BSN Syntha-6 looks pretty flash in its iridescent red tub and glitzy metallic label, but is it all show and no go? We decided to take a closer look at Syntha-6 to find out!
BSN (Bio-Engineered Supplements & Nutrition) sell a huge range of powders and protein bars, but are best known for the Syntha-6 protein powder. However, the reputation of Syntha-6 is perhaps not so rosy as the tub. This has largely been due to the large number of artificial ingredients. Is this one to avoid? We'll see!
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One scoop includes a decent 22 grams of protein and 15 grams of carbs, of which 5 grams are fiber. A scoop also includes 6 grams of fat. So we wouldn't call this a low carb/fat product, but its by no means high either. However we did note that it also contains 70mg of cholesterol which is over 20% of your recommended daily intake. Again, this isnt going to exclude Syntha-6 for us, but we can think of slightly more exciting ways to use up our daily cholesterol allowance.
The protein blend in this product is not a strictly pure whey product and contains many components. We don't think thats a bad thing at all! It's protein matrix includes Whey Concentrate, Whey Isolate, Calcium Caseinate, Micellar Casein, Milk Protein Isolate, Egg Albumin and Glutamine Peptides. This offers a clever and unique blend with a complete amino acid profile from a variety of sources. With the inclusion of both whey and casein, this offers both a rapidly absorbed protein as well as the casein component which allows for more prolonged slow release protein. This would make it an ideal post-evening workout supplement!
The product also includes a number of beneficial additives such as Tricalcium Phosphate, which is a kind of calcium supplement. Bromelain is included for reduced muscle inflammation. Papain is a digestive enzyme. Polydextrose is an added synthetic fiber. Medium Chained Triglycerides are a low calorie but rapidly absorbing energy source for muscles.
The rest of the additives are stabilizers like Dipotassium Phosphate and Cellulose Gum. Artificial sweeteners included are Acesulfame Potassium and Sucralose (otherwise known as Splenda). Soy Lecithin improves flavour and mixability. Depending on the flavor you choose there will also be natural and artificial flavors and colors added.
For those with allergies or intolerance it should be noted that this product contains Egg, Soy and Wheat.
While there are many additives in this product, it would be irresponsible to say that just because its synthetic, that its bad for you. For those seeking a more natural product, Syntha-6 might be one to avoid. That said, it would appear that BSN has tried to put some of the best of what science and research can provide into their product to give you that extra boost when it comes to your workout and recovery. We don't think that is necessarily a bad thing!
Mixability with this product scores a perfect 10 for us! In fact it mixes so well in water that we found it almost indistinguishable from mixing it in milk. This makes mixing it on the go much easier and with a fantastic smooth texture. No need to take milk to the gym with this powder.
We tend to prefer chocolate flavors when using protein powders and so selected the chocolate when testing Syntha-6. We picked Chocolate Milkshake and it was definitely among the best flavors we have tried from any brand. Not to mention that it tastes just a great in water as in milk. If you need a powder for your post gym workout then this would be at the top of our list! Tastes great for protein on the go when access to milk might be a little harder.
We were pleasantly surprised by Syntha-6. While our initial response to the massive ingredient list was concern, we found that it wasn't quite so alarming when looking carefully at what was going into it. Syntha-6 offers a slightly more high-tech approach to your protein supplement. This solid product we find to be an ideal option for use when out-and-about, or for after your evening workout.
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