Muscle Milk Review

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Muscle Milk, created by CytoSports, is a replenishment or preparation drink for pre or post workout. Many athletes use Muscle Milk before and after events, as well. Muscle Milk is also the name for a line of products by CytoSports. The line includes shakes, bars, and oats. Muscle Milk recently revealed a light version for women and men trying to control caloric intake.

List of Ingredients

Water, calcium and sodium caseinate, milk protein isolate, sunflower oil, canola oil, maltodextrin, fructose, potassium citrate, whey, natural and artificial flavor, vitamin mineral blend, cellulose gum, soy lecithin, monosodium phosphate, medium chain triglycerides, potassium chloride, sodium hexametaphosphate, acesulfame potassium, carneegnan and sucralose.

Vitamin and Mineral Blend: Vitamin A palmitate, cholecalciferol, vitamin E acetate, biotin, niacinimide, D-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, cyanocobalamin, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, ascorbic acid, tricalcium phosphate, chromium chloride, copper gluconate, potassium iodide, ferric pyrophosphate, magnesium phosphate and zinc oxide.

Product Features

The name muscle milk is a misnomer – there is no muscle support in the ingredient list unless you stretch the inclusion of sunflower and canola oil to support lean muscle mass, which is commonly claimed, but not proven. Muscle milk is a calorie replacement shake that can be used in place of other fitness shakes. The taste is what draws in many fitness people and athletes as protein powders tend to have a less than desirable taste and gritty feel in the mouth. Each Muscle Milk shake contains 25 grams of protein and only 10 grams of carbohydrate thanks to the addition of sucralose – a calorie free sweetener.

Each Muscle Milk shake is packed with tons of vitamins, including a long list of B vitamins. The trouble is, B vitamins are used by the body and then pushed out quickly. If a multi-vitamin was taken in the morning before leaving for the gym, none of the B vitamins will be used by the body before being eliminated.

The fiber content is nearly non-existent in all Muscle Milk products. Even the oats and Muscle Milk bars contained a very small amount of fiber. Why not include a healthy ingredient like fiber when there is at least 25% of the RDA for nearly every other vitamin and nutrient?

Muscle Milk is priced about the same as other protein shakes and powders. Premixed shakes can retail for $2 or more a piece with powders priced $11, $21 and $56 depending on the size of the container.

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  • All ingredients are listed online.
  • High protein content should stave off hunger.
  • Lower carbohydrate totals.


  • Low fiber content.
  • Some Muscle Milk products have a lot of sugar.
  • Vitamins may be pushed out of the body if Muscle Milk is consumed after taking a multi-vitamin.


For the extreme athlete, Muscle Milk could be a viable alternative, but the dieter will not find the ingredients they are searching for in the 220 calorie Muscle Milk container. Light and diet versions are available, but protein always carried 4 calories per gram, so more protein will equal more calories. Light and diet versions tend to have less protein and thus fewer calories.

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16 User Reviews About Muscle Milk

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  • 1
    Your Name

    can u drink muscle with out workin out


  • 2

    I live off muscle milk “love the taste” I can’t swallow solid foods due to paralyze throat from bacteria meningitis muscle milk has kept me alive I drink 10 cases a month am having bathroom problem any suggestions?


  • 3

    Is if safe for 13 years old boy to take? He’s likes to work out and lift weights.


    Your Name

    No it would affect his growth hormones


  • 4
    d. mcquillon

    Horrible after taste on both the regular and light. Too too sweet.


  • 5

    I’m wanting to build my muscles back up & I am afraid that if I start muscle milk & I get off schedule working out (my work shift changes a lot) I will gain unwanted weight. I’m a 20 y/0 female & I don’t wanna try anything that will harm my body or health when I start trying to have kids. Any suggestions???


  • 6

    Can you get muscle milk without the sweetners?


  • 7

    My husband had gastric bypass. they told him to drink protein drinks. Would muscle milk help to with muscle mass. And how much should he drink


    Big D

    You may want to read the Livestrong review. A dietician recommended the Ensure Active. 25g protein at 210 caleries. I had a similar surgery and try to get protein first; I’ll have to for the rest of my life.


  • 8
    rod at muscle milk side effects

    Very detailed article about muscle milk the problem I have with muscle milk is that I’m lactose intolerance and the side effects can be pretty bad side effects because of the milk content, and when I do take any kind of protein drink I have to mix it with water, not a very good taste….not sure if my post went through so I posted again…sorry admin



    They have Muscle Milk Soy ( non lactose ) it’s in every grocery store.


    Your Name

    I mix my whey into maple sugar oatmeal makes the chocolate peanut butter fast great with no milk


  • 9
    Dale F Stockstill

    I am 65 years old and was in a very bad industrial accident 3 yrs ago that left me with a smash up right leg. I lost 50 lbs and was down to 143 pounds. My daughter got me started on Muscle Milk and I have been able to regain 20 lbs back to 163 lbs in 6 months. So the produt can be used in more ways than one.


  • 10
    Bj smith

    Muscle Milk has “metal” in it can it cause my muscles in my legs to hurt?


  • 11
    sam doucette

    I’m wondering if the sweetners in muscle milk meal relacement will hinder my weight loss? im using 1 scoop in the morning for breakfast and 1 scoop in the afternoon for lunch….. is this wise?



    U wAnt to try the protein meal replacrment shake i been using for the past 5 months its tastes sooo good not only is it exellent for protein and a satifyin meal replacement it also helps wir weight loss cuz it helped me loose 19 in less than a month and i gained around 13 pounds in muscle


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