Protein products are popular. They made Expo West trends lists in both supplements and functional food categories, and of course, they find their way on the sports nutrition trends list with their ability to build muscle and aid recovery.
Vegetarian protein products were a clear leader with rice, hemp, pea and quinoa all making a popular showing at Expo West.
NOW Foods’ new Plant Protein Complex contains a combination of plant-based non-GMO (genetically modified organisim) protein from pea, brown rice, hemp and quinoa. Each one-scoop serving provides 22 g of protein, with about 3,900 mg of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) and 1,800 mg of L-arginine. It’s naturally sweetened with BetterStevia® and xylitol.
New NOW® Sports Organic Pea Protein is a non-GMO vegetable protein isolate derived from yellow peas, with 15 g of protein per serving. The product is unflavored and designed to be mixed into beverages.
TwinLab’s CleanSeries Veggie Protein is Vegan.org certified and formulated with protein from yellow peas, sprouted brown rice and chlorella, along with black chia seeds for added texture. It’s available in Chocolate and Vanilla varieties. It’s non GMO and NSF for Sport® certified.
Vega’s Vega Sport protein has been reformulated with a non-GMO certification and twice the amount of greens as the previous forumla. It contains 25 g of protein per serving from sprouted whole-grain brown rice, pea, alfalfa and omega-3s from SaviSeed. It also features 500 mg of glutamine, an amino acid that helps repair and build muscle cells after exercise. The company introduced Mocha as a new flavor, but other varieties include Acai Berry, Lemon-Lime and Tropical. The product is gluten free and Informed Choice certified.
North American Herb and Spice’s Nutri-Sense Raw Vegan Protein Powder contains sprouted brown rice protein, hemp protein, vanilla and yacon root. It’s zero glycemic, and contains no soy, lysine, dairy or gluten.
Sun Warrior’s New Classic Plus Protein contains brown rice protein in a gluten free, dairy free and soy free powder. One serving has 15 g of protein. Varieties include Vanilla, Chocolate and natural (with no flavoring).
Sun Warrior’s Warrior Blend combines hemp rice, pea and cranberry protein. It is raw, vegan and contains a complete amino acid profile.
Source Naturals’ Vegantein is a non-GMO complete pea and rice protein powder.
Olympian Labs’ Pea Protein features 25 g of protein from pea; the product is non GMO, and gluten, soy and dairy free.
HempMeds’ Hemp protein is organic with added proteolytic enzymes to assist breakdown and absorption of the protein. The non-GMO product contains 15 g of protein per serving.
Compares the science behind different proteins such as whey and soy, in addition to up-and-coming sources in INSIDER’s Digital Issue “Examining Popular Forms of Protein.”