One Scoop or Two? A Nutritionist’s Comparison of Vega One vs. Whole Food Health Optimizer

by blog optimumhealthvitamins on April 26, 2013
This article was written by Emma  Cutfield, BA, RHN and product educator for VEGA. It is a guest blog article to the OptiBlog. 


Vega One represents the third generation in the progression of Vega’s “all-in-one” nutritional shake. Called Whole Food Health Optimizer in its most recent second generation formula, the new Vega One delivers a superior nutritional profile in a one-scoop complete serving that’s more easily digested, and tastes better than ever.

Why did Vega move to a one-scoop serving? The drive stems from Vega’s passionate fans and users, whothrough extended dialogue and market researchrevealed an overwhelming preference for using just one scoop of Whole Food Health Optimizer. Vega One incorporates this feedback in its more palatable formula, offering a slightly larger scoop (bigger by about 6 g) that leaves room for a superior nutritional profile in the one scoop serving compared to the profile of a single scoop (half a serving) of Whole Food Health Optimizer.

If the original Whole Food Health Optimizer serving was simply halved (to one 30 g scoop, from the full two-scoop, 60 g serving), the nutritional profile didn’t include enough of the food-based factors—such as protein, greens and essential fatsto make a well-rounded, nutritionally-balanced supplement. Formulation improvements for Vega One were made specifically to address this concern, not only creating a well-rounded nutrition profile, but also improving the quality for several key ingredients.

Vega One has double the amount of probiotics and digestive enzymes per scoop—helping to facilitate the breakdown of nutrients during digestion, allowing for better absorption to give you higher net-gain nutrition. Vega One also includes improved sources of antioxidant-rich superfruits, a better quality vitamin and mineral supplement, and additional protein and chia seeds.

Scoop-to-scoop, levels of two supplementsmaca and chlorellahave been reduced in Vega One (250 mg less maca, and 750 mg less chlorella per scoop). However, reducing chlorella was a conscious exchange, broadening the greens base to include chlorophyll-rich, vegetable greens such as kale, spinach and broccoli. This allows Vega One to have a more neutral taste profile, while still optimizing the total servings of greens (three in every scoop of Vega One).

It’s true that original and reformulated product comparisons can be made on a scoop-to-scoop basis, or on a serving-to-serving basis. Howeverno matter how you make the comparisonon the important food-based nutritional factors, Vega One and Whole Food Health Optimizer are highly comparable. Even with a difference in serving volumes, the concentration of nutritional factors as a percent of the total serving for either formula is very similar. For example, protein remains 42% of overall serving volume. The same percent of total serving comparability holds true for Omega-3s, antioxidants, probiotics, and digestive enzymes.

Containing 50% of your recommended daily intake for vitamins and minerals is consistent across both one scoop of Vega One and one scoop of Whole Food Health Optimizer. For plant-based enthusiasts it can be challenging to ensure you obtain your complete daily intake through food alone; however, getting the bulk of your nutrition through food remains the preferable means for maintaining peak health. Vega One is a dietary supplement that offers a great way to get a boost when your dietary habits may not have covered all your nutritional bases.

Vega One is a significant taste and texture improvement over its predecessor, making it more accessible to people unwilling to sacrifice palatability for premium nutrition. Vega One’s taste and texture improvements were gained through the addition of smooth-tasting, easily blended SaviSeed protein, a greater proportion of neutral tasting (yet chlorophyll-rich) greens and improved quality for the vitamin and mineral complex.

Like Whole Food Health Optimizer, Vega One has no added sugar or sodium, and is—as always—dairy, gluten and soy free. Vega One is also exceptionally low glycemic (19.2); the minimal 2 to 3 g of naturally occurring sugars comes from the 1000 ORAC antioxidant superfruit blend, and natural flavors used to make Vega One taste great. Naturally occurring sodium comes from the pea protein in the formula.

If you’re a loyal fan of Whole Food Health Optimizer who’s been using the full two-scoop serving, you will likely find 1 scoop of Vega One’s new formula satisfying on its own, given the comparability of the nutrient concentration. It’s also okay to consume more than one serving in a day, or use additional powder in a shake, depending on your personal needs.


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