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As a long time user and advocate of Vega's Whole Food Health Optimizer, I was hesitant about this "new kid on the block". Is Vega One really an improvement?
As a Nutritionist (and compulsive label reader) my priority is to understand the nutritional benefits, but also the points of difference between one product and another. My comparison of the changes in formulation are based on objective criteria, and actual quantitative differences. As you'll see (and soon taste) the benefits are overwhelming.
If we didn't change a single thing in the formulation of the Whole Food Health Optimizer, and simply halved the recommended serving size (to one, 30g scoop), we felt the nutritional profile was not up to our standards. There wasn't enough of the food based goodness! Not enough EFA's, protein, antioxidants and greens. Food is the foundation. We are extremely passionate about the quality of our product, and the effectiveness for our consumers, so we wanted to formulate an all in one drink that reflected a superior nutritional profile, for a convenient, palatable, one scoop serving size.
One of the first points of difference is in the recommended serving size. Instead of two scoops, we now recommend one. One scoop used to be (apx) 30g of product, it is now (apx) 45g.
In terms of ingredients, the extra 15g per scoop has allowed us to add nutrients. Our sources for the original ingredients remain the same, and our added ingredients include Savi Seed protein, new antioxidant rich fruits for the mixed berry complex, and chia seeds. Sure, there is 250mg less Maca per scoop, and 750mg less chlorella per scoop, however the increase in the overall green content in addition to the other nutritional factors creates a greater net benefit.
Overall, per scoop increases include: protein (now 15g), greens (3 servings now includes more than just chlorella, it also has kale, brocolli, spinach and alfalfa), probiotics and enzymes (equivalent to what 2 scoops of Health Optimizer contained), and more omega 3 EFA's (thanks to the chia seed).
The vitamin and mineral complex is a nice component of the drink. 50% of your RDI is the same % for both one scoop of Vega One and one scoop of Health Optimizer, nothing's changed there. For plant based enthusiasts it can be challenging to ensure you obtain your complete daily intake through food alone, however it remains the preferable means. So using Vega One as a dietary supplement is a great way to get a boost, when our dietary habits may not have covered all bases. We love encouraging people to create balanced meals in addition to their daily Vega. Simply put, food is the foundation.
Vega One tubs now contain 20 servings (compared to 15 before). While the overall grams of each serving is smaller, so is the cost. Having a daily serving is now more accessible.
Price aside, the taste is also more accessible. This reflects the added smooth tasting & easily blended Savi Seed protein, the natural flavors in the mixed berry complex, and a greater proportion of neutral tasting (yet chlorophyll rich) greens. There remains no added sugar or sodium.
Vega One is a reflection of our commitment to formulating the cleanest, best tasting, plant based, all-in-one, "secret weapon". I have no doubt you will enjoy continued, optimal health with the new formulation, and if not, call us & email us at Vega HQ, we ultimately make changes for you, the consumers. Your feedback is always valued.