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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.

Phyto Protein:
  • 86% Bio-available Protein
  • Low Cabohydrate Level 0.1%
  • Gluten Free
  • Low Allergenic
  • HACCP Certified
  • Low in Anti-Nutritional Factors
  • High Tolerance
  • 100% Vegetable Origin
  • Balanced Amino Acid profile
  • GM Free
  • Lactose Free
  • 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)


BSc Nitrovol   Vital Greens Phyto Protein
Nutritional Facts (per 100 gram)
Calories 370.3   351
Protein 43.58g    86g
Carbohydrates 43.39g   0.1g
Dietary Fibre 0g   2.3g
Fat 2.48g   1g
Essential Amino Acids
Isoleucine 2276mg   4700mg
Leucine 4348mg   8700mg
Lysine 3707mg   7700mg
Methionine 861mg   1200mg
Phenylalanine 1217mg   5600mg
Threonine 2651mg   3900mg
Tryptophan 744mg   1000mg
Valine 2418mg   5200mg
Non Essential Amino Acids
Histidine 820mg   2700mg
Alanine 2043mg   4400mg
Arginine 1146mg   9100mg
Aspartic Acid 3981mg   12,500mg
Cysteine 874mg   1100mg
Glutamic Acid 4931mg   20,300mg
Proline 2028mg   4400mg
Serine 2055mg   5600mg
Tyrosin 1401mg   3900mg
Price* AU$45.00 1kg   AU$69.85 1kg

*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!

To your good health!
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