Vega Product Review

  • Lane
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2009
  • VegaSportProteinXL

    Note to our readership:  There have been numerous comments on this article indicating illnesses that people have encountered after consuming this product.   We, ourselves, did not experience this issue, and it seems that the problem does not affect everyone.  The Vega company has indicated that these issues were related to products from 2011... However, since people have continued to comment regarding their personal issues after consuming this product, we (in good conscience) cannot recommend these products. 

    UPDATE: 1/05/14: In November 2013, Vega issued a press release indicating that they were to voluntary recall several lots of a few of their products.

    In the press release they indicated that the recall was a "...precautionary measure of voluntarily withdrawing a limited quantity of its Vega One Nutritional Shakes and Sports Performance Protein products due to finding trace amounts of chloramphenicol (CAP), a naturally occurring antibiotic..."

    You can find additional information about the recall and the specific lots that are affected in our article entitled: Vega Issues Voluntary Withdrawal of Vega One Nutritional Shakes and Vega Sport Performance Protein Product

    UPDATE: 9/11/13 - Here's an update that we received directly from the team at Vega:

    If you have any questions or concerns with any of our product, please contact us directly. This actual post displays our older Vega Sport branding and is from 2011. We are happy to help anyone who has any questions, so please contact us!


    As an alternative, here are five other vegan protein powders:

    BrandPlanet FusionGarden of LifeSunwarriorLifetimeNutribiotic
    FeatureContains 3.4g of L-glutamine
    Is low in fat and has only 4g of carbs per serving
    Contains 21-22g of protein to support lean body mass
    Provides raw organic sprouted protein and live probiotics and enzymes
    Excellent source of protein
    Good for those on low carbohydrate diets
    Good for those with gastrointestinal sensitivities to milk, whey, soy and other protein sources
    Supports digestive health and function with live probiotics and protein-digesting enzymes
    Gluten free soy free dairy free hypo allergenic non GMO
    Easy-to-digest, energy-boosting protein
    Rich in omega 3-6-9 essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
    A balanced, complete source of vegan protein
    Does not contain any artificial ingredients or preservatives
    Gluten Free
    Wheat Free
    Rating4.2 out of 5 stars4.0 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars
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    Product prices and availability are accurate as of Feb 3 21:06:32 UTC but are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the merchant site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

    Recently we had the opportunity to try some of the Vega line of products. Specifically, we tried the Whole Food Health Optimizer, the Whole Food Smoothie Infusion, and the Antioxidant EFA (essential fatty acid) Oil Blend.

    VegaSportProteinXLThe Whole Food Smoothie Infusion is a high quality protein powder that also provides fiber and Omega 3 EFAs.  I added it to my morning shake, in place of the protein powder I usually use.  It had a pleasant taste and the added benefit of the fiber and EFAs which I wasn't getting in the hemp powder I've been using.  So, as soon as I finish my stash, this is my new protein powder.

    vega-whold-food-infusionThe Whole Food Smoothie Infusion is a great product to take on the road with you.  All you need to do is add water and you have a vegan meal replacement.  Personally, I thought they were a bit on the sweet side, but Jane loved them.  She especially liked the chai flavor blended with ice to make a nice summer concoction.  You can also add the smoothie infusion to the fruit based smoothie of your choice.  They also provide you with a few recipes.

    The Antioxidant EFA Oil blend makes a good salad dressing.  We found it to have a slightly nutty taste which is a nice change from the extra virgin olive oil Jane usually uses.

    Overall, we feel these are high quality products that are a welcome addition to our pantry.

    203 thoughts on “Vega Product Review

    1. My husband and I used Vega One French Vanilla Protein Powder. He had no reaction, but 3 hours after my smoothie I had major Nasuea, cramping and vomiting. It has now been 5 hours and still sick. The Diarreah has not started, yet! I used almost a full scoop. No reaction for hubby and sick as a dog for me?? I will give it another try with a small amount. Just really bummed, because I thought I’d found an awesome product.

    2. I have been wondering how everyone has been doing with this. I purchased the 15 oz Chai flavor. Like some of the others, 1.5 hours later I got violently ill, so much so that I was rushed by ambulance to the hospital because it presented like a possible female heart attack. $9k and several hours later I was sent home with suppositories for the vomiting. Thinking it may have been a fluke or possibly the two hands full of spinach I put in it I tried it once more at half serving. Same 1.5 hours, same outcome. This time I still had more prescription suppositories so took one, laid down for three hours and shakily went back to work. I haven’t opened the 30oz French Vanilla but I would like to try it again. I dunno

    3. As an addition to the above – I had tried mini single serving and 5 serving packets of it before – no issues at all.

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