard the tofu we get hear is very different than traditional tofu.

PB2 sounds interesting and I'm liking the protein powder reviews

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

I've read many articles about too much soy. But I don't think our usual intake can be count as too much. I usually have tofu 2-3 per week and I think it's okay.

Looking forward to read more about PB2.

Apples and Butter said...

Such a great find! I adore peanut butter, but try to avoid a ton of it when I'm watching what I eat. I usually have a scant tablespoon on some whole wheat toast two hours before hitting the gym, but this sounds like I could indulge a lot more often. Thanks for sharing!

Holly said...

Wow - now I want to try it! Where can you get this PB2? Do you have to order it online? Sounds scrumptious!

Julie said...

PB2 is the cheese! Have fun with it :)

Yasmin said...

I've been reading so much about PB2 and I definitely need to try it ASAP. Incorporating peanut butter into my diet without feeling guilt is my food challenge this week. Do you think PB2 would count :)

eatingbender said...

I definitely am a bit wary of soy. I try to keep it to 1 or 2 "soyish" products a day (soy milk in coffee, tofu, etc.) That said, I'm glad that you liked this powder!

I'm also so pumped that you got yourself some PB2 from Miss Pearl!! I can't wait to see what you do with it in your baking. I know already that it will be fabulous!!

ttfn300 said...

can't wait to see what you bake up with pb2! i always want to try, but end up eating it before i get to it :)

I Run for Fun said...

I've heard a lot of controversial things about soy, none substantiated. I don't completely avoid it, just go light on it.

Thanks for the reviews.

Erin of Care to Eat said...

You know I've heard that about soy too, but I eat a lot of it and don't seem to have any problem. Perhaps I'm not very hormonal. ;)
I'm glad you like the PB2!

Lori said...

PB2 looks pretty cool. I hadn't heard of it. Loved your pictures. It was like - surprise! it's peanut butter. ha, ha!

I limit my soy intake too having the occasional soy nut or some edamame. I'm planning to dig into some of the current research soon and do a post on it. Hopefully I'll have it up soon.

Pearl said...

ahh i'm so glad you liked the PB2!

you know, i've heard about the soy issue, too, and the weird thing is that people were saying, "well, people over in Asia have been eating edamame and tofu and drinking soy milk for generations. And they're fine."

and the scientist then pointed out that the amount of soy that's in one block of tofu is a lot less than what's in one serving of the soy milk we get in the U.S... and that the soy milk we get in the U.S. has added soy which may become detrimental in the long run.

i really hope i don't scare you, it's just what i read a while ago. my parents make homemade soy milk by soaking, blending, and then cooking the milk, and it makes a lot of milk.

Esi said...

Hope you find a good fit with the protein powder. That peanut butter is crazy, but hey, if it tastes good and only has peanuts, what they hey?

Heather said...

that pb2 sounds amazing! i love that it's low fat!

Erin said...

Oh, I love your black bowl! Where from?!
Cool that you're trying the different protein powders. Good info.
Hey, I gave you a shout out on my blog tonight. Go see!

bhealthier said...

oh wow! thanks for the pb2 info! I FOR SURE want to try it now!! Wow!

soy.. hmm... where do I start. Isoflavones from soy seem to be a great antioxidant source but I have seen some research studies showing negative effects on estrogen among other things.

I tend to stay away from it, but I do enjoy edamame and some tofu ever so often.

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Thank you so much for doing all you protein powder testing as you know I'm looking for other sources as well.

I have to say no to soy - at least my belly does. I am 100% soy intolerant. I've tried to deny it, but my stomach lets me know every time I have the slightest bit, even is it's just a Clif bar or something. I'm glad you're watching your soy intake as I just don't think all these processed soy products are good. It's weird because the fermented soy (tempeh & miso) don't bother me. I'm wtih Sarah W, stick to whole soy sources if you're going to eat it at all.

I picked up some rice protein samples, and I'm eager to try them. I also really want to try the one VeggieGirl uses - Sun Warrior. She loves it.

PB2 - a bit salty for me when eaten alone, but it's GREAT for recipes! However, I've cut myself off from online nut butter orders. :(

Thanks again for the powder info. I love your blog. :)

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