Nanox Varcil R2

Rejoice, supplementaholics: it’s time for a new protein powder review! Varcil R2 is a high end whey isolate powder that costs a litte more than Nanox’s Protilox (which we have already reviewed). Here’s what I think of it:

Taste, texture and mixability

While I wasn’t crazy about the taste of Protilox I’d heard great things about the taste of this product, so expectations were quite high and when ordering I decided to go for the “Belgian Chocolate” flavor. It seems like the most popular version of this product, and I’ve been enjoying chocolate flavored protein drinks lately. Unfortunately, I actually ended up finding the taste of this product a little disappointing. It’s pretty far from the best tasting chocolate flavored protein drinks I’ve had – at least  when mixed with milk. However, when I mix this powder with milk and a banana, the drink actually becomes quite palatable to me. Give that a try yourself (and let me know what you think – lots of bodybuilders seem to like banana/chocolate flavored drinks and shakes).

It shouldn’t be forgotten that this is a whey isolate product, though, and these things are usually harder to get right in terms of taste than products that contain mostly whey protein concentrates. Also: I might be a freak. I’ve heard from several people that they really like the taste of this stuff. You might fall in that category yourself even if I didn’t. You can also get this product in cappucino (that sounds interesting), strawberry and vanilla flavored varieties.

In terms of mixability this product is pretty good, but not at the very top of the heap – I can mix it fine with a fork or a spoon, but getting my protein drink completely lump free isn’t easy that way. I recommend using a blender or a stick mixer if you want a really smooth mix.

Varcil R2 Ingredients and Nutritional Profile

Ok, so the taste wasn’t exactly a home run with me. Here’s what I think is really good about this product, though: it’s nutritional profile. And that’s what matters the most in the end, isn’t it? Let’s take a look at the ingredients:

Whey protein isolate (micro cross flow and ultra filtrated isolate), cacao powder, flavor: chocolate, sweetener sucralose. Contains soy lecithin and traces of lactose.

That’s the kind of list I like the best. No cheap fillers here of any kind. This is a product of quality, no doubt about that.

In terms of nutrition, 100 grams of Varcil R2 will give you 363.44 calories, 86.14 grams of protein, 1.47 grams of carbohydrates and 1.44 grams of fats. A 28 gram serving (scoop is provided) gets you 24.12 grams of protein, 0.41 grams of carbohydrates and 0.40 grams of fats. Those are very good values, and quite typical of the costlier high end protein supplements. Less than a gram each of carbohydrates and fats per serving should make many users very happy – you couldn’t go very wrong by using this product pre-contest, that’s for sure.

So what do I think then?

As I said, I did find the taste slightly disappointing, but then I did find a way to make quite tasty protein drinks with this powder. In terms of nutrition, this product is great – at least if you don’t mind the artificial sweetener used. Those who aren’t fans of Aspartame for whatever reason should be happy that this product is aspartame free.

As is always the case with protein supplements, assessing the gains gotten from use of this product is an exercise in futility. Research shows that using a whey protein supplement can be beneficial for muscle growth, though, and with a whey isolate product like this that has no cheap fillers you can expect as good gains as with pretty much any protein supplement out there. For that reason, I’m happy to put my stamp of approval on Varcil R2. I might even go so far as giving the Cappucino flavor a try sometime in the near future.