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REVIEW OF STS PRO MUSCLE GLYCOTEIN
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STS Pro Muscle Glycotein Review by Matt Canning
STS Pro Muscle Glycotein was yet another supplement sample which I picked up at the 2007 Mr. Olympia contest. Without question, the 2007 Olympia weekend in Las Vegas was one of the most worthy bodybuilding endeavors I've been on yet and I came home with a ton of supplements for review. STS Pro Muscle Glycotein was a very unique supplement and one which was distinctly different from any other protein powder which I tried before.
Glycotein promises to replenish glycogen storage so that you don't burn muscle for fuel. That is a pretty big claim, and you will note that the list of ingredients is different from other protein blends. It contains 17 grams of high quality protein and 16 grams of glycemically balanced carbohydrates for maximum protein and glycogen storage. The three types of protein in Pro Muscle Glycotein are:
- Whey Protein Isolate
- Whey Protein Concentrate
- Micellar Casein
Just a brief side note, that the cost of whey is going up as of 2007 so expect prices of whey protein based supplements to rise. Casein based products may have a competitive edge in the near future.
The Glycotein certainly does have an interesting matrix of ingredients and I would initially assume a lot of research went into designing such a specific blend. That said, it makes interesting claims and if it does what it says it does, it would no doubt be a worthy supplement to keep on hand.
Each serving size is one packet and weighs 40 grams. It is 150 calories in total with only five calories from fat (1/2 a gram!) and 17 grams of protein. Overall, I like this breakdown, although the overall number of calories is somewhat low for my bulking purposes - I can see how many people would include this supplement as part of a weight loss diet.
I chose to consume the Glycotein mix in a shake format, mixed with both milk and water and with a banana. The mixture consisted of 2/3 2% milk and 1/3 water. There was no particular reason why I chose these quantities other than the fact that I simply ran out of milk! Also, to be exact, I used about 3/4 of the banana since some was rotten. These details aren't particularly relevant to the proper way to consume Glycotein since it boils down to preference, but I tend to prefer a complete shake described above if I have the top - usually immediately post workout during the 15 minute anabolic window which I use to restore glycogen stores via a protein shake. Overall, the Glycotein mix tasted good, although I got a little bit of that healthful aftertaste I usually only notice when I drink very healthy drink mixes and supplements. Often a protein powder will taste like a snack treat, but when it is full of healthy ingredients, I find it tastes a little worse. That is just common sense - the better something tastes, the more likely it is not to be good for you! With that said, I would assume that the Glycotein blend is quite healthy. Not that it tasted bad, but I did find it to have a little aftertaste.
The Glycotein dietary supplement mixed perfectly well in the shake mix I described above. I noted that the texture was thin and slightly grainy but definitely nothing to worry about. Overall it mixed very well and was easy to drink.
I had absolutely no problems digesting this supplement. I can honestly say that I have never had any problems digesting any protein mix, and this was no exception.
Based on only one use of this supplement, I can't determine the effectiveness, but it appears to be a healthful blend and based on the ingredient breakdown, something that I would be happy to include in my diet as part of a balanced overall nutrition program.
Delicious and healthful - my only two concerns with this product would be the artificial milk chocolate flavour - it seems that just about every nutritional supplement out there has artificial flavour in some way which is strange to me and sort of defeats the purpose. The only other thing I would comment on in addition to the above mentioned remarks is that 30 packets of this supplement costs $51.99 resulting in the per unit price to $1.73, which is somewhat steep, especially if you are consuming multiple samples per day. Good health does not necessarily come cheap though, but there are other less expensive supplements out there which essentially deliver the same result. It comes down to preference and no doubt this will be a product which is well received by many in the health and fitness community based on its numerous good qualities as a supplement.
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