You have heard of whey protein powder and even vegan protein powder....but what about beef isolate protein powder? Would you drink a steak shake? No, I don't mean drinking blended up steak (not literally). Something that has caught the eye of many lifters is the rise of different sources of protein (in powders). With the media promoting the act of varying your protein sources and "anti-supplement gurus" promoting people to just eat meats, beef protein powder has caught the eye of many lifters seeking to increase muscle mass. I mean, the bodybuilders in the "Golden Era" all consumed meat, milk, rice, and more meat. Why not get it in powder form, right? At least that's the idea. In this product review I discuss the nutrition facts of the product, my experience, and the overall conclusion on who should use this product.
The MuscleMeds Carnivor Beef Isolate Protein has a whopping 0 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrate, and 23 grams protein. That's not 100% protein, but it is very close! The product also provides 2.5 grams of creatine per serving. This means two scoops of Carnivor Isolate Protein provides 5 grams of creatine, 46 grams of protein, 16 grams of carbohydrates, and 0 grams of fat. My only complaint i that the carbohydrates are not fiber or sugar. I also happened to notice that the product contained maltodextrin. Maltodextrin is used as a filler in products and is broken down as glucose in the body (sugar). Maltodextrin can spike insulin, which is not the greatest of things for those trying to optimize fat loss (better for those who are bulking). If you are wanting to bulk up, using this product will be a sure way to get in creatine, protein, and provide a nice insulin spike post-workout.
Alright, now to the main part of any product review....the actual experience with the product. I personally found that the product was not for me. Being someone who was vegetarian majority of the time (burger king every two weeks...I am human too), I had horrible digestion issues. I went from the Vega Sport (check out my vega sport product review) to a beef isolate protein powder (Carnivor). I really enjoyed the taste, mix-ability, and ease of clean up (shaker cup) of the product. As much as I liked the product, my body unfortunately did not agree with me (digestive issues). I personally had to stop using the product due to it messing with my stomach to a great extent. Though I feel this is an individual case (depends how well you digest protein), this is a product you have to try in order to see if you can efficiently digest it.
Even with all the protein powders I have tried, the Carnivore protein (chocolate flavor) tasted absolutely amazing, but not the best I have tried (more on that protein in a later product review). I loved how the product tasted, how it mixed, and the macro nutrient make-up of the product. Taking two scoop of the product provides you with 46 grams protein, 16 grams of carbs, and 5 grams of creatine. That's not bad at all! I personally could not digest the protein very well, but I know many who can and have. This product is something you would need to try in order to know if you like it or not.
The Decision: This is good product for those can digest it and focusing on gaining muscle mass. If you are use plant-based protein or you do not consume meats, I would definitely ease my way into using this product. If you are looking to reduce your insulin spikes throughout the day, this product is not for you.
(Get yours at your local GNC or get it online at GNC.com)