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Overview of USN ZeroCarb IsoPro 100% Whey Protein Isolate
USN is a brand that not a lot of you are probably not aware of...yet. They are huge in South Africa, but are starting to gain traction in the states (America) due to great products featuring solid formulas.
USN ZeroCarb IsoPro 100% Whey Protein Isolate is a great choice for those who absolutely do not want any extra carbs or fats in their diet. USN offers it in six flavors too, making it much different than other "zero carb" proteins on the market today. With protein taking up 90% of the serving size (the other 3g / 10% is flavoring) this is a really solid, clean protein.
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Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed USN ZeroCarb IsoPro 100% Whey Protein Isolate on five categories. We first start by looking at its ingredient profile. This portion of the review looks at quality of protein used, amount and other ingredients involved in the making of this protein powder.
We then look at effectiveness. A high quality protein will be effective. This is generally an extension of the profile section. The higher quality ingredients used at proper dosages, the more effective that product will be.
Then we move into the taste of the different flavors we’ve tried. We grade each flavor separately and average the scores for their overall taste rating. We were able to test out Apple Pie.
Mixability refers to how well the powder mixes in 6-8oz of water. We use the shaker bottle test. We use the Official Shaker Cup of Fitness Informant, the Ice Shaker.
Finally, we talk about value. Value is the combination of profile, effectiveness, taste and mixability in relation to cost. Another part of value are the competitors and other versions of proteins available on the market.
USN ZeroCarb IsoPro 100% Whey Protein Isolate is one of the cleanest labels you will find in the protein game. Protein comes from 100% whey protein isolate, which is one of the highest quality proteins available on the market today. Being a whey protein isolate (WPI) that means the protein quality is at least 90% (whey protein concentrate is, at the highest 80% with the lowest being 34%). We get 27g protein per serving out of a serving size of 30g. This does not indicate protein quality, but the amount of protein in each serving (ratio). Each serving size is 30g, which means the remaining 3g comes in the form of thickening agents and flavors…which is not bad.
The other macros are 0g fat and 0g carbs. Sodium, another key many of us look at, is low at 105mg.
Overall, this is going to be one of the best protein profiles on the market today. The only protein that is considered “higher” quality is a Whey Protein Hydrolysate, but it is minimal at best.
Effectiveness of a protein really is an extension of the product profile. What we know is we are getting a high quality protein source without the other “junk” found in some proteins. An isolate digests quicker than a concentrate. It also typically has the lactose removed, so if you have issues with lactose you should be fine with USN’s ZeroCarb IsoPro 100% Whey Protein Isolate. This allows for better digestibility by most users. The protein will be digested quickly, broken down into amino acids and used by your muscles in a fast manner, without the fats and carbs. We are fans.
This is an area that we were actually let down. We are huge fans of Apple Pie. Going into this our excitement level was high. However, the taste is just off slightly. You do get the apple flavor along with some cinnamon, but there is an after taste that we cannot put our finger on. It is almost a cream-like after taste that wasn’t the most pleasant. It doesn’t make it undrinkable by any means, but we would like to try the other flavors to see if we get the same thing. This could be due to the fact there are no fats or carbs. You can tell it is an apple pie flavored protein, but we wanted more from it.
This was another area that shocked us a bit. First off, most isolates are going to mix very thin. USN ZerCarb IsoPro is actually thicker than we expected. In fact, it is so thick it is creamy. This is a cool feature to add to mouth feel and the experience, but it also caused it to clump slightly, something we don’t see often with an isolate. As you can see in the video above, there are small clumps that come out into the glass using our shaker. This must be due to some of the thickening agents in this protein.
Check out the video above for a full mixability test.
The value for USN ZeroCarb IsoPro is through the roof. You can get a 1.65lb tub for $30 or a 4lb tub for $57. This would typically run closer to $70 for a 4lb tub. Being a zero carb and zero fat isolate typically justifies a higher price tag. Use coupon code INFORMANT and save 20%. This would bring a 4lb tub down to just over $45, which is just above $1 per serving. This is an unreal deal.
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