17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5 stars for the health benefits, 2 stars for the taste,
I took the recommendation of another reviewer and bought the single portioned packet yesterday at Whole Foods. I've seen the ads for this product a lot lately in the Oxygen and Clean Eating magazines and I've been meaning to try it. I've also been doing some research to compare it to the Beach Body product called Shakeology. When I compared the ingredients of Vega and Shakeology, the vitamin content and claimed benefits were similar (not exactly the same products by any means though), so I thought the easiest thing would be to try a single portion of Vega first and if I totally hated it, I'd try Shakeology (which people claim tastes amazing).
I eat what some would consider a pretty clean diet, so my palate is accustomed to a more "natural" range of flavors (my day consists of eating things like steel cut oats, natural almond butter, egg whites, hemp protein, plain greek yogurt, fresh or steamed veggies - no sugar or salt, but instead organic honey and lots of seasonings). Many of the reviewers said that they loved the taste of Vega and so I thought I'd be no different.
I blended the single pack portion first with just water alone to see what it tasted like plain. I can't say I totally agree with the other reviewers who said they thought it tasted like mud, but it definitely wasn't on the delicious end of the spectrum. Because I haven't used sugar substitute in a really long time (I only use small amounts of honey here and there), I really disliked that lingering sugar substitute taste. After that first sip, I decided to add a little bit of plain greek yogurt and a tablespoon of almond butter to see if it would improve the taste but that sweetener taste right at the end wouldn't go away. I, too, had a hard time finishing it (as other reviewers posted previously).
A day later, however, I can already feel the benefits. This morning, I was totally "cleaned out" (to put it nicely) and I love that feeling. If this is just the beginning of the benefits (I would love to not have to take so many vitamins daily too, as it gets really expensive), I think this can be a really beneficial product. I'm in agreement with the one reviewer that is pleading with the company to change the sweetener to something else though.
Another plus is that the product is Canadian. As an original Canuck, I'm always looking to Vancouverites to lead the way to holistic health.