The highly anticipated mass gainer protein powder from Core Nutritionals has finally arrived; introducing Core Nutritionals GROW, one of the highest quality, most unique mass gainers we have seen thus far! With a premium blend of protein, low GI carbohydrates, fats, antioxidants and digestive enzymes, Core GROW is set to change the game when it comes to high quality mass gainers, while setting a new benchmark for ingredients used.
One serve of Core Nutritionals GROW consists of 3 scoops yielding 148g of total product and 570 high quality calories. Each 148g serve consists of 40g of protein, 80g of carbohydrates and 10g of fat; that’s 30% protein, 62% carbs and 8% fats by weight, or 28% protein, 56% carbs and 16% fats by caloric content.
The protein in Core GROW derives from cold-processed, undenatured whey protein concentrate. What does this mean? A high quality, fast digesting protein source, with a higher biological value and more impressive naturally occuring amino acid profile than any other source of protein. Therefore, Core GROW will provide muscles with a higher amount of usable amino acids for muscle repair and growth than many other cheaper, lower quality gainer protein powders on the market.
What about the carbs? Well this is where Core GROW gets really interesting and sets itself apart from every other gainer protein powder on the market. Rather than opting for cheap "filler" type carbohydrates such as maltodextrin, Core Nutritionals has flipped the switch and included only wholefood carbohydrates in Core GROW. The appropriately named "Bro-Carb Blend" consists of oatmeal flour, quinoa flour and sweet potato flour; the "flour" term referring to the dehydrated powdered versions of these wholefoods. Utilising wholefood sources of carbohydrates means that in addition to obtaining all important calories, users can also expect to receive a host of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and fibre vital for optimal health, digestion and wellbeing. These wholefood carbohydrate sources have been carefully selected not only for their myriad of health benefits, but also because they are classified as low GI carbohydrates, meaning they are absorbed slowly into the bloodstream, mitigating the unwanted spike in insulin that is typically associated with consuming mass gainers. This is perfect for those looking to build muscle, but also wanting to keep associated fat gain to a minimum.
Core Nutritionals hasn’t forgotten about how crucial high-quality fats are for athletes wanting to maintain optimal health levels while building muscle. Two types of fats are included in the Core GROW "PHAT Blend": medium chain triglycerides sourced from MCT oil powder and coconut oil powder, and monounsaturated fatty acids, sourced from avocado powder. The combination of these saturated and unsaturated fats has been shown to enhance the body’s resting energy expenditure, help maintain a healthy weight and assist with musclebuilding hormone production.
But Core Nutritionals didn’t stop just at high quality sources of macro and micronutrients in Core GROW, instead they’ve gone over and above, including a potent blend of digestive enzymes. Why are these important? To put it simply, the body’s ability to break down foods that are consumed and utilise their nutrients is paramount. Digestive enzymes work to assist the body as it breaks down the nutrients contained in Core GROW, and therefore enhance the body’s ability to put the nutrients to use during a myriad of bodily processes.
Finally, pomegranate powder has been included in Core GROW to provide users with a potent dose of antioxidants. Antioxidants work by challenging and eradicating free radicals, which describe damaged proteins, molecules and genes. Left to their own devices, free radicals can cause a host of negative impacts including illnesses, heart, eye, skin and mood issues.
Taste & Mixability
When it comes to taste, fans of Core Nutritionals will have high expectations – they undoubtedly make some of the best tasting protein powders in existence. Not surprisingly, Core GROW does not disappoint, initially released in 2 unique and interesting flavours:
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie
These adventurous flavours are on the stronger side, yet are not too sweet, making them perfect to be used during the day or post-workout.
The mixability of Core GROW is near perfect, albeit the slightly grainy texture caused by the wholefood carbohydrate sources. But perhaps what is best about Core GROW is its versatility – not only can it be consumed as a delicious drink, but due to the wholefood sources of carbs and fats it can also be used to make sludge, muffins, mug cakes, pancakes, crepes and anything else you can dream up in the kitchen.
Core GROW provides your body with the essential macro and micronutrients necessary to facilitate muscle growth while minimizing unwanted fat gain. Health-conscious gym goers can rejoice as you no longer have to compromise your health and body composition goals when choosing from the multitude of substandard mass gainers on the market; Core GROW combines the ideal macronutrient ratios for lean muscle gain with some of the healthiest wholefoods on the planet, and is effective to take both around the time of your training as well as a snack or meal replacement throughout the day. Yep – it’s grow time. Core GROW time!