Protein is well establish in the sports nutrition category, but many consumers have difficulty digesting protein, so brands are now adding probiotics, enzymes and fiber to protein formulations to aid the digestibility of their products.
Vega Sport’s plant-based performance protein (sourced from pea, pumpkin seed, sunflower seed and alfalfa) includes 30 g of protein, 6 g of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), 6 g of glutamine, plus turmeric, tart cherry and probiotics. This post-workout product is non-genetically modified organism (GMO), gluten free and comes in chocolate.
MusclePharm Nature Sport’s Thrive all-purpose everyday build contains 25 g of plant-based (brown rice, pea isolate, Quinoasure quinoa) protein, 4 g of fiber, a probiotic blend (lactobacillus acidophilus [1.2 billion CFU], Bifidobacterium bifidum [550 million CFU] and Bifidobacterium lactis [550 million CFU]) and a digestive enzyme blend (Protease and Hemiseb®). The non-GMO formula has been banned-substance tested by Informed Choice.
Healthy Skoop’s plant-based protein is an all-in-one nutritional shake made with a protein blend (pea, rice and hemp), fiber blend (flax, Jerusalem artichoke and gum acacia), antioxidant blend (mangosteen, etc.), fruit and vegetable blend (spinach, broccoli, beet juice, strawberry, blackberry and raspberry) and a digestive blend (probiotics). Of interest to note is that the company uses an infographic on the label to explain the ingredients. Flavor is organic chocolate.
TRUProteins’s NutraWhey Grass Fed Whey Protein is a GMO-, hormone- and antibiotic-free whey protein concentrate with a digestive enzyme blend and the probiotic GanedenBC30. It is available in dark cocoa and has an excellent source of omega-3 alpha linolenic acid (ALA). TRUProteins’s Whey Protein Powder is made exclusively of whey protein isolate (WPI) that is lactose- and fat-free with probiotics to support protein utilization.
Nutrasumma reformulated its pea protein to be "fermented" to improve digestion/bioavailability. The protein is also non-GMO, dairy- and gluten-free, and vegetarian.