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Location: Somewhere over the Rainbow
Age: 49
Bio: I am allergic to chuckle heads. I believe that the internet has finally shifted out the "bro" and shifted in the "science" into broscience. Today's internet and gyms are populated by a bunch of PubMed warrior fitness gurus and average everyday chuckle heads spouting absolute nonsense based on some specific scientific study without any clue other than the fact that they can read an abstract.

Remember, it's "Do You Even Lift" not "Do You Even Science".

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  June 18, 2015
Verified Full-Container Use Through SR TROOPs

8.0

----Introduction----

This is the second protein snack that I've received from MyProtein via the ER program. I love having convenient sources of protein on hand for those occasions when I'm on the road or out in the field and keeping something cold is an issue. It's probably useful to keep in mind that I do not treat any of these products as a staple or foundation for daily nutrition; these are convenience products only. It appears that these are a private label product from Novo, albeit in a slightly smaller serving size.
----Introduction----
This is the second protein snack that I've received from MyProtein via the ER program. I love having convenient sources of protein on hand for those occasions when I'm on the road or out in the field and keeping something cold is an issue. It's probably useful to keep in mind that I do not treat any of these products as a staple or foundation for daily nutrition; these are convenience products only. It appears that these are a private label product from Novo, albeit in a slightly smaller serving size.


----Ingredient Profile----

Serving size: 1 bag (1.06 oz or 30g)
Calories: 110
Protein: 15g, Carbs: 9g, Fat: 2g

Pretty solid macros. The first ingredient is the protein blend, which is a mix of soy isolate, whey concentrate and whey isolate. I could do without the soy, but it's not a deal breaker in a convenience product like this. I would not use a soy protein on a daily basis. The next ingredient is rice flour followed by all the flavorings - so it's a pretty simple mix and I like it.


----Taste/Mixability/Dosing----
Ok, so this is where things get a little dicey. First off, these are quite dry; pretty sure you can't get through even half a bag without having to take a drink lest your mouth turn into a solid clump of sawdust-like particles. But again, this isn't a deal breaker for me since it's all about the extra protein for me. As such, I'm willing to sacrifice a little on the look & feel; however, I suspect most people will judge the texture more harshly as, like I said, it's quite dry. I had the char-grilled chicken flavor and it was pretty much exactly that. A bit freaky to have chicken flavored crisps, but there you have it. I'm sure those with more "sensitive" palates will certainly have plenty of negative things to say while they sip on their caramel-mocha Frappuchino and white hazelnut truffles.



----Effectiveness----
As a protein based snack, this is effective. 1 bag delivers 15g of protein which is really the only reason I would buy these. There's really not much more to say. You could make a case for reduced effectiveness because the dry texture may turn you off so much that you don't use them, but for me, I went through these pretty damn quick.


----Value----
These retail for $10.99 for 6 bags, which comes to roughly $1.85 per bag. So that's $1.85 for 15g of protein supplementation - significantly more pricey than the cost of an equal amount of whey. But this product's value is in it's convenience and as such, so is the expense. Compare it to my current snack staple, Quest Chips, which retail for around $2.10 per bag, but deliver 21g of protein in a slightly more palatable form. So again, as a 1:1 protein replacement for say chicken or whey, it's not a great value but compared to other convenience products like protein bars or protein chips, it holds it's own. It's also worth noting that these often go on sale and MyProtein has numerous discount codes so I think it would be rare to have to pay full retail for these.



----Conclusion----
I'll recommend these. While not the "be-all, end-all" to gourmet protein decadency, it's a decent way for you to keep a bag in the truck or gym bag for those occasions that you need a protein fix. And really, that's the only reason that I would use these. All truffle jokes aside, they really aren't quite palatable enough to keep on hand for everyday use in my opinion.
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Convenience Factor Is Quite High
  • Cost Is In-line With Competitors Products
  • Dry Texture
  • Not A Fan Of The Soy

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  June 12, 2015
Verified Full-Container Use Through SR TROOPs

8.7

----Introduction----

I love to have easy to use higher protein alternatives on hand for both snacking and convenience. Usually they don't come in cookie form - so I was excited to give this a go. Maybe not within the traditional mold of a high protein supplement because of the robust amount of other macros - perhaps a more "protein conscious" way to snack? And really, this shouldn't be used to make or break your nutritional strategy - more like a better way to sneak a little sin into the hermetic dietary practices that we force upon ourselves. But anyway, this should be a relatively short review since, you know, it's a freaking cookie, not rocket science, lol.
----Introduction----
I love to have easy to use higher protein alternatives on hand for both snacking and convenience. Usually they don't come in cookie form - so I was excited to give this a go. Maybe not within the traditional mold of a high protein supplement because of the robust amount of other macros - perhaps a more "protein conscious" way to snack? And really, this shouldn't be used to make or break your nutritional strategy - more like a better way to sneak a little sin into the hermetic dietary practices that we force upon ourselves. But anyway, this should be a relatively short review since, you know, it's a freaking cookie, not rocket science, lol.

----Ingredient Profile----
Serving Size: 1 cookie (75g)
Calories: 320
Protein: 37.5g
Fat: 10g
Carbs: 20g (1g fiber and 7g sugar)

Like many people, my go to protein bar is Quest Nutrition. So right off the bat you'll notice that the calories are twice as much - not a terrible thing in and of itself, but worth noting since these are so delicious, it's literally impossible to settle for eating just half. Not even joking. And even though a Quest bar is close in total weight (60g), the carbs are primarily fiber based isomalto-oligosacchardies which allows the label to cancel out most of the carbs, whereas this uses oat flour as the primary carb. This also has twice the fat and almost twice the protein, although it's worth looking at the protein sources.

The protein comes from milk protein, hydrolyzed gelatin and soy; I'm not a fan of gelatin or soy based proteins and in general, they are not as useful to us as whey. So you've got to consider that when selecting these - now I don't have a huge issue with their inclusion, but I wouldn't use either gelatin or soy on a daily basis as my primary protein. So compare that to Quest, which uses whey protein isolate and milk protein isolate as the primary protein sources.

To me, this fits the bill more as a meal replacement type product instead of a protein bar replacement product. It's a better choice than the typical candy-bar replacement protein bars that you get in the grocery store, for sure. It's also a more natural meal replacement that sports a pretty well balanced macro profile and uses relatively natural ingredients. So there's pluses and minuses on both sides. Perhaps it would be better to approach this for what it really is - and that's a cookie.

----Taste/Mixability/Dosing----
Like I said, 1 cookie=1 serving. It's is extremely moist and chewy - no surprise there with the higher fat content. And while these are baked, it's not quite the same texture and crunch as a normal cookie - more like (as in exactly like) a flattened and baked version of a Chocolate Quest bar. I had the double chocolate chip flavor and it was extremely chocolaty - exactly the right flavors. (There's no mystery that I burned through this box in record time - 12 cookies in 12 days, lol.) So you have to consider that as well - what good is a protein supplement if you don't look forward to eating it? I loved this. I ate this. I want more of this.

----Effectiveness----
It's food - no more, no less. Since I loved eating it, I would rate it very effective. And I speculate that it delivered it's nutrients exactly as desired. There's no magic here, no special gainzzzzzz, just a great way to get a bit more protein in a pleasing cookie context. Mission accomplished!

One thing I would disagree with is that these are not really a great way to increase protein in your diet due to the other macros that come along with it. Granted, you do get 37g of protein, but I can get that from a scoop and a half of whey and almost none of the fat or carbs - so just keep that in mind. But if you can alter a meal to include one of these delicious little devils, well, then it's game on Skippy!

----Value----
These normally sell for $24.99 for 12 cookies. Right now they're on sale for $17.49. Either way, they still are a relatively solid value coming in between $1.50-$2.00 per cookie, which is right in line with the higher quality protein bars that I purchase. Any higher and you're into what I call "YouBar" land where for $3.00 a bar you can get all natural hand made protein bars shipped fresh, which is really hard to beat for quality and effectiveness if price is not an issue. But overall, I think that the ability to fit a little pleasure into your diet and still get decent macros as well as taste and texture is quite high in value beyond the actual cost. I'd have no problem using one of these as my occasional dessert or cheat meal. Plus, these tended to fill me up, so there's also the added value that you may well find yourself eating a bit less due to the high satiety factor - not a trivial thing to consider and way more value than choking down glasses of fiber. (Although this isn't a high fiber snack.)


----Conclusion----
I think most people can go either way on these - the protein snobs/purists will not give it a go due to the soy and gelatin proteins. The OCD physique audience will never accept the high fat and carbs. But for normal recreational lifters, I think this is a totally acceptable addition to your food choices. Higher protein, great taste and texture, fair price, max convenience. That's a win in my book.
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Great Taste
  • Soft And Chewy
  • Nailed The Flavor
  • A Bit Pricey
  • Soy And Gelatin Proteins

You are seeing this because you are
  June 4, 2015
Verified Full-Container Use Through SR TROOPs

7.0

----Introduction----

I was sent this along with another product and would not have requested it due to my previous history with PDE5 inhibitors. However, it arrived so I decided to give it a try on several occasions. ProSolution is an herbal alternative to male ED drugs. Please note that I attempted to use these on half a dozen occasions, all with the same consistent side effects - so technically I did not finish the entire box, however, I do feel that the side effects were consistent enough to be able to judge product effectiveness (read below for explanation).
----Introduction----
I was sent this along with another product and would not have requested it due to my previous history with PDE5 inhibitors. However, it arrived so I decided to give it a try on several occasions. ProSolution is an herbal alternative to male ED drugs. Please note that I attempted to use these on half a dozen occasions, all with the same consistent side effects - so technically I did not finish the entire box, however, I do feel that the side effects were consistent enough to be able to judge product effectiveness (read below for explanation).

----Ingredient Profile----

Asphaltum - ok, so I was like, wth? Asphalt? But no, this is another name for shilajit, a thivk tar-like substance used in ayurvedic medicine. It is usually very hard (and expensive) to find reputable and quality sources for this. It is a great anti-oxident and anti-inflammatory.

Tribulus Terrestis - ok, "meh" but reportedly great for libido.

Mucuna Puriens - a great source for L-Dopa, although purity is not listed, but I've used it in other products with good effectiveness.

Withania Somnifera (ashwagandha) - common herbal ingredient for blood flow

Curculigo Orchioides - libido

Asparagus Adscendens - increase sperm count

All of these are actually pretty common herbal remedies, although probably not in the same product before. Unfortunately we don't know the real clinical amounts or dosing (although we can compare them to amounts used in studies) , and there probably isn't a consistent baseline to begin with. However,all are listed individually, which is very nice - big plus.

----Taste/Mixability/Dosing----
I took two tablets a day, with food. Occasionally I would try an additional tablet before sexual activity.

----Effectiveness----
Based on side effects, which were massive (lol), I've got to rate this as effective. I've always had terrible side effects on any occasion that I've tried PDE5 type inhibitors - may skin becomes quite flushed, I get brutal pressure in my head and I get irregular heart beat. Onset is usually within 30 minutes and that was the case with this. Since this is consistent with attempts to use Viagra, I feel confident that this is certainly not some sugar pill. Seriously, the side effects were exactly to the degree and scale of prescription medication. So while not scientific by any means, form a purely anecdotal perspective, I feel that these have quality ingredients that work equally effective to other more common products on the market.

And this does produce wood - sometimes painfully so. Although again, that's not something I have an issue with so I may not be the best judge on this.

----Value----
These are available directly from the vendor through a subscription service which drives me absolutely batty. However, it was easier to find pricing for this product - 1 month is $69.95. Packages are available up to 6 months for $299.95, which reduces monthly price down to $49.95. I'm going to rate this a middle of the road value - very similar in pricing to Men's Advantage from Muscle Feast, another effective herbal product. These types of men's products aren't cheap to begin with, especially for the ones that have been proven effective. Since I don't suffer from ED issues, value would be low for me, but for someone with these issues, I wouldn't think that even $70 a month would be a hardship to improve your sex life.


----Side Effects----
(see above) - skin flushing, headache/head pressure, irregular heart beat.

----Conclusion----
This one is interesting - since I never actually was able to make an informed decision on it's sexual potency (and frankly it's not an issue for me in the first place), I can only comment on what I perceived the potential to be. So, based on comparisons to other effective products that I've taken, I've got to say that this holds promise. Try it for yourself and decide. I'll rate it as a yes with the caveat only if you have ED issues to begin with.
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