Muscle Milk Light is a product made by a CytoSport, a company that produces a variety of protein and other sports supplements. Muscle Milk Light is a lower calorie version of Muscle Milk, which is a high-protein drink that is marketed for building muscle. Because Muscle Milk Light contains fewer calories than regular Muscle Milk, it is a better choice for those who wish to boost protein intake while keeping calorie intake to a minimum.
Each 14-oz. serving of Muscle Milk Light contains 160 to 170 calories, according to CytoSport’s website, which is 60 to 70 fewer calories than each serving of regular Muscle Milk. The caloric distribution of Muscle Milk Light is about 24 percent of calories from fat, 28 percent from carbohydrate and 47 percent from protein.
Each serving of Muscle Milk Light contains 4.5g fat, which is half as much as a serving of regular Muscle Milk. Some of the fat content in Muscle Milk is from medium chain triglycerides, which CytoSport claims are more likely to be used for energy than stored as fat. However, the American Dietetic Association says that medium chain triglycerides may cause elevated blood lipid levels and recommends not using them as an athletic supplement.
Muscle Milk Light contains 12g total carbohydrate, 5g dietary fiber and 0g sugar. Regular Muscle Milk contains 14g total carbohydrate, 2g dietary fiber and 3g sugar. Muscle Milk Light is a source of soluble fiber, provided by digestive resistant maltodextrin. Soluble fiber may help lower blood cholesterol levels, according to the American Heart Association.
Muscle Milk Light is a significant source of protein, providing 20g, or 40 percent of the daily value, per serving. This is less than regular Muscle Milk, which contains 25g protein per serving. The protein content in Muscle Milk Light includes whey and casein proteins derived from milk, which are high-quality, complete proteins. Although the protein is milk-based, Muscle Milk Light does not contain lactose and is a suitable choice for lactose-intolerant individuals.
Vitamins and Minerals
Muscle Milk Light is fortified with many vitamins and minerals. Each serving contains 25 percent of B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, biotin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and pantothenic acid. Each serving also contains 25 percent of the daily value of vitamins A, C, D and E. The mineral content includes 60 percent of the daily value of chromium and 25 percent of the daily value of calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iodine and zinc per serving.