We test the BSN Syntha-6 pumpkin pie protein for taste
Autumn is the season for pumpkin spices, and not just in the various coffee shops and restaurants that tried their autumnal flavors alarmingly early this year. The gym also has # PSL fever.
I knew the fall had really come when I was greeted on Tuesday after Labor Day by a box of goblets with pumpkin protein limited edition technical in the pumpkin spice family – the official name is "Pumpkin Pie "- but the powder clearly has the same flavor profile as the ubiquitous PSL. To really start the new season, I decided to open the top after a challenging workout on leg day and give the powder a taste test.
Although BSN is the first pumpkin-flavored protein I can taste, it's not the only one on the market. A quick search will yield a few other results, and there are even a few vegan powders that are made from the big pumpkin itself. But I had a good feeling with this; The last supplement I've tried from BSN, working with Coldstone Creamery, is the tastiest I've ever tasted
When I opened the tub, my first breath of powder was promising. The stuff smelled just like the popular coffee drinks: rich, sweet and unmistakable pumpkin. I measured a measuring spoon, refilled my shaker and added cold water. The only thing I missed was the scarf and flannel required, since the sun did not get the memo and it was over 85 degrees outside New York.
The taste was not overwhelming at first sip. This is the highest one can expect from a uniquely flavored protein shake. I could clearly see the cinnamon and pumpkin, with the same sweet aftertaste that you get with a PSL, minus the bad protein aftertaste you get with some supplements. The powder blended well without stifling the chalky chunks, which make drinking a few shakes a practice, rather than enjoying them. The color of the liquid was more yellow than orange, which was not necessarily bad. I'm not sure how eager I would be to drink a bright orange brew.
Until the third sip I tasted more cinnamon than pumpkin. My last sip, however, was pumpkin and no less refreshing than a rich chocolate protein. Overall, I would give the drink 8 out of 1
0 – good grades, but I could imagine that the taste is going to be bad quickly.
The pumpkin pie protein passed the taste test, but in some respects did slightly worse. The Syntha 6 formula is a synthetic protein blend, while MH dictates that a single source – especially whey or whey isolate alone – is ideal. There's also more sugar (1 g) and a higher percentage of your daily carbs (5 percent) and less protein per serving (22 g) than you'd like in your powder.
But do you know what? Damn weather, it's autumn. I'll drink a fall shake if I can get one. You can make some concessions to the taste, and this protein tastes damn good. Call me a certified guy, just because I'm going to devour PSP (Pumpkin Spice Protein) all season.