If you’re looking for the most thorough Vega Sport Protein review, then you’ve come to the right place. Here at the Vegan Protein Powder Review, we conduct in-depth reviews of various products, and sport performance proteins are our forte.
This in an extensive review of Vega Sport Performance protein powder, one of the most popular products on the market. Designed for high-level athletes looking to optimize post-workout recovery, Vega Sport Protein powder offers one of the highest (if not the highest) concentrations of amino acids. In addition to other performance-enhancing ingredients like l-glutamine, tart cherry and turmeric, Vega Sport Performance protein has been developed to accelerate muscle repair, reduce recovery time, and get athletes back to their training, sooner.
Inspired by reputable vegan athletes like Brendan Brazier and Rich Roll, I started of experimenting with a plant-based diet back in the summer or 2014. This was the first vegan protein powder I tried, and remember loving it. Now after starting to take nutrition and supplements more seriously, I was looking forward to reviewing Vega Sport Performance protein powder once again. Especially considering this is the new and improved performance blend from Vega, and it offers one of the most impressive nutritional profiles in the world of vegan protein powders. Let’s jump right into it.
Nutrition Review: What Are Vega Sport Protein Ingredients?
Packing a whopping 30 grams of protein per serving, the blend in Vega Sport Performance is a simple yet amino-rich mix that contains: pea protein, pumpkin seed protein, organic sunflower seed protein, and alfalfa protein. And being that it’s grain-free with only one gram of sugar, this is among the few grain-free/paleo vegan protein powders that’s also keto-friendly (well, mostly keto-friendly).
Further supporting its recovery-promoting capabilities, one serving of Vega Sport Protein Powder has about 6 grams of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), 6 grams of l-glutamine, 1 billion cfu of probiotics, and anti-inflammatory powerhouses tart cherry, bromelain, and turmeric. In terms of branched chain aminos, it’s the highest among vegan protein powder with BCAAs.
Vega Sport Protein Powder also contains black pepper extract, which is a derivative of piperine. This ingredient plays a role in a process in the liver called glucuronidation, which attaches a molecule (glucuronide) to certain drugs or substances (i.e. curcumin [or turmeric]) to signal for their urinary excretion. The black pepper extract inhibits this process so that the turmeric in Vega Sport Protein can be sent to the extremities of the body as opposed to getting consumed by glucuronidation in the liver.
To the dismay of picky protein powder consumers, Vega Sport Performance does contain natural vanilla and natural caramel flavors. Many of us know that these flavoring agents can be a mystery in terms of where and how “natural” they are sourced. Nonetheless, it is non-GMO Project verified.
The primary source of sweetness stems from stevia extract, which is a little strong in this product as well as other Vega protein powders I have reviewed. But the new and improved recipe strikes a good balance, and is actually quite delicious.
All in all, in conducting my nutritional review of Vega Sport protein powder, I am a big advocate of supplements that have performance-minded, scientifically-supported ingredients, such as in the black pepper protected anti-inflammatories, recovery-boosting l-glutamine, and gut-friendly probiotics.
Additionally, one of my primary considerations in choosing a plant-based protein powder is the density of amino acids, particularly BCAAs and essential amino acids (EAAs). As such, I give Vega Sport Performance protein powder an honest and well-earned 5 out of 5 rating for the nutritional review.
Nutritional Review Rating: 5 out of 5
Flavor Review: Does Vega Sport Protein Powder Taste Google?
There are four total flavors in the family of Vega Sport Protein Powder: Vanilla, Chocolate, Berry, and Mocha. However in this review, I’ll only being touching on the former two – Vanilla and Chocolate. If I can get my hands on a couple single-serving packets of the Mocha and Berry flavors, I’ll update this review with my two cents on how those taste.
Vega Sport Protein Vanilla Review
Because vanilla is my go-to flavor when consuming vegan protein powders, my tasting review of Vega Sport Performance Vanilla was under meticulous scrutiny. The first thing I noticed was that it was very refined and powdery, like nutritious, protein-packed dust. In turn, the protein powder mixed smoothly into almond milk. This gave Vega Sport Performance Vanilla a velvety texture that was easy (enjoyable, even) going down the hatch.
Taking the approach of protein powder sommelier, the flavor profile is vanilla bean-forward with layers of cashew, graham cracker, and cheesecake. For a more basic interpretation, Vega Sport Protein Vanilla is smooth, sweet, and delicious.
In fact, it’s one my favorites and I buy the product regularly. You can add a half scoop into a bowl of oatmeal for a complete flavor (and nutrition) transformation. Or turn a vegetable-dense, green smoothie into a milkshake with a full scoop. In short, Vega Sport Vanilla a universal option that tastes great, in my opinion.
Vega Sport Protein Chocolate Review
In my tasting review of Vega Sport Protein Chocolate, I found the texture to be equally as creamy as Vanilla. Combined with a smooth, easy-mixing texture, its flavor struck a chord on my palate with chocolate-fudge-brownie decadence. I try to stay humble and honest here in conducting my protein powder reviews, but Vega Sport Performance Chocolate is a winner.
While I rarely purchase chocolate-flavored protein powders in large quantities, this one product that I would love to keep next to a good vanilla option. It’s reminiscent to a Dutch dark chocolate flavor but smooth and creamy, not bitter or earthy. And like Vanilla, Vega Sport Chocolate protein powder pairs well with all sorts of applications. I am a fan of combining it in oatmeal, rich smoothies, and peanut butter.
Lastly, it’s important to note that both of these flavors are definitely on the sweet side. Those who are sensitive to stevia, or typically use mostly fruit in their smoothies, may want to proceed with caution. However, I personally think Vega created a performance protein powder that strikes a good balance in the level of stevia/sweetness. I tend to gravitate toward more savory applications that could use a boost of sweet.
Flavor Review Rating 5 out of 5
Price Review: How Much Does Vega Sport Performance Protein Cost?
Because the price of Vega Sport Protein Powder varies based on seller (especially if you buy the product on Amazon where there’s a number of sellers), I am unable list a specific price tag. But what I can do is give you value rating of the cost Vega Sport Performance with respect to its overall quality, volume, and comparability to other vegan sport protein powders.
On the complete spectrum of vegan protein powders, Vega Sport Performance is slightly on the higher end. But compared to similar products in its class, it’s actually a great deal. One can easily spend around $50 for a 2 pound tub of BCAA-rich, performance plant protein. But with Vega Sport Performance, you can usually find 1.8 pound tubs priced under $40 (typically in the mid-to-high $30 range.) All in all, it’s great product at a value.
Price Review Rating: 5 out of 5
Have you had Vega Sport Protein Powder? Let me know what what you think of this product in the comments below. Also check out some of the related plant-based protein powders listed below.
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Description: Vega Sport Protein review of Vanilla and Chocolate flavors, including an in-depth look at the product’s ingredients and overall cost/price value compared to other sport performance protein powders.
Written by: Tyler Tafelsky
Rating: 5 out of 5