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muscle milk shake

If there’s one product that every meathead in the gym knows, I’m betting it’s Muscle Milk. It’s a wildly popular and expensive protein drink, and I’ll admit, the name is really cool!

This Muscle Milk nutritional shake is a ready-to-drink protein supplement. I never had an interest in using it, but the other day I saw it on a clearance sale, so I decided to try it. I still hated the idea, but tried it anyway since I was going on a road trip and needed a convenient protein source.

Normally I would mix my own protein shakes like this, but I didn’t want to carry all my mixing stuff with me.

So I drank Muscle Milk, and here’s my review…

Health and Nutrition

Starting with the ingredients…

Ingredients: Water, Calcium and Sodium Caseinate, Milk Protein Isolate, Blend of Vegetable Oils (Sunflower Oil and Canola Oil), Cocoa Powder, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Maltodextrin, Fructose, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Potassium Citrate, Whey, Vitamin Mineral Blend, Cellulose Gum, Soy Lecithin, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Monosodium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Acesulfame Potassium, Salt, Carrageenan, Sucralose.

Vitamin Mineral Blend: Vitamin A Palmitate, Cholecalciferol, Vitamin E Acetate, Biotin, Niacinamide, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Cyanocobalamin, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Tricalcium Phosphate, Chromium Chloride, Copper Gluconate, Potassium Iodide, Ferric Pyrophosphate, Magnesium Phosphate, Zinc Oxide.

Well, the milk protein and whey look good. And you have quite a few vitamins and minerals. But there is a lot of junk in there, too! You have some vegetable oils, artificial flavors, preservatives, and two different artificial sweeteners. I’d rather stick with a more natural protein drink. At the very least, something without the artificial sweeteners.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories 230
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 4.5g
Sodium 360mg
Potassium 880mg
Total Carbs 11g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Protein 22g

As far as that goes, it looks half decent. You get lots of protein, some fat, and just a little bit of sugar. But that’s quite a bit of fat, and it must be from the added vegetable oils, which just seems like an odd source. I’d prefer less fat if I wanted a quick-digesting drink for during or after workouts.

And since this isn’t something I’m drinking during an endurance ride, why is there so much sodium and potassium? The potassium isn’t so bad, but I see no need for the excess sodium.

Lastly, if I was on a low-carb diet, I wouldn’t want to be getting 11g carbs in my protein shake!

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Muscle Milk Taste Test

I bought a couple 4-packs of the Chocolate flavor in the ready-to-drink aseptic packs.

First, I noticed it was extremely strong. The strength of the flavor really jumped out.

Then I realized it’s terrible! It’s overly sweet, but also artificially sweet. It’s bad enough when it’s one or the other, but this is both. It has two artificial sweeteners and you taste them for sure!

The chocolate flavor was either artificial or hidden behind the artificial ingredients.

In the end, it was hard to finish the 11oz container!

My final verdict is…

I don’t like the ingredients list and the taste is just plain awful. I don’t recommend this at all! While I managed to drink all 8 drinks I purchased, I’d never do it again!

If you’re traveling and need a convenient protein source, stick with something better tasting without the junk ingredients. A Clif Builder’s Bar, perhaps.

Official website: www.MuscleMilk.com

Buy online: www.VitaminShoppe.com | www.Amazon.com

Product Review Details
Company: Muscle Milk.
Product: Muscle Milk Nutritional Shake
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 1.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2011-06-15
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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  1. You suggest Clif Builders Bars as an alternative, but the clif bars are also extremely high in fat and are solid food, which is less than ideal post workout.
    The primary source of protein is casein, which takes much longer to be absorbed than whey, also less than ideal post workout.
    Finally, despite the name, Muscle Milk does not contain any actual milk (which is why it got sued by the ADA) so it does not contain any of the health benefits of milk such as reducing muscle soreness

  2. @Justin

    Just to be clear, I didn’t recommend either product as a post-workout recovery drink.

    First, I don’t recommend Muscle Milk for anything. Second, I did mention the Builder’s Bar for if you’re traveling. For example, making a 12 hour drive. You probably can’t eat a steak while driving, but you could easily eat a Clif Builder’s Bar.

  3. Sorry, I didn’t mean to come off so antithetical

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