MTS Whey protein is fairly new to the market, but it has made an amazing dent in the supplement industry. As you can guess, MTS is the name of the company, MTS Nutrition, and Whey stands for whey protein, pretty simple right? Well, not so simple! Before you think about putting something in your body, especially daily supplements like whey protein, you need to know about the company and who's behind it. So, let's discuss the CEO of MTS: Marc Lobliner.
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MTS Nutrition Facts
Marc Lobliner is the CEO of MTS Nutrition, and he is the main guy that came up with their protein line. He has 2 companies to his name, EthiTech Nutrition and MTS nutrition. Obviously, it's clear EthiTech is something to do with ethics and facts. Well, Marc believes in an ethical supplement industry, and he insists that all MTS supplements are made in GMP and NSF certified facilities. Overall, he seems like a great guy who believes that the supplement industry is about helping people become healthier.
Now that we have discussed the founder of MTS Nutrition, let's discuss their most popular product: MTS Whey protein. Usually, it's referred to as MTS Machine Whey and the best seller is the 5lbs tub. While MTS claims this whey protein is the best around since sliced bread, I would say the ingredients should speak for themselves, right? This is the ingredients list for Chocolate flavor:
- Whey Protein Concentrate
- Whey Protein Isolate
- Cocoa Processed with Alkali
- Xanthan Gum
- Natural and Artificial Flavor
- Acesulfame Potassium
Let's break down the ingredients 1 by 1 and see what's in this protein mix. We'll dissect each ingredient.
Whey Protein Concentrate - This is the cheapest form of whey protein on the market, it comes out as a waste product of cheese manufacturing. In general, whey concentrate has very little fat or cholesterol and contains lactose. Protein in the powder (% of protein) depends on the purity of the concentrate. As the most commonly used protein source (in almost every whey in the world), I wouldn't call this a revolutionary ingredient at all.
Whey Protein Isolate - This is another form of whey that is a waste product of cheese manufacturing. When whey is created, there is 3 types of whey: hydrolysate, concentrate and isolate. They all have different properties and purity, but isolate is special because is has a lot of protein by percent (%) and it's almost without lactose. Though, some studies show that isolate does have lactose content. In addition, isolate is high in BCAAs and absorbs faster than concentrate, but this is yet to be scientifically proven.
There is also scientific data showing that Whey Isolate is very susceptible to oxidative damage, this study by the Journal of Dietary Science highlights the problem:
In conclusion, WPI had high susceptibility to oxidative stress, and both physicochemical and structural changes caused by severe oxidative stress could decrease the rate of in vitro digestibility of WPI.
Ref: J Dairy Sci. 2015 Nov;98(11):7602-13. doi: 10.3168/jds.2015-9814. Epub 2015 Sep 9.
Those are the 2 major ingredients, Concentrate and Isolate, and the rest of the ingredients in MTS Machine Whey are for flavor, consistency only.
Cocoa Processed with Alkali – this is a cocoa base for chocolate flavor that you see in most proteins. Tastes good but very basic. It comes out as strong chocolate.
Xanthan Gum – this gum is generally used as a stabilizer and thickening agent. In simple terms, it makes food more stable and not as runny.
Natural and Artificial Flavor – this can be anything, but knowing Marc Lobliner's ethics motto, this is probably just a list of flavoring agents for the chocolate base.
Salt – salt is always used to balance taste. Even in deserts there is some salt.
Sucralose – this is a sweetener, but I wouldn't call this natural or healthy. There is some scientific evidence that sucralose is not healthy. A study by Duke University found daily sucralose use decreased microflora in the gut (aka killed healthy bacteria in your stomach). Study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18800291
Acesulfame Potassium – this is also a sweetener, kind of like Sucralose. This is the standard sweetener in many diet sodas. The problem is that it's been linked to cancer in some studies, like the one by Environmental Health Perspectives. Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1570055/
MTS Whey Size and Flavors
These are the flavors on the market of machine whey as of today:
- Caramel Sutra
- Creamy Red Velvet Cake
- Gourmet Cookies & Cream
- Gourmet Mint Cookies & Cream
- Key Lime Pie
- Peanut Butter Fluff
- Pumpkin Pie
- Banana Cream Pie
- No Bake Cookie
- Banana Cream Pie
On size, I was only able to find the 5lbs tub, didn't see any 2lbs or 10lbs. on their website.
Conclusion and my review
I'm going to give you my thoughts on MTS Whey. First, I like MTS as a company, it seems Marc Lobliner is really doing a good job managing the company. He's pushed through a good product line. Second, I'm a fan of looks, and their label and bottles look hardcore and cool. I mean who doesn't like Red on Black?
Now, here comes the hard part – my review. I know Marc is not going to like me for this, but I don't believe they did an outstanding job with Machine Whey. In fact, I find this whey no different then all the other wheys on the market. There is nothing special about it, it's just a concentrate and isolate mix, but it does have a major problem - artificial sweeteners. I don't like artificial sweeteners, and I know everyone uses them – but I hate them. I know great brands can find better sets of sweeteners, so consumers like us don't need to worry about potential health risks.
All in all, for the $55 dollars (USD) this protein costs, I find it overpriced and lacking the industry leading ingredients. Granted, it's a simple whey mix, but I'd like to see MTS do more to really bring in customer loyalty and trust. So, that being said, I would rate this protein 4 stars out of 5, because it tastes good but needs a good tune up on the sweetener side. My review is simple, good tasting but needs work.
Want to read about MTS Whey on our forums? check out these threads:
- Effect of timing of whey protein supplement on muscle damage markers after eccentric exercise
- No Significant Differences in Muscle Growth and Strength Development When Consuming Soy and Whey Protein Supplements Matched for Leucine Following a 12 Week Resistance Training Program in Men and Women: A Randomized Trial
- Effects of Whey Protein Alone or as Part of a Multi-ingredient Formulation on Strength, Fat-Free Mass, or Lean Body Mass in Resistance-Trained Individuals: A Meta-analysis
- Whey Protein Ingestion Activates mTOR-dependent Signalling after Resistance Exercise in Young Men: A Double-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial
- A Prospective Metagenomic and Metabolomic Analysis of the Impact of Exercise and/or Whey Protein Supplementation on the Gut Microbiome of Sedentary Adults
- Effects of whey protein and resistance exercise on body composition: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
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