BSN has been a cornerstone of the supplement industry since 2001, and the brand has continued its meteoric growth across the globe lead by its most famous face: UFC Champion Conor McGregor. For people looking to pack on muscle mass fast, their popular True Mass gainer has been reformulated into True Mass 1200 — a hardcore mass gainer with 1230 calories per serving, and a carbohydrate to protein ratio of 4:1.
If you're interested in using this to supplement your diet, we've broken down all you need to know about this product.
WHAT'S IN IT
The key ingredients include a complex carbohydrate blend and a protein blend, with the usual binding agents and flavourings found in most mass gainers.
The complex carbohydrate blend consists of maltodextrin and whole oat flour. Maltodextrin is a simple sugar that is derived from corn, rice or potato. It's quick to digest, and an effective mass-gaining ingredient when taken in high doses. Whole oat flour is a complex carbohydrate that'll keep you satiated long after consuming this mass gainer thanks to its ability to release energy slowly into your bloodstream. Whole oat flour also has a number of health benefits, including lowering your blood pressure, remedying digestion issues as well as lowering your cholesterol levels. In True Mass 1200, you're getting 222g of carbohydrates.
The protein blend comprises seven different strains of protein, both fast-absorbing and slow-releasing varieties. The primary source of protein is whey protein concentrate, a protein that acts quickly on your muscles to improve recovery and help with your gains. The other proteins include whey protein isolate and hydrolyzed whey protein — purer versions of whey protein that are rich in Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs), helping you feel less fatigued and improving your performance. The combination of slow-releasing proteins in True Mass 1200 provide a lasting effect to the weight gainer. You get milk protein isolates, which are rather similar to whey protein except that it releases slightly slower. Micellar casein is a protein that clumps in the stomach and releases its effects over time, ensuring that your muscles are receiving a steady supply of protein long after you take True Mass 1200. Other sources of protein in the weight gainer include egg albumin, or egg whites, as well as glutamine peptides, an important amino acid that is necessary for lean protein synthesis. In total, you'll get 25g of essential amino acids, 12g of BCAAs and 50g of protein per serving! The only downside is we don't get a specific idea of what those amino acids are, but that's not a big deal if you're on a bulking phase and getting your nutrients from other whole foods.
FLAVOURS AND TASTE
True Mass 1200 is available in chocolate, which tastes a lot like chocolate oatmeal thanks to the inclusion of the oat flour. It isn't too sweet, nor is it too thick, allowing you to make one full serving each time. It has a bit of a grainy texture, though not entirely unpleasant.
HOW YOU SHOULD TAKE IT
Mix two scoops with 16 oz. of cold water or milk. It is suggested that BSN True Mass 1200 should be taken post-workout. The ingredients certainly will work in favour of improving recovery and helping you feel lest fatigued. You should also break up another serving to consume multiple times throughout a day to supplement your protein intake.
True Mass 1200 costs $85 for 15 servings, which appears a steep price at first, but you're getting quality ingredients in high doses that you rarely find in other mass gainers.
WHO SHOULD TAKE IT
Anyone looking to really gain a ton of mass, specifically the right kind of mass should really try BSN True Mass 1200. Especially if you have difficulties gaining weight due to a high metabolic rate, this gift from BSN is a caloric godsend.
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