Do MUSCLE MILK® products contain milk or dairy?
The term “dairy” on a food product, pertains to foods such as milk, cream, half and half, yogurt, ice cream, and custards. Since dairy is a regulated term, to qualify as a dairy product you need to contain fluid “milk” or certain “dairy” ingredients conforming to the federal standard of identity for “milk“ or “dairy”.
- MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Protein Shakes are derived from milk (calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, milk protein isolate, milk protein concentrate and/or whey protein concentrate, depending on product.) Since these ingredients are more refined than milk,
(reduced lactose, cholesterol and fat content), it is not the same thing as milk. So technically speaking, MUSCLE MILK® Protein Shakes are ‘non-dairy’ and are labeled on the bottle as such. An example of another ‘non-dairy’ product derived from milk ingredients is non-dairy creamers.
- MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Protein Shakes do contain milk proteins and therefore should not be consumed by persons with milk allergies.
MUSCLE MILK® Smoothie Yogurt Protein Shakes do contain milk in the form of Greek-style yogurt and added whey protein concentrate.
MUSCLE MILK® Protein Powders, similar to Ready to Drink Shakes do contain proteins derived from milk, but in a powdered form.
What type of protein is in MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes and Powders?
MUSCLE MILK® Protein Shakes and Powders are made with high quality protein derived from milk sources, designed with your unique daily and performance protein needs in mind.
What’s the difference between whey and casein proteins?
Whey and casein both work together to help keep your body in positive protein balance to support muscle growth, repair and maintenance.
A brief outline on some benefits of casein and whey proteins:
Slow Digesting Proteins:
- Better for hindering muscle breakdown
- Improved leucine retention (key amino acid to initiate muscle growth post exercise)
- Overall extended protein balance
- Bedtime snack for muscle repair
- Ingredient examples:
- Micellar casein
- Milk protein isolate (~80% casein)
Fast Digesting Proteins:
- Spike amino acids levels for faster post workout support
- Better for older individuals (higher leucine needs) to offset muscle loss.
- Ingredient examples:
- Whey protein isolate and concentrate
- Whey peptides and free amino acids
- Milk protein isolate (~20% whey)
Are the proteins in MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes and Powders considered to be high quality?
Yes. The gold standard for measuring the quality of a protein present in a food or drink is called the Protein Digestibility Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS). The quality of the whole food protein is based on the food’s essential amino acid content based on human needs, and its digestibility (ability to supply amino acids). A PDCAAS of 1.0 is the highest score a food protein can receive. This means that the protein food contains 100% of the amino acids in the right amounts needed by the body. MUSCLE MILK® Protein Powders and MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes receive the highest PDCAAS Score of 1.0.
I have lactose issues, are MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes and Powders for me?
MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes and Powders are suitable for most individuals that are sensitive to lactose. There are some MUSCLE MILK® products that contain more than 1 gram of lactose per labeled serving, so if you are highly sensitive to lactose, you may wish to avoid these products:
MUSCLE MILK® Smoothie Yogurt Protein Shakes – 3 grams lactose,
MUSCLE MILK® Organic Protein Shakes – 1.1 grams lactose,
MUSCLE MILK® 100% Whey Protein Powder – 1.5 g lactose,
MUSCLE MILK® Performance Whey Protein Powder – 3.2 g lactose.
Do MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes need to be refrigerated?
MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes are shelf stable, meaning they can be stored unopened at room temperature. It is safe to consume after going from cold to room temperature back to cold again, as long as the bottle has not been opened. It should be refrigerated after opening.
Are MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes and Powders gluten free?
Yes. All MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes are gluten free.
Are MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes and Powders Kosher?
All MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes are Kosher except MUSCLE MILK® Smoothie Yogurt Protein Shakes. The only MUSCLE MILK® Powders that are Kosher are MUSCLE MILK® 100% Whey, Vanilla and Chocolate flavors.
Are MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes and Powders OK for teens to consume?
MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes are a nourishing and wholesome food product that can be utilized to help meet the fitness and health goals for many individuals. The MUSCLE MILK® brand offers a variety of great tasting products that fit individual needs and preferences. They can be especially helpful in providing high quality protein options that are gluten free and suitable for most individuals that are lactose intolerant. MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes and Powders are currently being utilized by more than 200 high school athletic programs and more than 400 collegiate programs, in addition to professional teams and athletes.
All MUSCLE MILK® Powders are tested for banned substances and nutrient content and are NSF® Certified for Sport® ensuring their safety and freedom of banned substances.
Are MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes and Powders OK for children to consume?
Childhood is a time when nutritional needs are very specific to a child’s developmental phase. It is always best to check with a healthcare practitioner and/or Registered Dietitian for recommendations specific to your child’s individual needs.
Can I use MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes or Powders as a meal replacement?
Many people use MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes and Powders as a meal replacement or snack between meals. The ready-to-drink products are especially convenient to use as a meal replacement or snack when you are on-the-go. MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes should always be used in conjunction with whole foods and adequate hydration, and never as a sole source of nutrition.
When is the best time to drink a MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shake or consume a MUSCLE MILK® Powder?
If you are physically active, the best time to drink a MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shake or Powder drink is after your workout. This is because research suggests that high-quality, dietary protein supports muscle recovery and growth, and this impact is enhanced when protein is consumed shortly after exercise. MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes or Powders may also be consumed before exercise, as a snack or meal option, or prior to bed time.
If you are taking a break from the gym, MUSCLE MILK® Protein Shakes and Powders can be used any time of day to add high quality protein to your diet.
Why do I need protein if I don’t work out?
Protein is essential to life. Though we get protein from a variety of foods we eat, sometime life gets too busy to get in all you need.
Here are some additional reasons:
- Protein you eat breaks down into amino acids in the body, which support muscle growth, repair and maintenance.
- Complete proteins contain all the essential amino acids required by humans in the appropriate ratios.
- Protein is also important in numerous processes in the body including hormone function, bone health and nutrient transport.
- Protein compounds in the body are constantly changing, breaking down and rebuilding with new amino acids from the foods you eat.
- Consuming complete proteins (high-quality protein) at each meal supports the rebuilding of proteins required for healthy muscle and bones.
- Consuming both fast and slow release proteins help keep your body in positive protein balance.
- Protein helps fill you up, and may help you maintain a healthy body weight, especially in conjunction with exercise.
I do not want to get big muscles, is a MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Protein Shake right for me?
Yes. MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes provide high quality proteins that can help support your active lifestyle and fitness goals. There are a variety of choices within the MUSCLE MILK® product lineup, so you can choose one that is just right for you. Additionally:
Protein after exercise aids in recovery and may help reduce muscle soreness and helps build lean muscle.
Exercise and physiological stress can speed up the process of proteins breaking down.
Consuming a slow releasing casein protein such as that found in MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shake prior to bedtime helps the body stay in positive protein balance while
sleeping, which may support post-exercise recovery and muscle growth.
The essential amino acid leucine, a component of the proteins found in MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shake, is a key driver in kicking off the muscle growth and repair process.
Do any of your products contain eggs?
None of the MUSCLE MILK® Ready to Drink Shakes currently contain ingredients derived from eggs.
What are the protein recommendations to help support wellness in aging?
Experts have suggestions for activity and nutritional recommendations to support wellness in aging. Here are some key points:
- The RDA or Recommended Daily Allowance for protein is 0.8 grams of protein per kg body weight (0.36 grams per pound). This is the amount of protein for all adults to meet basic nutritional requirements. Many experts suggest a higher range of 1.0-1.5 grams per kg body weight (0.45-.68 grams per pound) for older adults to maintain positive protein balance to maximally stimulate muscle growth. Protein needs for adults may be further increased as physical activity increases to support muscle growth and repair.¹
- One study of adults over 50 years old notes that 27-41% of women and 15-38% of men consumed less than the RDA for protein.²
- Health professionals recommend resistance and aerobic training combined with an overall well-balanced diet including adequate amounts of high quality protein consumed evenly throughout the day, to help support the healthy aging process.¹
Summary of Protein Requirements
*Source: Institute of Medicine. Nutrition and Health Aging in the Community: Workshop Summary. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press. March 2012.
** Source: Nutrition and Athletic Performance, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 48(3):543-668, March 2016.
1. Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Food and Nutrition for Older Adults: Promoting Health and Wellness. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012.
2. Kerstetter, JE et al. Low protein intake: the impact on calcium and bone homeostasis in humans. J Nutr.2003.
This information provides general guidance on protein. Nutritional requirements are dependent on numerous factors and should be individualized based on certain health conditions. You should always seek the advice of a Registered Dietitian or qualified medical practitioners for specific nutritional guidance.