Lactose intolerant fans of MusclePharm rejoice – #MPNation has finally released a pure whey protein isolate product as part of the Combat family:
MusclePharm Combat 100% Isolate
The products are now out at select stores (see links below for price comparisons), and this is an extremely clean protein product. Keep reading for the full facts:
The sizes and flavors
Pretty standard for starters:
- 2 Lbs.
- 5 Lbs.
And the flavors:
- Chocolate swirl
- Banana split
- Vanilla ice cream
Interesting that banana was taken over strawberry as an introductory release flavor. We commend that, since strawberry hardly tastes good unless you add a lot of junk that we don’t want in pure isolates!
What are the ingredients?
It has now been confirmed that this will be 24g protein with 0 fat, 0 carbs, and thus 0 sugar. That makes for just 100 calories!
This profile is about as clean as it gets, really. All you have is the following:
Whey protein isolate, cocoa powder (in the chocolate flavor only), natural and artificial flavors, guar gum, xanthan gum, flour salt, sucralose, acesulfame potassium.
No word just yet. However, we’re assuming that the only protein source will be 100% pure whey protein isolate, which is beneficial for a few types of users:
What’s the deal with whey isolate?
Whey protein isolate goes through higher amounts of filtration than the standard types of whey protein concentrate.
This gives you more protein by weight (it’s around 90% protein, so 10g of whey isolate product will be 9g of actual dietary protein), as they’ve filtered (or “isolated”) out the milk sugars (lactose!) and other impurities like ash and moisture.
This also makes it more expensive, so we don’t recommend it right off the bat unless you “qualify”:
Who needs it?
Since there’s less lactose, there are typically two people who enjoy pure isolates like Combat Isolate is going to be:
- Lactose intolerant users
- Extremely low-carb dieters
Typically, these products have far less lactose, so unless you’re severely lactose intolerant, you should be able to handle it.
They also typically have fewer carbs, as is definitely the case in this one. Sometimes you get an extra carb from the cocoa in chocolate flavored, so we’ll see how they handle that.
Any early reviews?
Nothing yet. As we’ve discussed in the past with articles regarding MusclePharm’s Arnold Schwarzenegger Series Iron Whey (and Arnold Iron Test), as well as their decision to sponsor Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns, MusclePharm has been extremely hit or miss lately.
The point of a pure isolate is to keep it clean, flavor it and make it disperse as well as possible (isolates are typically thinner), and note that it will cost more. The more crap you add, the more risk you run of negativity. We think MSLP should have this one under control, but stay tuned.
We’ll keep this post up to date as we know more, but until then, you can click on the links below to sign up for product release notifications from MusclePharm products!