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Meal Replacement Product Review - Best Value: UniSyn MRP2 Or Labrada Lean Body?

The fundamentals of bulking up are to train hard and ensure that you consume adequate calories... Below are reviews for Universal UniSyn MRP2 & Labrada Lean Body RTDs Get the latest opinions on these right here.

By: Matt Canning

Article Summary:
  • I had no problem whatsoever digesting Universal UniSyn MRP2.
  • UniSyn MRP2 is will allow you to get your intake of protein.
  • Labrada Lean Body is a great addition to a nutritionally sound diet.
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    Universal UniSyn MRP2 Review
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    dot Nutrition Information: dot

    • Serving Size: 2.5 Scoops (79g)
    • Servings Per Container: 15

    dot Amount Per Serving: dot

      Please Note: Nutritional content may vary slightly between Uni-Syn MRP2 flavors.

      • Calories: 286
      • Calories From Fat: 14
      • Total Fat: 1.5g
      • Cholesterol: 46mg
      • Total Carbohydrates: 24g
      • Dietary Fiber: 3g
      • Sugars: 4g
      • Protein: 44g
      • Vitamin A: 2500IU
      • Vitamin C: 30mg
      • Vitamin D: 200IU
      • Vitamin E: 15IU
      • Vitamin K: 40mcg
      • Thiamin: 750mcg
      • Riboflavin: 850mcg
      • Niacin: 10mg
      • Vitamin B6: 1mg
      • Folic Acid: 200mcg
      • Vitamin B12: 3mcg
      • Biotin: 150mcg
      • Pantothenic Acid: 5mg
      • Calcium: 500mg
      • Iron: 4.5mg
      • Phosphorus: 250mg
      • Magnesium: 100mg
      • Zinc: 3.8mg
      • Selenium: 17.5mcg
      • Copper: 500mcg
      • Manganese: 500mcg
      • Chromium: 30mcg
      • Molybdenum: 18.5mcg
      • Chloride: 320mg
      • Sodium: 370mg
      • Potassium: 875mg

    dot Other Ingredients: dot

      Uni-Syn Protein Complex (consisting of ultrafiltrated whey protein concentrate, isolated casein peptides, total milk protein isolates, whey protein isolates, glutamine peptides, instantized egg albumin), maltodextrin, natural and artificial flavors, cellulose gum, xantham gum, carrageenan, sodium chloride, sucralose, magnesium oxide, acesulfame potassium, vitamin E acetate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A palmitate, selenomethionine, niacinamide, calcium pantothenate, zinc oxide, cholecalciferol, manganese sulfate, pyridoxine HCl, thiamin mononitrate, cupric oxide, folic acid, cyanocabalamin, chromium picolinate, biotin, sodium molybdate.

    dot Directions: dot

      Using 12-14 oz. of water, skim milk or your favorite beverage, take 1-3 three servings per day, or what best suits your needs. For optimum results, use a blender. Ice and fresh fruit can be added for a frosty, delicious smoothie.

      These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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    Universal UniSyn MRP2 Review
    By Matt Canning

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    Since the first day that I started working out on November 18th, 2000, I wanted to bulk up. While a variety of supplements are intended to elicit an anabolic environment such as creatine, the fundamentals of bulking up are to train hard and ensure that you consume adequate calories and be conscious of your macronutrient intake and specifically, your protein intake, since muscle building is in part the result of the synthesis of protein.

    I have tried plenty of different protein and weight gain powders at this point and this time out I decided to try UniSyn MRP2 by Universal Nutrition. It is an advanced nutrient delivery technology which promises to provide nutritionally complete shakes.

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    In this review I will discuss various attributes of UniSyn MRP2 and give you the word on its promise as being a high tech supplement for the aspiring bodybuilder or avid gym goer.

    dot Taste: dot

      I liked the taste of UniSyn MRP2. To be as clear as possible in my review, I should point out how I consumed UniSyn MRP2. I mixed the powder in a blender and included a banana and oatmeal. I mixed it with whole milk.

      I enjoyed this shake and it was easy to drink. The way that I made it resulted in pretty thick shakes, but the ease in which I was able to drink it was what I appreciated the most. Sometimes it is very difficult to eat calories, so drinking them is an alternative and it makes it a lot easier to consume the requisite number of calories by way of shakes made either with protein, weight gain, or meal replacement powders.

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      I did not drink UniSyn MRP2 in the traditional shake style mixed with whole milk or water, but based on the taste when I made it in a shake as I did, I'm pretty confident it would mix perfectly well in either. I would recommend pouring the milk or water into a tall glass or shaker bottle first and pour the powder in it next.

    dot Mixability/Texture: dot

      For simplicity and ease or reading, I will write out my shake recipe outlined above, in point form for your convenience:

      I highly recommend mixing your protein powders in shakes like the one above if you are a fan of taste. Personally I don't care much about that aspect, providing the nutritional content is sound (as it is for UniSyn MRP2), but it definitely doesn't hurt to make nice tasting shakes.

      You can also make the shakes with fruit or yogurt if you wish - both would likely mix well, although UniSyn MRP2 comes in a strawberry flavor, and if you are going to use fruit or yogurt, I would say that would be the flavor to get in that case.

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      The recipe above made the shake come out very thick and a little grainy, but you can also use more milk if you want a thinner shake (personally I prefer a thicker one).

    dot Digestibility: dot

      I had no problem whatsoever digesting Universal UniSyn MRP2. It went down easy, and I don't know of anyone else who has used this product to voice a complaint regarding its digestibility.

    dot Effectiveness: dot

      Protein supplements, weight gain supplements, and meal replacement supplements are all great to me for one reason - convenience. I do not want to write any product reviews as vehicles to push supplements on you, but rather give you my honest opinions and endorsements should I like the products I am reviewing.

      The main thing to bear in mind when it comes to MRPs is whether or not you are willing to pay for the convenience - if you are, then UniSyn MRP2 will not disappoint you. It is nutritionally sound and will allow you to get your intake of protein and other nutrients necessary for success in muscle building.

    dot Overall Review: dot

      Universal UniSyn MRP2 is a great MRP. I have no complaints about it and could go on with more praise, but I think my review detailed my likes about it fairly adequately.

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      You can buy 2.5 pounds through the link below for $19.99, which is pretty good. If you are looking for a less expensive protein supplement, check out Higher Power's 100% Whey Power - that being said, while UniSyn MRP2 is not the cheapest protein supplement around, it is also definitely not the most expensive and pretty reasonably placed in relation to the competition. If you are interested in trying a good tasting MRP, UniSyn MRP2 may be for you.

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    Labrada Lean Body RTD
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    dot Taste: dot

      In the beginning, most supplements tasted terrible to me. Now I realize that supplements are an acquired taste. However, we must remember that the supplements, that aren't loaded with sugar, are healthy for you (for the overwhelming most part i.e. it's difficult to find supplements that are unhealthy for you).

      Furthermore, some supplements still taste terrible, even with an acquired taste such as mine and I'm sure many can relate. All that being said, I've found that simple flavors such as chocolate and vanilla are often done satisfactory with regards to taste.

      In the case of Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement Packets, I sampled that Chocolate Ice Cream flavor. To my delight, the product had a tasty light milky chocolate flavor, which I immediately enjoyed. In comparison to other meal replacement shakes I've endured, this was blissful. Therefore, I award Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement Chocolate Ice Cream flavor a 7.5/10 for taste.

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    dot Solubility/Texture: dot

      I chose to mix Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement with a shaker. You must be extra careful to thoroughly mix it. However, if you do give it a decent shake, I think you'll be pleased with the results. I found that after a thorough shake of the supplement, there was no sticking to sides.

      I recommend adding the desired amount of liquid first. Then, add the supplement. This way there is less time between the supplement going in the cup and you beginning the mixing process. As a result, there is less of a chance that sticking will occur.

      All that being said, as I said above, I found that the supplement mixed quite satisfactorily. I'd say that just as important as mixability is texture, because who wants to drink something that has a gritty and clumpy texture. That would not be exactly satisfying. However, with Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement, this situation is avoided.

      I found the texture of Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement to be light and smooth. I found the drink to be very refreshing. Therefore, I award Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement an 8/10 for mixability/texture.

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    dot Effectiveness: dot

      Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement claims that it's a "super food." Also, it claims that "[...] bodybuilders could now get all the nutrients they needed each day without popping a shelf-full of supplements. All of the essential protein, calories, and vitamins that a bodybuilder could want were now available in a convenient packet. No longer did bodybuilders need to calculate nutritional information for meals [...]"

      A diet must include whole foods. Although a diet cannot be made up of 100% supplements, meal replacements here and there aren't a bad choice for an individual who just doesn't have the time to prepare a proper meal.

      While I don't agree with the statement that this supplement provides you with a shelf full of supplements, it does appear to offer; a good amino acid profile/BCAA's, a good vitamin and mineral profile (although I'd like to see less iron), healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and a great source of protein.

      Therefore, it regards to the claim that Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement is a "super food", I think the claim isn't too far off. Also, I agree that along with convenience, Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement also adds variety with a few flavors to choose from.

      All that being said, don't expect this stuff to make you huge overnight or give you a SUPER ENERGY BOOST. Remember, this isn't steroids and it's not a stimulant (such as caffeine), so don't expect immediate effects. This is just a good addition to a nutritionally sound diet, when you can't find the time to eat a proper whole food meal. However, due to no immediately noticeable effects, it's difficult to assess a mark for the effectiveness of the supplement.

    dot Overall Review: dot

      As far as taste goes, I was pleasantly surprised. The Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement Chocolate Ice Cream flavor had a light milky chocolate taste, which I immediately enjoyed. In comparison to other meal replacement shakes I've endured, this was blissful. In regards to mixability/texture, I found that Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement mixed well in a shaker (with proper shaking) and had a light and smooth texture with a refreshing aftertaste.

      As far as effectiveness goes, Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement is a great addition to a nutritionally sound diet when you're in a rush and can't afford the time for a whole food meal.

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      In comparison to the price and quality of other meal replacement shakes, I found that Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement was priced competitively. Therefore, I award Labrada Lean Body Meal Replacement Chocolate Ice Cream flavor a 7.75/10 for an overall review.

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