– May 10, 2018
Real Food Real Gains Real Overpriced
I used this product while doing Rich Piana’s bigger by the day and the resurrection programs. I like it but I have a few issues with it. My review is based on mixing a scoop of real food with 2 scoops of protein and 10oz of water.
Real Food is full of great complex carbs. The carb sources are yams, sweet potatoes, oats, and blueberry powder. Each scoop contained 100 calories coming from 1g of fat, 20g of carbs, and 1g of protein. This product also has 17g of fiber and 1g of sugar. I really like this ingredient profile because these are some of the best complex carbs you can find.
I had the sweet potato pie flavor and it was okay. Mixed well with vanilla protein, 6/10. Mixability was okay, the oats float to the bottom and clump up even with a blender ball. I used a scoop dose post workout or a 2 scoop dose as a meal replacement.
This product is an effective way to add complex carbs to your diet. But I like to eat my carbs, especially when I’m cutting. And this is no different than just eating the carb sources that are listed in the product. The best time for this product was when I was in a time crunch for a meal and just made a shake to replace it, or when I absolutely could not eat any more carbs and needed to drink my calories (this was extremely rare).
The value of this product is not great. It is cheaper to just eat your carbs if you are only using this as a carb supplement. If it is a meal replacement the value is even worse because you will need to also buy a protein powder when you can just buy a mass gainer for the same price as real food with even better complex carbs (such as Carb10). Again, I prefer to eat my carbs, it is cheaper and more satisfying. I paid $43.95 for the 60 sv tub from Amazon. It is available a bit cheaper from other retailers but I have not seen a price that makes it worth purchasing again.
A great product in theory but the value is not there. Next time I will just grab a mass gainer or some sweet potatoes from the supermarket.
– June 20, 2018
Real Food, it is what is says
Hello again. 5% Nutrition by Rich Piana ( Rest in Peace). The massive individual against Macro-Nutrient sources that wasnt from whole foods. I am currently not on any specific program, im not looking to grow or cut drastically anytime soon, I wanted a carb source and finally landed on Real Food
The key is in the simplicity of this product, this particular review will be shorter than normal but hopefully by the end you will understand why. When looking for a Carb source I was not intending on using it Intra or post workout, i did not want any rapid absorption or Insulin response, so i was looking to stay away from Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin and so on. I wanted something to literally replace a whole food carb source when I was not hungry but needed to fill in my macros. Real Food was pretty much the only product I could find that fit my current need, Im sure there are more out there but I am also too lazy to keep looking around extensively. As far as we know Rich Piana was against overly processed macronutrients, Now a lot of people may argue the Semantics of his personal stance vs his supplement line which is processed by nature, so lets forget all that and just look at the Product at face value.
Essentially Rich Piana wanted certain carb sources, dehydrated them and processed it into powder form. Serving Size 1scoop 30g Pounded Yams 10,000mg Oats 7000mg Sweet Potato 10,000mg Blueberry Fruit 500mg If you add up all the active ingredients you get 27g or 90% leaving 3g or 10% for colors, flavors etc. This is a very impressive ratio. Each serving will give you 20grams of Carbohydrates.
Taste is great. There are currently 2 flavors, Sweet potato Pie and Blueberry Cobbler, The Sweet Potato is very yummy with a creamy cake undertone especially when mixed with a good Vanilla protein powder. The Blueberry is a little sweet on the palate but not over bearing. Now when you are judging the mixability be careful, these are whole food sources, so you will have chunks of oats floating all throughout the bottle then settling on the bottom, you will need to shake your bottle before every sip. Still easy to drink as long as you dont mind chewing on the oats, but it is better used when blending the product. There isnt anything to comment on dosing. its a carb source and you get carbs.
As mentioned above it is all depending on your need. As a carb source to fit your macros throughout the day it is perfect, Complex Carbohydrate sources that will not drastically spike your Insulin or absorb immediately. I would not find this ideal as an Intra Workout source as the digestion will be very slow or for Immediate Post workout as again the digestion and absorption will be slow, but if you need to fill in your carbs with a shake, smoothie, sludge or oatmeal then this is a great product.
This was my only real issue with the product. Here in Canada it is a little expensive, I have seen it on sale for roughly $50 up to $79.99. For a 60 serving tub it is a little expensive for a slow digesting carb source without any other ingredient or need
I have been fine with the product. It is sweetened with Sucralose so for those that dont like artificial sweeteners might want to stay away It is a Complex Carb source, because it is in powder form doesnt change your Daily caloric intake or need. If you drink too much of it beyond your need you will gain some weight.
Overall, if you can find this on sale then it is a good product. It is definitely not needed as you can eat the same complex carbs instead of buying a supplement. If you are on a Lean Bulk and are the type of person that just cant higher volumes of clean whole foods then it is a great Carbohydrate product.
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