I’m always on the look out for sports nutrition brands that are clear about the gluten free status of their products.
And that, my friends, isn’t so easy to find.
I’ve had many email exchanges with various sports supplement companies, and some have been more helpful than others. Another, very important, thing to remember is that things change.
Formulations change, factories change, so you always need to be vigilant and read labels. When in doubt, don’t eat/drink it until you have confirmed with the company if it is safe for you.
I came across Muscle Gauge Nutrition recently, and across the bottom of their website it states “All Products are Gluten Free.” So I promptly contacted them to verify the gluten free status of their products.
According to the email response I received:
“…not only is our facility gluten free and we test the products but on top of that we make sure that any facilities we work in conjunction with send us full certificates of analysis for their products. ALL PRODUCTS ARE GLUTEN FREE AND ALL FLAVORS.”
Now, the testing they are referring to is the certificate of analysis for content, not testing for gluten free status, as far as I can gather, but all ingredients are gluten free and processed in a dedicated facility, so that does have a measure of safety. I had specifically asked about the protein flavors, because they had a few flavors that sounded outstanding (ice cream sandwich?!! What?!)
All of the proteins from Muscle Gauge are dairy based. (I discuss non dairy protein powder options here) They offer whey protein isolate, whey concentrate, blends, and micellar casein. There is a page which gives an overview of the different protein powders they offer here.
If you are lactose intolerant, whey protein isolate has no lactose. Whey protein concentrate does contain some, although little, lactose. If you are casein intolerant, whey protein may be tolerated by you. We are splitting hairs here (actually, we’re splitting milk fractions) but these little differences can make a big difference in how you feel.
The “premium blend” offered by Muscle Gauge is both whey protein isolate and concentrate, and texture-wise that was my favorite between that and the isolate. Isolate tends to be a little “thinner” in texture.
All flavors are sweetened with sucralose, which wouldn’t be my first choice. From what I’ve heard, sweetening protein powders using stevia is a tricky process. Hopefully Muscle Gauge will be offering some stevia sweetened products in the future. I found all the flavors very sweet. It takes a lot for me to say that, I have quite a few sweet teeth.
I tried vanilla, chocolate mint, cinnamon bun, strawberry, and ice cream sandwich. I did not like the strawberry, not even a little bit. The others were all very good, had distinctive flavors, and were overall tasty. They offer a lot of great sounding flavors to where I will branch out from my old standby of chocolate. The flavors offered in the premium blend are: Banana, Cake Batter, Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Cinnamon, Ice Cream Sandwich, Rocky Road, Strawberry Banana, Strawberry, Unflavored, Vanilla, Wild berry. If you wanted to avoid the artificial sweetener you could always go with the unflavored, which would also be handy to have on hand for use in baking.
Muscle Gauge also offers some other solid supplements like L-Glutamine, Creatine Monohydrate, and Branched Chain Amino Acid’s. Note on L-Glutamine: if you have neurological dysfunction or a strong family history, please read Dr. Vikki Petersen’s blog post on use of Glutamine. I will be trying their BCAA’s in the future for sure, as I am using the fasted training protocol as part of my intermittent fasting (Leangains) a la’ Martin Berkhan. Full post to come on that about meal frequency.
If you are looking for a protein powder to try, consider Muscle Gauge. The prices are as reasonable as any I’ve seen, and the flavor spectrum is wider as well.
If you’ve tried them, please leave your feedback/reviews below! OR, what is YOUR favorite gluten free protein powder at the moment?
Addendum: Muscle Gauge is kindly offering 15% off for readers of GFF. Enter discount code glutfree15 at checkout!
For more reading about my philosophy on living gluten free:
And if you want more, Gluten Free and Fit 101 has a lot more in store, including more ideas for dairy and gluten free protein powders.
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And that should give you enough reading for a while.
If you STILL want more, or you just want a step by step, simple, checklist approach to cleaning up your diet, check out 7 Quick Start Tips to Living a Healthy Gluten Free Fit Life.
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