Category — Protein Powder
BSN True Mass is a widely used protein brand that many of people consume each year. Protein of course is needed muscle growth and recovery, but you also want one that is going to have a good percentage of essential and non-essential amino acids for protein synthesis to even take place, and not to mention the biological value is important to look at as well. Sorry to break the news to you, but this supplement is not the BEST you one than you can purchase for the price. However, it is still effective in some ways!
Taste and Mixture
The protein tastes great when mixed with either water or milk, but it did not mix as well as a lot of other brands that cost the same amount, and that was on a day by day basis. What that means is that some days it mixed fine in a shaker cup, and other days it just clumped up no matter how much it was shaken, which makes it feel horrible going down the throat. The taste obviously comes from the amount of sugar they place into the protein, which is not the highest seen in a protein per serving, but it is still 14g of sugar that you are drinking every time.
True Mass is designed to help you put on muscle mass, but in reality it appears to be more of body fat in terms of mass in their statement. Calories are good to have in your diet if you want to build muscle, but that many calories in a serving leaves the mind wondering how much room the shake is taking up from being able to eat solid foods as well. Muscular growth was not any more special or recognizable than any other lower priced brands of protein, but then again each person’s body is different when it comes to the way a supplement works.
This protein is good pre-workout since it has so many calories readily available to provide you with energy, and it could be good as a meal replacement during breakfast or lunch, and it is good when mixed with oats and fruits in a blender. However, the amount of muscle mass to be gained while consuming this protein is disappointingly mediocre.
Overall this product is good for those in their bulking phase or possibly even newer fitness enthusiasts as well. Over time the body develops sensitivity towards any supplement, and this brand seems to be on the lower end for a body that is already used to protein that is more pure and less worried about fat and calories from a supplement. Make sure to workout out pretty hard while on True Mass because of those grams of sugar, calories, and fats that have been discussed, or else you are going to be putting on a lot of body fat that is not good for even people who need to bulk, but you will never know how it works for your body unless actually trying out a tub of your own.
June 27, 2013 27 Comments
Protein is always a good supplement to have if you are fitness training and need more than you are able to eat from natural foods. Another good thing to keep in mind is that you should change your protein brand up from time to time to keep your body from recognizing the same substance over and over again. Your body does build up a barrier after taking one for too long, and could be restricting you from the amount of protein being consumed.
GNC is one of those brands that most people in the fitness community that have been around for awhile ignore. The reason why is because they are very sales oriented and offer misleading advice 80% of the times you go in and speak to a clerk. However, this occasion was set to be spontaneous and buy a brand from the store, so this is what have been its recognizable traits.
Taste and Mixture
Surprisingly for a GNC brand powder this one actually tasted good, which is a relief after consuming some very awful tasting proteins that makes the stomach cringe. This protein also goes well with fruits and oats to make a nice power shake in the mornings. Mixing was an ease with a blender or shaker cup, and it was even mixing with water! Other times water left protein in clumps, but not at all with this protein. Taste and mixture overall is great.
The effectiveness was much like any other protein out on the market today. Left body feeling pretty good after a hard workout, and muscles developed significantly enough to notice while taking this protein, and working out on a consistent routine basis as well. However, that leads it to not feel like it does exactly what they advertise this protein to do. There are other proteins with the same amount of grams per serving that lead this product to be just moderately a step ahead.
Its features state that it is full of leucine, which is designed build muscle better, but the ratio that growth was expected to be at left this product a bit short in its advertising. A good protein to use, but probably should not expect anything new from it.
As mentioned this protein is not much different than most others that are considered to be lower quality than GNC. However, you will save a lot more if you are looking for a protein that is better suited for extra supported with muscular growth, and avoiding this product. But if you want a decent protein that tastes god and mixes great then this one is right for you. Remember that everybody’s body is different, so keep in mind that you never know how effective it really is for you personally until you try it out. Just like with all protein supplements make sure that you exercise and burn those excess calories. Protein is just an aid for muscle building and does not do the work all on its own!
May 29, 2013 27 Comments
Protein: 22 grams per serving
Carbohydrates: 14 grams per serving
Sugar: 1 gram per serving
Calories: 190 per serving
Product Info: BPI Sports’ Super Pro is specially formulated to for proper absorption and assimilation of protein. It has a unique ingredient called Ultra Concentrated 25 Digestive Enzyme Protein Matrix that makes sure you get what you paid for. This product is great tasting and comes in Chocolate, Cookies and Cream and Vanilla flavors in 3Lb and 5Lb tubs and also separate single packets. BPI Sports Super Pro is tried and tested and is highly recommended by people who have used it.
Pros: What separates BPI Sports Super Pro from other products is that is has a unique blend of 25 enzymes that helps your stomach breakdown the amino acids faster and into smaller protein segments making it easier for your body to absorb the essential nutrients it needs from the product. It has a significant amount of protein and carbohydrate content which is perfect for athletes, body builders or basically anyone with a serious work out plan.
Cons: If you’re looking for more protein content in a powdered supplement you might look somewhere else. This product is specially made for maximizing the protein your body takes.
Directions: Add one scoop to 4-6 ounces of water, milk, or your favorite beverage. Vary the amount of liquid to achieve the desired consistency. When mixing, add liquid first, then powder and stir or shake briskly until completely mixed.
Ingredients: SUPER PRO? Ultra Premium Blend (Ultrafiltered, Low Temperature Processed Whey Protein Concentrate,, Crossflow Microfiltered Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Caseinate, Micellar Casein, Milk Protein Concentrate, Milk Protein Isolate,ULTRA CONCENTRATED 25 DIGESTIVE ENZYMES-Protease 3.0, Protease 6.0, Alaline Protease, Protease 4.5, Acid Protease, Lactase, Exo-Peptidase, Dipeptidyl Peptidase IV, Neutral Bacteria Protease, Bromelain, Diastase, Papain, Lipase, Cellulase, Hemicellulase, Beta-Glucanase, Acid Maltase, Amylase, Glucoamylase, Alpha-Galactosidase, Invertase, Pectinase, Phytase, Xylanase, Bacterial Amylase), Maltodextrin, Sunflower Powder (Sunflower Oil, Maltodextrin,, Sodium Caseinate, Mono And Dyglycerides, Natural Tocopherols, Silicon Dioxide, Tri-Calcium Phosphate), Polydextrose, Dutch Processed Cocoa, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Cellulose Gum, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Acesulfame Potassium, And Sucralose.
Allergen Alert: Contains No Egg, Peanut, Tree Nut, Fish, Shellfish, Wheat, Gluten, Or Yeast. *This Product Utilizes Dairy And Soy Products.
November 2, 2011 25 Comments
Protein: 21 grams per serving
Carbohydrates: 3 grams per serving
Sugar: 1mg per serving
Calories: 110 per serving
Product Info: Bioplex’ 100% Whey Protein is designed for a very effective lean muscle gain. It is formulated and contains indentured whey protein concentrate that breaks the protein down without stressing or upsetting the digestive tract. This product will bring best results when used with a proper work out or training program. This product has no aspartame, is low in lactose, fat and carbohydrates. Bioplex 100% Whey Protein prides itself to have no bitter after taste. It comes in Banana, Berry, Chocolate, Natural and Vanilla Cream flavors in 2Lb, 5Lb, 10Lb and 22Lb tubs.
Pros: It has high amounts of whey microfractions. Its protein is formulated for lean muscle growth and is indenatured that helps digesting easier and better. The product supports tissue repair and recovery and immune system function. Bioplex’ has natural antioxidant and is an appetite suppressant so it would work for people trying to cut down on food and lose weight. It has an ideal amino acid profile with high levels of Branched Chain Amino Acids.
Cons: This is just like any other whey protein supplements although the low calorie, carbohydrate and sugar content is worth taking note.
Directions: Mix one or two scoops of 100% Whey Protein with 6-12 oz. of water, milk, juice, or your favorite food or beverage. Take 1-3 servings per day or as recommended by your licensed nutritionist, personal trainer or physicain. One serving is recommended after strenuous exercise. 100% Whey Protein is instantized and mixes easily with a spoon, but may be blended with fruit and ice for a delicious shake.
Ingredients: Whey Protein Concentrate (Milk), Artificial Flavor, Lecithin (Derived From Soy), Sucralose. Contains Milk And Soy.
Allergen Alert: Contains Milk.
October 4, 2011 39 Comments
Protein: 20 grams per serving
Carbohydrates: 44 grams per serving
Sugar: 2 grams per serving
Calories: 280 per serving
Product Info: Beverly International’s Mass Maker has three key factors that differs from most protein powder supplements. One, it features the scientifically advanced Tri-Phase carbohydrate system where you can get a nutrient dense source of calories and energy producing quality carbohydrates while at the same time keeping your insulin levels stable and constant. Second, is the Pro Mass Protein Blend which consists of quality protein sources. These are Calcium Caseinate, Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate, Taurine, Colostrum, Egg White. Third, Mass Maker has an advanced electrolyte complex of Calcium, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Selenium, Iron, Iodine, Zinc, Copper and a 2:1 ratio of Potassium to Sodium.
Pros: Mass Maker is a mix of high quality protein from high quality sources such as casein, milk protein isolate, whey protein isolate and egg white. It has essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals and electrolytes perfect for people who are serious about working out and building lean muscles.
Cons: If you’re looking for fast results you may need to look for other products. Mass Maker has high quality protein but quantity wise it is low compared to other products. It is also not to be used for losing weight.
Directions: Add 3 scoops of Mass Maker to 1 cup water or nonfat milk. Stir, shake or blend until smooth.
Ingredients: Pro Mass Protein Blend (Calcium Caseinate, Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate, Taurine, Colostrum, Egg White), Typical Amino Acid Profiel, Maltodextrin, Protein Blend (Calcium Caseinate, Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate, Taurine, Colostrum, Egg White), Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Natural And Artificial Flavor (Includes Caramel Added For Color), High Oleic-Safflower Oil, Potassium Chloride, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Magnesium Oxide, Calcium Phosphate, Salt, Rice Syrup Solids, Inulin (From Dahlia, Artichoke, Chicory), Mono- And Diglycerides, Sucralose, Ferric Orthophosphate, Soy Lecithin, Acesulfame-K, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Tocopherols Aded To Protect Flavor, Soybean Oil, Sodium Selenite, Chromium Picolinate, Potassium Iodide
Important Warning: Do not use for weight reduction.
October 2, 2011 38 Comments
Protein: 20 grams per serving
Carbohydrates: 7 grams per serving
Sugar: 3 grams per serving
Calories: 135 per serving
Product Info: Proto Whey is highly recommended by most people who have used it. It is perfect for athletes, body builders and people on a weight loss program. Anyone who wants to maximize the nutrition from protein they take can use BioNutritonal’s Proto Whey. This product comes in Cafe Mocha, Double Chocolate, Strawberry Cream and Vanilla Cream flavors in 2Lb and 5Lb tubs.
Pros: Proto Whey is whey protein hydrolysate. Hydrolysis is the pores of enzymatic breakdown of the protein so whey protein hydrolysate means the protein is broken down in smaller pieces by enzymes making it easier to digest and absorbed. It helps your digestive tract absorb it easier. Moreover, it helps you get the most out of protein. Another thing worth taking note of is that when the ingredients are broken down into smaller parts there is less chances to get any allergic reactions.
Cons: The protein content of this product may not be enough for people who wants to see fast results. Basically the only thing that puts it apart from other products is the fast absorption it promises.
Directions: Add 2 scoops (32 grams) Proto Whey to 3/4 cup (6 oz) cold water and stir. There is no need for blending. Proto Whey may also be mixed with milk, milk substitutes, juice, tea, coffee and/or blended with ice for a delicious and nourishing dessert drink. Proto Whey is designed for use as a primary source of protein and may be used at any time of the day. It may be consumed alone or with carbohydrate foods, depending on individual caloric needs.
Ingredients: Proto Whey® (Micro Peptides™ From Extreme Whey Protein Hydrolysate), Medium Chain Triglycerides, Maltodextrin, Natural And Artificial Flavors, SoftPsil® (Micronized Psyllium Fiber), Coffee Concentrate, L-Glutamine, Fructose, Sucrose, Lecithin, Salt, Sucralose.
Allergen Alert: Contains Milk and Soy (From Lecithin)
September 19, 2011 25 Comments
Protein: 22 grams per serving
Carbohydrates: 3 grams per serving
Sugar: 0 grams per serving
Calories: 120 per serving
Product Info: Betancourt Nutrition’s Big Blend Proteosynthetic is a breakthrough product with proteins from Casein, Milk, Brown Rice and Whey. It is a product of months of extensive research and testing. It has amino acid derivatives not found in food such as Nitrated BCAAs, N-Acetyl I-Phenylalanine, Glutamine Ethyl Ester HCI and L-Leucine Alpha-Ketoglutarate. It has low calories and carbohydrates good for those on a low carb diet. Big Blend Proteosynthetic comes in Choco-Latte, French Vanilla, Vanilla Cappuccino and White Chocolate Flavors.
Pros: Big Blend Proteosynthetic is highly recommended by users. It is easy to mix and even easier to absorb. The low calorie, low-glycemic rice bran, carbohydrates and enzymes helps the digestive tract to break it up and absorb. With a good work out plan, this product will give fast and great results.
Cons: Betancourt Nutrition’s Big Blend is highly recommended by users but it should come with a good work out plan.
Directions: Mix 1 serving of Big Blend™ with cold water to the desired thickness in a shaker cup or blender. Consume immediately after your weight-lifting workout. Repeat 2 hours later. On days that you don’t work out (rest days), consume 1 serving of Big Blend™ in the morning and 1 serving before bed.
Ingredients: Big Multi-Source Refined Protein Blend (Whey Protein Concentrate, Milk Protein Concentrate, Egg Albumin, Whey Protein Isolate, Rice Protein, Casein Phosphopeptides), Amino Acid Derivatives Blend (N-Acetyl L-Phenylalanine, N-Acetyl L-Glutamine, L-Valine Ethyl Ester HCL, L-Phenylalanine Methyl Ester HCL, L-Lysine HCL, L-Leucine Pyroglutamate, L-Leucine Ethyl Ester HCL, L-Leucine Alpha Ketoglutarate, Lactalbumin Hydrolysate), Nitrated BCAA Blend (L-Leucine Nitrate, L-Isoleucine Nitrate, L-Valine Nitrate), Glutamine Analogues Blend (L-Glutamine, Akgenuine™, L-Glutamine Alpha Ketoglutarate 2:1, L-Glutamine Alpha Ketoglutarate), Big Digestive Enzyme Blend (Brown Rice Bran, Waxy Maize, Corn Starch Amylopectin, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Papaya (Carica Papaya) (Fruit), Lactase 100,000 LU/g, Protease 200,000 HUT/g, Papain). May contain Caramel, Sucralose, Natural & Nature’s Equivalent Flavor.
Important Warning: Big Blend™ is intended for use as a supplement to the diet only. Do not use for weight loss or as your only source of calories. Big Blend™ contains ingredients derived from milk, eggs and rice. Because it is packaged by weight rather than volume, some settling of the contents of this bottle may occur.
Allergen Alert: Contains milk.
September 15, 2011 23 Comments
Protein: 38 grams per serving
Carbohydrates: 9 grams per serving
Sugar: 6 grams per serving
Calories: 350 per serving
Product Info: AST MuscleXGF is specially formulated to promote mass weight gain without the use of cheap carbohydrates and excessive calories. Unlike other weight gainers, Muscle XGF has very low fat and carb content and is packed with BCAAs and L-Leucine. It has thermo-lipid complex that provides intense energy to help burn fat and produce lean muscle. It comes in rich chocolate cream and vanilla ice cream flavors.
Pros: A usual weight gainer that has 40-50 grams of protein has 1000 calories and at least 25 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Muscle XGF, on the other hand, has very low calories that falls only at 350 and carbohydrates at 9 grams for a whooping 38 grams of protein per serving. Unlike other brands, AST Muscle XGF doesn’t rely on carbohydrates and proteins to build mass. Most of them are fats anyway. It supports solid mass weight gain and promotes a fast lean muscle growth.
Cons: As a weight gainer this product is highly recommended by both experts and users.
Directions: Muscle-XGF can be taken anytime you want to add muscle building protein and calories to your diet. Add 2 scoops to 10-12 ounces of cold water. For an even richer and better tasting shake add 2 scoops to 16 ounces of cold skim or whole milk. Pre-Workout: Have a shake 1 hour before your workout. Post-Workout: Have a shake 1 hour after your workout.
Ingredients: MyoGen-8™- Proprietary 8-Stage Protein And Amino Acid Hybrid (Calcium Caseinate Protein, Sodium Caseinate Protein, Milk Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Concentrate (Delivering Di-, Tri-, Oligo-, And Polypeptides), Whey Protein Isolate (From Ion Exchange), Hydrolyzed Whey Protein (Delivering Oligopeptides), Bovine Colostrum (Delivering Immunoglobulin Fractions), Glutamine Peptides, L-Taurine, L-Leucine, Lactoferrin Protein (From Ion-Exchange Separation)), Cocoa Powder (Dutch Process), Thermo Lipid Complex™ (Sunflower Oil, Canola Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Cla- Conjugated Linoleic Acid), Fructose, Maltodextrin, Micronized Creatine Monohydrate, Natural And Artificial Flavors, X-Vite™ Vitamin And Mineral Formula Consisting Of (Dipotassium Phosphate, Magnesium Oxide, Di-Calcium Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Vitamin E Acetate, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Ferrous Fumarate, Zinc Oxide, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Copper Gluconate, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamin Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Acetate, Folic Acid, Chromium Polynicotinate, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12), Mono-Glycerides, Di-Glycerides, Lecithin, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose
Important Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This p
September 2, 2011 20 Comments
Protein: 21 grams per serving
Carbohydrates: 4 grams per serving
Sugar: 4 grams per serving
Calories: 117 per serving
Product Info: Arizona Nutritional Sciences’ PlantFusion is an allergen free, easy to digest and vegan friendly protein powder. It has complete protein but is made only of plant sources like artichoke, brown rice and peas. It is 100% natural and not genetically modified. It has a significant amount of protein which is 21 grams per serving. It comes in Chocolate, Vanilla Bean and Lightly Sweetened flavors in 1Lb and 2Lb tubs and even three-30g Sample Packs for those who wants to try it out first.
Pros: Most protein shakes and supplements are based on whey or egg albumin. Arizona Nutritional Sciences’ PlantFusion, however, is 100% plant based and Vegan friendly. It has fibers and contains an enzyme blend that makes it easy to digest and promotes maximum absorption. It is lactose and allergen free as it has no dairy, soy or animal produce. This product is recommended by most people who used it.
Cons: Being purely plant based, it’s hard to expect a drastic or fast results from taking this product. It has essential amino acids and BCAAs but the biological value of its protein isn’t as high as those taken from egg whites or milk.
Directions: Add one scoop to 8 oz of chilled water in a shaker cup or blender and mix for about 5 seconds. Drink and enjoy 1-3 shakes per day as an addition to regular meals.
Ingredients: PlantFusion Proprietary Blend Multi Source Protein (Pea Protein Isolate, Brown Rice Protein Concentrate, And Artichoke Protein), Fructose, Natural Flavors, Guar Gum, Silica, Stevia, Glycine, Bromelain And Alpha Galactosidase With Other Naturally Occuring Enzymes.Typical Amino Acid Profile(Milligrams Of Amino Acids Per Serving)Alanine, Arginine, Aspartic Acid2, Cystine, Glutamine, Glycine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Tyrosine, Valine
Important Note: PlantFusion? Is Eco-Friendly. Our Protein Sources Do Not Negatively Impact The Soil, Enviroment Or Our Community.
August 24, 2011 40 Comments
Protein: 28 grams per serving
Carbohydrates: 1 gram per serving
Sugar: 0.7 gram per serving
Calories: 118 per serving
Product Info: IsoNatural from ALLMAX Nutrition uses a technology called Cros-Flow Microfiltration that removes less absorbent proteins and filters fat and lactose making sure it only produces high quality protein. The protein is extracted using CTP (Cold Temperature Process) Microfiltration, this assures that the nutrients and value of the protein doesn’t break down and get reduced. It also boasts of using only raw materials 100% sourced in the USA and New Zealand unlike other cheaper materials that produces insignificant types of protein.
Pros: This product has a relatively high protein (28 grams per serving) that helps maintain body mass. It is perfect for those on a low carb diet too with only 1 gram of carbohydrates per serving and almost no sugar at all. It has a very high concentration of protein which is approximately 93%. It has amino acids and BCAA’s essential for replenishing tissues for serious work out plans. This is a product highly recommended by people who have actually used it.
Cons: With practically no sugar and very low carbohydrate content you need to make sure your diet provides other essential nutrients the body needs. This product is highly recommended by users but you might want to look for other options or other supplements to use with it.
Directions: Mix or shake 1 scoop (30 grams) with 187.5 mL (6 ounces, 3/4 of a cup) of water, milk or juice. May use up to 8 scoops per day.
Ingredients: Amino Acids and BCAAs (L-Alanine, L-Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Cystine, L-Glutamic Acid, L-Glycine, L-Histidine, L-Hydroxyproline, L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Lysine, L-Methionine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Proline, L-Serine, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan, L-Tyrosine, L-Valine), Whey Protein Isolate
Allergen Alert: Do not use for weight reduction. Use only as a food supplement. Consult your health care provider before use if you are pregnant or nursing.
August 11, 2011 17 Comments