This product was frequently recommended in the creative / fruity flavor sections (for whey isolates or low-carb protein options) due to the chocolate mint flavor tasting so good.
In its place, we’ve added MuscleTech Platinum 100% Iso-Whey, whose “creative” flavor of peanut butter chocolate twist is simply fantastic.
Why was IsoFLEX Removed
Two main reasons:
It contains added free form amino acids
The entire time our guide was up, we felt a little uneasy recommending this product while simultaneously fighting the war on amino acid spiking.
Even though we made light of the added free form aminos in the buyer’s guide, it still felt like we were speaking out of both sides of our mouth (and quite honestly, we were).
On the IsoFlex label, you’ll see the following added free-form aminos in two different complexes:
Not sure why glutamine has to be in its own complex either… that just adds to further confusion.
Since the amounts are not fully disclosed, we really can’t tell you how much dietary whey protein is in this product, and that’s the main reason why we’re not longer recommending it.
MuscleTech’s Platinum Series proteins, on the other hand, have no added free-form amino acids, and Iovate has been doing things right lately when it comes to building open, trustworthy products. Some of their products are pricy, but that’s not really too much the case with the Platinum Series proteins.
But IsoFLEX’s Amino Acid Profile is (was?) Disclosed
The one saving grace for IsoFlex is that the AA profile used to be disclosed. However, this is no longer shared on their website, and we’re not sure how up-to-date the images out there are.
The product is egregiously expensive
Granted, IsoFlex primarily uses WPI-97, so it’s ultra pure stuff. If there were no added free form amino acids, we’d be okay with prices of $39.99 for 2lbs…
…but still. This is PricePlow, and protein at $20/lb isn’t exactly recommendation-worthy — especially when it’s got added free form aminos!!!
So even if the aminos are removed and we see some clean third party testing, at these price points, the fantastic taste of chocolate mint still might not be worth it.