There are a few products that are staples in the bariatric world that I have never ventured out and tried. UNJURY Unflavored Whey Protein Powder is one of them. (I did try their Chicken Soup flavor, because it was something different and salty, and I am a sodium lover, hello Ramen Noodle Broth.)
UNJURY was around back when I was a bariatric baby, in fact, there weren't many options back then for protein, I bought what I could find at GNC and that was that.
Today, I tried Unflavored UNJURY Protein. It's an affordable source of whey protein isolate. It is, $16.95 for 17 servings.
Unflavored protein for a bariatric post op is like the HOLY GRAIL.
All of us obsess about it, "OMG WHAT IF I AM NOT GETTING ENOUGH PROTEIN? CAN I PUT PROTEIN IN MY FOOD? WILL I TASTE IT? OMG!" We all do it. But, finding a protein that does not smell or taste like protein, might be harder than getting the protein minimums down to begin with.
I should note first, some details from UNJURY:
Ingredients: Whey protein isolate and soy lecithin
Contains: Milk and soy. ***Note: Soy ingredient is Soy Lecithin, not Soy Protein.
For all UNJURY flavors, do not use in liquids hotter than 130º F. Proteins, when heated, change texture. For example, you have seen an egg white go from a clear gel, to firm white, when cooked. For UNJURY, in a hot liquid, the proteins tend to clump. A food thermometer is a good way to get the temperature nicely warm…just right.
*Note: We don’t recommend mixing Unflavored UNJURY in plain water.
I ripped open a single serving packet and sniffed. It smells like protein. A very strong whey protein smell, and almost slightly sour vanilla. (I got the same reaction to the Chicken Soup variety -- which I immediately wondered "Why does this smell like vanilla?")
For review purposes, I like to mix the product as-is. I added the packet of protein to a glass, and added cold water. I broke the rule. To be honest, the PACKET does not say, do not mix with just water. But, I have to taste the product - NOT what I am adding to TO.
The UNJURY protein powder may be one of the fluffiest appearing powders I've seen. It's awfully purdy. I mixed it with a whisk, and it took quite a long time to dissolve into the cold water. It looked a bit horrid at a point:
And, I thought I would abort mission and throw it away.
A bit more mixing, and the powder finally dissolved. The resulting drink was a mostly smooth, sort of clear-ish, whey-looking yellowy liquid. (Nursing moms? Yeah, like that.)
One sip, Beth. One sip for a honest reaction, and then I would add it to a "preferred beverage" to give it a fair chance.
And -- one sip. It tastes like UNFLAVORED WHEY PROTEIN. Big shocker! It smells like whey protein, and it tastes like whey protein. The texture is okay, it's super-thin and there are very few chunks (curds?) floating about. But, it tastes, because it has to. It's the nature of the product.
Alone, it's not good. Not at all. They warned me. I did not listen.
I bastardized UNJURY - my apologies - but can coffee fix everything?
After adding stuff TO the mixed Unflavored UNJURY, it's mouth-tolerable. The taste isn't bad, the coffee covers of the flavor of UN. As with other whey products it leaves a sticky mouth feel. I am not a fan of this, and I immediately want to drink or eat more after I take in a sticky-whey product.
However, the odor is horrific. I cannot get past the cup, even with coffee added. Perhaps heated it would be better? I don't know, but I am not loving this at all.
That said, it is a good quality product.
Form your own opinions - as always - try it for yourself.
- Product - UNJURY Unflavored Whey Protein Powder - Container
- Via - UNJURY
- Price - $16.95 for 17 servings
- Pros - 100% PDCAAS Score, 20 grams whey protein isolate, decent texture, quite affordable
- Cons - Somewhat lumpy, highly fragrant, effed up my preferred beverage
- Rating - Pending, I am reading reviews elsewhere... I may try my other packet in a full-doctored up shake to confirm.
- PS. It took twenty minutes for the manufacturer to reply this post.