Whey protein is one of the most important and most widely used supplements in the industry. Manufacturers constantly search for ways to reinvent the wheel when it comes to protein, swearing that theirs is better than the rest for one reason or another. Only two things matter to me when buying protein...
Whey protein is one of the most important and most widely used supplements in the industry. Manufacturers constantly search for ways to reinvent the wheel when it comes to protein, swearing that theirs is better than the rest for one reason or another. Only two things matter to me when buying protein -- profile and price. Muscle Feast does a bang-up job with the former, and a decent job with the latter.
100% Whey Protein - Each 30 Gram Serving Contains:
Only 115 Calories
Low Carb and Fat
24 Grams of Protein!
Over 5.8 Grams of balanced BCAA
3.3 Grams of L-Glutamine and precursors
Compare to ON’s 100% Whey but this is all natural!
Each serving is exactly 80% protein by mass, comprised of whey isolate, whey concentrate, whey peptides, and soy lecithin (in that order). They say to compare to ON 100% Whey, which is 75% protein by mass from the same sources. Muscle Feast also has a more robust BCAA profile at 5.8g, while ON has only 5.5g. ON does, however, have about 700mg more glutamine and precursors.
This is for the unflavored variety of MF Whey, which is simply better than their flavored varieties (22.5g protein/serving) when it comes to nutritional content. I imagine if ON had an unflavored variety, the two would be quite similar.
Ultimately, this is one of the cleanest and fullest profiles around. You get different levels of bioavailability from the varied sources, while avoiding unwanted fillers, sweeteners, and other agents. Muscle Feast is open and informative when it comes to their business ethics and manufacturing processes.
I normally combine taste and mixability, but that's impossible to do here. I chose the unflavored variety because of the profile, and I was hoping it would make choosing a substrate much easier. It was simply awful. Muscle Feast says, "Try mixing our unflavored version in your favorite sport drink, Crystal-Lite, chocolate milk, coffee, cereal, etc." Nope. Don't do it. Water? Sure. Milk? Yep. End there.
As I've said with other products, unflavored does not mean tasteless. The semi-rotten, pungent, unique taste of isolated whey protein that is usually masked (for the most part) by flavor, is in full effect with this stuff. I honestly sometimes found it difficult to get down. A large amount of milk or water is best for consuming it. I usually went with 18oz. or more.
You can tell right away upon opening the tub that they've put a lot of work into keeping the powder as fine and dry as possible, and it mixes beautifully. A spoon and glass works just fine, which is more than can be said for a lot of other proteins. This helps redeem the taste some, as you don't get any stubborn clumps to deal with.
One has to assume that a good profile leads to good results. I can't say for sure what my routine would be like without a protein supplement, and I never want to know. This made it much easier to meet my daily protein requirements. Recovery was always consistent, and the "light" nature of this powder in particular makes it easy to consume a shake with or immediately before a full meal. Some powders might leave you feeling bloated or sluggish. This one satisfies just enough to stave off those hunger pangs until you can get some whole food.
I purchased this with the SR.com VIP discount, which is a great program and it made pulling the trigger a very easy decision. I also ordered a whole bunch of other stuff, which put me over the minimum for free shipping. Even easier decision. Without these incentives, it's $69.99 for a 5lb. tub, plus shipping, which is fairly hefty. This is definitely one of the best whey powders around, but you'll have to decide for yourself whether it's worth it to go with this over something that might end up being cheaper.
I'll compare again to ON 100% Whey (all natural), which is $57.99 from Amazon for a 5lb. tub, shipping costs notwithstanding. 24g/serving at 76 servings for MF = 1824 total grams of protein, divided by $69.99 comes to ~26.06g/dollar. 24g/serving at 71 servings for total grams of protein, divided by $57.99 comes to ~29.38g/dollar. Again, this is the unflavored MF vs. flavored ON. A flavored variety of MF would be even less cost-effective.
I think I bought this at a 20% discount, which makes it $55.99. If you can get it at this price, definitely go for it. Otherwise, explore less expensive options. You might get something very nearly as good, for a better overall value. That being said, there's something distinctly American about a small(er) company like Muscle Feast selling directly to the public, and part of me thinks I'd always shell out a bit more to back them.
This is a great product, manufactured with care by a thoughtful company. The only thing you need consider is price. You can be certain to have a high-quality product when buying from Muscle Feast, no matter what it might be.
Have a lovely day, SR!
- All Natural
- High Quality Blend
- Full Disclosure
- Robust BCAA Profile
- Taste Of Unflavored Variety