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Monster Milk

Cytosport’s Muscle Milk is one of the all-time classic bodybuilding protein/mass-building supplements. Not only is it designed to facilitate lean gains, but it also comes in a mouth-watering assortment of different flavors. Not surprisingly, its popularity has spawned a range of related products, notably Muscle Milk Light, EvoPro, Muscle Milk Bars and Muscle Milk n’ Oats.

Evidently Cytosport isn’t through exploring the possibilities, however, as it recently introduced a new, “Monster” line of supps, with products that overlap the Muscle Milk brand. Thus, in addition to Muscle Milk, the company now offers “Monster Milk”, which has already cracked the top 50 products over at (as of this writing it’s #42). Monster Milk doesn’t come in quite as many flavors as its predecessor, but it’s still a tempting array: Banana Creme, Brownie Batter, Cake Batter, Chocolate, Cookies ‘N Creme, Mocha Latte, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Strawberries ‘N Creme and Vanilla Creme.

Manufacturer’s Description: MONSTER MILK™ is the most powerful, easily digestible, sustained-release protein formula. Rapid-releasing anabolic whey, glutamine peptides and free form BCAA’s are complemented by slower, anti-catabolic caseins and other complete protein isolates. This powerful combination of fast and slow proteins create an “anabolic window” that lasts for hours. Although it tastes like an ultra-rich milkshake, MONSTER MILK’s advanced protein system makes it the ultimate nutritional tool for building monster-size muscle.

Product Label:

Calories 350
Calories From Fat 80
Total Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 30mg
Total Carbohydrate 18g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Soluble Fiber 4g
Insoluble Fiber 1g
Sugars 4g
Protein 50g
Thiamin (As Thiamin Mononitrate) 2mg 100%
Riboflavin 2mg 100%
Vitamin B6 (As Pyridoxine Hydrochloride) 4mg 200%
Folate (As Folic Acid) 400mcg 100%
Vitamin B12 (As Cyanocobalamin) 30mcg 500%
Calcium 250mg 25%
Chromium (As Chromium Nicotinate) 120mcg 100%
Sodium 370mg 16%
Potassium 810mg 23%

Monster Amino Acid Matrix™ 5g
L-Glutamine, Glutamine Peptides (Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten), L-Valine, L-Leucine, L-IsoleucineMonster Creatine Matrix™ 1g
Kre-Alkalyn (Buffered Creatine, Patent #6,399,661), Creatine GCC (Betaine Anydrous, Glycocyamine).Other Ingredients: Proprietary Protein Blend (Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Sodium Caseinate, L-Glutamine, Glutamine Peptides, Lactoferrin, L-Valine, L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine), LeanLipids™ Plus (Sunflower And/Or Safflower Oil, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Canola Oil, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), Cocoa Powder, Maltodextrin, Digestive Resistant Maltodextrin (Soluble Dietary Fiber), Fructose, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Potassium Chloride, Monster Creatine Matrix (Kre-Alkalyn (Buffered Creatine, Patent #6,399,661), Betaine Anhydrous, Glycocyamine), Fructo-Oligosaccharide, Gum Blend (Xanthan, Cellulose, Carrageenan), Aminogen® (Patented Bioactive Polypeptide Enzyme System), Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose.

Comments: In spite of the similarities, there are a few differences between Monster Milk and Muscle Milk. The former has a little less fat, considerably more protein (50g vs. 32g) and higher doses of certain B-vitamins, plus added amino acids and creatine. Nonetheless, it’s hard to draw a bright line between the two, as they both provide an equivalent number of calories; are fairly low in sugar/carbs, and (mostly) utilize the same protein and fat sources.

Monster Milk contains various additions: B-vitamins, creatine, l-glutamine, BCAAs and Aminogen, but – with the exception of the vites – these look pretty underwhelming.  Every little bit helps, I suppose, but these are supplied in amounts well below typical supplemental levels… thus, it’s tough to say what they really add (if anything) to the formula.

Nonetheless, Monster Milk outshines Muscle Milk in the protein and B-vitamin department, which can’t be bad. It also supplies a decent amount of dietary fiber and calories.  There really isn’t much more that I expect from a supplement of this kind.

Oh yeah… except maybe taste. 😉 Needless to state, Monster Milk also tastes great! I sampled three different flavors: Chocolate, Brownie Batter and Peanut Butter Chocolate. Although the Brownie Batter was my personal favorite, all three were delish… rich-tasting and filling. My kids—who usually wrinkle their noses at the stuff I test—also gave them two thumbs up.

So all things considered, I liked Monster Milk. It may be a little light on the additions, but it’s heavy on the protein, taste and satisfaction—which is where it ultimately counts.

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Author: elissa

Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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