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Vega® Essentials

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I don’t like the taste of stevia. Will I like Vega Essentials?

We’ve added stevia to Vega® Essentials because it is our favorite sweetener. Stevia is plant-based and contains no calories, and we think it adds a delightfully sweet flavor to Vega Essentials and other Vega plant-based protein powders. If you can taste the stevia, try adding a squirt of lemon juice or a handful of dark leafy greens to your Vega Essentials smoothie. If you're particularly sensitive to the taste of stevia, some flavors of our smoothie products have less stevia than others. We recommend trying Vanilla Vega® Essentials.

What is the amino acid profile?

The amino acids in Vega Essentials aren’t added but rather are naturally occurring from the ingredients in the blend. We're happy to let you know that we use a multisource plant-based protein blend that offers 20 grams of protein (which has all essential amino acids) per serving. We understand reviewing specific amino acids is important to you so we’re happy to offer you the typical amino acid profile. This is the typical amino acid profile is calculated from supplier information for the Vanilla flavor of Vega Essentials. 

Typical amino acid profile per serving (grams): 

• Alanine 0.8
• Aspartic acid 2.32
• Arginine 1.7
• Cystine 0.2
• Glutamic acid 3.2
• Glycine 0.7
• Histidine 0.5
• Isoleucine 0.9
• Leucine 1.6
• Lysine 1.4
• Methionine 0.2
• Phenylalanine 1.0
• Proline 0.9
• Serine 1.0
• Thréonine 0.8
• Tryptophan 0.2
• Tyrosine 0.8
• Valine 1.0

Values are based on the US formulation and may vary between lot, flavor and country.

What are the vitamins and minerals in milligrams?

Each serving of Vega® Essentials has approximately: 

• 
Iron (mg) 4.5 
• Calcium (mg) 200 
• Vit C (mg) 27 
• Vit K (mcg) 30 
• Vit E (mg) 5 
• Thiamin (mg) 0.37 
• Riboflavin (mg) 0.42 
• Niacin (mg) 5 
• Vit B6 (mg) 0.5 

Values are based on the US formulation and may vary between lot, flavor and country.

When is the best time to eat Vega Essentials? Is Vega Essentials a meal replacement or a protein shake?

Vega® Essentials is a food—so you can enjoy it anytime you would eat other foods you love—at meals, snacks or anywhere in between. Check the Nutrition Facts Panel to ensure that it has the amounts of macro and micronutrients that you are looking for. Vega® Essentials is also a great way to eat more protein—it has 20 grams protein, as well as veggie and greens ingredients, 25% DV 13 vitamins and minerals, fiber, and Omega-3 ALA. Of course, even good things should be enjoyed in moderation and we suggest you enjoy Vega® Essentials as part of a balanced diet.

Can I take Vega Essentials while pregnant?

Great question! We get asked this fairly often by many new moms and parents who want to make sure they’re doing what is best for their babies. Our recommendation is to always check with your doctor or healthcare practitioner on whether or not you personally should use Vega® products while pregnant or breastfeeding. Your doctor has the full scope of your overall health and wellness goals so they will be a better judge in determining whether this is a time when you should be introducing a new food or supplement into your routine or continuing with your current intake.