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What's the difference between Vega Clean Protein and Whey Protein?

By Elizabeth Jarrard on December 15, 2015, categorized in Endurance, Strength + Conditioning

What's the difference between Vega Clean Protein and Whey Protein?

Before you swap out that old tub of whey protein for a plant-based protein (like Vega Clean Protein), you probably have some key questions about how they’re different. Now you can make gains by building and repairing strong muscles with confidence—and without compromise. Plant-based protein blends can have what you need (a similar amino acid profile to  whey), without anything you don’t want.

What Exactly is Clean?

Depending on who you ask, clean could mean a many different things. Usually it’s defined as food in its most natural state—without additives. To some people that might mean a flavorless baked chicken breast with no oil or seasonings. To others, it means a satisfying plant-based meal of rice, beans, and steamed vegetables. No matter what foods you might call clean, we can all agree that it’s food that doesn’t have crap you don’t want in it.

At Vega, clean means:

  • No artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners
  • No GMO ingredients (Non-GMO Project verified)
  • Made without dairy or soy ingredients
  • Gluten-free (less than 20ppm)

Vega Clean Protein is a premium plant-based protein, which means that (unlike some whey protein from US cows), there are no growth hormones or antibiotics to worry about, either.


Protein with Confidence—and without Compromise: Equivalent Amino Acid Profiles between Vega Clean Protein and Whey

A 35 gram scoop of Vega Clean Protein has 25 grams of premium plant-based protein with 4 grams each of BCAAs (branched chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine) and glutamine. Many 100% whey proteins are about a 31 gram scoop with 24 grams protein, 5.5 grams BCAAs and 4 grams BCAAs. When you compare a scoop that has 25 grams of protein between Vega Clean Protein and a leading 100% whey, you’ll see that they have similar amino acid profiles:


Vega Clean Protein


100% Whey


Alanine 1071 1450
Arginine 2790 800
Aspartic Acid 2133 3130
Cystine 234 650
Glutamine 4050 3130
Glycine 1008 560
Histidine 612 480
Isoleucine 1170 1780
Leucine 2025 2910
Lysine 1881 2640
Methionine 297 600
Phenylalanine 1341 940
Proline 1089 1680
Serine 1242 1420
Threonine 927 1910
Tryptophan 261 570
Tyrosine 936 870
Valine 1260 1610
Total grams per serving: 25 26

(Numbers bolded highlight which amino acids are higher in Vega Clean Protein compared to 100% whey).


You Want to Adventure on a Healthy Planet—Luckily Plant-based Proteins are More Sustainable than Whey

There’s a lot of adventure to be had on this planet of ours. You want to be cliff diving on the Pacific Coast, and hiking around the world for years to come. So you may be recycling, bringing a reusable shopping bag to the grocery store, and biking or ride-sharing to reduce your carbon footprint. The foods you eat also have a large impact on the Earth’s health.

You might be surprised to learn that plant-based proteins take fewer resources—energy, water, fuel—to produce than animal-based proteins. Not only do they take fewer resources, but they also have fewer planet-damaging emissions. Shockingly, the global dairy sector contributes 4% to the total global human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS (2010). Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Dairy Sector. http://www.fao.org/docrep/012/k7930e/k7930e00.pdf  As a byproduct of the dairy industry, whey uses more water, energy and fuel to produce than plant-based proteins—while emitting more greenhouse gases. Yes, all it takes is switching from whey to a plant-based protein to reduce your carbon footprint—so Mother Nature can be explored for many years to come.

With clean fuel, you’ll be ready for anything life throws your way. Ready to give Vega Clean Protein a try?  Start here.


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Elizabeth Jarrard

Elizabeth Jarrard is a registered dietitian in Denver, CO who specializes in medical nutrition therapy and plant-based nutrition. She educates clients and consumers on how to optimize their health through nutrition.
Elizabeth Jarrard

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