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REVIEW OF VEGAN PROTEIN POWDERS 2023 // MUST WATCH BEFORE YOU BUY!

These days, there are so many vegan protein powder options out there that it’s nearly impossible to choose one. As you probably already know, not every vegan protein powder is created equal. Just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it’s a great choice. Let’s be honest: many of them taste absolutely horrendous; others might taste good but be filled with textures, additives, colorings, and artificial flavors that you should be avoiding.


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best vegan protein powder 2023


What makes a protein powder great?


To me, it’s fairly simple. It has to have a clean label, and it has to taste good. While taste is pretty subjective, there are some factors to consider, such as: (1) Does the powder fully dissolve in the water or milk? (2) Is it smooth or grainy? (3) Does it have an unpleasant aftertaste?—these are questions that most of us agree are important. By "clean label," I mean quality ingredients, few ingredients, no additives, texturizes, etc., no or very low saturated fat, low or no added sugars, and a good protein-to-calorie ratio.


Method


First, I conducted some research on existing comparisons of vegan protein powders, after which I determined those with the highest quality and those that are relatively new on the market and readily available in stores.

I started with a blind taste test, meaning I tasted them without analyzing the labels and ingredients. Then, I carefully checked the brands, the macronutrients, and the ingredient lists.

Watch the YouTube video for the full analysis, but here’s a brief summary.


 

Overview of results



Rice protein, sugar-free


Auri had a deep, developed chocolate flavor that was a very pleasant surprise, but the texture was grainy, and it definitely had an unpleasant aftertaste. The label is okay—not great, though. I don’t want to see thickeners, anti-caking agents, and things like that in my healthy supplement.

Purasana Vegan Protein

Ingredients:

Rice protein, cocoa powder, flavoring, xanthan gum thickener, silicon dioxide anti-caking agent, steviol glycosides, dry inactive yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae).


Nutritional Information


Serving size (30 g)

Energy: 102 kcal

Fat: 0.8 g;

Carbohydrates 2.5 g

Proteins 21 g


Protein/100g: 70 g



Pea and rice protein isolate, no added sugar


The Gold Nutrition V-Protein had a very good taste! I honestly didn’t expect it. The vanilla-flavored powder tasted like a very smooth and nice vanilla pudding. The hazelnut was great too, although you have to love hazelnut because the flavor is really there. It also has a very clean label, great ingredients, and no added sugar.


Gold Nutrition - V-Protein - vanilla

Ingredients:

Pea Protein Isolate, Rice Protein Concentrate, Flavourings, Himalayan Salt, Sweetener (Sucralose). May contain traces of gluten, milk, tree nuts, sesame and sulphites.


Nutritional Information


Serving size (24 g)

Energy: 94 kcal

Fat: 2.3 g;

Carbohydrates 0.6 g

Proteins 19 g


Protein/100g: 80 g




Pea and yeast protein, no added sugar


The Bettery brand is very popular, at least in Portugal. I saw gyms and many stores using it or selling it. No wonder why! The taste is amazing; I can’t find fault in that, but when I had a look at the nutrition label, I was disappointed. It has a lot more unwanted ingredients than other brands.



bettery plant protein strawberry

Ingredients:

Pea protein isolate, flavoring, branched chain amino acids ((L-leucine, L-isoleucine, L-valine), emulsifier (E322 - sunflower lecithin)), yeast extract, thickener (E-466 - sodium carboxymethylcellulose), salt, antioxidant (E330 - citric acid), sweetener (E-955 - sucralose), colorant (E160a - carotenes), DigeZyme® (enzyme complex - amylase, protease, lactase, lipase, cellulase).


Nutritional Information

Serving size (32 g)

Energy: 132 kcal

Fat: 2.4 g;

Carbohydrates 1.3 g

Proteins 26 g


Protein/100g: 81 g


Pea protein isolate, for recovery


Similarly to the strawberry protein powder from Bettery, this one had a great taste too, but the ingredients list doesn’t look good. Also, note that this is lower in protein and higher in carbohydrates and overall calories than the other protein powders because it’s a recovery shake.



bettery recovery plant protein chocolate-banana

Ingredients:

Maltodextrin, Pea protein isolate, Fructose, Flavouring, Fat reduced cocoa powder, Creatine, Yeast extract, L-Leucine, Thickener [E466], Pomegranate seed extract, Flaxseed powder, Tart cherry, Vitamin and mineral complex, Salt, Turmeric rhizome extract, Fermented branched-chain amino acids from natural plant source 4:1:1 L-leucine, L-isoleucine, L-valine, emulsifier [E322], Sweetener [E955], Digezyme [Enzyme complex: amylase, protease, lactase, lipase, cellulase.].


Nutritional Information

Serving size (60 g)

Energy: 212 kcal

Fat: 2.2 g;

Carbohydrates 31 g

Of which sugars (12 g)

Proteins 15 g


Protein/100g: 25 g



Soy protein isolate


I couldn’t find this one at the store, unfortunately, but I wanted to include it in the list because most of the vegan protein powders have pea protein in them, and I really wanted to bring a brand that has no pea. They have so many different flavors that are super exciting, but I don’t know how they taste in reality. The label is clean, but my problem is that it was made in a facility that also handles milk, which can be disastrous if someone has a strong allergic reaction.



MyVegan Soy protein isolate

Ingredients:

Soya Protein Isolate (90%), Flavouring, Natural Flavouring, Salt, Colour (Ammonia Caramel), Sweetener (Sucralose).

Produced in a facility which also handles milk.


Nutritional Information

Serving size (30 g)

Energy: 110 kcal

Fat: 0.5 g;

Carbohydrates 2.5 g

Proteins 24 g


Protein/100g: 80 g


 

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The Winner?


Gold Nutrition’s vanilla-favored V-protein came out on top. It not only tasted and felt great, but it also had a clean label.

Head to my YouTube channel to see more data and a comparison of the protein powders. I hope you found this useful!


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