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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a Protein Powder that WORKS WELL - Gluten Intolerant, May 14, 2010
I have highly-sensitive gluten-intolerance. Other protein powders I've tried gave me gluten reactions which include intense body aches and horrible digestive, gastro-intestinal problems.

Garden of Life works beautifully for me -- it fills me AND satisfies me, gives me energy, and I have no reactions or GI issues with it at all.

I especially appreciate Raw Protein if I am traveling and cannot find anything safe to eat. By always having the powder on hand along with some gluten-free fruit or vegetable juice, I'm covered.

The powder is also helpful if I'm in a hurry and don't have time to prepare a full, gluten-free meal (which can be very time consuming since I try to stick to whole foods only).

Also, a little powder mixed with juice is a nice pick-me-up between meals, especially in the late afternoon or early evening -- you know that time of day when you're not ready to eat dinner (or too tired after working to cook), yet you're hungry NOW? I don't know about you, but snacking between meals is when I have the greatest tendency to overeat.

Because the powder is so nutritionally balanced, it satisfies me and gets me through to a light dinner MUCH easier than if I were reaching for other foods.

So far, I've enjoyed mixing it in a Vita-Mix with a little ice, pineapple and/or banana. Frozen banana works particularly well. If I'm not making a smoothie, I use an Aerolatte Moo frother to mix it right in the glass or cup (Bodum also makes a frother that is supposed to be excellent).

Today for lunch, I mixed it into organic, gluten-free tomato soup, and I really enjoyed it. I've even mixed the powder with coffee!

Flavor: I don't really detect much "flavor" at all. It tastes neutral and takes on the flavor of whatever you mix with it. The texture, however, could be better. It has a mouth feel that's just a little like mixing flour with water (note: NO flour is in this, it is completely gluten-free - I'm just using "flour" to describe how it feels in your mouth). Like I said, it feels that way "just a little" -- for me, it's a minor thing.

Raw Protein is a wonderful blessing. It makes me feel good when I drink it -- it fills me and gives me a sense of well-being that I'm not getting from most foods right now, perhaps due to my still having problems with my body properly assimilating everything I eat. If you have gluten-intolerance, you probably know what I mean: it's that satisfied, clean (meaning no GI issues to worry about)feeling.

I am very, VERY happy to have found this product.

Two sidenotes:

1- I wish it were available on Amazon.com with PRIME shipping. If it were, I'd buy it here rather than elsewhere.

2- Garden of Life should ask the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America to certify their product as gluten-free. More and more celiac and gluten-intolerant folks want to but products that are less that 10 gluten parts-per-million. This product probably is, or I would react to it, so the company might as well get the certification. For me, certification is the gluten-free gold standard for what-to-buy.
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Initial post: Mar 8, 2011 5:54:27 PM PST
Teresa says:
I've not tried this product yet, and wondering if you know if mixing it with hot things destroys the nutrients? I would love to even cook it up like a hot cereal, and considered trying it in coffee as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2011 7:46:02 AM PDT
L. Bernstein says:
I have used it in hot coffee, soup, etc. I am trying to remember if I called the company to see if heat destroys the nutritional values, and I believe I did. You might want to call the company to make sure.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 8:05:00 AM PDT
N says:
hello, im also gluten intolerant. But this powder gives me the reaction like i did eat a piece of bread. I found in ingredients that is has brewers yeast and yeast has gluten-like proteins that the body recognizes as gluten and thus immune response. I wonder if you are still using the powder and felling great? thank you!
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