Here’s a new plant-based protein powder I’ve tried: potato protein powder (unflavored & unsweetened).
I honestly don’t know how they make protein powder out of potatoes: 100 g of potato contains only 2 g of protein. I suspect potato protein of being a by-product of potato starch’s manufacturing (potato starch -100% carbs- is used to thicken sauces, puddings and soups).
So yes, I know that 17 euro for 350 grams is probably a rip-off. But you know me, I like to be adventurous when it comes to new foods. And I also liked the idea of buying a ‘local’ protein powder that seems to be made in the Netherlands.
How does it taste like?
Like potatoes, but not in a good way. No, it doesn’t taste like mashed potatoes or unsalted potato chips. It tastes more like the juice of a raw potato: acid and bitter at the same time.
What about the nutrition facts?
The powder is very high in protein (95%) compared to other plant-based protein powders. Here are the nutrition facts and the amino-acid profile:
What about the mixability?
It doesn’t mix well with water. Sticky clumps appears immediately, and there is no dissolving them, even with a hand-held mixer. You have to be super quick or pour your liquid and stir vigorously at the same time. Probably the worst mixability I’ve ever seen. However, if you mix it with another kind of powder (other protein powder, coconut flour etc.) before adding a wet ingredient, you won’t have that problem.
No, this isn’t gastric juice or some other kind of disgusting vomit, this is just potato protein and water.
How can you consume it?
It’s very difficult to drink it with water only. The taste is just too strong and too sour. I read in some customers’ reviews that strong citrus flavors work best, and I agree. So if you want to drink it, the best idea is to add some kind of lemon & veggie juice. But then again, the mixability is so poor that drinking a lemonade with lumps isn’t very appealing.
I tried to make two protein-enriched recipes with it. Both recipes were big flops. I couldn’t finish any of them and I had to throw them away. That says a lot since my standards are usually pretty low. Even my boyfriend couldn’t finish them -he usually helps me eat up all the failed experiments.
Low-carb potato chips, mixing potato protein powder with egg whites, salt and cucurma.
= horrible alien potato chips that taste like cardboard.
A protein bread: potato protein, lentil flour, flax seeds, baking powder, egg whites.
= a Styrofoam bread. This recipe would actually be great to make a foam roller for self-myofascial release (if I had a huge mold in the shape of a foam roller).
The idea of potato protein sounds interesting, but the product is just too difficult to use.
• Plant-based, better for the environment
• Higher in protein compared to other plant-based protein powders
• Digestibility: I read many reviews saying that this protein powder give people gas, but I found that this protein was very easy to digest (however this might be because I sticked to small quantities because I couldn’t force myself to eat a lot of it).
• Strong sour taste, very difficult to mask
• Bad mixability
• Difficult to use in protein-enriched recipes
• Expensive, but could be way cheaper than other plant-based protein powders if the product was produced on a bigger scale
I wouldn’t recommend this kind of protein powder unless you’re used to strong-tasting veggie juices. And even then, I’d much rather drink a fresh raw potato juice than any shake made with potato protein powder.
Juicing potatoes actually seems to be very healthy. (www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2185484/How-potato-juice-diet-supplement-help-cure-stomach-ulcers.html)
If you let the juice sits for a few minutes, you can let the starch sink to the bottom (if you want to skip the carbs). Here is a Chinese medicine recipe for inspiration: