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Animal Mass Review

Animal Mass is Universal’s new mass gainer, which provides 84g of carbs, 60g of protein, 8g of fat, and contains about 650 calories per serving…

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Protein Blend (60g Total)

Animal Mass contains a variety of different types of proteins, each with slightly unique qualities that effect the speed at which it is absorbed.  The result: a complete spectrum of fast/slow digesting proteins…

  • Whey Protein Concentrate

    Whey Concentrate is generally about 80% protein in total.  In terms of the protein itself, it’s no different than Whey Isolate.  It’s just that Whey Protein Concentrate is less processed and the percentage of total protein is lower.  Still an effective (and inexpensive) form.

  • Whey Protein Isolate

    Whey Isolate is atleast 90% protein by weight, so many people prefer it over Whey Concentrate.  Both forms are quickly digested.

  • Hydrolyzed Whey

    Hydrolyzed Whey has undergone the process of Hydrolysis, whereby the proteins have been broken down further into peptides which are more quickly absorbed upon ingestion.  It is the absolute fastest-digesting form of protein.

  • Milk Protein Concentrate

    Milk Protein is simply a naturally occuring combination of Whey and Casein, so the absorption is similar to what you would acheive if you mixed Whey and Casein.  The composition is generally something like 80% Casein 20% Whey, though it can vary slightly in either direction.  There is no research to suggest Milk Protein is somehow better than combining Whey and Casein in the same amounts, but it does offer a convenient way to do so.

  • Micellar Casein

    Micellar Casein is the slowest-digesting of all proteins because the particles themselves are the largest.  In the context of Animal Mass, Micellar Casein helps to extend the anabolic effect.

  • Egg Albumin

    Egg Albumin (White) protein is somewhere between Casein and Whey in terms of digestions speed.  In the context of Animal Mass it is essentially an intermediate-stage protein.

Carbs/Fiber (84g Total)

Just like with protein, Animal Mass contains an array of quick/slow digesting carbs…

  • Maltodextrin

    Because it is a rapidly-absorbing simple carb, Maltodextrin can replenish glycogen stores effectively post-workout.

  • Inulin

    Inulin is a naturally occuring fiber which has a variety of industrial and medical uses but in the context of Animal Mass is basically just another source of fiber.

  • Oat Fiber

    Oat fiber is…fiber from oats.  There is nothing really to suggest that it is better than any other form of fiber, but it is fiber nonetheless so why not?

  • Waxy Maize

    Waxy Maize is a very slow-digesting carbohydrate.  In the context of Animal Mass, it helps to slow the overall absorption speed of the carbohydrate complex.

Medium Chain Triglyceride Powder

The MCT Powder found in Animal Mass serves as a source of healthy fats.  In total, Animal Mass contains 8g of fat per serving, 4 of which are unsaturated.  Not an overwhelming amount of fat by any means, but certainly enough to help you gain some weight.

The Bottom Line

If gaining mass is the goal, Aminal Mass may be worth a shot.  Due to the lack of transparency regarding the dosing of each individual type of protein or carb, it’s tough to directly compare it to other offerings based on anything other than total macronutrient content though.

Still not sure which Mass Gainer is right for you?  Check out our Best Mass Gainers List!

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