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.
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:
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:
Based on the formula, it scores a perfect 25, which only a few other vegan protein powders do.
Here’s the full Ingredients list (for the Mocha flavor):
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.
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.
I’d recommend using CamelCamelCamel to track the price, as it varies quite a bit throughout the year.
The following graph is the pricing history over the last year for a large container.
Based on that, any price under $43 is pretty good.
Below is a pricing table for the 3 main sizes that you can buy Vega Sport in:
|Size||Cost (USD)||Cost per 100 gram|
|516 g / 1.14 lb||29.99||5.81|
|812 g / 1.79 lb||36.80||4.53|
|2 kg / 4.4 lb||75.99||3.8|
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):
Since free shipping is offered, this protein powder gets a score of 11.5.
That puts Vega Sport right in the middle of most other powders. There are some that are significantly cheaper, but also some that are significantly more expensive.
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:
After all that’s done, I plug in the numbers into this formula:
There were 2 grams of remnants when I tested this, leading to a mixability score of 19.
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:
|25||Amazing, would drink for enjoyment alone.|
|15||Drinkable, not really good or bad.|
|10||A struggle to get down|
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.
Here’s a quick summary of the most important aspects of Vega Sport 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.