MusclePharm Combat 100% Casein
MusclePharm Combat 100% Casein is a pure casein protein supplement in the powdered form. It is a source of slow-digesting protein, suitable for bedtime shakes and smoothies, but also for daily meals and snacks like shakes, smoothies, but also like pancakes, brownies, etc.
Published: March 10, 2017.
MusclePharm Combat 100% Casein comes in 4 pounds (1.8 kg) packages and in only two flavors - Chocolate Milk and Vanilla.
The nutritive content of a single serving is given in the following table:
|Single Serving||34.5 g||34.5 g|
|Protein||28 g||28 g|
|Total Carbs||2 g||2 g|
|Fibers||0 g||0 g|
|Sugars||1 g||1 g|
|Total Fats||0 g||0 g|
|Saturated Fats||0 g||0 g|
|Trans Fats||0 g||0 g|
|Cholesterol||20 mg||20 mg|
|Sodium||55 mg||70 mg|
|Potassium||160 mg||110 mg|
|Calcium||60% RDA||60% RDA|
Chocolate Milk Flavor Ingredients: Micellar Casein, Cocoa Powder, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Inulin, Flour Salt, Cellulose Gum, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Protease, Lactase.
Vanilla Flavor Ingredients: Micellar Casein, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Inulin, Flour Salt, Cellulose Gum, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Protease, Lactase.
MusclePharm Combat 100% Casein has a very high protein content for a casein protein - around 81 grams of protein per 100g of powder.
Protein source is, of course, only micellar casein, hence the name - 100% Casein.
It is an excellent nighttime protein source - casein protein digests slowly, feeding the body for almost 7-8 hours with a constant flow of amino acids. This way, when waking in the morning, one doesn't feel (too) hungry or even starving.
MusclePharm Combat 100% Casein can help with recovery after workouts only as a part of a balanced diet - one should drink whey based Post Workout Meal (PWM) shakes and consume slow-digesting meals (casein shakes included) before bed and perhaps during the day. We say 'perhaps', since nutrition for endomorphs is not the same as nutrition for, for example, ectomorphs or even mesomorphs.
Each serving of MusclePharm Casein delivers 28 grams of protein, only 2 grams of carbs (of which, 1 gram are sugars) and it has no fats. Excellent macronutrient profile, even for people on low carb or even keto diets!
Lactose intolerance: for people having issues with lactose intolerance, the good news is that this supplement contains very low amounts of lactose (note: it is not 'Lactose-Free!'), but it also comes with added digestive enzyme blend. These enzymes help with digestion in general - good for everyone! :)
Gluten intolerance: this is a 'Gluten Free' product, so people with gluten issues can freely enjoy this protein supplement.
Mixability - for a casein powder, especially for a casein powder without lecithin (commonly from soy and/or sunflower), MusclePharm Combat Casein mixes rather well. If you are mixing it in a shaker with plain, cold water, be sure to use plastic/metal mesh in the shaker, to decrease the amount of lumps. Such mesh increases the amount of foam, but foam settles faster than the liquid thickens - one has to balance between shake's thickness, amount of foam, and water.
Taste - both flavors have good taste. Chocolate Milk tastes better, just be sure not to add too much water. Vanilla is OK, even better than Chocolate Milk if more water/liquid is added.
For better taste, feel free to add some peanut butter, low-fat and cottage cheese with some almonds or walnuts to Chocolate Milk shakes and blend everything with a blender. During summer, blend Vanilla with some frozen berries and other fruits, add water, put in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, and enjoy tasty, healthy, and guilt-free ice cream :)
On the other hand, Vanilla mixes very well with fruits and cottage cheese. Such shakes and smoothies can help one both gain and lose weight, depending on the shakes' contents and the rest of the nutrition.
Long story short - MusclePharm Combat 100% Casein one of the best casein protein powders on the market. It is comparable with other similar products, but it has very high protein content, no fats of any kind, it is gluten-free, has enzyme blend, etc. Taste and mixability - it contains no lecithin, but it blends rather well for a casein protein and tastes more or less, OK. Recommended.
More about casein supplements can be found in Top 5 Best Casein Protein Powders: How to Pick the Right One article.
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