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Plant vs. whey protein

If you’re considering swapping out your tub of whey protein for a tub of Vega Sport Performance Protein, you may have some questions about how they are different. Besides the obvious (one made from dairy and the other is plant-based), what key differences do they have in term of features and benefits to you? How will this switch affect your performance and recovery? Let’s break it down:

Protein + Performance Ingredients
Vega Sport Performance Protein is more than just a protein. With every scoop you not only get 30 grams of premium plant-based protein from pea, pumpkin seed, organic sunflower seed and alfalfa protein, but you also get performance ingredients designed to help reduce recovery time:
• Tart Cherry: Tart cherries are a rich source of antioxidants. Tart cherry juice appears to support recovery following strenuous endurance exercise by reducing inflammation, and aiding in the recovery of muscle function.1
• Turmeric: Turmeric contains curcumin, an antioxidantto support inflammation management post-workout. Black pepper is added to increase absorption of curcumin.
• Probiotics: Probiotics are important part of an athlete’s recovery strategy and reduce your rate of recovery.3

Equivalent Amino Acid Profiles
When you compare a 30-gram serving of Vega Sport Performance Protein and whey you’ll see that they have very similar amino acid profiles. All the amino acids in Vega Sport Performance Protein are naturally occurring. (Numbers bolded highlight which amino acids are higher in Vega Sport Performance Protein compared to 100% whey). 

Amino Acid Profile (in mg) Vega Sport Performance Protein 100% Whey
Alanine 1503 1445
Aspartic Acid 4113 3160
Arginine 3105 698
Cystine 315 366
Glutamic Acid 6354 5411
Glycine 1539 663
Histidine 909 514
Isoleucine 1710 1921
Leucine 2943 3123
Lysine 2439 2761
Methionine 414 541
Phenylalanine 1953 963
Proline 1656 1891
Serine 1881 1560
Threonine 1431 1891
Tryptophan 423 727
Tyrosine 1269 728
Valine 1836 1776


Performance Protein is Clean
Clean, plant-based nutrition is the foundation of all products at Vega. Vega Sport Performance Protein is made from real whole food ingredients. Not only is it Non-GMO Project verified and vegan certified, it is also Informed Choice certified for sport. Every tub is gluten-free and made without dairy or soy. You also won’t find artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners in it. Every brand of whey is different, and some are more natural than others. With Vega Sport Performance Protein you can rest soundly knowing that not only is it clean, but (unlike some whey protein from US cows), there are no growth hormones or antibiotics to worry about, either.

Performance Protein is More Sustainable than Whey
Why? Because plant-based proteins take fewer resources—energy, water, fuel—to produce than animal-based proteins. It’s no secret that conventional (factory farmed) dairy production is not easy on the environment. The global dairy sector contributes 4% to the total global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.4 Whey is a byproduct of the dairy industry, which uses more water, energy and fuel to produce than plant-based proteins—while emitting more greenhouse gases.

Because Vega Sport Performance Protein is more than just a protein (hello performance ingredients!), has a very comparable amino acid profile to whey, is clean, plant-based and more sustainable to whey, why not give it a try? Try Vega Sport Performance Protein now to recover faster, train again sooner and perform better.

Try this! A protein-packed taste of the tropics, this Vega Sport Pineapple Mango Smoothie is the perfect recovery after a hot run or bike ride.

Pineapple Mango Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Smoothie

Ingredients:
½ cup frozen pineapple, cubed
½ cup frozen mango, cubed
1 big handful of spinach
1 serving of Vanilla Vega Sport® Performance Protein
1 cup non-dairy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract, optional

Preparation:
Blend until smooth. Enjoy! 

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References:
1. Howatson G et al.(2010). Influence of tart cherry juice on indices of recovery following marathon runningScandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. 20: 843–852

2. Health Canada. (2010). Natural Health Products Database Monograph: Turmeric-oral. Accessed 5/20/13 from http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=216&lang=eng
3. Panahi Y, et al. (2015). Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of curcuminoid-piperine combination in subjects with metabolic syndrome: A randomized controlled trial and an updated meta-analysis.Clinical Nutrition.

4. FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS (2010). Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Dairy Sector.http://www.fao.org/docrep/012/k7930e/k7930e00.pdf