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:
Image Brand Planet Fusion Garden of Life Sunwarrior Lifetime Nutribiotic Feature Contains 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
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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.
The 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.
The 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.