We’re always on the look out for high-quality protein products, especially when they come at reasonable prices, so we decided to try out Nutrisport 90+ to see how it stacked up against the competition.
Nutrisport 90 Protein Review – Taste and consistency
Before we dive into the details of the product and what we think of it, we thought we’d cover this one off. Nutrisport 90+ only comes in 5 flavours and now that we’ve told you that, you could probably guess four of them which are the reliable staples of: banana, chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. The last one on the list is raspberry. While there are other manufacturers with much wider ranges of flavours, we suspect that five will be enough to satisfy people who get bored of drinking the same variety all the time and that a fair percentage of people will just pick their favourite flavour or two and stick with that/them. The main reason we started with the flavour and consistency is because we read up on other reviews ourselves before putting it to the test and noticed that there was a fair bit of negativity about both of these aspects so we’d like to address these first.
We found that the key trick to mixing this product effectively is to put the liquid in first. Therefore, if you like to put your powder in a shaker, take it along to the gym and then add water when you’re there, we suggest that you put your protein in a little tub (with a lid) and put that into your shaker. Then, when you’re ready, just turn the shaker upside down to remove the tub, add the mixer, pour in the contents of the tub and shake, rattle and roll. Using this approach, mixability and consistency were both decent regardless of whether we were using one or two scoops.
In terms of flavour, we’d say it was decent to very decent depending on whether we were using one or two scoops. Basically with one scoop you can at least tell what it’s supposed to be. With two scoops, you get a an tual taste. Possibly one of the reasons why people seem to have issues with the taste of this product is that it’s noticeably less sweet than some of the competition and to us that was most evident in the chocolate, although we still liked it on the whole. Also, you choice of mixer will have an influence. Milk seems to take the edge of the taste a little, in fact this was the only product we’ve tried where we felt the chocolate flavour tasted noticeably better in water than in milk, although having said that, we still felt it was reasonable in milk, even with just one scoop.
In very simple terms, we’ve tested brands which had some delicious flavours and were super-easy to mix and Nutrisport 90+ is currently trailing in their wake in that regard, but on the other hand this product is a performance supplement rather than a gourmet meal and hence we’d say both its taste and its consistency were acceptable or to put it another way, we doubt we’d be happy living off the stuff, but we’re quite happy to drink it regularly as a supplement to our meals. As always, when you’re trying a new product, we’d suggest starting with a small tub to see whether or not you like it before moving on to bigger tubs (if appropriate).
NB: Before we move on, we noticed that quite a few of the negative reviews we read actually seemed to relate to supplier-side issues, such as products arriving just before they were due to go out of date. We’d therefore suggest you stick to using suppliers with a good track record, even if it means paying more than the lowest price you can find online. As the old saying goes, if something looks too good to be true, the chances are that it probably is.
Nutrisport 90 Protein Review – The basic facts
One 70g serving of Nutrisport 90+ provides 49g of protein along with 11.2g of carbohydrates and 187Kcal. The protein is delivered by means of a 4-Phase Protein Blend. In other words, it comes from a mixture of undernatured CFM whey protein isolate, soya isolate, rice protein isolate and isolated, undernatured micellar casein, presumably in that order. Let’s look at these elements one by one.
Understanding undernatured whey protein
Lower-priced whey-protein products are likely to have been made using denatured whey. In simple terms, this means that they will have been subjected to a cheaper form of processing, which causes changes to the structure of the protein with the result that it loses some of its goodness, specifically the amino acid content is diminished or even eliminated. If your budget’s tight and/or your needs are moderate, then a denatured product could be perfectly sufficient for you, but if you’re really pushing yourself then you need products which support you in your goals and, in particular, products which keep that vital amino acid content in perfect condition, in which case undernatured is the way to go. The process for making undernatured whey protein starts by chilling the milk from which it is to be made. This causes the protein molecules to bond with each other and hence makes it possible for them to be separated by filtration rather than through the application of heat and hence preserves much more of their nourishment.
NB: The question of whether a product is denatured or undernatured is entirely different from the question of whether it uses whey concentrate, isolate or hydrolysate. So let’s recap on those.
The terms concentrate, isolate and hydrolysate basically refer to the digestibility of protein and hence how easy it is for the body to absorb it. In principle, all three forms of whey protein can be created as denatured on undernatured protein. In practice, whey protein isolate and hydrolysate tend to be reserved for the premium end of the market and hence are generally more likely to be undernatured, whereas whey protein concentrate is much more variable, which is why it really pays to check the label to be sure you understand what you are getting. The cheapest whey protein concentrate can be as little as 30% actual protein, with (most of) the rest of the content being made up of fat and lactose (sugar). By contrast, the highest grade whey concentrate products can be as much as 90% protein and the very best of them are likely to have been made using undernatured whey protein. In short, check the label (or read a quality review).
So going back to where we started, Nutrisport 90+ uses undernatured CFM whey protein isolate, we’ve covered undernatured and isolate, CFM just stands for cross-flow microfiltered, in other words, it’s just a technical term used to describe the process of making undernatured whey protein.
Hence, summing up the last few paragraphs, Nutrisport 90+ uses whey protein isolate, which is both high-protein and highly-digestible and hence tends to be the protein source of choice for upper-end products.
Even though the undernatured micellar casein is last on the list, it’s also a dairy-based protein, so we’ll put it in here. Undernatured means the same here as it does for whey protein, so we’ll move on to micellar. Basically casein comes in two forms, calcium caseinate and micellar casein.
Calcium caseinate is formed when calcium (which is alkaline) reacts with the casein. It has a higher mineral count than micellar casein and is more soluble. This last fact means that although calcium caseinate is a slow-release protein, it is still released more quickly than micellar casein and hence the latter is preferred for premium products. Micellar casein is created by separating casein from the other components of milk without adding calcium. Micellar casein takes its name from its ability to form micelles, which are basically clumps of amino acids. While this may sound unpleasant, it’s actually beneficially as it makes for the slowest release of all the protein and other goodness. That’s why pure casein products tend to be used at night, to aid muscle recovery while you sleep. Here the casein is just one element of the protein blend.
The remaining ingredients are soya isolate and rice protein isolate are both excellent sources of high-quality protein, which also deliver various other nutrients such as amino acids. Using these ingredients to supplement the whey and casein helps to provide a lot of protein at a reasonable price.
Nutrisport 90+ Protein Review Overall Verdict
Life is all about priorities. If you want a premium product with a great taste, then there are options out there and we assume you’ll accept the price tag which comes along with them. If you want a product with a great taste and you’re happy to accept a lower level of protein and a generally lower standard of nutritional value, then again, there are other options out there and some of them may work out cheaper. If, however, you’re prepared to accept the fact that a limited range of flavours and a decent, rather than great taste, is a reasonable compromise for being able to buy a product of this performance standard at a very respectable price, then Nutrisport 90+ could be well worth a try.