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VEGAMN: Plant-Powered Protein Powder

August 12, 2021

VEGAMN: Plant-Powered Protein Powder

Protein is one of the three macronutrients (along with fats and carbohydrates) that’s essential for health and performance. Regardless of your age, gender, physical activity level, or diet, consuming an adequate amount of protein on a daily basis is crucial.

Proteins take on various roles in the body, including:

  • Repairing damaged muscle tissue
  • Transporting molecules throughout the body
  • Promoting the growth of new tissue
  • Protecting against harmful pathogens

Proteins are made up of individual amino acids that are linked together in a specific sequence to form a long chain. There are 20 amino acids that exist, yet only nine of which are considered to be essential. In other words, your body cannot synthesize them, so the nine essential amino acids (EAAs) must be supplied through diet and/or supplementation.

The nine amino acids that are deemed essential includes:

  • Leucine*
  • Isoleucine*
  • Valine*
  • Methionine
  • Lysine
  • Threonine
  • Histidine
  • Tryptophan
  • Phenylalanine

*Leucine, isoleucine, and valine are also classified as branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) and play a significant role in activating muscle protein synthesis.

Complete vs Incomplete Protein Sources

Foods that contain adequate amounts of all nine essential amino acids are considered to be complete, which primarily include animal-based protein sources, such as:

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Pork
  • Turkey
  • Fish

On the other hand, the majority of plants are considered to be incomplete protein sources because they don't contain a sufficient amount of one or more essential amino acids. Therefore, if you’re following a plant-based diet (i.e. vegan, vegetarian, etc.), it’s important to combine protein sources to create a complete protein source.

Here are some foods that are commonly paired together:

  • Legumes & grains
  • Veggies & grains
  • Nuts/seeds & grains

The only plants that are classified as complete protein sources include:

  • Quinoa
  • Soy
  • Buckwheat
  • Tempeh
  • Chia seeds

Needless to say, regardless of whether you’re following a plant based diet or not, it’s important to be conscious of where the protein is coming from, in addition to your daily total intake.

How much protein is enough?

For most active individuals, consuming anywhere between 0.8 to 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight is recommended for optimal health, performance, and recovery.[1] So if you weigh 200 lbs, you should aim to consume ~200 grams of protein per day.

As you can imagine, getting enough protein from whole-food sources alone is quite challenging, especially for vegans and vegetarians. That's where a high quality protein powder, such as VEGAMN, comes in extremely handy!

VEGAMN 101

VEGAMN is a naturally flavored and sweetened plant-based protein powder that’s gluten-free, soy-free, lactose-free, and of course, vegan-friendly. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or sensitive to lactose, soy, or gluten, VEGAMN can be used anytime of the day to help you reach your daily protein needs.

VEGAMN combines pea protein and brown rice protein to yield 20 grams of complete protein. Not to mention, VEGAMN contains 50 milligrams of DigeSEB™, a comprehensive digestive enzyme blend that helps improve the digestion and absorption of nutrients.

VEGAMN has an impressive ingredient and macronutrient profile, but its taste, texture, and mix-ability are even better! While the majority of plant-based protein powders have a gritty texture, bland taste, and poor mix-ability, VEGAMN is smooth, flavorful, and mixes effortlessly. What’s more, VEGAMN is phenomenal for baking, which makes it easy to incorporate more protein into your diet without even knowing it.

Keep reading to learn more about VEGAMN!

Supplement Facts

Here’s what every serving of VEGAMN contains:

  • Calories: 100
  • Protein: 20 grams
  • Fat: 2 grams
  • Carbohydrate: 1 gram

*Keep in mind that VEGMAN’s macronutrient profile may vary slightly from flavor to flavor.

As you can see, VEGAMN is an incredibly clean protein powder with very minimal carbs and fats, zero sugar, and 20 grams of protein!

Adding in 1-2 scoops of VEGAMN will significantly help increase your daily protein intake without going overboard on the fats, carbs, or calories. Each bottle of VEGAMN contains approximately 30 servings, which is more than most plant-protein powders on the market.

Ingredients

Now that you know what VEGAMN contains, let’s dive deeper into its ingredients!

Pea Protein

Pea protein is a high-quality protein source that’s hypoallergenic and naturally rich in branched-chain amino acids and essential amino acids. Pea protein is particularly high in leucine, isoleucine, and valine, which are crucial for maximizing muscle protein synthesis.[2,3]

Moreover, pea protein contains a good amount of arginine, a precursor to nitric oxide that promotes blood flow.[2,3] Pea protein is also rich in iron, an essential mineral that’s needed for several bodily functions, most notably, hemoglobin production.[2,3] Pea protein blends well with liquid and doesn’t have a gritty texture like other plant protein sources.

Brown Rice Protein

Since pea protein is relatively low in the essential amino acid methionine, we use brown rice protein to make up for it. Similar to pea protein, brown rice protein is a high-quality protein source that’s also hypoallergenic, easily digestible, and fast absorbing.[4,5]

Even though brown rice protein is not a complete protein source, it’s rich in essential amino acids, which are required for optimal muscle growth, recovery, and repair.[4,5] Therefore, combining brown rice protein with pea protein results in a complete amino acid profile.

DigeSEB™

DigeSEB™ is a proven and effective enzyme blend developed by Specialty Enzyme & Probiotics. DigeSEB™ is included in VEGAMN to enhance the digestion and absorption of the entire formula. Digestive enzymes are essential for digestive health and supplementing with them can reduce the risk of gastrointestinal issues, such as gas, bloating, and heartburn.[6]

Here’s an overview of the enzymes included in DigeSEB™:

  • Amylases - breaks down starches (complex carbohydrates)
  • Lactase - breaks down lactose (milk sugars)
  • Proteases - breaks down protein
  • Lipase - breaks down lipids (fats)
  • Cellulase - breaks down cellulose (a polysaccharide in plants)[6]

Other Ingredients*

The following ingredients are used in small amounts to improve either the flavor, texture, mix-ability, or consistency of VEGAMN:

  • Natural flavors
  • Gum blend (acacia, guar gum, & xanthan gum) - thickening agent
  • Stevia leaf extract - natural sweetener
  • Monk fruit extract - natural sweetener
  • Sunflower lecithin - improves mix-ability and consistency
  • Sodium chloride - flavor enhancer & natural preservative

*Keep in mind that this list may vary slightly depending on the flavor. For example, Peanut Butter Banana VEGAMN contains peanut flour, whereas the other flavors do not.

Flavors

VEGAMN is available in four delicious flavors, including:

  • Peanut Butter Banana
  • Strawberry
  • Chocolate Caramel
  • Cinnamon Roll

Keep reading to learn more about each flavor!

Peanut Butter Banana

There’s nothing quite like the combination of peanut butter and banana. It’s sweet, salty, and downright delicious. If you enjoy the classic peanut butter and banana sandwich, then you’re going to love this flavor. Peanut Butter Banana VEGAMN is perfect for smoothies, shakes, and baking!

Strawberry

Strawberry VEGAMN is like drinking a refreshing strawberry milkshake, without the unwanted sugar, fat, or carbohydrates. Since the majority of strawberry flavored protein powders are extremely artificial, we stuck to natural flavors and sweeteners to deliver a true natural strawberry flavor.

Chocolate Caramel

When you hear chocolate caramel, the first thing that people think of are candy bars, not a vegan protein powder. Making plants taste like chocolate caramel is no easy task, but somehow we were able to accomplish that with VEGAMN! The next time that you’re craving something sweet, put down the candy bar and pick up a bottle of Chocolate Caramel VEGAMN.

Cinnamon Roll

Freshly baked cinnamon rolls are one of life’s simple pleasures. However, cinnamon rolls are notoriously high in sugar, fat, and carbohydrates, and severely lack in the protein department. Fortunately, with this flavor of VEGAMN you can still enjoy the taste of cinnamon rolls while staying on track with your health and fitness goals. It’s the best of both worlds!

Suggested Use

As a general recommendation, add one scoop (~27.8 grams) of VEGAMN to 8-10 ounces of cold water, milk, or milk substitute (i.e. almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, etc.). For optimal results, consume at least one serving of VEGAMN within 20-30 minutes after your workout.

Although consuming protein powder as a shake is the most common, there are several ways to incorporate VEGAMN into your diet.

Here are a few ways to use VEGAMN:

  • Combine VEGAMN with frozen fruit and almond milk to create a nutritious smoothie
  • Mix 1-2 scoops of VEGAMN into your oatmeal, cream of rice, yogurt, or cereal
  • Add VEGAMN to your favorite baking recipes (i.e. pancakes, french toast, muffins, etc.)
  • Make a protein pudding by adding a small amount of liquid to one scoop of VEGAMN

The are endless ways to use VEGAMN so get creative with it and have fun!

For more ideas on how to use VEGAMN, check out our recipe blogs:

VEGAMN: The Superior Plant-Based Protein Powder

VEGAMN is a premium all-natural vegan protein powder that contains 20 grams of complete protein from a combination of pea and brown rice protein, the two highest-quality plant protein sources available.

VEGAMN is one of the only vegan protein powders on the market that contains an efficacious dose of DigeSEB™, a patented digestive enzyme blend. With a combination of protease, amylase, lipase, cellulase, and lactase, DigeSEB™ significantly enhance the digestion and absorption of every nutrient in VEGAMN.

Other key features of VEGAMN include:

  • Naturally-flavored & naturally sweetened
  • Gluten-free
  • Sugar-free
  • Dairy-Free
  • Soy-free
  • Low-carb & Low-Fat
  • Amazing taste & consistency

Needless to say, next time you’re on the hunt for a plant-based protein powder, look no further than VEGAMN from American Made Nutrition. And remember you don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to use a plant-based protein powder! It’s a great way to add some variety and more protein in your diet!

References

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  2. Tömösközi, S. et al.. Oct. 2001. “Isolation and Study of the Functional Properties of Pea Proteins.” U.S. National Library of Medicine.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11712241
  3. Babault, N. et al. Jan. 2015. “Pea Proteins Oral Supplementation Promotes Muscle Thickness Gains During Resistance Training: A Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Clinical Trial Vs. Whey Protein.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, vol. 12,1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4307635/
  4. Kalman, D. June 2014. “Amino Acid Composition of an Organic Brown Rice Protein Concentrate and Isolate Compared to Soy and Whey Concentrates and Isolates.” Foods, vol. 3,3 394-402. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5302255/
  5. Joy, J. et al. June 2013. “The Effects Of 8 Weeks Of Whey Or Rice Protein Supplementation On Body Composition And Exercise Performance.” Nutrition Journal, vol. 12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3698202/
  6. Special Enzymes & Probiotics. Accessed June 2021. “DigeSEB™ Line”. http://www.specialtyenzymes.com/products/digestive-enzymes/digeseb-line