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Primal Fuel Taste Test

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 04, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Has anyone tasted Mark Sisson's Primal Fuel?

I did. My friend and I had an "official" taste test with the sample packs Mark sent out for $5.95.

The results?

Not good.

My initial thought was, "Wow, this is $99 protein. I bet it tastes AWESOME!" Alas, it wasn't awesome. It wasn't the worst protein I've ever tasted, but it definitely wasn't good. I wouldn't want to drink that as a "meal replacement" every day.

The vanilla didn't really taste of vanilla, it just tasted like [weak] coconut powder. The dark chocolate wasn't too bad, but again, the coconut taste overpowered the "dark" chocolate taste. Also, if you follow the recommendation of 8-10 oz of water mixed with the powder, it tastes pretty watery and flavorless.

Any thoughts?

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

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on September 17, 2012
at 01:41 AM

+6 for the name baconbitch

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on September 17, 2012
at 01:39 AM

"Mark Sisson" - i just threw up in my mouth a little

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on July 10, 2011
at 05:34 PM

He was sending them out for a small fee via the MDA website. I'm not sure if they're available anymore.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:45 PM

I started having Stronger Faster Healthier brand, and it's great. Way better than MDA brand in my opinion. It's cheaper, and has more natural ingredient (including grass fed whey).

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:31 PM

I agree with Kamal and add that I can't seem to get enough food into me so I drink protein and almond milk. This is especially true in the summer months when cooking or eating nearly repulse me.

8ce2e69af79dcb1488f776efc1c54052

on November 08, 2010
at 03:38 PM

I agree. I've read his book twice. It doesn't seem to be in line with what he wrote. I'm not knocking Mark. His book is great and got me stated eating this way.

3995458c8ba769c7e95d07a2e438d875

on November 08, 2010
at 12:17 PM

That's quite ironic you realise... It's called Primal fuel, released as part of the Primal Blueprint range, from the guy who invent Primal ;)

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on November 05, 2010
at 12:53 PM

+1 To Stephen-Aegis. "Alas, it wasn't awesome. It wasn't the worst protein I've ever tasted, but it definitely wasn't good" I've tried a lot of supplements (in my past I was a gym junkie...'sigh'), and I have had some that were pretty tasty, but on the curved scale of protein drinks, this one was mediocre, at best.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on November 05, 2010
at 12:36 PM

Having been a protein powder junkie pre paleo... It's not bad, but you have to not just like but love coconut flavor. It really should be relabeled, Chocolate coconut and coconut vanilla.

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

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on November 05, 2010
at 01:18 AM

I find this rather disturbing that multiple accounts can share the same name...

D5cde8031564f905260ce9aa7a1f5e2c

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on November 05, 2010
at 12:21 AM

Yeah - for my wife. I use it a couple times a week, just with water or milk, but she's always been a big smoothie fan, so I cram as much healthy stuff in hers as possible. Ends up pretty tasty.

0961069ca7c5921f2b0b3f509eeedef7

(60)

on November 04, 2010
at 09:15 PM

My problem was that it didn't taste good period. At that price point it should be the Lexus of powders meaning great nutrition profile, great taste, and easy usage. This one met only one of those criterion. I'd never expect a powder to mimick exactly the real flavor of dark choc or vanilla but it should taste good at least! So I'd say it's a fail.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on November 04, 2010
at 08:26 PM

Extended shelf life. Water solubility. Large plastic canisters.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on November 04, 2010
at 07:22 PM

So you blend Primal Fuel into a shake w/ greens and supplements?

35deb6722604c868c610088a6d8ce09e

(295)

on November 04, 2010
at 05:11 PM

I was supposed to get some free samples via the MDA boards, but they never came. Maybe too much anti-"paleo" protein backlash?

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on November 04, 2010
at 04:50 PM

I see your point, Mark. It's not necessarily a complaint, rather than my informative opinion. I see it as relevant because it's a product created by a huge player in the primal/paleo movement.

6fa48935d439390e223b9a053a62c981

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on November 04, 2010
at 04:29 PM

I agree that there is a semantic issue here because paleos tend to disagree on the limits of paleo. Some paleos eat butter because of it's beneficial fatty acid profile, even though butter by definition is a neolithic food. Some paleos eat protein powder, which is industrial, post-neolithic food. Maybe both of those foods are truly paleo. It's up to individuals to decide for themselves; I'm not the paleo truth detector. But to complain on a paleodiet forum that industrial vanilla powder doesn't taste vanilla enough is like saying watermelon candy doesn't taste enough like watermelon.

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on November 04, 2010
at 03:48 PM

@Mark- Vanilla's real. In the context of this post nobody said they expected it to taste like real food. They only said they wouldn't enjoy it as a meal replacement. You're arguing poor semantics.

6fa48935d439390e223b9a053a62c981

(1676)

on November 04, 2010
at 03:46 PM

Isn't vanilla real?

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on November 04, 2010
at 03:37 PM

Not sure what you're referring to. No one said they thought it would taste like real food.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

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on November 04, 2010
at 02:51 PM

the other MikeD didnt taste this...

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on November 04, 2010
at 02:44 PM

For realsies. If you're looking for a protein shake that mixes well, and you have a lot of $$ to throw away, buy MDA's Primal Fuel!

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on November 04, 2010
at 02:35 PM

For realsies. If you're looking for a protein shake that mixes well, and you have a lot of $$ to throw away, but MDA's Primal Fuel!

0961069ca7c5921f2b0b3f509eeedef7

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on November 04, 2010
at 02:24 PM

...not to mention it left a really nasty aftertaste. On the plus side however, it did mix very well.

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3f5bbb444498a24f1a9720d75fa7c903

on November 04, 2010
at 08:38 PM

I thought it was fine as a quick meal for those times when you are running out of the house and just don't have time to make a decent meal. It is not a replacement for real food, but I thought it tasted fine, not too sweet. I don't add as much water as called for. You can also add almond milk. I thought it had a faint coconut flavor (the chocolate verson) which was not unpleasant. I use it maybe once every two or three weeks, so I think my canister will last for a long, long time.

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211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on November 04, 2010
at 04:25 PM

Why are you eating powder? What's in it that you can't get from actual food?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on November 04, 2010
at 08:26 PM

Extended shelf life. Water solubility. Large plastic canisters.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 14, 2011
at 11:31 PM

I agree with Kamal and add that I can't seem to get enough food into me so I drink protein and almond milk. This is especially true in the summer months when cooking or eating nearly repulse me.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on September 17, 2012
at 01:41 AM

+6 for the name baconbitch

2
D5cde8031564f905260ce9aa7a1f5e2c

on November 04, 2010
at 07:02 PM

Tastes pretty damn good to me. It's also a good way to get my pill-and-greens-averse wife to take supplements (magnesium/D3/fish oil/C) and eat kale and other greens (just blend em all up).

D5cde8031564f905260ce9aa7a1f5e2c

(1170)

on November 05, 2010
at 12:21 AM

Yeah - for my wife. I use it a couple times a week, just with water or milk, but she's always been a big smoothie fan, so I cram as much healthy stuff in hers as possible. Ends up pretty tasty.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on November 04, 2010
at 07:22 PM

So you blend Primal Fuel into a shake w/ greens and supplements?

2
6fa48935d439390e223b9a053a62c981

(1676)

on November 04, 2010
at 03:25 PM

So a replacement for real food doesn't taste real? What's next, tofurkey that doesn't taste like turkey? Come on, it's POWDER...

6fa48935d439390e223b9a053a62c981

(1676)

on November 04, 2010
at 04:29 PM

I agree that there is a semantic issue here because paleos tend to disagree on the limits of paleo. Some paleos eat butter because of it's beneficial fatty acid profile, even though butter by definition is a neolithic food. Some paleos eat protein powder, which is industrial, post-neolithic food. Maybe both of those foods are truly paleo. It's up to individuals to decide for themselves; I'm not the paleo truth detector. But to complain on a paleodiet forum that industrial vanilla powder doesn't taste vanilla enough is like saying watermelon candy doesn't taste enough like watermelon.

0961069ca7c5921f2b0b3f509eeedef7

(60)

on November 04, 2010
at 09:15 PM

My problem was that it didn't taste good period. At that price point it should be the Lexus of powders meaning great nutrition profile, great taste, and easy usage. This one met only one of those criterion. I'd never expect a powder to mimick exactly the real flavor of dark choc or vanilla but it should taste good at least! So I'd say it's a fail.

6fa48935d439390e223b9a053a62c981

(1676)

on November 04, 2010
at 03:46 PM

Isn't vanilla real?

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on November 04, 2010
at 04:50 PM

I see your point, Mark. It's not necessarily a complaint, rather than my informative opinion. I see it as relevant because it's a product created by a huge player in the primal/paleo movement.

A4258039a53f5d177a9de98f482410b2

(0)

on November 04, 2010
at 03:48 PM

@Mark- Vanilla's real. In the context of this post nobody said they expected it to taste like real food. They only said they wouldn't enjoy it as a meal replacement. You're arguing poor semantics.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on November 04, 2010
at 03:37 PM

Not sure what you're referring to. No one said they thought it would taste like real food.

1
B0dc40fe3565c9e836897cde6e4b9067

on September 17, 2012
at 01:33 AM

Try eWhey by evolved Natural Solutions (evolvedns.com). The whey is organic/pasture-access and all ingredients are 100% natural. It also contains probiotics,prebiotics, digestive enzymes, colostrum and is sweetened from coconut sugar, which is low-glycemic. The closest to paleo that whey protein can get. Both dark chocolate and vanilla bean are delicious...not too sweet and no aftertaste.

1
62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on November 05, 2010
at 02:24 AM

I haven't tasted a supplement yet that I thought tasted all that great. The good ones just taste less bad.

1
37f1450fbce9bcbcf6736425936553d2

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on November 04, 2010
at 04:57 PM

I put this in the same catagory as pemmican. Pemmican is not a tasty thing, but you can live off of the stuff. I don't think you can live off of Marks powder, but when you're just concentrating nutrients, the taste might not be the greatest. I like coconut though.When I make a protien shake, If I'm out of my raw goat milk, I use coconut milk mixed 2:1 with water. Add a couple of raw egg yolks and some cinnimon, and blend it up. Delicious! And lots of good fatty acids from the coconut milk. (I add some coconut oil too).

1
4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on November 04, 2010
at 04:18 PM

I got free samples. Overpowering coconut flavor, have 3 packets still sitting on my counter...

35deb6722604c868c610088a6d8ce09e

(295)

on November 04, 2010
at 05:11 PM

I was supposed to get some free samples via the MDA boards, but they never came. Maybe too much anti-"paleo" protein backlash?

1
55554b2e780f84ad6cc3fc31ce46d23f

on November 04, 2010
at 02:28 PM

this looks very mixed and processed.

Its nots so clear what they put in there. it dont seem natural.

0
502b91966c64a8453a793c9e0fe53af3

on July 10, 2011
at 04:36 PM

Does anyone know where to get the samples? I'd like to give it a try. Thanks!

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on July 10, 2011
at 05:34 PM

He was sending them out for a small fee via the MDA website. I'm not sure if they're available anymore.

0
82c2532d6adb37d406043502533270eb

on June 14, 2011
at 09:57 PM

I tasted Primal Fuel at an event and it tastes GREAT to me (especially when you add a half a banana!). It also leave me feeling full and satisfied. I'm not an expert on meal replacement powders so I can't speak re: the ingredients. Yes, it's expensive, but I have one every day and look forward to having it. That says a lot.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on June 14, 2011
at 11:45 PM

I started having Stronger Faster Healthier brand, and it's great. Way better than MDA brand in my opinion. It's cheaper, and has more natural ingredient (including grass fed whey).

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8ce2e69af79dcb1488f776efc1c54052

on November 08, 2010
at 11:43 AM

It's processed. Look at the ingredients. Nothing primal or paleo about that stuff!

8ce2e69af79dcb1488f776efc1c54052

on November 08, 2010
at 03:38 PM

I agree. I've read his book twice. It doesn't seem to be in line with what he wrote. I'm not knocking Mark. His book is great and got me stated eating this way.

3995458c8ba769c7e95d07a2e438d875

on November 08, 2010
at 12:17 PM

That's quite ironic you realise... It's called Primal fuel, released as part of the Primal Blueprint range, from the guy who invent Primal ;)

0
5740abb0fa033403978dd988b0609dfd

on November 05, 2010
at 04:00 AM

As Eva implied, supplement powders need to be graded on a curve. So, using a curved grading scale, and setting aside all the other philosophical shortcomings, how does the taste measure up?

Thanks. :-)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on November 05, 2010
at 12:36 PM

Having been a protein powder junkie pre paleo... It's not bad, but you have to not just like but love coconut flavor. It really should be relabeled, Chocolate coconut and coconut vanilla.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on November 05, 2010
at 12:53 PM

+1 To Stephen-Aegis. "Alas, it wasn't awesome. It wasn't the worst protein I've ever tasted, but it definitely wasn't good" I've tried a lot of supplements (in my past I was a gym junkie...'sigh'), and I have had some that were pretty tasty, but on the curved scale of protein drinks, this one was mediocre, at best.

0
Fd504de9b242f4cd7009db70af5e2121

(558)

on November 04, 2010
at 02:26 PM

you can get 100% grass fed whey from Swanson,Ori Hofmekler brand for like 20$ per pound...100$ jugs of protein are a joke

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