Dieselade Review – Get Diesel Improves Naturally Flavored BCAAs!

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Mike and Robert give their feedback after trying out Dieselade from Get Diesel Nutrition. Overall, a BIG improvement in naturally flavored supplements.

There’s been a strong wave in the industry lately for more natural products. The biggest move we’ve seen is in the BCAA area of the market. Previously we reviewed Xtend Free, another naturally sweetened product from Scivation, which yielded mixed feelings among the PricePlow staff.

But then Chuck at Get Diesel reached out to us with his entry into the naturally sweetened market, and it definitely caught our eye. That product was Dieselade. This peaked our curiosity and following our blog on it, Chuck & Co. over at HQ offered to send us some tubs to try and give our feedback.

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Robert’s Review

  • Profile

    Get Diesel Dieselade Ingredients

    Dieselade packs an impressive 8g of BCAAs into each serving along with 2g of Glutamine, all with NO artificial sweeteners.

    The sole reason for purchasing BCAA products in general is that we want a hefty, sizeable dose of branched-chains in each serving. Those other products on the market that only contain 2-3g of actual BCAAs in a serving are really nothing more than artificially flavored water (you might as well buy some Mio bottles and use them instead).

    Luckily, there’s a number of extremely well-dosed products on the market going above and beyond the standard 5g dose. Dieselade is one of these BCAA products. Each serving yields 8g of BCAAs in the standard 2:1:1 ratio, so you get 4g of Leucine and 2g each of Isoleucine and Valine each time.

    Dieselade also contains a dash of Citrulline Malate, D-Ribose, DL-Phenylalanine to help with mood boost, and a few digestive enzymes (papain and bromelain)to ease things along the way.

    The other additions are nice, but the big winner here is the 8g dose of BCAAs. A great start to Dieselade!

  • Mixability

    Dieselade Kiwi Strawberry

    Kiwi Strawberry has a thicker texture than Cherry Limeade. Mixed in 20oz of water, the strawberry flavor dominates.

    Stevia sweetened BCAA products are notorious for the volcanos of foam they yield when shaken in a standard blender bottle. The solution to this obviously is to use a spoon or some kind of immersion (stick) blender to do the mixing and avoid any foaming issues. But, let’s be honest, who in the world is going to do that everytime they have to mix a stevia-sweetened product? (Answer: NO ONE)

    So, as you would expect there is a little bit of foaming as you can see in the pics to the right.

    I used 12 oz, 16 oz, and 20 oz for mixing and the foaming issue is there with all manners of shaking, but it eventually goes away after sitting in a few minutes. It’s not a big deal as I usually mix my BCAAs up a good while before my workout and let it sit in the freezer to get icy cold while I’m warming up. Just something to look out for.

  • Taste

    Here’s where Dieselade is a make or break product for me. As you may remember from my Xtend Free review, I wasn’t a fan of either flavor and downright turned off by the Mixed Berry flavor.

    I tried to go into this with an open mind, but the skeptic in me was braced for the worst. Fortunately, these flavors are heads and tails above the Xtend Free flavoring!

    • Cherry Limeade: 7/10

      Dieselade Cherry Limeade

      A few minutes after mixing the foaming goes away and you’re rewarded with a tasty (foam-free) beverage

      The interesting thing about both Cherry Limeade and Kiwi Strawberry is that these flavors are a tale of two tastes based on how much water you add. In the lesser amount of water (10-12oz), the lime flavor is a little more pronounced, whereas with a full 20oz of water, the lime flavor is very faint and the cherry flavor is at the forefront.

      Cherry limeade has a mildly sweet cherry taste and a refreshing mouth feel. There’s no major stevia aftertaste like I previously found with other products, thankfully.

      And, based off my first few taste tests of the two flavors, Cherry Limeade was my favorite, until recently…

    • Kiwi Strawberry: 8/10

      I had every intention of starting the flavor review by saying that Cherry Limeade was my favorite, as I had been using that for the majority of the time over the past few weeks.

      However, I decided to swap back to Kiwi Strawberry for the last few days and after comparing my notes and side by side taste tests. Kiwi Strawberry has regained the top spot between the two, hence the higher score.

      If you’re a fan of kiwi, use a smaller amount of water (10-12oz) as this flavor tends to dominate with less liquid. If however, you’re a strawberry fan, there’s almost no discernable kiwi flavor when mixed in 20oz of water except for a faint hint of it on the finish. One word of warning though, whereas Cherry Limeade had a light and refreshing mouthfeel, Kiwi Strawberry has a decidedly thicker texture to its taste, almost like a thin whey protein isolate mix. It’s not off putting for me, just something to be aware of.

Overall though, Dieselade is a tremendous step up in flavor compared to all other Stevia-based products I’ve tried. It may still not be up to snuff with the best of artificially flavored products, but it’s leaps and bounds better than Xtend Free or Transparent Labs BCAA+Glutamine product.

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Mike’s Review

Since I’m currently testing out another intra workout, I’m drinking a serving of Dieselade every morning, first thing in the morning before breakfast. It’s become a nice ritual, and I seem to get decent results whenever I do this. (I end up eating less for breakfast, saving my bigger meals for workout time – and ultimately end up leaner with this method.)

Robert is definitely right about the water situation. The flavors behave way differently.

I do agree that these are the best natural flavored BCAAs I’ve had so far – once you figure out the ideal water situation.

Cherry Limeade better for “chuggers”, Strawberry Kiwi better for “juggers”

Dieselade 2-pack

Dieselade comes in two unique flavors. If you’re not a fan of kiwi or lime, add extra water to bring out the strawberry and cherry flavors of Dieselade.

If using a whole scoop in a standard shaker, Strawberry Kiwi definitely has a thicker mouthfeel to it — it’s good, but it’s almost too protein-like. Using a half scoop in a 24oz shaker, however, works best with that one.

Cherry Limeade has less of this texture issue — so this means that strawberry kiwi is best for those of you that want to make a huge 80oz jug of water to sip on all day long — you can make your aminos go a long way.

Cherry Limeade, in my opinion, is better if you want to drink the aminos in a regular shaker throughout a single workout.

Note the sugar alcohols

But there’s one major point that Robert didn’t bring to your attention — the inclusion of Xylitol, a sugar alcohol, in both flavors of Dieselade.

Does that matter? Not to most of us – there’s so little (under 700mg) that it won’t even register as a carb. Hardcore “naturalists” may disagree though, since there’s a chance the xylitol was created synthetically, while pure stevia is truly extracted naturally. Most of us don’t care though, we just don’t want any more sucralose and fake colors than necessary.

Yet there’s another concern: some people are sensitive to sugar alcohols.

Not for the sugar-alcohol sensitive

Dieselade shaker

Dieselade mixes up easily and won’t stain the inside of your shaker bottle like those fake colors will.

My girlfriend always said that she’s sensitive to sugar alcohols, but I never really believed her. She says all kinds of things, right?

So I gave her 3/4 serving to drink during a workout, telling her that it was all natural, which she always appreciates. Later on, she mentioned that she loved the flavor, but something made her a bit nauseous.

I felt a bit guilty, but not that much really, so I had her try cherry limeade while at home another time. She went to the bathroom about 30 minutes later.

Now I know – she really is sensitive to sugar alcohol — or at least xylitol! I haven’t given her Dieselade since, which is fine because it’s all mine now, first thing in the AM every day.

I learned a few lessons here:

  1. My girlfriend isn’t full of it as I sometimes think
  2. This product is awesome, but not for everyone

Mike’s scorecard

So, if you’re not xylitol-sensitive, sick of the sucralose, ace-k, and neon coloring thing going on… then Get Diesel’s Dieselade is where it’s at for natural BCAAs right now!

  • Cherry Limeade: 7.5
  • Strawberry Kiwi: 7 (when watered down appropriately)

Takeaway

Overall, Get Diesel has a big winner on its hands with Dieselade. In terms of naturally flavored products, it’s one of the best ones around and could potentially turn those married to artificial sweeteners onto more natural options like Stevia.

Get Diesel isn’t slowing down either. Chuck & Co. have a slew of new flavors lined up over the coming months, with the first being a “pineapple like” flavor debuting in June (hopefully we can get our hands on that and update this post following our taste test!).

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