TWO POINT OH. It meant business. UPS Ultimate BCAAs 2.0 were something to take seriously. Very seriously.
It was pretty sweet (in the yeah-dude-sweet sense and in the I-can’t-believe-it’s-not sugar sense). I was convinced I was tasting the oh-so-delicious yet overly artificial sucralose, but I was wrong. This was all natural stevia.
It had an amazingly sugary sweetness with no unpleasant flavour or bitter tang that I frequently noticed with some stevia or (non sucralose) artificial sweeteners. And it superbly masked the foul foul taste that can naturally come from BCAAs.
UPS Ultimate BCAAs 2.0 tasted like strawberry syrup and cotton candy, with a remote hint of kiwi fruit… but I had to squint. Had I not read about kiwi on the packet, I probably wouldn’t noticed it. It had a sweet and enticing aroma, with an (arguably and, again, packet-prompted) fuzzy freshly cut kiwi kick.
Along with branched chain amino acids leucine, valine and isoleucine, it also contained glutamine, citrulline malate 2:1 and an “electrolyte minerals premix”.
Gotta love me some premix.
The electrolyte premix contained sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium citrate and magnesium sulphate monohydrate, and per serve there was a total of 1,309 mg. This was a pretty decent dose, and along with the recommended half a litre of water per serve, would help keep it consumer well hydrated and replace minerals lost during sweat and intense exercise.
UPS Ultimate BCAAs 2.0 had a whopping 5,363mg of leucine per serve, with a ratio of 8:1:1. Leucine is the dude we seriously care about; the one who kick-starts those almighty gains.
There are lots of ticks on the tub. Ticks next to ‘improves recovery’, ‘vegan’ (phew!), ‘naturally sweetened’, ‘batch tested’, ‘research driven’, ‘open label’, and ‘100% purity quality guarantee’.
Not a cross in sight.
Other than a strike through ‘GMO’. But that ruins my whole ticks and crosses trend that I’m trying to nail here.
UPS Ultimate BCAAs 2.0 is also Australian-made, which I love, albeit with only 10 per cent Australian ingredients at a minimum.
As I searched the tub for more enticing ticks, I read that the added citrulline malate was for ‘explosive power’ and the glutamine for ‘enhanced tissue repair’. Yes please!
I was pretty convinced. I loved the flavour. UPS Ultimate BCAAs 2.0 was vegan friendly, sugar-free, non GMO and had only 37 calories per serve. Plus it wasn’t just any old BCAAs, it had added awesomeness to aid power and recovery.
UPS Ultimate BCAAs 2.0 come in four flavours, including Strawberry Kiwi, Blue Raspberry, Grape and Caramel Apple. Each tub contains 45 serves and retails at AU$69.95.
While you’re at it, check out UPS Ultimate Plant Protein – I’ve tried Salted Caramel and loved it, plus it’s made from a blend of pea, brown rice, pumpkin seed, watermelon seed and sunflower seed proteins!
Find it here.