Overview of VADE Nutrition Dissolvable Protein Scoops
VADE Nutrition is bringing convenience to the protein powder segment of the sports nutrition industry. They developed the first-ever dissolvable protein scoops. Think of Tide Pods, yes the ones that clean your clothes. Think of Cascade dishwashing pods, same premise, but in a protein powder.
VADE Nutrition Dissolvable Protein Scoops are super convenient. They nailed that. They also use 20g of whey protein isolate per pod. They remove the mess of packing protein powder with a high quality pod. The best part? Affordable. You can get 30-servings for $30. That’s a great deal on a high quality protein. The cons? You still are drinking down food-grade film aka plastic. The choice is yours, but if you’re looking for an affordable high quality protein powder that is super convenient to travel with, then VADE Nutrition Dissolvable Protein Scoops are an awesome choice.
Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed Vade Nutrition Dissolvable Protein Scoops on five categories. We first start by looking at it’s ingredient profile. This portion of the review looks at quality of protein used, amount and other ingredients involved in the making of this protein powder.
We then look at effectiveness. A high quality protein will be effective. This is generally an extension of the profile section. The higher quality ingredients used at proper dosages, the more effective that product will be.
Then we move into the taste of the different flavors we’ve tried. We grade each flavor separately and average the scores for their overall taste rating. We were able to test out the Chocolate and Vanilla flavors.
Mixability refers to how well the protein powder mixes in 12oz of water. We use the shaker bottle test. This would be your typical Blender Bottle with the spiral chrome ball.
Finally, we talk about value. Value is the combination of profile, effectiveness, taste and mixability in relation to cost. Another part of value are the competitors and other versions of proteins available on the market.
VADE Nutrition Dissolvable Protein Scoops have a very impressive ingredient profile. Each scoop contains 20g of whey protein isolate. A refresher course here, whey protein isolate has to be 90% protein quality. It’s also a great choice for those who are lactose intolerant or on prep.
Each scoop is 23g-24.6g. Remember, 20g of that is protein. That is over 80% protein per serving which is excellent. What does that even mean? It means that there isn’t a bunch of other crap put into these.
The macros are awesome. Each pod contains 1g of fat and 2g of carbs. Yes, there are WPI powders out there that have 0g of fat and <1g of carbs, but this is still top-notch.
Other ingredients in these pods are minimal with the use of sucralose…typical.
The one area I want to shed some light on is the use of Polyvinyl Alcohol. What is that? This is the substance that holds the contents in the pod. Polyvinyl Alcohol is a water-soluble solution. It is used in a variety of things including children’s play putty and slime, eye drops, 3D printing and, of course, in food grade film.
At the end of the day, no matter what, you are putting “plastic” into your body with this. Yes, it makes the product very convenient, but too much of this stuff cannot be good for you. Thankfully you only take one or two pods at a time. Because this is being used in a health product, we do have to reflect that in the overall rating of the ingredient profile.
I mentioned in the ingredient profile that this uses whey protein isolate. That is, essentially, the highest quality protein powder being used on the market today. Because of that, it is an effective protein powder/product.
The one thing that “limits” this WPI is the size. When you buy a powder, you are typically getting 24-25g per serving. With the pods, you get 20g per serving. That is 20% less protein than the powder would give you. Does that mean it is less effective than the powder? No, not necessarily as it depends on your body weight. But it could limit your protein intake if you’re counting calories and macros.
Lastly, the Polyvinyl alcohol. This cannot make the product “more effective” but it does make it “more convenient.”
Those of you who’ve had whey protein isolate before might agree, but typically WPI tastes better than WPC. VADE Nutrition Dissolvable Protein Scoops tasted fine. They were not out-of-this-world good, but honestly, they tasted better than I thought they would.
Given that these pods contain over 80% protein per serving, it made me think that there was no way they could mask the flavor to be enjoyable, but they did a fine job. I typically prefer chocolate over vanilla, but in this case, I enjoyed VADE’s vanilla flavor over their chocolate flavor.
It would be interesting to see VADE come out with some new flavors and see what they can do with the constraints of the package size.
The one big question that a lot of people have about this product is, “does it really work as advertised?” The answer is, “yes!” These pods do exactly as their name states: dissolves. I would use one or two pods and the food grade film aka Polyvinyl Alcohol, would dissolve and the protein would mix in the water.
Compared to plain WPI powders, this doesn’t mix as well. Why? I think it has to do with the Polyvinyl Alcohol film. There were small little micro-chunks left in the water after vigorously shaking. After inspecting it, it looked it it was pieces of the film that “shrunk” down and compressed together instead of fully dissolving. I believe that it may have “stuck” to some protein powder as well.
No, the mixability doesn’t suck. It’s just not as superior as a WPI powder would be without the food grade film.
Honestly, VADE Nutrition has every right in the world to charge a premium for their product. For less than $30, you can get 30-servings of whey protein isolate. That’s $1 per serving for a whey protein isolate. Yes, it’s 20g per serving versus 24-25g, but you also have the convenience factors.
The convenience factor is where I think they could justify a premium price. I packed these with me on a trip to California, where in the past I would put my protein powders in ziplock bags, and this was much better. I love the convenience of this product and how easy it is to travel with.
However, VADE Nutrition is not charging a premium price, which means this is a great valuable product for you. Get a high quality whey protein isolate, in an affordable, convenient package. The only drawback is that food grade film. If you’re OK with that, then this is a steal of a deal!