MuscleTech Phase8 is great tasting, balanced Meal Replacement Powder, that can be used in many situations. It comes in numerous flavors and packages, suitable for everyone.
Phase8 is blend of various protein sources that supply body with nutrients for many hours - manufacturer says 8 hours, hence the name.
Anyway, those protein sources are: Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Milk Protein Concentrate, Calcium Caseinate and Micellar Casein. As one can see, there are no plant based protein sources, especially, no soy protein.
Obviously, most of the protein comes from different whey proteins and amount of 'slow' proteins is relatively low.
MuscleTech Phase8 comes in different flavors: Cookies and Cream, Milk Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla and White Chocolate.
Also, it is available in 4 servings and 2, 4.4 and 10 pounds packages. Of course, larger packages has more acceptable price per gram of powder.
Powder mixes easily in shaker, with no much foam - after shaking, let the foam settle little bit for few seconds and that is all. Also, there are no lumps, especially when plastic grid/net/strainer is used in the shaker.
Taste is great, even fruity flavors - even for chocoholics, like me :)
Nutritional values differ from flavor to flavor, but not much. For example, Cookies and Cream contains, per 100g of powder, 63g of proteins, 17g of carbohydrates, 5g of fats and around 3g of fibers.
Knowing protein sources and nutritional values, it is clear that Phase8 is nice Meal Replacement Powder that can be used in many situations like:
- breakfasts and daily snacks and meals, especially if you add some milled oats and/or fruits to make the shake or smoothie fuller and more voluminous. Of course, if you like to make fruit smoothies, then consider Strawberry or Vanilla flavors, although other flavors fit perfectly, too.
- as Post Workout Meal (PWM) shake, Phase8 is not as good as pure whey protein - it is not that fast. However, if you don't like many supplements, MuscleTech Phase8 is much better for PWM, than any whey is for meal replacement.
- as dinner protein powder or bedtime protein powder, Phase8 is acceptable. However, percentage of slow digesting proteins is rather low, so mixing it with low fat or cottage cheese in bedtime protein shakes and smoothies is highly recommended. Also, in such shakes, feel free to add peanut butter and various nuts.
Long story short - Muscletech Phase8 is good all-in-one MRP, which comes at acceptable price and it can be used in many situations. Personally, I prefer chocolate flavors in general, but other flavors are very tasty, too. Powder is very easy on stomach and it never gave me any issues - perhaps because it has around 250mg of digestive enzymes per 100g of powder. Nice :)
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