Last week, the Stack3d Certified program announced some more incredible news: Muscle Elements’ TRUTH protein has passed a third party lab test — and then some!
We now know that The T.R.U.T.H. (short for Taking Responsibility to Utilize Transparency & Honesty) is free of amino acid spiking thanks to the data shown below.
Due to these tests, the openness of TRUTH’s label, and the delicious dark chocolate taste of the Chocolate Bar flavor, TRUTH now rests at the #1 spot in the naturally-sweetened section of our Best Protein Powder buyer’s guide (and also in the Top 10!)
Let’s take a look at the data below. Our social media fans can see the raw PDF too:
TRUTH Lab Test Results
NO added free form amino acids were found.
This includes alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, cystine, glutamine, glycine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, serine, threonine, tyrosine, valine, beta alanine, citrulline, norvaline, taurine, and creatine.
24.99g of protein was measured, “as is” (the measurement we want).
This represents a 4% overfill – 1g more than expected, since the label only claims 24g!
We’ve been writing about Muscle Elements since they launched, and can now proudly say that they’ve put their money where their mouths are – this is a legit company making beyond legit products.
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Not only that, but this protein is 100% open formula (they tell you exactly how much of what kind of protein you get), growth hormone free, artificial sweetener free, and basically any other kind of nonsense-free.
You can read more on our Muscle Elements TRUTH blog post – it doesn’t get much better for transparency, and that’s why it’s now our #1 naturally sweetened protein.
How can we trust this lab test?
The test came from a third-party, random purchase – just like one you or me would buy. Here’s how the Stack3d certified program works:
- Muscle Elements contacts Stack3d, asking to get their protein tested. They agree to have the lab results posted live, without fear of legal retribution.
- Stack3d requests a quote from the lab (in this case, Genysis Labs) for the test. Testing for all of these free form amino acids is not cheap – it goes for roughly $2000.
- The company pays Stack3d for the lab test.
- Stack3d orders the protein powder from a random online store, such as any of those listed with PricePlow – just like any consumer would receive it. They have the product shipped directly to the testing lab.
- The lab then reports the results, which you see above.
This is about as good of a solution as we currently can have. The only way for the company to get certified is to make quality product – they won’t know where Stack3d will buy it from, and they can’t influence the lab.
Meanwhile, the cost is covered by those who will benefit the most – the manufacturer. Other manufacturers can consider this marketing expense well paid.
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We applaud Muscle Elements for allowing us to show this data – it’s important that we have products we can unequivocally recommend to our users in light of all of the nonsense that’s gone on with protein supplements lately.
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