Updated: Aug 1
Nowadays, there's a wide variety of protein powders to choose from in the supplement market.
For the sake of this article, we chose three of the most popular of them to face them in a fierce war that will define which is the best plant-based protein powder out there.
So, fasten your seat belts and get ready to witness this mammoth protein war!
Table of Contents:
Orgain Protein Supplement
Orgain protein, plant-based and sugar-free, is an excellent dietary supplement to complement a healthy diet.
Its low content of additives allows you to get a clean intake of plant-based protein. It tastes great (or doesn't taste at all). In addition to being healthy, this protein powder is delicious.
It comes in the following flavours:
Sweet vanilla bean
Chocolate peanut butter
The latter is ideal for adding to any meal as it has virtually no flavour.
Its price is around $30 per lb (at the time of writing), which is an average price for this type of supplement.
Protein Per Serving
Orgain protein powder will provide you with 21g of plant-based protein, 5-7g of fibre, and only 150 calories per serving.
Vega Protein Supplement
Great Amino Acid Profile
This protein powder contains nine different essential amino acids from pea, pumpkin seed, and sunflower seed protein powders.
Enhances Muscle Recovery
With ingredients such as turmeric extract and a broad CFU probiotic profile, it enhances muscle recovery after a hard workout.
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This protein powder costs between $36 and $52 per lb, depending on the flavour.
The price is a little above average for this kind of product.
Protein Per Serving
Vega is a multisource plant-based protein blend that offers 20 grams of protein per serving.
Garden of Life Protein Supplement
An Organic & Natural Protein Supplement
This protein supplement provides germinated protein with organic raw materials and live probiotics.
This protein is easily digested and also has several tasty options to choose.
Rich Micronutrient Profile
Being dairy-free and vegan, it contains essential amino acids and added vitamins and enzymes that are fat-soluble and come from natural foods.
This protein powder contains only protein in the form of organic pea, organic chia, organic flax, organic cranberry seed, and amino acids.
It is also sugar-free and contains no significant amounts of carbohydrates.
This protein powder costs $30-39 per lb.
Protein Per Serving
Each serving provides 15 grams of protein.
Which One Should You Get?
So which one of these supplements should you get?
Below I have compiled some comparisons between them.
Which One Tastes Better?
In terms of taste, I am going to agree with Fitlifefanatics that the winner is: Orgain chocolate peanut butter flavour.
However, the other two proteins on the list also taste decently good, especially Vega's selection of protein powders.
Which Is Richer in Nutritional Value?
In this case, Orgain would retake the lead, as many different plant-based protein sources provide you with a complete amino acid profile when consuming it.
It's work to remark the high amount of probiotics that Garden of Life's product can offer to us. That said, Orgain is still the one that offers more nutritional value per serving.
Which One Is Better for Building Muscle?
From a pure number standpoint, Orgain would also take the lead here. It does offer one more protein gram per serving than Vega does.
Though, protein per serving is not the only thing that matters when it comes to which protein will be the most useful. If you don't like the taste of your protein powder, you're most probably not be able to take it for a long time.
The same thing goes if one of these products upsets your stomach. Many people try to fight against this, arguing that they'll "get used to it".
The smartest choice, in this case, is to switch to another product and see if it suits your stomach better.
Which One Is Better for Losing Weight?
Protein powder, in general, is excellent for losing weight. In most products we can find in the market, protein is responsible for the most calorific content per serving.
When you're losing weight, you're aiming to ingest as few calories as possible while still covering your energetic needs.
In this opportunity, Garden of Life takes the lead! It offers almost half the calories per serving compared to Orgain and around 35% less than Vega's.
So, if you're trying to burn some fat while keeping your muscle mass, go for Garden of Life's protein powder.
Further Reading: Protein, Its Thermic Effect & Losing Weight
Which One Has the Best Value for Money?
This is a difficult one. As we know, the three products listed offer different nutritional benefits.
While Orgain's may be best for building muscle mass (by a slight difference, compared to Vega's), Garden of Life is better for the sake of fat loss.
This one will depend on what you're trying to achieve and which one your body responds best.
In our opinion, Orgain has the best flavour. It's also considerably cheaper than Vega while still offering more nutritional value than both of them; I'll pick Orgain as the winner.
Which Do I Recommend?
After this war, everyone may have picked their winner.
My personal favourite is still Orgain's, but, as I'm not trying to sell you any of these products, I recommend you to try all three and see what's the one you like the best!
If you're going after muscle growth, I'd start by trying Orgain's. If fat loss is what you chase, go with Garden of Life's first.
And if you're up for spending a few more bucks and potentially finding a more versatile powder, go for Vega's.
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