LohaStyle was incorporated as a brand in 2014 with a focus on sugar restricted natural foods. Their products are manufactured in their organic JAS certification factory in Yamato City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Raw ingredients are certified pesticide free and finished products are all free of synthetic sweeteners and artificial additives. LOHAS is a widely used acronym meaning ‘Life of Health and Sustainability’. LohaSports produces two types of protein powder in Japan – grass-fed whey protein powder and soy protein isolate.
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LohaSports Grass Fed Whey Protein Powder – Monde Selection 2022 Award Winner
Recently, LohaSports has upped its game with three select grass fed whey protein powders winning the 2022 Monde Selection Grand Gold Quality Award. This was for their plain, chocolate, and organic macha flavors. This product range was also selected as the most popular protein for both Japanese men and women aged between 20 to 50 by an AnAn women’s lifestyle magazine.
The same series also includes a natural vanilla flavor and a recently released strawberry flavor:
Profile of LohaSports Grass Fed Whey Protein
- Certified organic / Non-GMO
- No synthetic sweetener
- No artificial coloring
- Preservative free
- No additives
- Sweetened with stevia
- About 20g to 23g protein per serving
- WPC 80 sourced from Australia
Depending on the flavor you choose, there is a slight difference in the macro nutrient profile. Here is a comparison of their three award winning grass fed whey protein powders:
Plain / 30g
Choco / 33g
Macha / 33g
Things to know about a grass fed whey protein powder:
There are a couple of things to note about LohaSports grass fed whey protein powder. With no emulsifier, your drink will not mix and dissolve as easily as the more popular brands using such additives. Additionally, a quality grass fed whey is likely to be foamy. This is not a bad thing as it tends to indicate a high bio-activity.
It is better to allow time for your shake to settle and dissolve. Also, try not to shake or whisk a grass fed whey protein roughly or put it through a blender. This reduces the bio-activity of key nutritional components.
Protein Shake Mixing Tips
- Add one serving to half a glass of water or less.
- Gently mix around with a chopstick.
- Add more liquid if needed.
- Stir until well-mixed with no clumps.
- Add your preferred liquid to fill the glass.
- Whisk gently a few times.
- Alternatively, mix the dissolved powder slowly into a prepped shake.
A chop stick is the best for dislodging clumps on the bottom. A watery type of rice milk can be a good substitute for plain water. If you’re making a smoothy, blend your base mixture first and then stir in the pre-mixed whey protein.
Some people like to prep their drink the night before leaving it in the refrigerator. Another option is to add the whey protein to rolled oats which you soak over night in the refrigerator.
The plain flavor is the best for adding an espresso shot or cold brew coffee concentrate. If you don’t like pure stevia, the plain flavor can be sweetened with honey or a zero-calorie sweeteners such as LohaStyle Erythritol. Alternatively, LohaStyle Premium Lakan is stevia mixed with erythritol and monk fruit extract.
What people say – likes and dislikes:
Looking at user comments and ratings on popular shopping portals, around 50% of users give these LohaSports grass fed whey protein powders a 5-star rating, while around 27% give a rating slightly below or with 4-stars.
The biggest gripe for lower rankings is that a measuring spoon is not included! This may be to avoid unnecessary plastic waste. Besides the cocoa flavor, a lot of people find the stevia a little too much. If this is the case for you, try mixing the serving into a plain flavored yoghurt to which you can even add fruit.
Also, many people comment about the powder not dissolving or creating too much foam. However, if you follow our mixing advice and allow the drink to settle for 5 to 10 minutes, this can be avoided.
LohaSports Compared to Other Grass Fed Whey Protein Powders
Due to grass fed whey’s health and ethical appeal, there are a number of competitive protein powders made in Japan. Apart from the LohaSports brand, natural organic brands you can choose from are Nichiga, goCLN by Fuji Organics and Choice.
Here is a comparison table of these four choices. Price/1kg comparison is based on the non-discounted plain flavor on the manufacturers homepage. Protein content is per 100g.
To find out more detail about all these grass fed whey proteins and the companies that produce them, see our full reviews of grass fed whey protein powders made in Japan.
LohaSports Soy Protein Powder – All Natural Plant Based Option
The other protein powder that LohaStyle manufactures is a plant-based soy protein powder. It comes in two flavors – cocoa chocolate, banana milk – and unflavored. All are finely processed protein isolates with a 100 amino score and a full amino acid listing.
- Isolate protein
- No synthetic sweeteners
- Organic flavoring
- 100 Amino Score
- Full amino listing
- 20 amino acids / 9 essential
- Stevia in flavored options
- GMO-free soy from USA
The two flavored versions both use stevia as a sweetener and the flavoring agents are all organic. Here’s a comparison of their micronutrient profile for a typical 20g serving:
Choco / 20g
Banana / 20g
Plain / 20g
What people say – likes and dislikes:
User reviews vary a lot between the shopping portals, but in general LohaSports soy protein powder makes an average to good shake. It’s dissolves relatively well and is easy-to-drink.
It’s best to mix first with a small amount of room temperature or lukewarm water before adding in any other liquid, especially cow or soy milk. Using a shaker will also prevent lumps forming.
Some people like the banana flavor, others find it is somewhat overpowering with a lingering aftertaste. The cocoa flavor is in general better received, and the flavor is quite natural.
Other Choices for a Plant Based Vegan Protein Powder
Soy protein powder is generally the most affordable vegan protein powder in Japan. Other popular choices include hemp protein powder and pea protein powder. MyVegan by MyProtein has an unflavored pea protein with no additives. Rice protein powder is less common, but goCLN’s newly released Plant Based Protein combines soy and rice protein powder.