Myoplex®: Real Food or Toxic Cocktail?

Myoplex®: Real Food or Toxic Cocktail?

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  1. Have you ever been romanced by the bodybuilding community? You see men who look like walking tanks with necks as thick as a telephone poles. The women look like Valkyries that could eat men for breakfast and spit out the bones. Little did the bodybuilding community know, Bill Philipps was going to change the nature of bodybuilding with the Body for Life Challenge with his company EAS (Experimental and Applied Sciences).   Bill eventually sold his company and EAS continues to provide products in this already densely populated landscape of supplements.
     
    Being a former bodybuilder or Body for lifer, I want to review their protein powder Myoplex. Why? I have been out of the bodybuilding game for numerous years, I wanted to look at this product utilizing the rules set by brilliant author, Michael Pollan and his book "In Defense of Food." Does Myoplex pass Michael’s standards? Let’s see.
     
    First rule from Michael: Eat food (waits for applause and fireworks).  Is that it?  Yes.  Simple.  Short.  Marvelous.
     
    Let’s flesh out this rule using the class notes I received from Dr. Michael Nichol’s class on Healthy Eating 101 (who borrowed from Mr. Pollan’s rules in their class).  Dr. Nichol is a chriopactor that runs "Gateways To Healing" in Ohio.
     
    What does eating food means?
     
    Staying away from hydrogenated fats, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and colors; excitotoxins (MSG), and refined grains. Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.  Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.  Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry.
    Now we have laid the foundation.  I am going to show you the actual label for the EAS Myoplex product and I want you to come to your own conclusion utilizing rule #1.  Okay, Vanna, take it away:
     
    Maltodextrin, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Salt, mono and diglycerides, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Sucralose (Splenda® Brand), Xanthan Gum, Sunflower Oil, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Acesulfame Potassium, Carrageenan, oat fiber, Vitamin and Mineral Blend (Biotin, Folic Acid, Magnesium Oxide, Niacinamide, Vitamin A Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Zinc Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Potassium Citrate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Potassium Chloride, Tricalcium Phosphate, Ferrous Fumarate, Choline Bitartrate, Copper Sulfate, Cyanocobalamin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, dl-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Boron Proteinate, Selenium Amino Acid Chelate, Molybdenum Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Gluconate, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Chromium Citrate, Beta Carotene, Dipotassium Phosphate, Disodium Phosphate), Myopro® (L-Glutamine, Calcium Caseinate, Taurine, Sodium Caseinate, Egg Albumen, Milk Protein Isolate, A unique blend of whey protein from specially filtered and ion-exchanged whey protein concentrate and isolate, Alpha-Ketoglutaric Acid)

    (Source: http://www.gnc.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2176137)

     
    So based on what you read above, what conclusion did you come to?  I’ll wait. 🙂
     
    If we are to be intellectually honest and were to based all of the first rule to Myoplex, the product would clearly voted off the island of real food integrity (if we even want to call it a food which would be an insult to food itself!).  Now there are excellent protein powders that does not have a witches’ brew of chemicals in them that are synthetic.  Jay Robb (highly recommended by Sean Croxton of Undergroud Wellness) is one of the products that is a great alternative if you feel you really NEED a protein powder and if you are unable to give up on protein powders just yet.

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