Amino Fuel, by the manufacturer called Twinlab, is a combination of amino acids, protein, and a carbohydrate called maltodextrin. This supplement is made specifically with bodybuilders in mind and is not meant for dieters. Though it is meant to help bodybuilders to encourage muscle growth and recovery because of the content of amino acids – which are the building blocks of proteins – some consumers have looked at the range of vitamins in this product and will occasionally use it as a meal replacement shake when they can’t fit in a healthier lunch or dinner.
The primary focus of Amino Fuel is, of course, the amino acids and their muscle growth and recovery benefits. However, the carbs have been added to this formulation to help to push the protein into the muscle itself, for better effect.
When compared to other bodybuilding protein powders, Amino fuel is quite simple, but it does contain some creatine that makes it possible for bodybuilders to use this supplement during both their bulking and their cutting phases.
The ingredients in this product include the following: Purified water, hydrolyzed gelatin, fructose, whey protein isolate, glycerin, citric acid, black cherry flavor, maltodextrin, natural red grape, egg white hydrolysate, cellulose, choline bitartrate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, d-calcium pantothenate, niacinamide, cyanocobalamin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin phosphate, thiamin hydrochloride, biotin, folic acid.
Amino Fuel is sold in the form of a liquid supplement, as opposed to a pill or a powder. Each dose provides 10 grams of sugar and 15 grams of protein within a 120 calorie serving. This liquid can be added to water or juice in order to produce a protein drink that can be taken on the go. The liquid format makes it easier to thoroughly mix into the base beverage than a powder. Though this wouldn’t make much of a difference when taken at home, if it is mixed at the gym or while on the move, this can make it much easier to ensure that it has been thoroughly mixed.
While this formula does contain a considerable amount of vitamins B6, B12 and other B vitamins, many of the other vitamins that are commonly found in meal replacement shakes are not found in this formula, so while some people do use it for that purpose, it is not the reason for which it was created.
During the bulking phase, adding the formula to juices (which contain sugar) is appropriate as carbs are needed to move the proteins into the muscle, but during the cutting phase, it is a better idea to choose water as a base for this supplement.