In my search for the best protein powders, I posted a review of BSN Lean Dessert last week. This week I tried BSN Syntha-6 and…we have a winner!
Per 44 g scoop:
- 200 calories
- 6 g fat
- 2 g sugar
- 22 g protein
The Verdict: Five stars out of five
I’m thrilled to say that BSN Syntha-6 is the best whey protein powder I’ve tried. I picked the chocolate milkshake flavor, which absolutely rocks. My previous chocolate protein powder (MGN Pure Whey) was tasty, and had a lightly sweet flavor similar to chocolate milk. BSN’s chocolate milkshake is much richer and more flavorful, and even though I only mixed mine with water, it really did have a milkshake taste to it. In fact, one of the things I loved about this powder is that you don’t need to mix it with milk to get good flavor; other protein powders I’ve tried, including MGN Pure Whey and BSN Lean Dessert, always taste watered-down and odd when made with water instead of milk.
BSN Syntha-6 does contain more calories per serving than MGN and Lean Dessert for about the same amount of protein. While I personally prefer a lower-calorie powder, I didn’t take any points off for calorie content, because everyone has different goals and, for many lifters, more calories is better. The tradeoff here is that because BSN Syntha-6 is good with water, you don’t need to add more calories from milk if you’re watching your calorie intake.
My one and only complaint? I hate the wide-mouth scoop that’s included in the container. It’s not a problem if you’re adding the powder to a blender, but I make my protein shakes in CamelBak bottles. The scoop is so wide that I always end up spilling a bit of powder, so I have to pour it over the sink to avoid making a mess. It’s a minor complaint, but something to keep in mind if you mix your shakes in bottles like I do.
I definitely plan to reorder BSN Syntha-6 in chocolate milkshake when I finish the container. I’d also like to try a few of their other flavors, especially strawberry milkshake and vanilla ice cream…yum.
Deal Alert: I’m a nut for online shopping, so I’ve checked out prices all over the web for BSN. So far, Amazon sells it for significantly lower prices than popular sites like BodyBuilding.com ($39 instead of $45 for 5 lbs.). Even better, I signed up for Amazon’s subscribe and save program (free, no gimmicks or obligation, etc.) and saved an additional 15%. You subscribe by choosing how often you want the powder delivered, but you can also cancel the subscription after placing your order. Let me know if you’ve found a better deal for BSN Syntha-6 protein powder; I’d love to share it with readers!
I also hit the weights this morning:
3×8 at 70 lbs.
Dumbbell bent-over rows:
2×8 at 25 lbs.
1×5 at 35 lbs.
Dumbbell shoulder press:
3×8 at 30 lbs. (15 lb. dumbbells)