Anytime there’s a new naturally sweetened supplement hitting the market, our ears perk up. We’ve noticed a clear cry from the masses that also mimics the growing “slow food” movement sweeping the U.S. Basically, it’s less processed and artificial, more natural.
Get Diesel Nutrition is one of the latest companies to jump into the all-natural BCAA category, which has very few options. Dieselade is the newest BCAA supplement to hit the market that’s free of all sucralose, Ace-K.
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Mike and CJ argue over this one. If you need naturally sweetened supplements, peach mango is the way to go!! But if not, this may not be for you, just like CJ.
We’ve got a partially open label on our hands here. The BCAAs and glutamine are transparently dosed, but the sweetening component to Dieselade has been kept under wraps (along with Citrulline Malate and Phenylalanine).
Overall though, you’re getting a HUGE dose of BCAAs in a single scoop, far more than most other brands on the market.
BCAAs 2:1:1 (8g)
Rather than go with the standard 5g dose that most brands go with, Get Diesel is nearly doubling that amount by giving you 8g of BCAAs in each scoop of Dieselade. There’s also no screwball ratios either, but the tried and true 2:1:1 ratio that yields 4g Leucine, 2g Valine, and 2g Isoleucine per serving.
The benefits of BCAAs are nothing new to most of our readers, but it’s always good to give a brief recap of their benefits. First and foremost, BCAAs stimulate muscle protein synthesis in the body and help stave off catabolism that sets in during intense exercise.[1,2]
That’s not all though. BCAAs also enhance recovery and delay the onset of muscle soreness, also known as DOMS.[3,4] Basically, even after your hardest workouts, supplementing with BCAAs can help your muscles recover so that you can get right back in the weight room tomorrow and keep the gains coming!
Glutamine may be the single most well-known amino acid that’s not one of the BCAAs in the industry. This conditionally essential amino is widely regarded and used by many for helping speed recovery following rigorous exercise and athletic competition.
Glutamine plays a key role in cellular energy metabolism and promotes whole body carbohydrate storage and muscle glycogen resynthesis following high intensity exercise.[5,6]
Since glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body, it rarely needs to be supplemented. However, stores are depleted during exercise and thus need to be replenished so as not to negatively impact recovery or protein synthesis.
Proprietary Blend (1.74g)
The remaining ingredients in Dieselade are contained within a proprietary blend that consists of Citrulline Malate, D-Ribose, Stevia, DL-Phenylalanine, Bromelain, and Papain.
The unique ingredients here to focus on are the D-Ribose and Stevia. Ribose is produced in the body from the breakdown of glucose. When supplemented, it joins up with adenine to form ATP, the cellular “currency” for performing work.
D-Ribose is slowly making its way into pre workouts and intra workouts for its ability to quickly replenish ATP stores after high intensity exercise.[7,8]
Stevia, as most know, is the go-to all natural sweetener the industry is slowly moving to in an effort to get away from their dependence on artificial sweeteners like sucralose and Ace-K.
We’ve encountered stevia-based options before in other BCAA products, but none have really delivered in terms of flavoring. Can Dieselade change that?
If you’re ready to give naturally flavored BCAAs a chance, you’ll have the opportunity to select from one of two flavors:
- Kiwi Strawberry
- Cherry Limeade
Up close with Get Diesel
We recently sat down with the guys over at Get Diesel to pick their brains over the creation and development of these naturally flavors aminos. What we got was more than the standard cookie-cutter responses a lot of companies feed us. Instead, Chuck and Co. gave us some of the most detailed reasonings we’ve ever had during our numerous discussions with the brands.
WHY he created this product:
“I haven’t tried any other bcaas since Xtend lemonade in 2006 because I never could use it…. I get pounding headaches from ace-k. I know I’m more sensitive to stuff compared to the av. consumer. I’ve never done a product w ace-k in 14 years of business.”
Nothing beats a product than when it’s created out of sheer necessity by the owner. That’s when every last detail gets as much attention as possible.
On the flavors:
“If you don’t like the taste of kiwi (like me), you will need to just use more water for that flavor (1 scoop 20+ oz) to bring out the strawberry.”
In regards to the inclusion of Xylitol:
“Less than 700mg a serving. Xylitol can have a laxative effect at 3 – 6g. I do 2 scoops in a 80oz jug, and I swear, not just because it’s my product, but it’s the only BCAA I can drink intra workout with no distress and I’m sensitive to everything. Xylitol has 1/4 (or 1/3 have to look up) the caloric value of sugar.”
“One point consumers don’t realize, and never will, esp in America, is these 5g, 30 serving BCAA products for like $23 doesn’t give a good value.
That’s only 150g bcaas per jug, or 19 cents per gram.
Dieselade is 240g per jug, 8g x 30 servings. 13 cents per gram of BCAAs. One that isn’t naturally flavored and sweetened that gives a good value PER GRAM of BCAAs is actually Labrada BCAAs which are also fermented like ours.”
What about Canadian Labels?
“Late summer versions will read 3.6g BCAAs per 66.5 servings (still 240g per jug). Just changing because just received Health Canada license.
Up there, to be sold in stores, you cannot have more than 3.9g bcaas per scoop, which is dumb, because you can just take 2.2 scoops to get the 8g BCAAs/30 servings.”
Regarding artificial colors (Mike’s allergic to Blue #1):
“I read a review at anabolic minds one day and this guy said he switched to natty bcaas after he spilled some and it literally stained his apt cabinets.”
Amen to that!! We’re getting more and more tired of the ridiculousness of these colors.
Regarding the formulation and sodium:
“I’ll tell you, it literally took 8 months and chemist working with me on both coasts to make a naturally-flavored BCAA that didn’t taste like paint that’s also low in sodium.
Sodium citrate is this industry’s secret to flavoring BCAAs. Then they pass it off as “electrolytes.” I shelved this project 2x in 2015. Came up with some very very good flavors with sucralose but I had to do this all natural.”
Regarding the challenge of developing a decent tasting naturally flavored BCAA:
“Also it takes so much sucralose and Ace-K to flavor bcaas it’s not even funny. If you have time. Go on Amazon and check out some popular bcaas reviews. But only look at the 1 and 2 star reviews. They all are complaining about upset stomach, headaches, weird smell, allergic reactions etc.”
You might not see those all the time from our blog posts, or from standard reviews on supplement stores because the consumers already know that they can or cannot tolerate something.
But when you get on a more general-purpose site like Amazon, where normal consumers get in there who’ve never dealt with such astronomical doses of these artificial sweeteners… you start to find a few people who never realized how much their bodies hate some of that stuff.
Pro-Tip: How Natural Flavors Get STRONGER
Try this. Mix up some Dieselade. Let it sit 1,2,3,6 hours and taste it. You will see the flavor gets stronger and more robust over time. But that’s what natural stuff is supposed to do. Like Sangria or fresh lemonade.
The move to naturally flavored supplements is slowly gaining steam. The more that the smaller manufacturers begin to embrace stevia and shun artificial options, the more of a following they will gain. This in turn will begin to draw fans away from the big companies and towards the smaller ones, thereby impacting their profit margins.
Only then, when dollars are affected, will the truly giant supplement companies take note. This is where the change to naturally flavored products begins. The sooner these stevia-based products are perfected the sooner they can begin to dominate the landscape.
Dieselade is a great step towards fixing stevia-based BCAAs, now more people just need to hop on the bandwagon.
We’d like to thank Chuck at Get Diesel for sending us so much information, as well as his backstory. Our review will come soon, but we can tell that this one was made with love — and out of necessity.
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