Available in individual packets, convenient for carrying to work or traveling
Mix easily with a shaker cup -- most no longer require a blender
Contain a blend of high quality fast, medium, and slow digesting protein
Makes metabolism-boosting protein rich meals more convenient when trying to eat every 2-3 hours
Can be used for weight loss, maintenance, or muscle/mass gains
Offer a blend of simple and complex carbs for sustained energy levels, and fiber
Minimize unhealthy fats, while some are fortified with healthier monounsaturated fats
Fortified with vitamins and minerals. Some even add glutamine, glutamine peptides, and Branched Chain Amino Acids for those engaged in more intense training
Provide consistency for those counting macronutrient levels (i.e. protein, carbs, or fats)
Cost effective -- most are less than $2.50 per serving
ProLab Lean Mass Matrix
Has 5 grams of fiber and plenty of complex carbs to help keep you feeling full all day. Also contains 2 grams of glutamine. Contained the highest amount of calories in the group, and is a particularly good choice for those looking to add serious mass. Testers complained the product was a little too gritty, and the flavor didn't taste nearly as good as some of the others.
Ultimate Nutrition Isopreme
One of the lowest sodium scores in the group. Fortified with 50% of many
vitamins and minerals. Testers ranked its taste and texture average to fair.
EAS Myoplex Original
Myoplex remains one of the
top-selling MRP's. Like a few of the other products tested, the sodium content may be an issue for some at 310mg per serving. Earned good scores in both the taste and texture categories.
IsoPure by Nature's Best
Having the highest amount of protein in the group at 50 grams (although it has a larger serving size), the lowest sugar at 1 gram, and the least amount of cholesterol at 10 mg, is one reason Isopure remains popular among our customers. The major complaint about this product is that its whey protein is the ion-exchanged form, which is generally regarded as a much lower grade of protein. The problem is that ion-exchange processing method destroys some of whey's most valuable microfractions and growth factors, and also results in a slightly bitter taste as opposed to the superior CFM form of whey isolate, which represents the purest, cleanest tasting protein source available. As far as taste and texture, it ranked equal to EAS MyoPlex Original.
Lean Body Original by Labrada
Lean Body is a great
low-fat favorite with zero trans fat. Another major downside is that it's one of just a few MRP's that still contains aspartame. Most consumers prefer sucralose for its better taste and the fact that it's not associated with the potential side effects of aspartame, such as headaches and inflammation. A few panelists thought that just a little more flavor would make this a real winner.
#4.) Right for Men by Bill Phillips Eating for Life
The father of EAS Myoplex betters his original product with good carb and protein choices, plus added digestive enzymes for protein and a probiotic blend. It did, however, contain the lowest amount of protein of the group and was a little high in sodium, at 400 mg per serving. Panelists agreed that it was one of the better scoring choices for taste and texture.
ProSource's own MRP takes the prize for the lowest amount of sodium in the group, and contains added glutamine peptides, branched-chain amino acids, and taurine that are particularly beneficial to strength-training athletes. In addition, its protein blend consists of some of the highest quality sources available making it a leader in bioavailability and amino acid profile. While panelists ranked it as one of the
better tasting MRP's, it was slightly beat out by two competitors in the flavor department.
Meso-Tech by MuscleTech
A rich-tasting MRP with added creatine, AKG, and glutamine peptides. It did contain the highest amount of sugar in the group at 6 grams. It also contained the most cholesterol at 85mg. Some panelists said it tasted almost too sweet, but its rich, smooth consistency gave it an edge over the competition in the taste department.
InStone's Intake Performance
The hands-down winner in this test was Intake Performance. Remarkably, 14 out of 15 testers ranked this as the best tasting MRP! It is a true rarity to get that many people to all agree on something but just one taste of this nutritional masterpiece and it's no wonder. This is a case of a truly superior product in an ultra competitive category. Its taste, texture and consistency were ranked as the best by a significant margin. But even more impressive is that Instone managed this feat while also using the lowest amount of carbs (just 14 grams per serving) and with the highest quality proteins, it has helped make this product the best in both taste and nutritional value. In addition, it also contains a beneficial blend of healthy fats including Flax, DHA, and CLA designed to help accelerate fat-loss while maintaining muscle, plus an effective blend of key digestive enzymes.