Why do some companies in the supplements industry offer so many products and mass gainers full of sugar?
- Because a really few people do read the labels and the amount of sugar contained
- Because it is cheap to manufacture and it’s marketed as the “Newest discovery of science”
- Because the slowed-down metabolism will need additional supplementation
- Because in the advertisement they use professional bodybuilders which train long, long before the product came into existence
An all too typical example
This is nutrition information of a very popular gainer – carbohydrate drink promoted as suitable for before workouts and as a mass-gaining supplement.
The sugar content is 41 grams per 50 grams of powder. That’s 82% sugar. It contains only 4 grams of protein. This product belongs to one of the most acclaimed supplement companies in the world, and it is still being produced, marketed, and sold.
The man standing on the label was Amateur Mister Olympia 2015, second place Arnold Classic Amateur 2013. The man is shown with his great muscular structure, muscle mass, and low body fat. We are certain that he didn’t become a champion by consuming 41 grams of sugar per dose.
This mass gainer costs around 60 dollars. It weighs 4.5 kilograms, of which 3.69 kilograms is pure sugar! 3.69 kilograms of sugar costs 4 dollars. You get the point.
That’s only useful for you if you intend expensive muscular and metabolic suicide.
This is not just an isolated example of such mass gainers full of sugar. There are many. Another one, similar, which on its label has three huge bodybuilding champions, in a dose of 220 grams of powder contains 59 grams of sugar.
Misleading products are by the thousands.
Keep yourself informed, and read the labels, composition, and contents. In our programs, you get supplementation advice if you do need any supplementation.
Of course, not all supplements are full of sugar. Quite the contrary, supplementation is welcome and very beneficial. But you need to know what, for whom, why, when, how, and how much should be taken.
If you are looking to build quality muscle mass, instead of sugar-bloated muscles, read:
Weight Training, principles of
Progressive Resistance Training
Gainers build fat, not muscle
Gainers will indeed increase mass but not muscle mass. Muscles are built with protein, not carbohydrates. Carbs convert into sugar in the body and then are stored in the muscles. The muscles then gain volume but not muscle mass. If more carbs are ingested while the storage in the muscles and the body is full, those carbs are then converted into fat and stored as body fat. The statement that carbs help bring more nutrients to muscles and thus enhance growth, is too general and doesn’t mean anything specific. Creatine too brings nutrients to muscles. But it is the blood that brings protein (broken down into amino acids) into the muscle and builds it – by the command of the growth hormone, which is suppressed by elevated carbohydrates, i.e. blood sugar.
We don’t recommend mass gainers in any case, but if you just want increased overall weight regardless of what kind of weight, it might serve (at a great cost)
When it comes to mass gainers, even those without too much added sugar (i.e containing mainly complex carbs) – we don’t recommend them, as the complex carbs convert to and raise blood sugar, which increases insulin secretion and directly hinders growth hormone.
We don’t recommend gainers except if you belong in this category and have chosen the “popular” way to increase weight and if you are not interested in whether this weight will be muscle or overall body weight. And if you are not interested in whether your weight gain will be mainly muscle or not, then you might as well take any mass gainer.
For the supplement industry we wish a lot of success, revenue, and profits, but from products that are honestly offered, are what they claim to be, and are effective.
Read Misleading beef protein powders.
Muskultura.mk will never promote a supplement that it doesn’t consider to be effective or a supplement packaged in a way that deludes people.