PERFORM PLANT PROTEIN

Kat Hoyle Updated by Kat Hoyle

Perform Plant Protein was our first creation, our first protein powder. It was born from the need of an ultra-pure, effective and delicious plant-based protein where no expense was spared to ensure the superiority of ingredients and rigorousness of testing. Find out more about out testing here.

The product provides a balanced amino acid profile containing all 9 of the Essential Amino Acids (EAAs). These are the amino acids we must obtain from our food, and where appropriate supplements because our bodies cannot create them ourselves. Vivo Life Perform Plant Protein contains 6g of Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) which are part of the Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) group. Together they provide a complete amino profile.

Why pea protein?

Peas are a member of the legume family and historically were first cultivated as a protein rich crop in West Asia and North Africa. Modern practices allow for the peas to be milled to form a protein rich powder. Pea protein is a nutritionally rich plant-based alternative to whey or casein. It provides a well-balanced amino acid profile with particularly high levels of Lysine. Peas are rich in protein, low GI carbohydrates (largely removed when milled into protein powder), dietary fiber, and many micro-nutrients. Pea proteins traditionally are produced by dry or wet milling and typically can provide around 48-90% protein content! Pea protein consists of mostly globulins (storage proteins, >80% total protein) and a small amount of albumins (cytoplasmic proteins).

Our pea protein is produced by wet milling, this is the favorable method for producing a high concentration pea protein isolate (at least 80% protein).

EAA content

Protein breaks down into amino acids, our protein contains a complete amino acid profile that is superior to a typical serving of whey protein. The chart below demonstrates amino acids per serving versus a typical serving of whey protein.

Nutrient content

Peas are a great source of micro-nutrients and typically contain the following (ppm = parts per million).

Calcium

Magnesium

Phosphorus

Iron

Zinc

Copper

850 ppm

1450 ppm

5500 ppm

60 ppm

43 ppm

7 ppm

 

In addition, peas are a rich source of folic acid, riboflavin, pyridoxine, niacin, pyridoxamine and pyridoxal.

Why do we bio-ferment?

Peas are legumes, similar to lentils and chickpeas. It has been known that pea protein can cause digestive bloating for some people. The fermentation process helps to break down the carbohydrate and protein into smaller molecules, as well as limiting phytate content and other potentially problematic anti-nutritional compounds, making them easier to digest and often eradicating the bloating some customers experience with normal pea protein. We have had an abundance of anecdotal feedback from our customers over the years, letting us know that they are able to digest our protein without the problems they had experienced with normal pea protein. Unlike with fermented whole foods, there is no pro-biotic content left in the finished product when fermenting protein powders (unless added in again!).

Sustainability

We source our pea protein from Canada. With the growing rise in global protein consumption, the need for sustainable protein sources is imperative. With animal agriculture and soy heavily impacting the environment, pea protein is a more sustainable choice. Peas require less water and fertilizers than animal or soy products. Peas also have the ability to fix nitrogen so in fact improve the health of the soil.

Hemp Protein

Hemp protein is produced by extracting the oil out of hemp seeds and refining the hulls into a milled powder. Hemp is a miracle plant that has a multitude of uses, is largely sustainable and nutritionally dense.

Hemp is a genus of the Cannabis Sativa species, and a cousin of the Marijuana plant but it is important to distinguish as these are two separate plants. Hemp does NOT have psychotropic effects (it does not get you high). For a hemp plant to be legally grown, it must have less than 0.3% THC (the active component in Marijuana that gets you high) which is an almost indistinguishable amount. The hemp in our products is 100% legal and the only effects are nutritional!

Composition

Hemp is a great source of plant-based protein, providing a healthy serving of EAAs. You can expect a typical 30g serving to provide 12-15g of protein, around a 30- 50% protein to weight ratio. As well as protein content, hemp contains the following nutrients at stated amounts (amounts may vary slightly).

Vitamin E

Thiamin

Riboflavin

Phosphorus

Potassium

Magnesium

Calcium

Iron

Sodium

Manganese & Zinc

Copper

(90mg/100g)

(0.4mg/100g)

(0.1mg/100g)

(1160mg/100g)

(859mg/100g)

 (483mg/100g)

(145mg/100g)

(14mg/100g)

(12mg/100g)

(7mg/100g)

2mg/100g

 

Hemp has a well-balanced macronutrient and omega fatty acid profile, as well as containing some unique bioactive polyphenols beneficial to health. The typical composition for hemp protein is as follows:

·        Around 1700kJ (406kcal) per 100g

·        40.7+/-8.8% protein content

·        10.2+/-2.2% fatty acid content

·        6.7+/-1% ash content

·        26.3% non-digestible fibre

Hemp provides a generous amount of Essential Amino Acids (EAAs), typically the values are as follows:

Threonine

Aspartate

Glutamine

Serine

Glycine

Proline 

Alanine

Arginine 

2.66+/-0.67%

 1.35+/-0.23%

1.73+/-0.32%

6.03+/-1.24%

1.59+/-0.32%

1.66+/-0.35%

1.61+/-0.32%

94−128 mg/g

Cysteine 

Valine

Methionine 

Isoleucine

Leucine

Tyrosine 

Phenylalanine 

-

0.70+/-0.15%

 1.91+/-0.30%

0.88+/-0.25%

1.45+/-0.23%

 2.35+/-0.45%

1.15+/-0.28%

1.62+/-0.30%

-

 

Hemp is comparatively high in the EAAs Alanine, Tyrosine and Arginine. Alanine supports healthy metabolism of sugars and supports detox pathways. Tyrosine supports healthy brain function, melanin production and hormonal health. Arginine supports cardiovascular health and immune functioning.

Hemp is not technically considered a “complete protein” as although it contains the full spectrum of EAAs, it is comparatively low in Lysine, Leucine and L-Tryptophan. It is for this reason that we use a blend of bio-fermented pea and hemp protein, as the coupling of the two provides an optimal EAA profile.

Bonus Benefits 

Hemp has been explored for a multitude of health benefits due to its unique bioactive compounds. The fatty acid content of hemp is believed to have cardioprotective affects, with dietary inclusion of hemp elevating blood plasma levels of omega 6 and 3 in turn lowering cholesterol and lipoproteins.

The fatty acid content of hemp is also believed to promote skin health! From general skin wellbeing to combatting skin conditions of varying degrees of severity.

Adaptogens and super foods

Perform Plant Protein also contains some celebrated superfoods and adaptogenic ingredients, known for their ability to support recovery from exercise as well as overall wellness and health.

  • Turmeric - one of the most potent anti-inflammatory plants in the natural world. Perform Plant Protein contains a strong curcumin extract to help manage recovery from exercise, accompanied with black pepper extract to optimise absorption.
  • Reishi medicinal mushroom - a powerful adaptogenic mushroom celebrated for its potent anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial/microbial, and immune supporting bio-active properties. Reishi is in all Perform Plant Protein flavours with the exception of Salted Maca Caramel and Acai and Blueberry (if you have a mushroom intolerance, you can still use these flavours!).

So is Perform for you?

The ingredients in Perform Plant Protein lend themselves well to those who have a very active lifestyle, so if you are always on the move then Perform Plant Protein is the protein powder for you.

How to use Perform

Perform Plant Protein can be used in many ways, for creative recipe inspiration our instagram or the recipe section of our website are a great place to start.

Everyone's individual protein needs will differ according to many biological factors; age, height, weight, biological sex, body composition. Then of course their activity levels and indeed their goals, for instance an individual that wants to maintain their current weight will have different protein requirements to an individual wanting to gain muscle. There are many macro and calorie calculators online, however their margin of error can sometimes be considerable, and they should not be taken as gospel. For an accurate macro nutrient (protein, carbohydrates and fat) assessment for your personal needs a nutritionist or dietician can help, but as a general rule of thumb the following equations can help:

Protein requirements in grams per kg of body weight:

Maintenance/

improve health

Fat loss/

body re-composition

Muscle gain

Lightly active

(<3 hrs/week)

1.3 - 2.0

1.5-2.2

1.8-2.4

Moderately active

(3-7 hrs/week)

1.5-2.2

1.8-2.4

2.0-2.6

Very active

(>7 hrs/week)

1.8-2.4

2.0-2.6

2.2-2.9

Your daily protein intake where possible should of course come from whole food sources. Perform Plant Protein can be used to supplement, especially when your daily protein target is higher.

The formula

Let’s take a look at what’s inside. Our formula is protected so we of course cannot disclose exact amounts of all the ingredients. All the “functional ingredients", meaning the ingredients present with a clear purpose of benefitting health (and not just flavour) are there at a functional amount. This means the ingredient is present in an amount that the body can put to good use and benefit from. Click each ingredient in the chart to learn more. Some ingredients are only in certain flavours and amounts may vary slightly flavour dependent.

 

Ingredient

 

Amount if applicable (per serving)

Functional or flavour benefits

Processes/source.

Bio-fermented Pea protein

Cold processed Hemp protein

25g in total, the blend is largely pea protein blended with the hemp to optimize the EAA balance

Pea and hemp protein are superior plant-based proteins. Easily digested, highly bioavailable. More sustainable choice. Plant proteins abundant in micro-nutrients

Minimal processing drying, grinding of peas – flash sterilization required

Hemp is pressed and milled – minimal processing

France/Canada

Plant Based BCAA blend (L-leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine)

6g in total. L-leucine 2.8g, L-Isoleucine 1.6g, L-Valine 1.7g

BCAAs to support a complete amino profile.

Derived from corn, using a fermentation, crushing and sifting process

China

Turmeric extract (95% curcuminoids)

200mg. We use a strong extract that packs a powerful punc

Powerful anti-inflammatory benefits.

Water extraction, minimal processing

India

Reishi Mushoom fruiting body extract (30% Polysaccharides)

500mcg

(In all flavours excluding Salted Maca Caramel and Acai Blueberry)

Powerful adaptogenic plant. Helps the body to optimize stress response, anti-inflammatory, immune supporting

Fruiting body is washed, dried, concentrated, sieved

China

Stevia extract (steviol glycocides)

We use a strong extract, so the amount per serving is very small

Stevia is a natural alternative to sweetener or sugar. Derived from the plant species Stevia Rebaudiana

Water extraction and purification

China

Enzyme blend (papain, ginger extract, peppermint leaf, black pepper extract)

Top secret!

A blend of plants/herbal extracts that encourage and support healthy digestion

Papain – ultrafiltration, freeze drying, crush/blend

Ginger extract – washes, crushed, extraction and sterilization

Peppermint leaf - washes, crushed, extraction and sterilization

Black pepper – steam distillation and extraction.

China

Konjac Fibre (glucomannan)

Top secret!

Konjac fiber is natural alternative to emulsifiers, derived from a root vegetable. Its function is to ensure smooth distribution of ingredients within the pouch/scoop

Washing, grinding and vacuum drying

China

Pink Himalayan Salt

A small amount to balance flavour profile

Rich in trace minerals

Washed, sun dried, crushing and sieving

Himalayas - Pakistan

Natural Flavourings

A small amount to balance flavor profile

 

Our natural flavourings are of course only derived from plants

"‘natural flavouring substance’ shall mean a flavouring substance obtained by appropriate physical, enzymatic or microbiological processes from material of vegetable, animal or microbiological origin either in the raw state or after processing for human consumption by one or more of the traditional food preparation processes listed in Annex II. Natural flavouring substances correspond to substances that are naturally present and have been identified in nature."

UK

Raw Cacao and Cocoa Powder (Raw Cacao only)

Raw Cacao 1g

Cocoa 2.5g

Raw Cacao is chocolate in its purest, natural form. Rich in trace minerals

Cocoa is slightly sweeter than the former

Fermentation, cleaning, drying and grinding of cacao beans

Ghana

Madagascan vanilla powder (Madagascan vanilla and strawberry vanilla only)

Madagascan Vanilla 0.04%

Strawberry and Vanilla 0.05%

Rich and delicious vanilla flavour

Pods are ground to expose seeds inside

Madagascar

Ecuadorian freeze-dried banana powder (banana cinnamon only)

2.3%

Sweet and fruity banana flavour

Manual peeling and mashing of fruit, freeze drying, grounding

Ecuador

Ceylon Cinnamon (banana cinnamon only)

0.8%

Warm and spicy cinnamon notes

Grinding, filtration and extraction from raw material

Madagascar/Seychelles

Freeze-dried blueberries (Acai blueberry only)

0.5%

Fresh blueberry flavour

Freeze-dried

Estonia

Freeze-dried acai powder (Acai blueberry only)

0.5%

Fresh acai flavour

Freeze-dried

Brazil

Strawberry juice powder (Strawberry vanilla only)

0.65%

Fresh strawberry flavour

Spray drying

UK

Beetroot powder (Strawberry vanilla only)

 

Earthy flavour and natural pink colour

Water sterilization, drying, grounding

China

Gelatinized maca powder (Salted maca caramel only)

5.6%

Powerful adaptogenic plant. Helps optimize stress response. Anti-inflammatory, immune supporting. Rich flavour

Gelatinization is a process that removes the touch starchy molecules, making maca easier to digest. It does not involve gelatin or any animal derivative

Peruvian Andes

 

Product Calories & Macros

Raw Cacao

Nutritional information 

Typical values per 100g 

Typical values per serving (38g) 

Energy 

1576kj / 374kcal 

599kj / 142kcal 

Fat 

5.4g 

2.1g 

   of which saturates 

1.2g 

0.46g 

Carbohydrate 

9.1g 

3.5g 

   of which sugars 

0.6g 

0.23g 

Fibre 

7.2g 

2.7g 

Protein 

67g 

25g 

Salt 

2.5g 

0.95g 

Madagascan Vanilla

Nutritional information 

Typical values per 100g 

Typical values per serving (36g) 

Energy 

1674kj / 397kcal 

603kj / 143kcal 

Fat 

8.6g 

3.0g 

   of which saturates 

1.7g 

0.6g 

Carbohydrate 

6.1g 

2.2g 

   of which sugars 

0.7g 

0.3g 

Fibre 

5.0g 

1.8g 

Protein 

70g 

25g 

Salt 

2.8g 

1.0g 

Strawberry & Vanilla

Nutritional information 

Typical values per 100g 

Typical values per serving (38g) 

Energy 

1631kj / 390kcal 

619kj / 148kcal 

Fat 

7.9g 

3.0g 

   of which saturates 

1.64g 

0.62g 

Carbohydrate 

9.9g 

3.7g 

   of which sugars 

1.8g 

0.68g 

Fibre 

3.1g 

1.2g 

Protein 

68g 

25g 

Salt 

2.9g 

1.1g 

Salted Maca Caramel

Nutritional information 

Typical values per 100g 

Typical values per serving (38g) 

Energy 

1566kj / 371kcal 

595kj / 141kcal 

Fat 

5.5g 

2.1g 

   of which saturates 

1.1g 

0.43g 

Carbohydrate 

9.1g 

3.5g 

   of which sugars 

2.5g 

0.95g 

Fibre 

7.3g 

2.8g 

Protein 

67g 

25g 

Salt 

3.1g 

1.18g 

Acai & Blueberry

Nutritional information 

Typical values per 100g 

Typical values per serving (38g) 

Energy 

1576kj / 373kcal 

599kj / 142kcal 

Fat 

5.5g 

2.1g 

   of which saturates 

1.1g 

0.42g 

Carbohydrate 

7.6g 

2.9g 

   of which sugars 

1.3g 

0.49g 

Fibre 

7.3g 

2.8g 

Protein 

67g 

25g 

Salt 

2.49g 

0.95g 

Banana & Cinnamon 

Nutritional information 

Typical values per 100g 

Typical values per serving (38g) 

Energy 

1611kj / 381kcal 

612kj / 145kcal 

Fat 

5.6g 

2.1g 

   of which saturates 

1.15g 

0.44g 

Carbohydrate 

11.2g 

4.3g 

   of which sugars 

1.7g 

0.65g 

Fibre 

3.8g 

1.4g 

Protein 

67g 

25g 

Salt 

2.58g 

0.98g 

Certificate of Analysis

Here at VIVO we third party test all our products for accuracy and purity. Here are the results for our Perform Plant Protein.

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