Vegan protein comparison

09 Sep 2020

Not all proteins are created equal - this is true factually and figuratively.

I recently read Daniel Austin's excellent The Way of the Vegan Meathead, which gives an excellent overview of how to eat a vegan diet specialised for weight-lifting, and with a specific focus on powerlifting.

One of the most interesting sections was one which the author's note on the inside cover had highlighted would be probably less useful in Ireland and Europe more generally - a comparison of protein powders on a very basic level. The two primary factors of interest in a powder are the calories required to gain the requisite amount of protein, and the cost of the protein itself. Given that many lifters will buy large amounts of protein regularly, these two factors are highly important. To this end, I've done a similar comparison to the one in Austin's book for powders that are readily available in Ireland. I may expand this list as other brands become available, or even to other non-powder vegan protein sources if I have the time.

All nutritional information in this table is per 100 grams. MyP means MyProtein, OptNut means Optimum Nutrition, Bulk means Bulk Powders.

Brand Calories Fat Carbs Protein Fibre Price per KG Flavour Calories per g protein Price per g protein Notes
MyP Pea isolate unflavoured 388 5.5 2.6 80 - €10.31 NO 4.85 0.01
MyP Soy isolate 360 1.5 1.8 90 - €15.74 YES 4.00 0.02 Avoid unflavoured at all costs
Bulk Soya Isolate 378 3.3 1 91 0 €15.99 NO 4.15 0.02
Bulk Super Pea 395 6 3 80 1 €14.99 NO 4.94 0.02
MyP Pea isolate 388 5.5 2.6 80 - €17.99 YES 4.85 0.02
Applied Nutrition Vegan Pro 355 2.87 6.5 82 1.1 €19.02 YES 4.33 0.02 Price approximated from 2.1KG package
MyP Brown Rice 423 2.1 3.8 78 - €20.18 NO 5.42 0.03
MyP Vegan Protein Blend 366 1.8 14 73 0.5 €22.07 YES 5.01 0.03 Some flavours more expensive
Bulk Brown Rice 397 3.5 3.8 80 3.8 €24.99 NO 4.96 0.03
TheProteinWorks vegan 368 2.5 1.9 83.5 - €35.99 YES 4.41 0.04
USN 100% Plant Based 413 8.67 5 76.67 - €33.32 YES 5.39 0.04 Price approximated from 900g package
Bulk Protein blend 371 6.1 10.3 66.5 6.6 €32.99 YES 5.58 0.05
OptNut Plant 397 6.1 13 68 2.5 €36.47 YES 5.84 0.05 Available only in 684g package - price approximated
Reflex Plant Based 354 5.5 3.5 70 5 €39.98 YES 5.06 0.06 Price approximated from 600g package
Vega Clean 401 5.9 8.8 75 6.5 €43.41 YES 5.35 0.06 Available only in 518g package. Price includes Holland and Barrett discount
Bulk Hemp 370 12.6 15.3 47 21 €27.99 NO 7.87 0.06
Bulk Organic Pumpkin 407 11 3 58 16 €34.99 NO 7.02 0.06
Vega Essentials 402 10 14 60.2 11.3 €38.36 YES 6.68 0.06 Available only in 684g package - price approximated. Price includes Holland and Barrett discount
Nuzest clean lean 360 1.48 2.52 84 2.3 €54.99 YES 4.29 0.07
Sunwarrior Chocolate 400 10 12 68 - €46.65 YES 5.88 0.07 Price approximated from 750g package.
Plantforce synergy 366 6.6 5.9 66 8 €49.93 YES 5.55 0.08 Price approximated from 900g package

When I say avoid unflavoured isolates, I really mean it. They are some of the worst things imaginable. Thanks to Daniel Austin's aforementioned book for the inspiration to do this comparison.

Changelog

  • 2020-09-10: Added Sunwarrior, USN, Nuzest, Plantforce products.

Published on 09 Sep 2020