Vega - Organic Maca Chocolate Bar - 1.4 oz. (40 g)
Vega Organic Maca Chocolate Bar is a complementary blend of organic, 70% cocoa dark chocolate and Vega maca that gives you permission to succumb to your chocolate craving, apology-free. Each deliciously decadent bar of Vega maca chocolate contains 4,000 mg of premium organic gelatinized maca, renowned for its ability to balance, invigorate and energize. Blending the benefits of maca with the power of rich organic chocolate is sure to arouse the desire of even the most health-conscious taste buds. Vega maca is organically grown in partnership with Peruvian farmers.
Also widely known as Peruvian ginseng, maca shows great potential as an adaptogen, according to foremost maca researcher G. Gonzales. This adaptogenic potential may account for the balancing, energizing and stress-reducing effects reported by some maca users. Maca is also an excellent, plant-based source of vitamin B12, providing 70% of your daily value of B12 (as cyanocobalamin).
Organic Maca Chocolate Bar Features:
- Balances, invigorates and energizes
- Promotes vitality
- Contribute to a feeling of overall well-being
- Maintain good health
- Provides antioxidant support
- Non-GMO Project Verified
Grown Organically Using Fair Labor Practices
Maca is an exceptionally hardy root plant native to the Andean mountain plateaus of Peru. In spite of the poor volcanic soil and harsh environmental conditions in which it grows, maca is rich in amino acids, phytonutrients, and important vitamins and minerals. Organic Vega Maca is traditionally grown in the Andean highlands and sustainably harvested in partnership with Peruvian farmers.
Gelatinized to Increase Absorption
The whole maca root undergoes a proprietary gelatinization process. Gelatinization uses heat to concentrate the active micronutrients within, and improve absorption by breaking down starches in the root, making it easier for your body to digest and assimilate. Peruvians traditionally boiled their maca to reap many of the same benefits. Gelatinization is vegan and has nothing to do with gelatin.
Traditional Uses for Maca
Ancient, native Peruvians used maca for thousands of years as both a food and a tonic. They believed maca increased energy and stamina, improved fertility and enhanced libido. Grown at 14,000 feet in an extreme climate of freezing cold, fierce winds and intense sunlight, maca is resilient. Herbalists believe that resilient plants are especially valuable; from a herbological perspective, maca’s resiliency is unmatched.
What Sustainability Means to Vega
At Vega, they want to change the world. And changing the world starts with them. Their passion for plant-based nutrition is as much about empowering health as it is about supporting the health of the planet. But sustainability isn't just about what goes into their products-sustainability must be part of everything they do. They want to be a company that leaves a net zero carbon footprint. Come join them on their Journey to Zero.
Journey to Zero
It's one thing to say you want to be a company that leaves a net-zero carbon footprint. It's quite another to take real actions toward that goal. Journey to Zero is Vega's name for their process of taking actions and being accountable to this goal.
You can't improve what you don't measure. And because they mean business when it comes to the planet, they treat their carbon footprint as a real indicator of their performance. They started with a complete corporate environmental sustainability audit and used the results to create Vega's Sustainability Action Plan.
Every small change they make is a step on their Journey to Zero-and they take each of them so seriously that they've woven this process of making steps on this journey through the fabric of everything they do. Their ingredients, their packaging, their office, their suppliers-each of these represents an opportunity to innovate, improve, and bring them closer to their goal.
Vega's passion for clean, plant-based nutrition that's good for your body and fuels your healthy, active life isn't the only reason Vega products are exclusively plant-based-it's also a reflection of their commitment to the planet.
What you eat can make a bigger impact on the planet than any other choice you make.
Reducing your personal carbon footprint involves a whole lot more than just how big a car you drive on your morning commute. In fact, what you eat can make a bigger impact on the planet than any other choice you make.
Whole, plant-based foods provide far greater nutrition relative to their real production cost from seed-to-plate when compared to processed, non-plant-based options. Or, in the words of their formulator, Brendan Brazier, they have a significantly lower nutrient-to-resource and nutrient-to-emissions ratio.
Your carbon footprint shrinks with every plant-based meal you choose.
Reducing your impact on the planet is simple-just start with one (plant-based meal a day, that is). Whether you're dipping your toe into the Meatless Monday routine, or you're a card-carrying raw vegan localvore, every plant-based meal you choose makes a dent.
Through their sustainability audits, they've identified packaging as their single largest source of CO2 emissions-in 2012, packaging materials accounted for 71% of Vega's total carbon footprint. Why? Because until then, like every other company in their industry, most of what they made at Vega came in a plastic bottle-bottles made from virgin HDPE plastic, derived from greenhouse-gas generating, non-renewable petroleum.
In 2013 they switched to 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic bottles. Vega was the first in their category to switch from virgin HDPE plastic bottles to 100% PCR plastic bottles. With this one step, over just one year Vega:
- Saved 278 tons of CO2 - 63% less CO2 greenhouse gas than virgin plastic. This much CO2 could fill 353 parade balloons, making a balloon-only parade 4 miles long.
- Diverted 233 tons of plastic from the waste stream. Made into Vega bottles stacked end-to-end, that's a stack 58 times the height of Mount Everest.
- Used 14,865 million BTUs less energy - 86% less energy than virgin plastic. That's enough energy saved to run 140 average detached single family homes in America for a year.
Plus, Vega's 100% PCR HDPE plastic bottles are still fully recyclable. There are no silver bullets in life, or on their Journey to Zero, but every choice they make matters. Vega lives their commitment to constant improvement by pursuing perfection, one small change at a time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can someone with diabetes eat Vega products?
This is a simple question with a not-so-simple answer, since every person living with diabetes has unique needs. Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes it's always best to work with to your health care practitioner to find out what foods fit into your individualized diet and personal activity level.
Are Vega products organic?
This is a great question! When you check out the ingredient panel of their labels, you'll see "organic" in front of the specific ingredients that are certified organic. Why aren't all of their ingredients certified organic? They source organic ingredients where possible. They maintain a focus on small scale, domestic suppliers wherever possible to help out the little guys. They believe in finding suppliers that have similar core values to Vega with whom they can build long-lasting partnerships. These suppliers may provide them with organically grown raw materials free from herbicides and pesticides, but might not have their organic certification. Organic certification is an extensive process that can be cost prohibitive for some of these smaller scale farms. Sustainability and sustainably grown ingredients is something that is very important to Vega.
Can someone who is pregnant take Vega products?
They always recommend you check with your healthcare practitioner on whether or not you personally should use Vega products while pregnant or breastfeeding. They'll have a better scope of your overall health and wellness goals, and whether you are introducing a new food or supplement into your routine or continuing your current intake. If you are aware of any sensitivities or allergies to any ingredients in Vega products, they definitely recommend avoiding that product-whether you are pregnant or not.
Can Vega products be mixed with dairy?
Being a plant-based company, Vega recommends non-dairy beverages such as almond, hemp, coconut, or rice milk with your favorite Vega product, but that doesn't mean you can't mix it with whatever you have in the fridge!
Why aren't the tubs full?
You may wonder why Vega isn't filling their tubs right to the top of the brim or why they don't make a smaller tub to fit the amount of the powder found inside. The truth is, when the tubs are filled, they're actually full. It's not until they've been sealed and shipped out to you that the powder begins to settle and become more compressed. Just like pillows, (or bag of chips) Vega protein powders settle, compress, and appear to not fill the tubs upon opening. But you can be guaranteed that every scoop still contains the nutrition you're looking for.
Born from the belief that you shouldn't have to choose between clean, plant-based nutrition and on-the-go convenience, Vega is a premium brand of convenient, plant-based, real-food alternatives. They strive to give you the knowledge and nutrition to help you be better on your own terms-one small change at a time. And they're rooting for you, every step along the way.
Who They Are
It takes a cup of vision, a scoop of determination, a pound of curiosity, an ounce of innovation, and a dash of serendipity to make their foodscape better, one small step at a time. Empowering the world to thrive might sound a little bombastic as a vision, but isn't one they take lightly-everything Vega does as a brand is sincerely driven by their four part mission:
- To share their passion for clean, plant-based nutrition through education and leading by example;
- To deliver premium, innovative, industry-leading wellness solutions to their valued customers;
- To live their commitment to constant improvement by pursuing perfection, one small change at a time;
- To foster a fulfilling, inspiring workplace for Vegatopians that's sustainable for their people, their company, and their planet.
But these are just words on paper. It takes embodiment of this vision and mission to make the world-and their food-better. Their employees (referred to as Vegatopians) live and breathe Vega's vision and mission through the core values we all created together. The attitude, passion and dedication of Vegatopians is the secret to Vega's success. But don't just take their word for it -let Vegatopians show you.
How They Got Here
The key ingredients of vision, determination and serendipity combined when Brendan Brazier and Charles Chang founded Vega. As a professional triathlete, Brendan Brazier recognized that nutrition made good athletes, great. As he self-experimented with different diet types, he realized that clean, plant-based nutrition was the competitive advantage he needed. After meeting Sequel Naturals founder Charles Chang, Brendan pitched the concept of an all-in-one nutritional shake that did not compromise quality, nourishing ingredients for convenience. Just like that, Vega's first product-Whole Food Health Optimizer-was born. And that was just the beginning.
Since 2001, Vega has been groundbreakers in the plant-based natural health and performance products industry. From Whole Food Health Optimizer, they've expanded to create a range of clean, plant-based nutrition products to help you be better-on your own terms.
Where They're Going
Vega is proud to be recognized as one of the fastest growing-and best companies to work for-year after year. Vega's performance is driven by core values centered around integrity, passion, ownership, teamwork, goal setting, and sustainability. Their goal is to provide convenient plant-based products, made from real, whole food ingredients to support your health-without having a negative impact on the planet's health.
In 2015, Vega was acquired by WhiteWave, one of the world's leading makers of plant-based foods and beverages. With WhiteWave as their partner, Vega is more committed than ever to their goal of bringing more plants to more people, and inventing more accessible plant-based nutrition products. WhiteWave's mission is to change the way the world eats for the better-through more innovative, nutritious, convenient, flavorful, great tasting and responsibly produced products. Sound familiar? Together with WhiteWave, they are shaping the future of food and giving you the tools to live your best life. Brendan Brazier continues to work on formulating Vega products and bring fresh ideas to their platforms; and while Charles Chang has moved on to pursue other opportunities, he continues to be an adviser and forever friend to Vega.