Gluten Free Sports Supplements-Muscle Milk

Protein shakes abound these days. You can choose ready to drink (RTD), powders, whey isolate, whey concentrate, a blend, micellar casein, milk isolate-and for our dairy sensitive brethern and sisters we have gemma (pea) protein, rice protein, hemp protein-even beef isolate. (I have to admit I have not tried that and am not likely too-just seems weird to have something derived from beef taste like chocolate or fruit punch. But I digress.)

Muscle Milk is yummy.

Muscle Milk is yummy.

A very popular brand of protein is the Muscle Milk family, which includes Muscle Milk light. These generally have slightly or significantly higher calorie content as they do include some fats. Not necessarily a bad thing at all, just as always check your labels, and make sure it fits into your nutrition plan for the day. (If you want more information on setting up a nutrition plan, sign up for the free guideline at the bottom of this post or the top right hand side of the home page.)
I have to admit I have only tried the chocolate flavor of Muscle Milk Light. I’m a chocolate girl, what can I tell you. The Muscle Milk powder is available in these flavors: (BOLDED FLAVORS ARE NOT GLUTEN FREE!)
Bananas N’ Creme, Blueberries N’ Creme, Brownie Batter, Cake Batter, Chocolate, Chocolate Banana Crunch, Chocolate Caramel Pecan, Chocolate Malt, Chocolate Mint Chip, Cookies and Creme, Dark Chocolate, Mocha Latte, Orange Creme, Peach Mango, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Strawberries and Creme, Strawberry Banana, Vanilla Creme, and White Chocolate Mousse. Whew!
Muscle Milk Light comes in Banana Creme, Chocolate Milk, Chocolate Mint, Cookies N Creme, Creme Brulee, Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Strawberry Banana, Strawberry Milkshake and Vanilla Creme.

I contacted them regarding gluten free status, and Jeff gave me this reply:

“Our Muscle Milk and Muscle Milk Light pre-mixed Ready-to-Drink shakes are gluten free (all flavors).

Our Muscle Milk and Muscle Milk Light powders are gluten free except for the following flavors: cookies ‘n crème, chocolate malt, and chocolate banana crunch.”


UPDATE: 7/17/12: From Rex, a reader:

“Hi -Thanks for taking the time to put information on the web. I stumbled across your page by accident and saw your GF Muscle Milk review. I called CytoSport directly to verify the GF information (date on the page was 2009) and was told by customer assistance that the entire line of powders is now gluten free (except the chocolate malt flavor which they are discontinuing soon.) I specifically asked about cookies and cream and was told they use gluten free cookies. As always please verify the information for yourself, but I’m in the process of ordering a couple of flavors, for further testing. “

That’s a lot of yummy sounding flavors to try, people! As always, double check labels, read the nutrition facts and make it fit into your nutrition plan. Shakes and powders can be a convenient and portable snack making it easy to get in some nutrition. Add an apple, carrots and some almonds and you have a portable, on the go meal.
Have you had any of these-if so what did you think? Any other gluten free protein shakes you enjoy?
Let me know!

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  1. David says:

    I used to drink muscle milk, Cake Batter to be exact. I drank with no issues however upon buying my third tub, I started getting sick along with additional GI issues. I bought another tub and got the same results. Not sure if they changed their ingredients however I would not recommend for gluten sensitivity.

  2. Erin says:

    Hi David,
    Thanks for letting us know. I would recommend contacting Muscle Milk and advising them of your problem, ask them if there’s been a reformulation or a change in manufacturing (could be cross contamination)
    When you get a response back please let us know!

  3. Jerica Carow says:

    Learned about tart cherry juice concentrate from my doctor for my gout pain. I started drinking a few weeks ago and my joints feel great. I even got free shipping from Fruit Advantage

  4. Erin says:

    Hi Jerica!

    Tart cherry juice is getting some great press lately, for muscle recovery as well. Glad you’re feeling better!

  5. al says:

    the maltodextrin is derived from starches. should check to see which starch it is from, if it is from wheat.

  6. Erin says:

    Good point Al. Here’s some more info on maltodextrin.

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