Protein Powders: Certifications and Label Lingo

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Protein Powders: Certifications & Label Lingo

These are some of the most popular certifications. You’ll see them on many labels and company websites.


What It Means

Where to Get More Information

Where to Find It

USDA Organic

Produced according to rules set by the USDA Organic Program and certified by a third-party organization qualified by the USDA. Organic foods cannot contain GMOs.

Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Vanilla

Non-GMO Project Verified

 Does not contain GMO ingredients, and is verified by the nonprofit Non-GMO Project.

  Vega All-in-One Shake French Vanilla


Manufacturers may voluntarily label foods “gluten-free” if they meet an FDA requirement of containing no known sources of gluten and less than 20 parts per million of gluten (to avoid significant cross-contamination). Foods may also be certified gluten-free by an independent certifying organization, such as the Gluten-Free Certification Organization.

Designer Protein Sunshine Protein Meal Replacement


Grass-fed whey protein comes from cows that graze on grass pastures and are not fed grain. This makes the whey protein derived from the milk of these cows naturally higher in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), an omega-6 fatty acid research shows helps to reduce body fat and preserve muscle.

Reserveage Organics Grass-fed Whey Protein

NSF Certified for Sport

The NSF Certified for Sport certification assures consumers that the product meets stringent independent certification process guidelines designed to minimize the risk that a dietary supplement or sports nutrition product contains banned substances.

True Athlete Natural Whey Protein Unflavored