Cytosport has been working from 15 years in sports nutrition supplements. The company has an awesome line up of products that have gained reputation owing to their quality and effectiveness. From the Cytosport ‘monster’ series, I am going to review the Cytosport Monster Mass.
There are hundreds of weight gainers available in the market. The protein contents in many of them are extremely low and they may be filled with simple carbs. Thus, it is important to know your body type and requirements before you select a gainer. Ectomorphs or the hard gainers may need greater number of carbs than the mesomorphs and the endomorphs. In short, the 1:5 gainers (5 grams of carb for 1 gram of protein are good for Ectomorphs while the 1:3 gainer is ideal for mesomorphs and ecto-mesomorphs. Endomorphs have slow metabolism hence they have lesser carb requirements. 1:1 gainers are not easily available but products which have less amount carbs will work for endomorphs on gaining cycle.
Let’s get back to the Monster mass. This is a 1:3 gainer and ideal for Ectomorphs, ecto-mesomorphs and mesomorphs. I bought a 5.95 lbs tub for $45 in chocolate flavor and I must say my experience was really good. You can smell chocolate at the other end of the room if the tub is left open. There are 18 servings in the tub. Each serving provides 50 grams of protein derived from a blend of whey protein concentrate, isolate, hydrolysates and micellar casein. The carbs comes from MCT i.e. medium chain triglycerides and waxy maize starch mostly which forms a perfect energy fuel for extensive workouts.
I loved the taste in water as well as in milk. It forms a thick dark colored shake and gives out a strong aroma of chocolate. Monster milk mixes well in water without any clumps but it takes some time in milk. I took 2 scoops just after exercise everyday in water and one serving as first thing in the morning.
Digestibility is quite good. There isn’t much problem owing to the added digestive enzymes – papain, bromelain and lactase. I won’t say there was zero bloating but it occurred whenever I added excessive fruits or oats in the morning. If you take it simply in water or even in milk you won’t feel any gas unless you are lactose intolerant or take too many simple carbs in your diet.
The most important aspect of this product is its effectiveness. I am an ecto-mesomorph and it worked well for me due to complex carbs and awesome profile of ingredients. Each serving provides 600 calories which is good for gaining muscle. So, I would say it’s a great supplement from Cytosport and I will recommend it to my friends and will use it again on my gaining cycles.
I won’t call it very economic gainer but it isn’t too pricey as well. I can rate the gainer out of ten on the following terms:
Taste, aroma – 10/10
Mixability in water- 8.5/10
Mixability in milk – 7.5/10 ( it will form some clumps in milk and you need to battle with them)
Digestibility – 8/10
Price and economy – 8/10
Overall score – 9/10
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Cytosport Monster Mass – Chocolate, 9.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating
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