Vega Sport Protein Powder Review

V
 
vega sport summary

Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Berry, Mocha

Vega Sport Protein Powder is one of the main vegan protein powders that Vega sells.

I’ve always seen Vega on the shelves of grocery and supplement stores and the high price always scared me off.

But now, I’ve taken the plunge, bought a large tub, and have put it to the test so that we can see together if it’s truly worth the high price or not.

As always, I’ve based the results of this review on objective measurements and scores whenever possible to minimize any of my own biases. See my rankings of the best vegan protein powders to see how Vega Sport compares.

Nutrition

The perfect protein powder would be 100% protein, but it would taste terrible.

Instead, I score nutrition based on the following formula, which is simply based on the percentage of calories that come from protein:

protein powder nutrition score test

If a product has over 80% of its calories coming from protein, it will get a perfect score.

Let’s take a look at Vega Sport’s nutrition label:

vega sport nutrition label

Based on the formula, it scores a near perfect 22, which only a few other vegan protein powders do.

Here’s the full Ingredients list (for the Mocha flavor):

  • Pea protein, Cocoa powder, Pumpkin seed protein, Organic sunflower seed protein, Alfalfa protein, Tart cherry, Probiotics (Bacillus coagulans [provides 1 billion cfu/serving]), Bromelain, Turmeric extract, Black Pepper extract. Contains less than 2% of: Beetroot powder (for color), Sea salt, Natural Mocha flavors, Natural vanilla flavor, Natural chocolate flavor, Stevia extract, Xanthan gum.

Most protein powders are made primarily of pea protein, as is the case here. There aren’t any ingredients of particular note to cause alarm.

Pricing

For a protein powder like Vega Sport, where you can buy it just about anywhere, I go with the price from the most available and cheapest source, which is Amazon in this case.

Below are the 3 main sizes that you can buy Vega Sport in:

  • 516 g / 1.14 lb
  • 812 g / 1.79 lb
  • 2 kg / 4.4 lb

In order to give a powder a score, and compare it to other protein powders, I look at the price of the size closest to 908g/2lbs, which is the 812g size in this case.

I plug that price into the following formula to obtain a score (including shipping price):

pricing score formula

Since free shipping is offered, this protein powder gets a score of 11.5.

That puts Vega Sport a little on the expensive side. There are some that are significantly cheaper, but also some that are significantly more expensive.

Mixability

One way to take a lot of the enjoyment out of a protein shake is to have chunks in it. That’s why I include mixability as a main part of the score.

I test this using the following simple procedure:

  • Measure and add the weight of a serving size
  • Add 450 mL of almond milk
  • Shake vigorously for 60 seconds in a standard shaker bottle
  • Pour out the liquid, then scrape and weigh the remnants

After all that’s done, I plug in the numbers into this formula:

vegan protein powder mixing test

There were 2 grams of remnants when I tested this, leading to a mixability score of 19.

Taste

The final part of the review is taste.

It’s also the only one that’s subjective, but I try my best not to be biased.

I try to judge taste on the following scale:

Taste Score Meaning
25 Amazing, would drink for enjoyment alone.
20 Very good.
15 Drinkable, not really good or bad.
10 A struggle to get down
5 Terrible

I gave this protein powder a taste score of 20.

Relative to most vegan protein powders, it’s very good.

That being said, it does a fairly chalky texture, and a bit of an aftertaste.

The chalkiness doesn’t bother me too much, but only you know your taste preferences.

Summary and Overall Impressions

Here’s a quick summary of the most important aspects of Vega Sport protein powder:

  • It’s fairly pricy, but reasonable if budget isn’t a top priority.
  • It mixes well, but not perfect.
  • It tastes very good, but still has a bit of chalkiness and unpleasant aftertaste.
  • It’s protein content is as high as you’ll find in a vegan protein powder.

I completely understand if Vega Sport just doesn’t fit your budget, but if you get a chance to try it, I’d highly recommend it.

Similar Protein Powders You May Prefer

Vega Sport is a fine choice, but if budget is the issue, or you just want a few alternatives that may be better, here are the 3 that I’d recommend considering:

  1. NOW Sports Pea Protein – NOW Sports has the same protein content as Vega Sport, but is way cheaper. The downside is that the taste is a bit worse, but it’s still easily drinkable. See my NOW Sports review for the specifics.
  2. PlantFusion – PlantFusion is my #1 overall vegan protein powder at the moment. It’s taste is even better than Vega Sport, it mixes perfectly, and it’s even a bit cheaper. The one downside is that the protein content isn’t quite as high as Vega Sport, but it’s still above average. You can see my full thoughts about PlantFusion in my PlantFusion review.
  3. MRM Veggie Elite – This has almost the same overall rating as Vega Sport (77 vs 76), and similar individual ratings for nutrition and mixability. The big difference is that the price and taste scores are basically swapped, meaning that MRM Veggie Elite is much cheaper, but also tastes quite a bit worse. The best out of these 2 depends on your priorities. Here’s my MRM Veggie Elite review if you’d like more details.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

Add comment