If you’re into bodybuilding and brownies, maybe you’ve been waiting for a snack which gives you the best of both worlds. You’re in luck because RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE has hit your local bodybuilding supplement store shelves. This review will give you the lowdown on this delicious treat and then some.
About RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE
RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE is “protein on-the-go in a great-tasting, healthy brownie form. Everything you’d expect from RSP Nutrition and more,” per the manufacturer’s official website. Formula notes:
- Sixteen grams of protein per serving. WPC and WPI combo for more muscle mass and shorter recovery time.
- High dietary fiber content. Sixteen percent of the daily value for better cardiovascular function.
- Awesome taste. Easily trumps many protein bars on the market today.
RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE Supplement Facts (Classic Fudge)
|Serving Size: 1 Brownie (53 g)|
Servings Per Container: 1
|Nutrient||Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value|
|Calories From Fat||80||14%|
|Total Fat||9 g||14%|
|Saturated Fat||5 g||25%|
|Monounsaturated Fat||3 g||**|
|Polyunsaturated Fat||1 g||**|
|Total Carbohydrates||20 g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber||4 g||16%|
|Vitamin A||12o IU||2%|
|Vitamin C||1 mg||2%|
|Ingredients: Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate), Chocolate Wafers (Sugar, Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Vegetable Oils [Palm, Palm Kernel], Maltitol, Cocoa, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla, Sucralose), Vegetable Glycerin, Chicory Root Fiber, Soy Protein Isolate, Sugar, Margarine (Palm Oil, Water, Soybean Oil, Whey, Mono and Diglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Natural Butter Flavor, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Palmitate), Palm Oil, Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips (Maltitol, Chocolate Liquor [processed with alkali], Cocoa Butter, Sorbitan Tristearate, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla), Water, Cocoa (processed with alkali), Brown Rice Flour, Corn Syrup, Natural Flavors, Baking Soda, Salt, Potassium Sorbate, Almond, Peanut and Sucralose.|
|Directions: Consume up to 3 brownies per day between meals with appropriate fluid intake.|
Protein on-the-Go in Great-Tasting, Healthy Brownie Form
We’re fortunate to live in an era where high-protein snacks for bodybuilders and bodybuilding enthusiasts are available. Sure, supplementing with a top-notch protein powder helps, but sometimes, the intense craving for a cheat meal gets the better of you. Good thing protein bars such as BSN PROTEIN CRISP BAR (whose battle cry is “Make Every Day A Cheat Day”) are around. Not only do they taste good, but they also help you achieve your fitness goals. It just doesn’t get any better than that.
Let’s rattle off other bodybuilding snacks you may want to check out:
For the most part, these products haven’t blown us away. They have potential, but they don’t have the X-factor which makes them stand out. On that note, we’re hoping RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE has that and more.
“We really hit it out of the park this time: protein on-the-go in a great-tasting, healthy brownie form. Everything you’d expect from RSP Nutrition and more,” per the manufacturer’s official website. If your mom liked to cook brownies when you were a kid, we’re sure you’ll never forget the times you ate them with milk for a hearty afternoon snack. Now that you’re all grown up, you miss those days. With RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE, you don’t have to anymore. We’re crossing our fingers it can complement your fitness and nutrition plans perfectly.
Protein Blend, 25 grams
RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE has 16 grams of protein per 53-gram serving. This gives you a solid 32 percent of the daily value for protein (a minimum daily value of 15 percent is high). Its protein blend combines whey protein concentrate (WPC) and whey protein isolate (WPI).
Let’s take a look at their tale of the tape:
|Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC)||Whey Protein Isolate (WPI)|
|Protein content||70 to 85 percent||90 to 95 percent|
|Fats and carbs||higher fat and carb content||low in fats and carbs|
|Lactose content||higher in lactose content||virtually no lactose content|
|Cholesterol||Typically has higher cholesterol levels||Has minuscule cholesterol levels|
|Immune-boosting properties||Has higher lactoglobulin, lactalbumin, and immunoglobulin content||Has lower lactoglobulin, lactalbumin, and immunoglobulin content|
|Taste||Easier on the taste buds||Tends to have a slightly bitter taste|
|Price||Cheaper than WPI||More expensive because of the extra microfiltration process it undergoes|
Some fitness experts vouch for whey protein isolate because it has higher protein content and less carbs and fats. More often than not, whey protein concentrate also has a higher cholesterol content (the American Heart Association cautions the general public to monitor its cholesterol intake for better long-term cardiovascular function). Plus, whey protein isolate has minuscule lactose content. Ergo, if you have lactose issues, WPI is the far better option.
On the flip side, whey protein concentrate is cheaper and tastes better than whey protein isolate. Let’s not forget WPC also has better immune-boosting properties because of its higher lactoglobulin, lactalbumin, and immunoglobulin content. According to Jay R. Hoffman, who wrote an article about different protein sources in the September 1, 2004 issue of the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine (via NCBI.NLM.NIH.gov), “Compared to whey isolates, whey concentrate typically contains more biologically active components and proteins that make them a very attractive supplement for the athlete.” Long story short, don’t look down on WPC just because it has less protein content than WPI. It can boost your long-term health, for sure.
The key takeaway: when choosing between WPC and WPI, it’s not one over the other. It’s a matter of individual consumer preference. If you want to muscle up and lean out, WPI is the more logical choice because of its higher protein and lower fat and carb content.
Whey protein isolate is also great if you want to maintain your strength levels. “Whey protein isolate supplementation elicited better maintenance of muscle strength in the days following contraction-induced eccentric muscle damage,” per the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition’s September 22, 2010 issue. On the other hand, if you’re dwelling more on the practical side of things, WPC could be right up your alley. It bears repeating: it all boils down to personal choice. We’re glad RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE has WPC and WPI.
Let’s now see how RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE stacks up against other bodybuilding snacks:
|RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE||BSN PROTEIN CRISP BAR||MuscleTech Gronk Signature Protein Candy Bar|
|Protein||16 grams||20 grams||20 grams|
|Total fat||14 percent of the daily value||Nine percent of the daily value||14 percent of the daily value|
|Saturated fat||25 percent of the daily value||25 percent of the daily value||20 percent of the daily value|
|Cholesterol||10 percent of the daily value||Five percent of the daily value||Seven percent of the daily value|
|Sodium||Eight percent of the daily value||Nine percent of the daily value||10 percent of the daily value|
|Carbohydrates||Seven percent of the daily value||Eight percent of the daily value||Seven percent of the daily value|
|Sugars||Seven grams per serving||Two grams per serving||Three grams per serving|
|Dietary fiber||16 percent of the daily value||n/a||Four percent of the daily value|
It’s clear RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE lags behind in terms of protein content. You can easily find other options with at least 20 grams of protein per serving in your local bodybuilding supplement store or supermarket shelves. It’s also on the wrong end of the total fat (14 percent of the daily value), saturated fat (25 percent of the daily value), cholesterol (10 percent of the daily value), and sugar (seven grams per serving) spectrum. That’s not good at all.
However, RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE has the lowest sodium (eight percent of the daily value) and carb content (seven percent of the daily value) among the bodybuilding snacks we singled out. It also has solid dietary fiber content at 16 percent of the daily value. “Dietary fiber is beneficial to health and, if consumed in adequate amounts, reduces the risk of several chronic diseases such as CVD (cardiovascular disease), type 2 diabetes, and some cancers,” per the November 2015 issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. So, if you need a convenient and tasty dietary fiber fix (customers say it’s easy on the taste buds), RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE is the way to go.
Granted, we only sized up a small sample of the bodybuilding snack category. However, if it’s any indication, RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE doesn’t seem to be much different from your typical protein bar – high in protein and saturated fats, moderate carb and sugar content, and has a filler or two (it has sucralose). With the exception of its solid dietary fiber content and delicious taste, it sure seems to us RSP PROTEIN BAR fails to set the bar high.
Let’s check out the formula ingredients:
- Calories, 210: A regular protein bar yields around 200 calories per serving or so. This protein brownie is right on the industry average. The supplement facts say this much gives you 11 percent of the daily value, which is a moderate amount.
- Calories from fat, 80: Think about it: 80 of the 210 calories you’re consuming when you munch on a RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE comes from fats. That’s 14 percent of the daily value, which is bordering on high.
- Total fat, 9 g: Many protein snacks are high in fats. RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE is no exception. Its 14 percent of the daily value for fats is flirting with a high value. If you’re monitoring your fat intake, steer clear of this product.
- Saturated fat, 5 g: It turns out RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE isn’t all that different from many protein snacks in terms of saturated fat content. It has 25 percent of the daily value for this component, which is high. “The American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fats – which are found in butter, cheese, red meat, and other animal-based foods. Decades of sound science has proven it can raise your ‘bad’ cholesterol and put you at higher risk for heart disease,” per its official website.
- Monunsaturated fat, 3 g: On the flip side, RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE has a respectable three grams of monounsaturated fats per serving. According to the American Heart Association’s official website, “Monounsaturated fats can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood which can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. They also provide nutrients to help develop and maintain your body’s cells.” This should somehow make up for this product’s high saturated fat content.
- Polyunsaturated fat, 1 g: The American Heart Association also says polyunsaturated fat consumption helps keep bad cholesterol levels in check, which, in turn, bodes well for long-term cardiovascular health. Consider RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE’s one gram of polyunsaturated fat per serving a bonus.
- Trans fat, 0 g: Trans fats lower good cholesterol levels and increase bad cholesterol levels. Therefore, any item with trans fats raises a huge red flag. We’re glad RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE isn’t one of them.
- Cholesterol, 30 mg: RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE’s 10 percent of the daily value for cholesterol represents a moderate amount.
- Sodium, 200 mg: This product also has moderate sodium levels at eight percent of the daily value. If you’re monitoring your sodium intake, try a product which has five percent or less of the daily value for this micronutrient.
- Total carbohydrates, 20 g: Twenty grams of carbs per serving may seem like a lot, but in reality, it represents just seven percent of the daily value (a moderate amount). On that note, RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE can still support a low-carb nutrition plan provided you pay attention to your other meals.
- Dietary fiber, 4 g: Clearly, this is one of RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE’s strong suits. It’s not everyday you stumble upon a tasty protein treat with 16 percent of the daily value for dietary fiber. According to the American Heart Association’s official website, dietary fiber consumption helps keep bad cholesterol levels in check and boost cardiovascular function.
- Sugar, 7 g: RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE has more sugar content than the aforementioned BSN PROTEIN CRISP BAR (two grams per serving) and MuscleTech Gronk Signature Protein Candy Bar (three grams per serving). Long story short, this product has moderate sugar content, but there are other alternatives with less sugar on the market.
- Protein, 16 g: RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE gives you 16 grams of protein per serving, which yields 32 percent of the daily value. This is a solid amount. However, other high-protein snacks give you at least 20 grams of protein per serving. Nonetheless, RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE can help you meet your daily protein requirements.
- Vitamin A, 120 IU: RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE is not a significant source of vitamin A at a measly two percent of the daily value.
- Vitamin C, 1 mg: RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE is not a significant source of vitamin C at a paltry two percent of the daily value.
- Calcium, 120 mg: This product has moderate amounts of calcium at 10 percent of the daily value. This mineral helps strengthen bones, regulate blood pressure levels, and boost heart health.
- Iron, 0.7 mg: RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE is not a significant source of iron at a minuscule four percent of the daily value.
The manufacturer says RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE is “protein on-the-go in a great-tasting, healthy brownie form.” We certainly agree with the great-tasting part. As for the healthy portion? We have mixed sentiments about it.
First off, RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE gives you 16 grams of protein per 53-gram serving. That much gives you a solid 32 percent of the daily value for this macronutrient. Like we said, it’s easy to spot other alternatives which give you at least 20 grams of protein per serving (such as BSN PROTEIN CRISP BAR) in your local bodybuilding supplement store shelves. While 16 grams or protein per serving isn’t the most we’ve seen in a protein snack, it can still help you meet your daily protein requirements, build muscle mass, shorten recovery time, and fill those nutrition gaps.
The combination of whey protein concentrate (WPC) and whey protein isolate (WPI) isn’t new. In fact, many protein bars and the like have this combo. Don’t let that deter you from its effectiveness: we’re certain it will help you remain in an anabolic state and achieve your various fitness goals. Consuming RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE after a hard workout should also help immensely, as both WPC and WPI are fast-absorbing sources of supplementary protein.
We also love the inclusions of monounsaturated fats (three grams per serving) and polyunsaturated fats (one gram per serving). These are surefire ways to keep bad cholesterol levels in check and shore up cardiovascular function. Plus, you won’t find many bodybuilding snacks with key amounts of these two components. RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE happens to be one of them.
This product’s dietary fiber content (16 percent of the daily value) is one of its strong suits. Adequate dietary fiber intake helps promote regular bowel movement, regulate cholesterol levels, and improve heart health. If you need a great dietary fiber fix, RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE should be up to the daunting task.
Another strong suit of RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE is its taste. Customers simply swear it’s easy on the taste buds. We wholeheartedly agree. It’s like eating your traditional brownie, anabolic style. If you’re a big brownie fan, you’ll love this product.
We also give the manufacturer props for excellent transparency – it breaks down all of the ingredient amounts. You also won’t find any shady proprietary blends in RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE. Well done.
On the flip side, RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE has a few flaws. The most glaring ones are its relatively high fat (14 percent of the daily value) and high saturated fat (25 percent of the daily value) content. Many protein bars and the like have similar amounts. It seems finding one with low amounts of fats and saturated fats is like finding a needle in a haystack. The search continues.
RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE also has sucralose, an artificial sweetener which has ties to obesity and other side effects. Stevia, a natural alternative which helps regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels, would’ve been the far better option.
From the outset, we were hoping RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE has the X-factor which would blow us away. Far too many protein snacks on the market are virtual clones – high protein and saturated fat content with a filler or two. These words capture what RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE is all about. Sure, it has several distinguishing features (high dietary fiber content and great taste), but it doesn’t set the bar high. It’s still worth a shot, though.
RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE Benefits
RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE has the following benefits, per its official website:
- Sixteen grams of protein per serving
- No artificial flavors, colorings, and trans fat
- Excellent dietary fiber content
We agree with most of these claims. RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE is a product which should help you achieve your fitness goals.
Who Takes It?
The manufacturer intended RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE for healthy and active individuals who want to build muscle mass, meet their daily protein requirements, fill nutrition gaps, shorten recovery time, and achieve their daily fitness goals.
Any Side Effects?
RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE has 25 percent of the daily value for saturated fats, which is a high amount. The American Heart Association reminds the general public to monitor its saturated fat intake for better long-term cardiovascular function.
This product also contains sucralose, an artificial sweetener which has links to obesity and other side effects.
If these, or any other ingredient, make you feel doubtful, please consult your doctor before buying RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE.
RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE Summary
- Sixteen grams of protein per serving. Gives you a solid 32 percent of the daily value.
- High dietary fiber content. Sixteen percent of the daily value helps regulate cholesterol levels and improve heart health.
- Awesome taste. One of the better-tasting bodybuilding delicacies around.
- Contains good fats. Has key amounts of monounsaturated (three grams per serving) and polyunsaturated fats (one gram per serving).
- Excellent transparency. Manufacturer breaks down all of the ingredient amounts.
- Flavor options. Comes in tasty Birthday Cake, Classic Fudge, and Chocolate Chip Cookie alternatives.
- High in saturated fats. Equal to 25 percent of the daily value.
- Contains sucralose. Artificial sweetener which has ties to obesity and other side effects.
Pricing & Where to Buy
- 1 12-pack box (12-Day Supply): $24.97
- Available online and in retail
Final Word on RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE
If you’re into bodybuilding and brownies, RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE is a worthy addition to your daily nutrition. Granted, it’s not a perfect product, but its solid amounts of protein and dietary fiber should help you stay on track. You also can’t go wrong with its delicious taste. We’re just hoping the manufacturer does something about the high saturated fat content and sucralose inclusion sooner than later.
We recommend you buy RSP PROTEIN BROWNIE. Not only will it please your taste buds, but it’ll also help you achieve your fitness goals.