Ultimate Nutrition says that its Muscle Juice 2544 can help serious athletes and bodybuilders gain lean muscle mass and last longer during exercise or competition without fatigue. The Muscle Juice 2544 ingredients -- a protein powder blend, sweeteners, medium-chain triglycerides, soy lecithin and flavorings -- may cause side effects in some people. As a dietary supplement, Muscle Juice 2544 isn't regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. It may not contain the exact proportion of ingredients listed on the label, and it may be contaminated with potentially harmful substances. There are no clinical research studies proving that it will do what the manufacturers say it can. Don't use Muscle Juice 2544 until you've spoken to your doctor about the possible side effects.
Weight Gain from Fat
A 4-scoop serving of Muscle Juice 2544 contains between 990 and 1,020 calories per serving, depending on the flavor. The directions suggest consuming two Muscle Juice drinks each day, an amount equivalent to 1,980 to 2,040 calories. Add to that total the calories from your regular meals and you can easily consume over 4,000 calories a day. Unless you're extremely physically active and use as many calories for energy as you're consuming, you'll gain fat as a side effect of consuming Muscle Juice 2544. This is as true for protein as it is for fat or carbohydrates: excess protein isn't turned into muscle, it's stored as fat.
Increased Risk of Heart Disease
A prepared Muscle Juice 2544 drink typically contains approximately 18 grams of saturated fat. According to the American Heart Association, you should get no more than 7 percent of your daily calories from saturated fat. If you're on a 3,000-calorie diet, 23 grams of saturated fat is your daily limit. Drinking two Muscle Juice 2544 beverages a day would give you 36 grams, not counting everything else you eat during the day. In addition, each serving of Muscle Juice contains 150 milligrams of cholesterol. Two drinks each day would put you over the 300-milligram limit advised for healthy adults. A diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol is linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
Blood Sugar Fluctuations
All Muscle Juice 2544 flavors contain maltodextrin, a food additive based on corn or potato starch that prevents clumping, improves texture and adds sweetness to powdery products like protein drinks. Maltodextrin is broken down by the body and absorbed as quickly as simple sugars like glucose. Because of this, it can cause sharp spikes in blood sugar levels that may lead to diabetes or exacerbate symptoms in people who already have the condition. The high carbohydrate content of Muscle Juice 2544 drinks -- 152 grams of carbohydrates per serving, with 60 grams from sugar -- may be especially likely to cause blood sugar irregularities.
The primary ingredient of Muscle Juice 2544 is a protein blend consisting of whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, calcium caseinate and egg white albumin. If you are lactose intolerant or have a sensitivity to the presence of lactose in foods, the whey protein concentrate in the drink may cause nausea, bloating, flatulence, diarrhea and abdominal cramping between 30 minutes to two hours after consumption. If you are allergic to the milk protein casein found in calcium caseinate, you may also develop digestive symptoms; a severe reaction might cause hives, difficulty breathing and facial swelling.
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