The long anticipated wait is finally over! Rich Piana’s 5% Nutrition Real Food has finally hit the MassiveJoes shelves, which saw eager fans lining up for it when released. A whole food derived carbohydrate replacement supplement, utilising popular, delicious and complex carbohydrates from Yams, Oats and Sweet Potatoes. In an industry full of rapidly digesting, poor quality, manufactured carbohydrates, Rich Piana’s 5% Nutrition Real Food will certainly disrupt the market with its ability to provide a slow digesting, low GI and nutritionally dense carbohydrate replacement supplement, which will provide long lasting energy without negatively impacting blood sugar levels.
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Supplementing with Carbohydrates is useful for individuals who require a convenient way to increase their calorie intake, especially for growth and recovery purposes. Carbohydrates can be used at various times of the day, with most supplements working to support energy levels during training or replenishing glycogen and spiking insulin levels after training. Similar to whole foods such as rice or potatoes, carbohydrate supplements can either be quick or slow to digest.
As Rich Piana’s 5% Nutrition Real Food is comprised of complex, Low GI, slow digesting carbohydrates, it is best used as a meal replacement or included in a pre-workout meal. This will ensure there is minimal impact on blood sugar levels, which will work to support long lasting energy levels, whilst also supporting the maintenance of body fat levels. Supplementing with Rich Piana’s 5% Nutrition Real Food post workout will work to replenish used glycogen stores during training, but is not the most optimal source, due to the time required for to digest. Dextrose is the preferred Carbohydrate source during the post-training window, due to how rapidly it digests. Contrasted withRich Piana’s 5% Nutrition Real Food, this will induce an insulin response, which is desirable post training as the insulin produced will shuttle ingested nutrients from your post-workout shake into your depleted muscle cells to commence the repair and growth process.
The ingredient panel for Rich Piana’s 5% Nutrition Real Food is quite minimal, with four whole food sourced ingredients being used. Each serving yields 30g of product, which provides 20g of Carbohydrates, 1 gram of Protein and 1.7 grams of Fat. Comprising this 30g is:
- 10 grams of Powdered Yam
- 7 grams of Oats
- 10 grams of Sweet Potato
- 0.5 grams of Blueberry Fruit Powder
Therefore, approximately 92% of each serve is devoted to these ingredients, with the remainder being comprised of flavouring, colouring and thickeners to optimise the consistency. These Carbohydrate sources are commonly consumed by both bodybuilders and athletes due to their slow digesting nature and long lasting energy that they provide. Therefore, these are the perfect sources of Carbohydrate to include in this supplement, making it appropriate to use as a meal substitute that is consumed during the day or prior to training. As discussed, it can also be used post training to restore Glycogen used during your session, but it won’t spike insulin levels and therefore won’t drive nutrients into muscles as fast as Dextrose would.
The inclusion of Blueberry Fruit Powder improves the nutritional density of Rich Piana’s 5% Nutrition Real Food. Blueberries yield a high antioxidant value, while also abundant in a host of Phytonutrients and Micronutrients. This is desirable for a product that can be used as a meal replacement, as in order to truly replicate a meal, you will want to ensure you are still meeting your nutritional needs, just as whole foods do. Therefore, Rich Piana’s 5% Nutrition Real Food can safely be used as a Meal Replacement option, without having to forego the vital micronutrients that other meal replacement supplements may not account for.
Finally, Rich Piana’s 5% Nutrition Real Food contains no artificial colours or flavours. This further makes this product replicate a whole food substitute for carbohydrates you would otherwise prepare and consume. Therefore, this product is very close to being entirely natural and therefore will appeal to those who are conscious as to the supplements they use and limiting their intake of artificial ingredients.
Taste & Mixability
Rich Piana’s 5% Nutrition Real Food comes in two flavours:
- Blueberry Cobbler
- Sweet Potato Pie
As fans of Rich Piana’s 5% Nutrition will know from using his Pre-Workouts Kill It, 5150 and Full as F*ck, and recovery products such as All Day You May and Crea-Ten, Rich doesn’t mess around when it comes to creating enjoyable, palatable flavours that are welcomed by the taste buds. Safe to say, although these flavours depart quite far from the standard flavours we often see comprising majority of products taking up shelf space in stores, these unique flavours are truly worth a try. The use of wholesome derived carbohydrates give Rich Piana’s 5% Nutrition Real Food a truly natural tasting flavour, contrast to many that possess an artificial taste that misses the mark of the flavour it attempts to replicate. Both flavours are sweet, but very mild, so users need not worry about flavours being too overpowering.
The texture certainly becomes of interest given the uniqueness of this product. The ingredients used, even though some are provided in a fine powdered form, result in this product being quite dense consistency. Oats that have been used are in their raw form, not powdered. This provides additional texture to this product, so when mixed with the designated quantity of water to create a shake, the product will not be smooth in consistency. The consistency when mixed with water in a drinkable form is comparable to a smoothie; thick and somewhat chunky due to the whole oats included.
This texture however makes Rich Piana’s 5% Nutrition Real Food the perfect supplement to create the MassiveJoes infamous sludge from. Fans will be aware of how frequently MTS Machine Whey is used to create ‘sludge’, whereby oats, rice cakes or cereal are frequently mixed in to combine a delicious yet macro-friendly breakfast or snack. Rich Piana’s 5% Nutrition Real Food can be made in the same way, combining less water than necessary to create a shake. The ingredients truly absorb the water, forming a thick, delicious paste. This means that users can actually consume this supplement as they would with typical food, and will keep you full until your next meal. You can also mix in Protein Powder as your protein source to make this a complete meal, and not to mention, absolutely delicious!
Due to the diverse use potential and applicability, the effects will vary depending on how you implement this supplement into your regime. There is no doubt that Rich Piana’s 5% Nutrition Real Food will be an incredibly popular supplement due to how close it is able to replicate real food, while also having minimal impacts on blood sugar levels the way existing Carbohydrate Supplements do.
Users can expect to feel improved energy levels, without the crash that other supplements may cause. Therefore, users can go about their day or commence their training sessions with plenty of fuel in the tank and therefore potential for a high-quality session. In addition, the supplement nature of this Carbohydrate source means that it is a quick and easy way for users to ensure they are intaking adequate calories and carbohydrates, so there is no excuse for missing a meal now!
As the ingredients used take time to break down and be absorbed in the body, blood sugar levels are kept low. This is desirable as minimising insulin spikes will encourage body fat levels to be maintained or even reduced if combined with sensible dieting or training. Minimising blood sugar spikes will also have a favourable impact on energy levels, as you won’t experience the extreme highs and lows in energy levels that quick digesting foods cause.
If it’s real food you’re after, then Rich Piana’s 5% Nutrition Real Food is just that. If you need a convenient way to meet your calorie, carbohydrate and energy needs, without having to sacrifice your health and wellbeing, then Rich Piana’s 5% Nutrition Real Food is the supplement for you. Close to nature, easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. Try it for yourself today!