I work at the Vitamin Shoppe and one day -wouldn’t you know it- this little gem of a protein was sitting on the top shelf in our protein section: half off. And now, about a month later, here we are with my review.
Here they are-
Biohydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate [Micronized Whey Protein Isolate, Micronized BCAAs (L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Valine), Biohydrolase (Peptidase Aspergillus Oryzae, Protease Aspergillus Oryzae, Aspergillus Melleus, Peptidase Aspergillus Niger)], Cocoa, Natural And Artificial Flavoring, Gum Blend (Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, And Carrageenan), Salt, Silica, Soy Lecithin, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose.
I don’t often buy whey isolates because I feel it’s unnecessary to get that extra ‘speed’ in a protein. People have been getting huge and strong naturally without hydrolyzed isolates since forever, and they often aren’t worth the price. Regardless, they have a great blend of proteins in here. The isolate is a good base but then they add extra amino acids as well to speed up recovery.
I always like when proteins have some small amount of digestive enzymes in them. It makes it easier to digest (especially if you’re lactose intolerant or you have trouble digesting tons of protein) and reduces protein flatulence or discomfort.
One thing that should be noted is that this product contains a good deal of salt: 550mg to be exact. Yikes! That’s higher than some varieties of ready-made rice! I know this is meant to be a post workout protein but there is no reason a product should have such an excessive amount of sodium (without explaining no less).
Really nothing to complain about here. In water, it’s pretty meh. There’s a little protein grit and the small amount of flavoring used in the vanilla makes the protein taste come through. This changes completely when added to milk. Isofast isn’t very thick in milk, but it adds a semi-sweet vanilla flavor that I really enjoyed. The grit is still there just a bit but I can overlook it easily. If you decide to try this flavor, go ahead and use some orange juice with this. It makes a pretty darn good orange creamsicle styled shake. My body appreciated the extra carbs and potassium to balance out the salt as well.
MHP often micronizes their powders and this is no exception. While it’s wispy as smoke, this stuff mixes with incredible ease. There’s essentially no need for the whisk or strainer from shaker cups so leave them at home with this product. Just a few good shakes and there’s little to no clumping or grit. One thing I will say though is FOAM. My lord, I once mixed a little of this with milk before pouring it onto some cereal and the entire shaker was filled to the brim with thick, bubbling foam. It doesn’t ever really go away either and actually affects the mouth feel.
This is where things get good. Now with proteins I really don’t expect much in the way of recovery on a day to day basis, but this product legitimately surprised me. I put this product through the ringer: high volume leg days, callous-ripping back days, and arm workouts that make you feel like your arms would explode. I still experienced some DOMS from tons of heavy deadlifting and high rep squatting, but it was severely reduced. What normally would have been a day of me limping from place to place became just a minor annoyance. This was the sort of effect I would expect from products like the new celltech or other post-workout formulas, not a whey isolate. I also noticed that I wasn’t so exhausted several hours after my workouts either. I attribute this to the added aminos and the easily absorbing makeup of the protein as a whole. Top notch, it certainly impressed me.
You want me to spend 45 bucks for 22 servings?
*Cue expletives and the throwing of 45 lb weights*
Okay. I’ve seen worse, I’ll admit. But c’mon MHP, I know you’re pricing it juuust a tad lower than other high end whey isolates, but seriously, you’re selling the stuff that sifts to the top of a vat of cheese, not liquid gold. Because the number of servings is so low, I decided to take just a single scoop and bump it up to 44. Aaah, much more reasonable. 24/25 grams of protein per serving is pretty good, and the fact that I paid only 20 or so bucks for this makes the deal all the sweeter. At full price, using the suggested servings, this is highway robbery so they get marked down significantly for that.
Despite price and (some) mixability issues, this is actually a really great product. It delivers a good amount of high quality protein that you can see a difference with. The taste is more than satisfactory for any seasoned brother of the iron, and only prissy wimps will complain about it.
What this product doesn’t do is reinstate my faith in MHP. Recently they’ve let loose a stream of really poor products like Dopamite and (good God) Myo-X, their ‘myostatin inhibitor’. *fart noise*
Thanks everyone for reading, I’m out.