About Aloha Premium Protein
Available in vanilla and chocolate blends, Aloha Premium Protein is an organic, nutrient-rich, whole “superfood” and plant-based protein powder that’s claimed to be derived from real food—instead of being isolated using toxic chemicals like some other protein powders—and to provide you with 18g of easy-to-digest protein per serving.
Using a patented infrared drying process, Aloha Premium Protein is claimed to be made with organic Sacha Indi seeds, pumpkin seeds, peas, Hawaiian pink salt, Madagascar cinnamon, coconut water, monk fruit extract, sunflower lecithin, vanilla, xanthan gum, coconut cream, coconut sugar, apple, and cacao powder, and to also provide you with a complete amino acid profile. On top of this, Aloha Premium Protein is claimed to be manufactured without artificial flavors, sweeteners, fillers, GMO ingredients, soy, or gluten. Each batch of Aloha Premium Protein is also claimed be manufactured in a cGMP facility and to be independently tested for purity and quality.
According to the product’s website, Aloha Premium Protein contains the following ingredients (note: the list below is for the Vanilla Blend, although the Chocolate Blend contains the same ingredients, but in slightly different amounts. For an ingredients list for both blends, click here):
- Aspartic Acid 1,770mg
- Threonine 635mg
- Serine 889mg
- Glutamine 2,630mg
- Proline 654mg
- Glycine 1,087mg
- Alanine 722mg
- Valine 859mg
- Isoleucine 726mg
- and more...
- Potassium 312mg
- Vitamin B2 0.1mg
- Vitamin B3 1mg
- Vitamin B6 0.08mg
- Calcium 75mg
- Iron 4mg
- Magnesium 134mg
- ORAC (antioxidant) 1,460 umolTE/100g
- Omega-3 373mg
But while these ingredients can certainly help you live a healthier life, what’s the point of using a protein powder in the first place? And is Aloha Premium Protein worth your hard-earned money? Consider the following:
What Are Amino Acids? Why Do You Need Them?
Although the Aloha Premium Protein website doesn’t state any specific benefits associated with the amino acids it contains (and therefore no claims to cross reference on our part), at their most basic, amino acids are organic compounds that act as the basic building blocks for proteins, as well as non-proteins such as trypophan (an important neurotransmitter), arginine (a nitric oxide precursor), and many more. In essence, amino acids play a vital role in human health and basic bodily function.
But even though amino acids are required in order to make protein, what benefits does protein supplementation ultimately provide you with?
What’s the Point of a Protein Powder? What Benefits Can You Expect?
According to WebMD, protein powders can be useful in a variety of instances, including if you’re just starting to work out, if you already workout but are increasing your frequency or intensity, or if you’re recovering from an injury. This is because protein powders contain a variety of essential amino acids (as you can see from the ingredients list above) that can help repair and build muscle.
Even if you’re not working out or recovering from an injury, protein powders can be useful for supplementing protein in your diet (such as if you’re a vegetarian or vegan), which can contribute to healthy bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
However, keep in mind that there are numerous sources of protein for powders, including milk, whey, soy (as found in Aloha Premium Protein), egg, and more. Each of these has their own benefits and drawbacks (for example, soy protein tends to not dissolve well in water), so you’ll want to do your due diligence before settling on one.
Does Aloha Premium Powder Provide Enough Protein to be Effective?
WebMD claims that adults should get anywhere from 10% to 35% of their total calories each day from protein, which amounts to about 46g daily for women and 56g for men.
With this said, at 18g per serving, Aloha Premium Protein will certainly help bolster your protein intake, but in and of itself, it will not provide you with all the protein you need on a daily basis.
In addition, it should be noted that although Aloha Premium Protein is claimed to be third-party tested, there is no indication of who tests the supplement or what these results measure. Granted, this isn’t information generally included on most supplement websites, but thought it’s important to mention nonetheless.
What Are Consumers Saying About Aloha Premium Protein?
Similar to Aloha Green Juice, outside of independent bloggers who received free product in exchange for their reviews, there were very few online customer reviews for Aloha Premium Protein at the time of our research. However, we did find 2 reviews on Amazon (as of 1/15/15), with an average rating of 2.5 stars. Of these, one loved Aloha Premium Protein and the other complained about its poor taste and chalky texture (granted, this is a common complaint among protein powders, whether from Aloha or another manufacturer).
With this said, Premium Protein comes with a fairly steep price (we’ll talk more about this in the Pricing section), which could be considered a fairly substantial downside.
From a company perspective, Aloha is cased out of New York, NY and has been in business since 2013, although they’re not listed with the Better Business Bureau.
Aloha Premium Protein Pricing & Refund Policy
Aloha Premium Protein is priced as follows:
- Trial pack (2 chocolate, 2 vanilla): $19
- Full size canister (tin = 14 scoop servings, tower = 14 individual pouches): $59
All orders over $50 come with free shipping.
If you sign up for Aloha’s subscription plan, you can save an additional 10% on your order. This means you’ll continue receiving a fresh supple of Premium Protein once every 30 days, and your credit card will be charged accordingly each time. Without signing up for Aloha’s subscription plan though, Premium Protein is priced at about $4.20 per serving. This means that if you were to drink one shake per day, you’d be spending about $126 per month, which is nothing to sneeze at.
There is no refund policy listed on the product’s website, although Aloha claims that they’ll “make it right” if you’re dissatisfied with Premium Protein by calling 888-444-3898.
Is Aloha Premium Protein Worthwhile?
Chopping to the Point: When it comes down to it, the main difference between Aloha Premium Protein and many other protein powders appears to be their use of whole foods that provide natural, plant-based protein processed without the use of chemicals. And while it’s important that we subject our bodies to as few harmful chemicals as possible, you’ll have to decide whether or not Aloha’s steep price (almost triple that of some of the competition) is worthwhile for you.
5 out 5 people found this review helpful
Nothing but praise
Contrary to a negative comment I heard about not being able to cancel it after the sample arrived, I had plenty of time to cancel the auto-shipment of this item, after my trial sample arrived. They even emailed me in advance to remind me to cancel, or continue with the subscription. They are VERY accommodating. They even gave me a 50% credit on an upcoming order, because my item was out of stock at time it was supposed to ship. I've had nothing but good experiences with Aloha. The powder is delicious, and filling when mixed with milk. I drink it for breakfast on my gym days, and occasionally as a bedtime snack. I've lost over 90 pounds in a year from this routine, and I highly recommend Aloha Premium Protein powder.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
4 out 4 people found this review helpful
This is one of the best tasting protein powders that I've come across. It's very thick so it's best mixed with a blender. I used chocolate almond milk and some ice and I found it to be very good. I really hope Aloha doesn't turn out to be too good to be true.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
13 out 16 people found this review helpful
Terrible Scam and disgusting flavor!
This protein powder was beyond vile tasting, it's truly gross, and the only thing worse than the taste is the ridiculously bad customer service. Beware of the free sample, they charge you $30 before you can cancel. I literally canceled the day after I got the powder, and they sent me a new batch, charging me and refusing to give me a refund!
This company is extremely unethical, and I would bet a small fortune, or even a great fortune that any good reviews they have are from people who own the company themselves creating multiple emails just to hype up their product. I will be contacting the better business bureau and leaving this review on every site to warn off others. I read these reviews before I signed up for the sample, and still got suckered into trying and buying this repulsive product! Most people don't read reviews but hopefully, this comment will help someone like me.
Do not fall for the free sample scam!
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend