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Vega One vs Raw Meal

A lot of us are guilty of not having enough time to sit down and eat a wholesome meal. Whether that means skipping breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you still end up missing several key nutrients. As a result, meal replacements, like Vega One and Raw Meal, have become increasingly popular.

Vega One

Vega One

Raw Meal

Raw Meal

Why Use Meal Replacements

There are several different types of meal replacements available, so it is important to understand what you want to get out of your meal replacement in order to find the one that is best for you.

For some people, they may be looking for the most inexpensive option to simply replace the breakfast they didn’t have time for after pressing snooze one too many times. Other people may be looking for a vegan option to provide them with protein they may be missing in their other meals. Meal replacement shakes are also an excellent option for people who are trying to lose weight because they can replace unhealthy meal options.

Vega One and Raw Meal both happen to be plant-based protein meal replacements. However, a lot of non-vegan people are choosing these options as opposed to an animal-based meal replacement, because they tend to be less expensive while also having some advantages over animal-based proteins.

Animal-based proteins are more easily digested, but they can also give you bad cholesterol. Plant-based proteins can help you reduce bad fatty acids and cholesterol, but they lack the key amino acids that help the proteins digest better.

To learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of plant and animal protein, you can read “Animal vs. Plant Protein” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD.

How to Choose a Meal Replacement

Once you decide whether you prefer a plant or animal-based protein, you will want to further look into other deciding factors before you make a purchasing decision.

You could use a large number of deciding factors if you have a very particular need, or you can stick with some of the basics:

  • Price based on weight
  • Taste
  • Ingredients
  • Nutritional value

Of course, you should consider all of these and make adjustments as you see fit to purchase a meal replacement that is best for you.

Price

Unless you are fortunate enough to have an unlimited budget, you’ll probably want to take the price of the product into account. A lot of meal replacements and protein shakes can be quite pricey, so you’ll want to make sure you find one that fits within your budget and gives you the best value. Rather than comparing the outright prices of the meal replacements, it makes more sense to compare the price per ounce. This will give you the most fair comparison, so you can see which option is going to give you the most bang for your buck.

Taste

Another important thing to consider when choosing a meal replacement is the taste. Some options can be quite tasty, while others, not so much. If you’re a pretty picky eater, you’re going to want to make sure you get a meal replacement that suites your taste buds, since you’ll likely be drinking a lot of it.

Ingredients

Since a meal replacement is doing exactly as its name states, you are going to want to pay careful attention to the ingredients you are ingesting.

Some people prefer to make sure there aren’t any artificial sugars or colors and excessive fats adding empty calories to their drink. This is also where you will look at protein sources to see if they are plant or animal based and if they are from whole, unprocessed foods.

Nutritional Value

The nutritional value of a meal replacement is directly related to the ingredients, but it is important enough to warrant its own category. You should want to get the most nutritional value out of your meal replacement. Otherwise, you’re wasting your money and would be better off just drinking water.  Of course, this category brings us back to protein. To get the most out of your meal replacement, you will want to find one that is high in protein. You should also look for a meal replacement that has the most vitamins and minerals, and probiotics are also a nice addition.

These are all just starting points for you to begin comparing different meal replacement options. As mentioned before, it is very important that you tailor these factors to meet your specific needs since they are unique to each individual. You can read more about how Kristen Kelly chooses a meal replacement in her review, “Raw Meal vs. Vega One: How Do They Measure Up?”, or you can watch Simply Lanna use these factors to compare Raw Meal and Vega One in her video.

Vega One vs Raw Meal

Vega One

Vega One is one of the most popular plant-based meal replacements on the market because it is made from whole foods. It is also great for many people with food allergies as it excludes several ingredients:

  • Soy
  • Dairy
  • Gluten
  • Artificial colors and flavors

However, you will find several servings of greens, antioxidants, fiber, and Omega 3 fatty acids in the meal replacement. Along with all of that, your gastrointestinal tract will get the benefits that come from 1 billion colony forming units (CFUs) of bacillus coagulans in each serving of Vega One.

The smooth texture of this meal replacement makes it easy to mix with water or into a smoothie with fruits and vegetables of your choosing. With all of the flavor options, you should be able to find one that you like, so you can enjoy all the benefits from the 20 vitamins and minerals found in Vega One.

All of the benefits that come with using Vega One come at a hefty price in comparison to other options. It is up to you to compare the pros and cons of this meal replacement and compare it to others, including Raw Meal, to see if the value of Vega One is enough to warrant spending the extra money.

Pros

  • High in protein (20 grams)
  • Smooth texture
  • Several flavor options
  • 7 flavor options
  • High in vitamins and minerals
  • Added probiotics

Cons

  • More expensive
  • Higher in calories

Raw Meal

Another excellent option for a plant-based meal replacement is Raw Meal. It is often compared to Vega Meal, and the debate is still open as to which is the best of the two.

For people who are looking to save money, Raw Meal is definitely the more affordable option, and it still offers a very similar nutritional value. Raw Meal features 21 different vitamins and minerals, but it should be pointed out that some of the percent of daily values are higher or lower than those found in Vega One. You should consider which particular vitamins and minerals are most important to you to decide between the two.

Raw Meal is also a great option for people looking to use it to lose weight because it is lower in calories and fat, while it boasts 1.5 billion CFUs of probiotics, over 12 enzymes, fiber, and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Though it comes in four flavors, a lot of people have complained about the earthy taste or texture of Raw Meal; however, taste is a subjective matter, so it wouldn’t be completely fair to count that against the meal replacement. Texture, on the other hand, is obviously gritty, so that should be taken into consideration.

Pros

  • More affordable
  • High in protein (20 grams)
  • 100% all natural, vegan and          certified organic
  • Low in calories
  • Low in fat
  • Added probiotics

Cons

  • Thick, gritty texture
  • Earthy taste

If you can get past the taste and texture of Raw Meal, then you will find that it is the clear winner over Vega One in this debate.

Both of the products are very similar in terms of ingredients and nutritional value, so it really comes down to comparing them based on cost and taste. You can easily improve the taste of Raw Meal by adding your favorite non-dairy milk or fruits and vegetables, but there isn’t a lot you can do to lower the price of Vega One, which makes it come in second this time.