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Monster Milk Review
I've tried a couple protein shakes over the years and I've decided to start posting my own two cents on the web. This review is on Cytosport's MONSTER MILK.
Monster Milk will be judged in five categories; effectiveness, taste, safety, cost, and mixability. Does it deliver? Does it make you want to throw up after taking it? Are all ingredients used safe? Is it overpriced? The questions that one needs answers to, to make an informed decision.
I will also cite other people's thoughts on the protein powder's effectiveness.
This product is one of the premier protein powders on the market. From over 50 reviews throughout the internet, this product has earned a credible 9/10.
There are two considerable product details. First, Monster Milk has a whopping 50 grams of protein per serving (100% of the Daily Value). The 50 grams come from Isolated Milk Protein, Whey Isolates, Caseinates, Lactoferrin, L-Glutamine, Glutamine Peptides and free form BCAA's L-Valine, L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine. All are extremely useful amino acids that help build new muscle and help recover after a workout.
The amino acids that accompany this product make Monster Milk a pre workout and post workout supplement. The whey, glutamine peptides and free form BCAA's make the product anabolic (thus a post workout supplement). And the milk protein isolates combined with casein make this product anti-catabolic. Basically, you have the fast acting whey protein combined with the slow acting milk protein. Over 40 reviews from supplementreviews.com rate this product "thumbs up" in regards to effectiveness. I also back this product up with my thumbs up in regards to effectiveness. After taking this product I feel pumped and have been adding reps and more pounds to my workouts. Also, this product contains the great Kre Alk creatine ( Kre-Alkalyn pH stable creatine monohydrate ). The best and most effective creatine in the market.
To sum it all up, this product gives results. I wouldn't expect any less from a protein powder that has such a good mixture, including a lot of high quality protein and the best creatine in the market.
Let's put this way, not what you expect from the makers of Muscle Milk. The taste is bland. I have so far only tried chocolate, thus I have to pull in other's comments from other websites/friends. Stay away from the strawberry flavor (my friends didn't like it, and many people on numerous forums haven't liked it. Please comment below you're personal experiences with the strawberry flavor if you've tried it). Also, stay away from the cake batter flavor. It would be best to go with vanilla or chocolate.
I repeat myself, the taste was really disappointing. However, the taste is not bad. It's okay.
The taste receives a 6.5/10.
There is a BUT! The RTD taste is 8/10. However, the RTD's cost much more, and the nutrition is different. I would say the RTD is not worth the extra money, but it's your decision.
Reviews do not cover this aspect of protein supplements. I will provide a run through of the ingredients and let you know of any questionable ingredients.
Here are the ingrediants:
Proprietary Protein Blend (Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Sodium Caseinate, L-Glutamine, Glutamine Peptides, Lactoferrin, L-Valine, L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine), LeanLipids™ Plus (Sunflower And/Or Safflower Oil, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Canola Oil, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), Cocoa Powder, Maltodextrin, Digestive Resistant Maltodextrin (Soluble Dietary Fiber), Fructose, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Potassium Chloride, Monster Creatine Matrix (Kre-Alkalyn (Buffered Creatine, Patent #6,399,661), Betaine Anhydrous, Glycocyamine), Fructo-Oligosaccharide, Gum Blend (Xanthan, Cellulose, Carrageenan), Aminogen® (Patented Bioactive Polypeptide Enzyme System), Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose.
All ingredients are safe. Look at the corresponding picture for supplement facts.
As mentioned in the ingredient list above, this product contains creatine. Creatine is safe (but I know there are some of you that do not like it). There is only one gram of creatine (and the creatine is Kre-Alkalyn pH stable creatine monohydrate). The reason for that is that you can drink multiple shakes a day. In fact, on training days, you should be drinking three of these. However, there is 50 grams of protein per serving! You're thinking, that's 150 grams, 100 grams more than my body needs! Yes, this is why people also gain weight when using this product. However, if you are a workout fanatic, then you should be taking close to 1 gram of protein for every pound you weigh! For me, I shed weight very fast (high metabolism) so this is actually a good thing. With regards to why you take 3 servings on training days: This is a pre workout supplement, you take one 2 hours before a workout. This is post workout as well, you take one 15-30 mins after your workout. Finally, you take one before going to bed; the casein and milk isolate will help take away from the catabolism that occurs when you sleep.
Furthermore, for those of you that are lactose intolerant, this product is lactose free. It is one of the few protein shakes in the market that has milk isolate and yet is lactose free.
*** If you wish to read more about the safety of creatine, check out the following hub:
Reviewers agree that this product is mildly overpriced. Muscle Milk is less expensive. However, Muscle Milk is unhealthier (more saturated fats, etc) and an independent study from Consumer Reports has revealed dangerous metals (lead and cadmium) in the muscle milk powder. I'm going to go ahead and shell out a couple extra bucks for the Monster Milk for a while longer (as it is definitely working for me). However, I plan on trying out Muscle Juice Revolution 2600 in a couple weeks (I will post up a review for that product later on, after I've tasted and evaluated it). You can read my review for Muscle Milk here: http://isocrates.hubpages.com/hub/Muscle-Milk-Review
Again, Muscle Milk has more saturated fats, but it might be a better choice if you are looking to bulk up and want a cheaper protein powder blend.
Monster Milk is one of the healthiest protein shakes I've tried so far (even has fiber!). I believe it is worth the few extra bucks, however, the decision is up to you. There are cheaper shakes out there. But, I have not seen many protein shakes with the great Kre-Alk creatine. Of course, amazon is the best place to get it. But, you can also go to bodybuilding.com or your nearby GNC and pick one up (just don't let those greedy GNC salespeople sell you their GNC protein powders).
We have all tried protein shakes that we just can't seem to be able to mix. There's clumps left no matter what we do. However, do not fear this with Monster Milk. I have been able to mix Chocolate Monster Milk with Whole Milk and not have any clumps what-so-ever.
All in all, this is a solid protein supplement. It receives a 9/10 from me. One of the best protein supplements I have tried so far. Even though it tastes worse than Muscle Milk, it makes up in with a healthier ingredient and supplement fact list.
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