How To Make Mass Gainer Taste Better

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There’s nothing worse than finding a mass gainer with the perfect amount of protein, carbs, and calories only to be confronted with a sickening shake that you can barely drink.

While you shouldn’t expect your weight gainer to taste like a gourmet milkshake, nobody wants to gulp down a foul-tasting shake that makes them gag or feel sick.

For these reasons, I’ve come up with a list of ideas for enhancing the taste of your mass gainer. 

So whether you’re stuck with a shake that doesn’t agree with your taste buds or simply want to improve the flavour profile of your existing supplement, these mass gainer taste tips will be sure to help.

Why Does Mass Gainer Taste Bad?

A picture of a bad tasting mass gainer

One reason why mass gainer tastes bad is that supplement companies often rely on artificial sweeteners to flavour their supplement powders. As you might expect, this often leaves a sour taste in your mouth and a horrible aftertaste that never seems to go away!

This is why I always look for supplements that are naturally flavoured. And besides, I have no intention of drinking a bunch of chemicals!

Another reason why weight gainers can taste bad is due to an overreliance on the highly processed carbohydrate known as maltodextrin.

A favourite of profit-driven supplement companies due to its laughably low cost, maltodextrin has a bland, flavourless taste that can often make mass gainers taste like liquid cardboard. Yuck!

A little bit of maltodextrin here and there is okay, especially if it’s just as a bulking agent. However, carbohydrates like oats will give your mass gainer a much more natural taste and texture, which really goes a long way when you’re drinking a big shake.

How To Make Your Mass Gainer Taste Better

These 5 simple yet effective taste tips (plus 1 last resort tip) will help you to take the flavour profile of your mass gainer shakes to the next level.

Mix It With Milk Rather Than Water

A bag of mass gainer next to a milk-filled shaker cup

You can mix your mass gainer with milk or water, whichever liquid you prefer. However, if you want that creamy, milkshake-like taste, then you should mix your weight gainer with milk.

Specifically, whole milk.

After all, milkshakes are called milkshakes for a reason! So if you want to emulate their rich and creamy taste and texture, you need to mix your mass gainer with milk.

While some powders taste great with just water, using milk can take a mass gainer’s taste from average to delicious, so it’s well worth the extra effort to make a fresh shake with milk rather than tap water.

When you use water, some gainers tend to taste really bland and watery, as if someone has blended cardboard with some protein powder.

If you like to have a mass gainer before bed, then mixing your powder with milk makes a tasty bedtime snack that gives you plenty of protein and carbohydrates to last you through the night.

Find a Supplement That Has a Non-Grainy Texture

Lots of weight gainers

While many mass gainers that use natural ingredients (such as oats) will have a slightly earthy texture, you don’t want your shakes to have a really grainy texture or be full of clumps.

I think I can help you in this sense because I’ve personally tried and tested over 70 mass gainers at this point, so I have a pretty good idea of which weight gainers taste good and which ones you should pass on.

So feel free to browse around the website to check out all the different mass gainers that I’ve tested.

In general, you want a supplement that can be mixed in a shaker bottle, which is an indication that it has good mixability. While you can certainly mix your powder in a blender, you shouldn’t need to use a blender unless your shake has over 800 calories.

Find Your Ideal Consistency

A weight gainer shake in an electric blender

When you’re figuring out how to take mass gainer properly, the amount of liquid to use is important. But the truth is, there’s no specific amount of liquid that you should use per 100g of powder or anything like that.

There’s a reason why most brands give a liquid range on the back of the tub or bag!

If you prefer a thick and creamy shake, use less liquid and opt for a thicker liquid like whole milk.

On the other hand, if you like your weight gainers to have a thinner consistency, then use more liquid and opt for water or skimmed milk rather than full-fat milk.

The advantage of a thick and creamy shake is that there’s less liquid to drink. However, due to the thicker texture, each sip/gulp that you take will be slightly more effortful.

On the other hand, a thinner shake will be easier to drink, but it will take longer to drink as well because there’s more liquid to get through.

Ultimately, the consistency of your shake is something that you should experiment with. Some days you might want a lightweight and liquid-like weight gainer, whereas other times, you might be in the mood for a thicker and creamy mass gainer.

Add Extra Ingredients in a Blender

A jar of almond butter next to a blender

If you like to drink a mass gainer for breakfast, then you can enhance the taste and texture by adding ingredients like almond butter, milk, and berries into your mass gainer mixture.

Berries will both enhance the taste and boost the nutritional profile of your weight gainer—as will other frozen fruit—thanks to their abundance of vitamins and minerals.

You can definitely use fresh berries as well, but I stick to frozen fruit because I like my mass gainers to be cold and refreshing.

A good tip in this regard is to stick to more summer fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and pineapple, as they tend to create a sweeter, tastier shake than the likes of blackberries or blackcurrants.

Adding in nut butter can also make your shakes more flavoursome and give it a milkshake-like texture rather than that of a runny liquid. Almond butter also has plenty of fats, which is something that many mass gainers lack, so you’re further enhancing the nutritional profile of your shake by using a quality nut butter.

Stay Away From Artificial Sweeteners

Sachets of artificial sweeteners

The clue is in the name; artificial sweeteners tend to give your mass gainer an artificial taste. I find that artificial sweeteners also tend to leave an unpleasant aftertaste in your mouth, which isn’t what you want if you’re sat at work with no way of getting rid of the taste.

Instead, look for a mass gainer that uses natural sweeteners. Brands that use quality ingredients like oats (as opposed to maltodextrin) also tend to use natural rather than artificial sweeteners, so look for brands that are really focused on providing a premium supplement rather than just a cheap product.

Last Resort: Hold Your Nose and Gulp It Down!

A man drinking his mass gainer

If you really want to gain weight but can’t stand the taste of your sickening shake, you have one final option.

Hold your nose and gulp it down.

I’ve had to do this a few times, and it’s not pleasant. But then I say to myself, am I willing to go through 2 minutes of taste bud torture for more muscle on my physique?

For me, the answer is definitely yes.

So, while you might want to order a different supplement if your current mass gainer is borderline undrinkable, you might need to go through the temporary discomfort of gulping down a disgusting shake in order to meet your calorie and macronutrient requirements.

Should You Drink Mass Gainer If It Tastes Bad?

A man drinking a weight gainer

This depends. If your mass gainer tasted bad because it’s out of date, then throw it away and don’t drink it.

Likewise, if something tastes seriously wrong (even though the powder is in date), you might want to contact the supplement company or throw it away. This is especially true if you’re using a supplement that used to taste okay in the past (although formula changes can result in a  different taste that takes some getting used to).

On the other hand, if the mass gainer just isn’t tasty, but the actual powder is okay, then you can drink it if you want to.

Personally, if I had a foul-tasting tub of powder in front of me, I’d probably just eat more whole foods until a new batch arrived.

But I can also say from experience that the taste of weight gainers in general tends to grow on you the more you drink them.

I’ve also had cases where, initially, a particular mass gainer tasted a bit strange. But after a week or so, I actually really started to enjoy my shakes and look forward to drinking them. So don’t be too quick to judge, unless a particular supplement just states truly awful!

See Also: Best time to take mass gainer

The Verdict: Are Bad-Tasting Weight Gainers Just Part of Bulking?

Some bodybuilders say that you should just suck it up and drink your mass gainer regardless of how it tastes. After all, if you’re put off by a less-than-ideal taste, do you really have what it takes to train hard and push yourself in the gym?

I can certainly appreciate their point of view.

I’m of the opinion that taste is a distant second to ingredient quality, but that if you can get a tasty supplement, you should definitely do so.

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Andy Williams
Andy Williams is a UK-based personal trainer and bodybuilder who coaches gym-goers of all levels using proven evidence-based techniques in strength training, nutrition, and supplementation. He’s tested over 70 different mass gainers for their ingredient quality and muscle-building effectiveness and regularly shares his findings in his mass gainer reviews.
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