This is an extensive review of Vega Sport Protein powder, one of the most popular performance-centric products on the plant-based market. Designed for athletes looking to optimize post-workout recovery, Vega Sport Protein powder offers one of the highest concentrations of amino acids.
In addition to other performance-enhancing ingredients like tart cherry and and turmeric, Vega Sport 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 experimenting with a plant-based diet back in the summer of 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 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’s Ingredients?
Packing a whopping 30 grams of protein per serving, the blend in Vega Sport 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 two grams of sugar, this is among the few grain-free/paleo vegan protein powders that tastes really good.
Further supporting its recovery-promoting capabilities, one serving of Vega Sport Protein Powder has about 5 grams of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) and anti-inflammatory powerhouses tart cherry, bromelain, and turmeric. In terms of branched-chain amino acids, it’s one 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.
Much to the dismay of some picky protein powder consumers, Vega Sport does contain natural flavors as the second ingredient. 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 protein powder an honest and well-earned 5 out of 5 ratings for the nutritional review.
Nutritional Review Rating: 5 out of 5
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Flavor Review: Does Vega Sport Protein Powder Taste Good?
There are six total flavors in the family of Vega Sport Protein Powder: Peanut Butter, Vanilla, Chocolate, Chocolate-Vanilla, Berry, and Mocha. However, in this review, I’ll only be touching on the former three – Peanut Butter, Vanilla, and Chocolate. If I can get my hands on a couple of single-serving packets of the Mocha, Chocolate-Vanilla, and Berry flavors, I’ll update this review with my two cents on how those taste, but these three are consistently my favorite
Vega Sport Protein Peanut Better Review
As one of the most recent flavors to spawn from the Vega Sport Protein Powder roster, Peanut Butter is an all-star option for its smooth, balanced taste. It’s not as nutty as you might expect, but actually slightly more milk chocolatey and highly-palatable.
It’s no doubt one of my new favorite options performance-minded vegan protein powder. Vega Sport Protein Peanut Butter brings a level of decadence that makes it great for protein puddings, oatmeal, and baked goods.
Compared to Vanilla and Chocolate flavors discussed below, Peanut Butter is light on the sweet. I would rate it a 6 out of 10 on the sweetness scale, and the Stevia leaf extract is moderate and not overpowering. If you’ve been on the fence about trying this flavor, then I highly recommend you go for it.
Vega Sport Protein Vanilla Review
Because vanilla is my go-to flavor when consuming vegan protein powders, my tasting review of Vega Sport 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 Protein 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 of 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 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 sweetness.
Flavor Review Rating 5 out of 5
Price Review: How Much Does Vega Sport Protein Cost?
Because the price of Vega Sport Protein Powder varies based on the 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 Protein 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 is right in the middle in terms of price. 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, you can usually find 21-ounce tub priced under $40 (typically in the mid-to-high $30 range.) All in all, it’s a great product at a value.
Price Review Rating: 5 out of 5
How Does Vega Sport Protein Taste to You?
Have you had Vega Sport Protein Powder? Let me know 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