Sunday, December 19, 2010
Garden Of Life VS Vega
Lately I have been trying different supplements to boost protein and other nutrients a bit. The two I have tried so far are Garden of Life Beyond Organic Meal Replacement and Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer I like the overall taste, variety of flavors, and consistancy of Vega better, though Garden Of Life seems to provide more nutrients. GOL contains a higher protein level, 33g, Vega 26g, also GOL has higher B12 levels 12mcg, Vega 6mcg, while Vega provides EFA omega 3-6, and GOL does not list EFA information, if their product contains it at all. Both are vegan, gluten free, soy free, and free from other common allergens. Both products provide about 15 servings per container, if you have the larger Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer at least. Price is something to consider as well, if you go to Whole Foods or other stores, you can expect to pay $75 for the large container, though ordering from Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe you can pay anywhere from $60-$65, depending on quantity ordered. GOLBOMR you can get at Whole Foods as well for about $55, or you can go to The Vitamin Shoppe and pay $41.22. This is a big price difference, and depending on your use, it can depend how much you spend on a monthly basis. Both worked equally on my energy and overall performance level while using them, granted a month long trial isn't very long to see overall results to compare the two fairly. One benefit I have found is the reduced amount of soy in my diet, though I still consume some tofu and tempeh, it is always good to have another source of protein in my diet. Even with eating other beans and nuts on a regular basis, it is not good to rely on one type of food for a particular nutrient, variety is much better for everyone. I encourage you to try both and see what you think, I will continue using them and hopefully have a better update in the future.