One of my favorite documentaries of all time is Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. It's the story of Joe Cross, who travels the US, getting healthy by juicing and along the way, helping others do the same. It's truly an inspiring documentary that, in my opinion, bolstered a rebirth of juicing in America. Since the documentary, Joe has gone on to write a variety of books and has become an international celebrity. Recently, I became aware of Reboot With Joe Plant Protein, a powdered supplement that can be added to the juices you make. In this review, let's look at this Reboot Protein and along the way hopefully help you decide if it's right for you. Also see the Breville Juicer Review.
What Does Reboot Mean?
As most know rebooting is the process of turning your computer (phone, tablet, etc.) off and back on again. It's meant to clear the short term memory and hopefully remove anything- applications, etc – that might be making your computer slow or causing problems.
Joe Cross was the first person I ever heard use the word reboot with respect to nutrition. As I understand it, to reboot – nutritional speaking –
is to refresh and re-train the body to get accustomed again to consuming more healthy foods. In the documentary, Joe's reboot was accomplished by juicing.
It was a catchy idea and he's pretty much claimed that reboot phrase as his own. As such I'll just call his protein powder Reboot Protein in this review.
What Makes Reboot Protein Different?
As far as I can tell, the big selling point of the Reboot Protein powder – besides it coming from plants – is that it's said to be “specifically designed” to mix well with juices (and smoothies too they say). Adding protein to smoothies is something most have done before, but adding it to juices…I've honestly not heard of a protein powder to be used with fruit/veggie juices before and that is the big reason I wanted to review this supplement. I found the idea intriguing.
Reboot Protein Nutrition Facts
Each 1 scoop of the Reboot Protein powder (is 21.3 g (or 0.751 oz) has the following nutrition information:
|Amount Per Serving||Percent Daily Value|
|Calories from fat||10|
|Total fat||1 g||2% DV|
|Total carbohydrate||<1 g||<1% DV|
|Protein||16 g||32% DV|
|Vitamin D (ergocalciferol)||1000 IU||250% DV|
|Biotin||50 mcg||17% DV|
|Calcium||20 mg||2% DV|
|Iron||4 mg||22% DV|
|Phosphorous||189 mg||19% DV|
|Magnesium||40 mg||10% DV|
|Zinc (zinc aspartate)||10 mg||67% DV|
|Sodium||140 mg||6% DV|
|Potassium||55 mg||2% DV|
The label also tells us that the protein powder is:
- Dairy-Free, Gluten Free, Soy-Free, GMO Free
- No sweeteners, colors or flavors
- Made from natural pea and rice protein
From the table above we can see that the product has a lot of vitamin D (1000IU per scoop). Many people are probably deficient in vitamin D (get your levels checked by your doctor to see if you are low). The vitamin D in Reboot Protein comes from ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) which is derived from fungi.
While ergocalciferol is different than cholicalciferol (vitamin D3) that we make when exposed to sunlight, both versions have multiple hormone-like effects and do many healthy things. I think for the most part both versions are pretty similar in their effects. For example, ergocalciferol has been shown to reduce falls in older adults.
Since none of the ingredients in the Reboot Protein contain significant vitamin D, I think the vitamin might be added during processing.
The table above also tells us that Reboot Protein powder is high in iron, providing 4mg (22% DV) per each scoop. Both rice and peas have some iron. The iron in the product could be a combination of both rice and peas or maybe some was added during processing. I am not sure.
Reboot protein is also rich in phosphorous with each scoop providing 189 mg. My guess is that peas are the source of most of this mineral.
How Much Protein?
The table above tells us that each scoop of Reboot Protein provides 16 grams of protein. The label tell us that this provides 32% of our Daily Value for protein, but I think this percentage can depend. The National Institutes of Health tells us that the Daily Value for protein is set at 50 grams per day. But protein intake can vary according to many things. Because we are all different, I would not take “32% DV” as gospel for everybody. That said, 16 grams is a respectable amount of protein.
It should also be remembered that fruits and vegetables that make up your juice, will also have some protein as well.
Reboot Protein Ingredients
From the label, we are told that the ingredients are, in order, as follows:
- Pea protein isolate
- Rice protein concentrate
Pea protein contains all the essential amino acids needed to stay healthy including the branch chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine). Leucine, in particular is of interest to researchers because of its ability to stimulate muscle protein synthesis (fancy talk for muscle growth). This is why you may have seen bodybuilding supplements highlighting their leucine content. Leucine also helps us make a metabolite called “HMB.” See the Ensure review for more on that.
One study noted that 90 grams of pea protein given for 12 weeks resulted in similar biceps muscle thickness compared to whey protein, when combined with exercise. Strength improvements between pea protein and whey protein were not different.
Rice protein also has all essential amino acids and my guess is rice was chosen because it complements those amino acids in pea protein and vice versa.
In other words, pea protein adds what rice might be low in and rice adds what pea protein might be low in. In other words, together, they might provide a more better overall amino acid profile, similar to eating fish or chicken for example.
One study noted that 48 grams of rice protein improved body composition and exercise performance as well as whey protein when given to collage age men for 8 weeks.
The label does not indicate if the rice used comes from brown rice or white rice.
Silica (basically sand) is sometimes added to supplements to prevent powders from clumping together. My guess is this is why it's present. I've seen silica in other supplements. Silica is the final ingredient listed so it's present the least.
Is It A Supplement Or A Food?
I can understand how this might be a murky issue for some. Even though the ingredients come from food, I think Reboot Protein is a dietary supplement (rather than a “food”) because it's meant to be added (supplemented) to juices that are made from food. The product nutrition label also says “Supplement Facts” rather than “Nutrition Facts” which normally accompanies foods. Regardless, this isn't a big issue for most people.
Who Makes Reboot Protein?
The product label tells us that the company is called Reboot With Joe LLC. They are located at 99 University Place, New York, NY 10003. A quick online search reveals several businesses with this address. The building itself can be seen if you google the address. My guess is many companies have office space at this location. I do not believe this location is where the plant protein is made. Rather, I think it might just be the business address.
From the TOS page of the Reboot With Joe website, we can see another company called Reboot Holdings Pty Ltd which is located at Kent Street 207 2000 Sydney New South Wales – Australia. That makes sense since Joe Cross is from Australia.
How Does It Taste?
I did not taste the Reboot With Joe Protein for this review. But, from the reviews on Amazon, some liked the taste while others thought it was so so.
I believe how it tastes would probably depend on the type of juice you were making. In other words, adding some fruit to the juice, might make the protein powder taste better than if you were just juicing vegetables.
Leave a comment below to let me know what you think of the taste.
How Much Does It Cost?
When I checked Amazon, I saw the product costing between $20-$35 (USD). Like most things, the price will likely fluctuate so what I saw may be different than what it is when you look.
Which Juicer is Best?
If you want to start juicing, you have a lot of options. The brand Joe Cross used in the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead documentary was from Breville. It's also the type I own. Here's my review of the Breville Juice Fountain.
No matter what machine you use, just remember, Reboot Protein is to be added to the juice after you make it. Don't add the powder to juicer itself or it will likely clog it up.
Does Juicing Help Weight Loss?
If you are only drinking juices all day, I'm pretty sure you will lose weight. If you watched the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead documentary, Joe Cross -and those he encounters on his journey – do indeed lose weight. This is not because juicing helps people consume fewer calories. This is how all diets work. All weight loss plans work. I believe this is even true for the popular HCG diet which I've previously looked at.
Juicing Side Effects
For healthy people, I don't really see any big problems for short-term juice fasts. For longer periods of time – weeks or more – then getting adequate nutrients might be an issue if someone were juicing the same foods over and over again. I feel getting a broad spectrum of nutrients from juicing a variety of fruits and vegetables is necessary for long term juice fasts.
Remember that because juicing removes the fiber from foods, this can cause a large spike in blood sugar if you were juicing lots of fruits. This can be a problem for those with diabetes. Since our gut bacteria (probiotics) like to eat fiber (fiber is called a “pre-biotic”), lack of fiber might alter gut microbiota in some people. How significant this might be, I am not certain. For those who are eating foods along with making juices, then I don't feel this would be an issue.
During juice fasts, some people might get headaches which can happen anytime we reduce calorie intake. Since protein has 4 calories per gram, then maybe adding some protein to juices might reduce this from occurring. I am speculating here.
Does It Help The Body Heal Itself?
Some juicing websites might say that going on a juice fast every so often gives the body time to recover and recuperate from the daily grind of eating solid foods. There is no evidence that healthy people needs time to recover from eating food. If it did, our ancestors would have been in big trouble before juicers were invented.
Juice Only Organic Foods?
Juicing can get expensive. Just watch out fast you go through fruits and vegetables once you start. Organic foods tend to cost more than non-organic foods. Because of this, if it's not in your budget, I say don't worry about whether the foods are organic or not.
Yes, organic foods might have fewer pesticides but the research is overwhelming that people who eat more fruits and vegetables are healthy. The research doesn't really say those foods have to be organic. I bring this up because I want people to be healthy and still be able to pay their rent.
The Environmental Working Group does maintain a list of the “Dirty Dozen,” the foods that contain the most pesticides. For those who want to do more, either cut back on juicing lots of those foods, or choose organic versions if you can afford it. Here is their list of “The Clean 15” also.
Reboot Protein Powder: Yes Or No?
Do you need to add protein powder to juices? This is the big question. On one side, vegans will say that you can get all the protein you need from fruits and vegetables. I believe this is true. That said, this might be a challenge for those who may not be as nutritionally savvy as others. If you are making one or two juices a day -and still eating solid foods that include protein – then I don't think you need to add protein powder to the juices you make. For those who are doing a 100% juice fast diet, then maybe, the added protein might help you. For what it's worth, in the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead documentary, Joe Cross only juices fruits and veggies. I didn't see him add protein powder to his juices. If you like the idea of adding protein to your juices, then great. I'm find with anything that helps people get healthier.Here's Reboot With Joe Protein Powder on Amazon.