Vital Greens "Phyto Protein" - A Healthy Non Artificial Additives Protein Powder
Posted May 12 2010 2:45am
With so many protein powders on the market, and so many people (including myself I must admit) not taking the time to look for a really natural and healthy alternative to the "name brand" products, I wanted to go in search of a natural alternative.
The main reason behind this was that all of the known brands of protein powders contain artificial sweeteners and these artificial sweeteners (food additives) that are in so many of the products we are consuming every day are just not good for us at all. Many of them are known to cause adverse reactions and a classic case in point are the 2 included in the Body Science "Nitrovol" Product - artificial sweeteners 952 Sodium Cyclamate, and 954 Sodium Saccharine.
So we went in search of a healthy alternative...a product that was going to deliver bioavailable protein, in an easily digestible form that would not cause upset stomachs (quite common for those using a protein powder supplement), and one that had a very good and complete amino acid complex included. After some digging around we have found a product that met with our requirements, and we are pleased to be able to share it with the subscribers, and visitors of Thrive Healthy Living.
Vital Greens "Phyto Protein" is a range of pea protein isolates extracted from golden peas by a natural process to ensure maximum bio-availability. Let's take a look at what this product is able to deliver for us, and a look at a side by side comparison with the "Nitrovol" product.
86% Bio-available Protein
Low Cabohydrate Level 0.1%
Low in Anti-Nutritional Factors
100% Vegetable Origin
Balanced Amino Acid profile
Not deposited in the body as fat
Rich in valuable Amino Acids for weight control,
Sports or Medicinal purposes
High Digestibility (98%)
Amino Acid Score 0.9 (norm FAO 1991)
High Alkalinity level (ph 7.5)
Vital Greens Phyto Protein
Nutritional Facts (per 100 gram)
Essential Amino Acids
Non Essential Amino Acids
*For the price comparison I have used full retail price for fair comparison although I did find the "Phyto Protein" available online at 20% off making it $50.87 for the 1kg making it a very interesting proposition indeed when you consider that the "Phyto Protein" delivers twice the protein per 100 grams at 86 grams.
Given that most females will not require more than 20-25 grams of protein in a serving and most males will require a maximum of 40 grams per serving, it works out to be rather cost effective using the "Phyto Protein" product as well as being far better for you!
Of course in fairness you are also paying for the other ingredients in the "Nitrovol" product - Glutamine, Creatine, Glycine, and Taurine and therefore you would expect to pay a little more for the inclusion of these.
My recommendation - try the "Phyto Protein" and purchase the Glutamine and Creatine separately if you are training heavy and hard enough to require them.
I am impressed by the nutritional breakdown of this product and look forward to testing it myself and with my good mate Darren who has a background in bodybuilding and can provide some interesting and useful feedback for those who are more serious about their "hardcore" training!