If you’re a gym rat, fitness enthusiast, casual trainee, or just care about your overall health and diet, then protein powder is something I’m sure you’re familiar with.
A good protein powder will contain all 9 essential amino acids, which is a group of amino acids that we can not produce on our own and must obtain from outside sources.
Protein as a macronutrient, helps us build muscle and recover from our training sessions.
Aside from that, we as humans require a minimum amount of protein per day based on our individual size and weight, and while we can get that 100% from food sources, a quality protein powder can help us fill in any gaps in our nutrition we may find.
However, as with most items on the market, there are so many different options to choose from.
Just look online or in any supplement store and you will be faced with rows and rows of different brands and flavors of protein powders.
With so many to choose from, how do you make a selection?
Well, you can just pick one and hope for the best which is something I’ve done quite a few times in the past. Some were great, and some not so much.
Or, you can find out what users of those products have to say about them from actually using them. And that is what I’m here to do for you today with another protein powder review.
In this article, I am going to be talking about MTS Nutrition’s MTS Chocolate Whey Protein Powder.
You may or may not have heard of this one, as this protein powder is not typically carried in stores and is mainly found on TigerFitness.com as well as a huge assortment of many other supplements.
As stated, this is a whey protein powder and it comes in a very large variety of flavors to choose from.
If you decide to purchase this protein powder using any of the links in this article, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Disclaimer: None of the information in this article is intended to be medical or health advice. Always consult with a qualified physician before taking part in any exercise or fitness regimen, as well as any type of supplement intake.
These are also my opinions. You and others’ tastes and preferences may vary.
|Well-pronounced chocolate flavor without being overpoweringly sweet|
|Mixes very well in all of the applications that I’ve used it in|
|Protein blend of whey concentrate, milk protein isolate, and instant whey protein isolate|
|2 lb (.91 kg) tub priced about average. 5 lb (2.3 kg) tub is a bit of a bargain|
Main Criteria & Details
The key elements that I’ll be focusing on when discussing this protein powder are:
- Ingredients & Nutritional Content
When it comes to ingredients and nutritional content, I’m going to focus on the amount of protein per serving, protein blend, as well as certain other ingredients that might show up on the label.
Taste, mixability, and price are pretty straightforward. I’ll give my opinion on just how chocolatey this flavor is, how well it mixes in a few different scenarios, and at what price point this protein powder comes in.
Ingredients & Nutritional Content
Each single scoop is listed to weigh in at 42 grams. Each single serving gives us a total of 160 calories, which breaks down into 27 grams of protein, 7 grams of carbs, and 2.5 grams of fat.
As you can see here an evenly topped-off scoop actually weighs in at 47 grams, which for most people isn’t a big deal, but could be worth paying attention to if you are trying to track your macros as closely as possible.
This 2 lb (.9 kg) tub contains 22 servings in total.
I usually use just 1 scoop per day so this single tub lasts me about 3 weeks.
The type of protein found in MTS Whey Chocolate is a blend of whey protein concentrate, milk protein isolate, and instant whey protein isolate.
Let’s quickly break down what each type of protein is.
Whey Protein Concentrate – after processing, whey protein concentrate is usually up to and around 80% protein, with the remaining 20% carbs and fat.
Milk Protein Isolate – milk protein isolate is a type of protein made from skim milk. It has a similar profile to that of cow’s milk and contains all 9 essential amino acids. After it goes through filtration processing, it contains at least 90% protein and contains a mix of around 80% casein and 20% whey. Casein protein is a slower-digesting protein.
Instant Whey Protein Isolate – a form of whey protein that is sprayed with Lecithin which helps it to dissolve better. It does contain soy so please be aware if you have allergies
In my opinion, as far as all of the benefits that we are looking for from a whey protein powder for building our bodies and supplementing our diet, MTS Whey Chocolate and its blend will work just fine for most people.
MTS Whey also contains all 9 essential amino acids, which is a key factor when choosing a protein supplement.
MTS Whey Chocolate is also gluten-free.
It is worth mentioning for anyone who may have certain allergies, it is stated that this product is manufactured in a facility that also processes tree nuts, wheat, and eggs.
Taste and Mixability
Taste and mixability are two important qualities to pay attention to when selecting a protein powder.
Ideally, we would like the flavor to be as true as possible to the flavor that is being advertised and to mix in smoothly.
I tested this protein powder in the 3 most common ways that I usually use it in my diet; in a shake, in oatmeal, and in Greek yogurt.
What I was paying the most attention to during these tests was the texture as well as the strength and flavor of chocolate that came through.
For the shake, I went with a water base and used a ratio of 6 ounces of water to one full scoop of protein as per the directions on the label.
I found that the powder mixed in really well after a few vigorous shakes. There was no clumping or grit whatsoever.
In my opinion, this ratio of liquid to powder resulted in a shake on the thicker side, so if you’re like me and prefer a bit of a thinner consistency, adding some more liquid is the way to go.
The chocolate flavor was very good and came through nicely, and was strong enough to satisfy without being over the top.
The sweetness wasn’t overpowering which is a plus. I personally don’t find overly sweetened powders too enjoyable.
If I could describe the taste, I would say that it tastes very much like a Snack Pack chocolate pudding.
For my Greek yogurt, I used a single serving of yogurt (170 g) and a single serving scoop of protein powder.
At first, I thought I was going to need to add more yogurt, but with continued stirring it all dissolved nicely and left no grits or clumps.
This ratio produced a noticeably thick consistency which I would describe as similar to chocolate mousse.
The sweetness of the chocolate flavor offset the tanginess of the Greek yogurt well and, like the texture, can be described as something similar to chocolate mousse as well.
I’d imagine strawberries would go perfectly with it.
As with the yogurt above, for my oats, I used one serving of oats (40g) and a single serving scoop of protein powder.
Everything blended together smoothly and easily, with the only chunkiness coming from the pieces of oats, which I like.
The chocolate flavor came through, and was a bit more mild as compared to the yogurt and shake.
The flavor itself was still that of good chocolate, and reminded me of eating a warm, slightly undercooked cupcake.
The price of a 2 lb (.91 kg) tub is listed at $36.99, and a 5 lb (2.3 kg) tub is listed at $69.99.
I’ve seen most 2 lb (.91 kg) tubs of protein powders of whey blends range from $30 on the low end to $40 or so on the high end. MTS Chocolate Whey falls right around the middle of that range, which doesn’t exactly make it a bargain, but you can rest assured that you aren’t grossly overpaying either.
The 5 lb (2.3 kg) tubs seem to be a bit of a different story. A quick Amazon search showed many tubs of this size of whey blend priced as high $73, $84 and upwards of $90+.
There were some that were more affordably priced at around $60, but at $69.99 a 5 lb (2.3 kg) tub of MTS Choclate Whey is a pretty good deal.
Overall, I very much enjoyed MTS Chocolate Whey.
The chocolate flavor comes through nicely in pretty much all of the ways I’ve used it and I didn’t need to add any additional sweetener like I sometimes do.
This protein powder mixes in easily and doesn’t leave behind any grittiness or clumps.
And when it comes to value, the 2 lb (.91 kg) tub is about the average you’d expect to pay, while the 5 lb (2.3 kg) tub is a pretty good bargain when compared to a lot of other tubs of that size that are out there.