Filler calo­ries for en­ergy, pro­tein, car­bo­hy­drates. And fat too?

Consumer Voice - - The Surveillance Series / Weight Gainers -

Weight gain­ers are diet sup­ple­ments for gain­ing body weight. When you are try­ing to build mus­cle, you need to get more calo­ries in your diet and may be lured by such sup­ple­ments pro­moted to help you reach that goal. When used cor­rectly, a weight gainer can be a very ef­fec­tive way to put on weight. Weight gain­ers will pro­vide you with the pro­tein, car­bo­hy­drates and other nu­tri­ents needed to gain weight. While there is noth­ing wrong with tak­ing such sup­ple­ments in mod­er­a­tion, they may not work for ev­ery­one, and there are po­ten­tial side ef­fects, such as fat gain, al­ler­gic re­ac­tions and in­ter­ac­tions with med­i­ca­tions. Some real con­cerns are the qual­ity of the pro­teins and whether the prod­uct is loaded with sugar, in which case you may end up get­ting a lot of calo­ries from low-qual­ity sources. The fol­low­ing re­port as­sesses five pop­u­lar brands of weight gain­ers on these and other im­por­tant pa­ram­e­ters.

Of the five brands, one – En­dura Mass – is pro­pri­etary food, which means there are no spec­i­fi­ca­tions for it un­der Food Safety & Stan­dards Reg­u­la­tions. The other brands claim to be Ayurvedic prod­ucts.

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