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muscle milk protein h2o

Most of my protein supplementation is done by mixing up protein powder in milk, but when I saw a protein water, I had to try some! We all know mixing protein in water is a pain in the butt, so this Muscle Milk Protein H2O will taste like chalk, right?

Not so fast. Don’t underestimate what a factory can do!

So let’s see if this is truly protein water or just another protein shake…

Health and Nutrition

Starting with the ingredients…

Ingredients: Purified Water, Whey Protein Isolate (Derived from milk), Digestive Resistant Maltodextrin (Soluble Dietary Fiber), Natural Flavors, Fruit and Vegetables Juice Extract (Color), Phosphoric Acid, Citric Acid, Sucralose, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate.

First things first, this is a sugar-free beverage, meaning it contains artificial sweeteners.

I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners at all, but luckily this contains just sucralose and no acesulfame potassium. (The regular Muscle Milk contains both of those! Plus it tastes awful.)

The other problem (which actually annoys me even more), is the phosphoric acid. This is what they use in cola that makes it really acidic, which is believed to result in lower bone density. I avoid cola like the plague, and from now on, I’ll avoid this Protein H2O as well.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories 60
Fat 0g
Sodium 25mg
Potassium 50mg
Carbs 6g
Fiber 5g
Sugars 0g
Protein 10g

The first thing that stands out to me is that a 16oz bottle is one serving! I’m used to seeing 8oz and maybe 12oz serving sizes, but 16oz is pretty big. It doesn’t really matter, it’s just different.

What’s really interesting is to see water contain so much protein and fiber. It’s one thing to dissolve sugar in water, but protein and fiber?!

That’s cool, but what does it accomplish? Generally, if you’re taking protein supplements, you’ll be taking more than 10g. And if you’re drinking something during or post-workout, you don’t want much (if any) fiber because it can screw with your digestion and nutrient absorption.

Nutritionally, I have to give this stuff a big thumbs-down!

Protein H2O Taste Test

I tried the Raspberry and Grapefruit flavors. Protein H2O also comes in Orange and Grape.

Sugar-Free Raspberry

Overall, this is an enjoyable flavor. It has a pretty good taste – not great, but better than expected. It’s a somewhat artificial flavor, but luckily there is no nasty aftertaste from the sucralose.

And I’d never have known it contained whey protein if it wasn’t one of the main ingredients! The texture really is just like water.

I wouldn’t drink it just for pure enjoyment, but the flavor rates a little better than just “tolerable.” (Whereas the regular Muscle Milk shake was barely tolerable!)

Sugar-Free Grapefruit

The bright pink color makes this look more like pink grapefruit soda. And it tastes a bit like that, just not carbonated. It’s not natural like Simply Grapefruit, but it isn’t as artificial as grapefruit gummy candy.

The flavor isn’t bad at all and there isn’t a nasty taste or aftertaste from the artificial sweetener. I’d prefer real grapefruit juice over the “natural flavors” in here, but this is actually good for being flavored water.

My Final Verdict Is…

To be perfectly clear, I would never buy or recommend this stuff because it’s expensive, contains artificial sweeteners and other junk, and lacks the high protein content you get when mixing your own whey protein powder drinks. But I have to give them credit for producing a low-calorie, sugar-free, whey protein beverage that has a pleasantly light flavor and texture.

Official Website: www.MuscleMilk.com

Product Review Details
Company: Muscle Milk
Product: Muscle Milk Protein H2O
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 1.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2011-09-12
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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1 Comment
  1. Wonder how they process their protein. Must be something in the factory that helps them get it to that consistency because I sure can’t do that in my kitchen.

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