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MTS Nutrition Epic Gains Review

Epic Gains is MTS Nutrition’s mass gainer which contains a variety of different sources of carbs, fats, and protein…

MTS Nutrition Epic Gains

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Brown Rice

MTS Nutrition’s decision to use Brown Rice as the primary carbohydrate source in Epic Gains likely stems from the fact that brown rice is an all-around healthy carb.  Brown Rice has not been refined and can therefore be considered a whole grain.  It is naturally high in fiber and is slow-digesting compared to other sources of carbohydrates such as white rice or pasta.

Whey Isolate

Whey Isolate is processed further than Concentrate and is defined as at least 90% protein by weight. This gives Isolate an obvious advantage over Concentrate, but due to the further processing that is required to produce Isolate it tends to be more expensive.

It’s unclear how much of the total protein content of Epic Gains consists of Whey Isolate, but given that it is listed first in the ingredients blend, we can assume it is the predominant source.

EFA-Enriched Whey Concentrate

Whey Concentrate is the least processed form of protein (70-80% protein by weight), which makes it the cheapest to manufacture.  Epic Gains contains Whey Concentrate enriched with Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), though we don’t know which ones specifically.

Fibersol 2

Fibersol 2 is a digestion-resistant form of Maltodextrin, meaning it serves as a source of fiber.  This is actually one of the things that sets Epic Gains apart from other mass gainers which generally contain a lot of fast-digesting carbohydrates and little fiber.

Medium Chain Triglycerides

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are more easily oxidized and burned for energy than LCT’s.  In the context of Epic Gains, Medium Chain Triglyceride Powder serves as a healthy fat source.

Machine Vegetable Blend

Epic Gains contains several powdered-vegetables (Tomatoe, Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Broccoli) which contain an array of vitamins and minerals, though not in particularly high doses going by the label (a good thing in our view).

The Bottom Line

Epic Gains is no doubt a well-formulated Mass Gainer and one that could actually be considered pretty healthy, as opposed to one that is full of refined sugar and unnecessary fats.  We’d recommend Epic Gains to anyone looking to pack on some mostly lean mass or as a potential snack/meal-replacement for those who work long hours.

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

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