Full Spectrum Meal Replacement
At Core Nutritionals, a meal is well-balanced, nutritious, and most importantly delicious. Yet most "meal supplements" are full of filler carbohydrates, low grade proteins, and chalky flavor mixtures that have little taste and even less nutrition. We would hate to see the "meals" these supplement are supposedly substituting.
Core MRP is a better solution - a true meal supplement, not a meal imposter. Grain-sourced carbohydrates, not fillers and high glycemic carbohydrates. Rich protein sources from high quality whey and casein, not bottom-of-the-barrel powders. Premium flavors, digestive enzymes, and vitamins and minerals from real whole foods, not whatever else was lying around. Everything your body needs in an instantized, easy-mixing, convenient, and delicious blend.
Before we dive in to understand the complexity of Core MRP, lets back up and first understand exactly what’s occurring when we consume carbohydrates on a daily basis – and in particular, when we consume around our workouts (peri-workout nutrition).
The consumption of carbohydrates, by its nature, results in an increase in the concentration of plasma glucose (or blood sugar) – and, in turn, insulin is released from the pancreas as a result. Insulin then initiates a number of signal transduction pathways related to both protein and glucose metabolism, with the upshot being increased glycolysis (breakdown of glucose to ATP), glucose oxidation in response to greater glucose availability in the cell, and glycogen synthesis (the stuff that essentially makes muscles, "pop”). In other words, an entire host of both necessary and amazing things!
With that said, insulin does induce some negative effects, as well. This powerful hormone is responsible for a range of lipogenic (fat-creating) effects, including both adipocyte differentiation (turning what are known as pre-adipocytes into mature adipocytes, or fat cells), and proliferation (the expansion of cells). Insulin controls these processes by tightly regulating numerous signal transduction pathways, and is in fact one of the key hormones responsible for controlling how adipocytes function.
So, you have a hormone that, on the one hand, does a range of absolutely crucial things related to muscle and muscle cell metabolism, and on the other, does similarly crucial things related to fat and fat cell metabolism. How do we separate the good from the bad, then?
The easiest, most reliable way to ensure that these processes continue to work in favor of your body composition goals, is to very carefully and strategically select your carbohydrates sources. For us at Core, and specifically for Core MRP, this means choosing only low glycemic carbohydrates for inclusion in our everyday meal supplement.
Whole Grain Oats:
Low-glycemic carbohydrates are ones that elicit a smaller, "glycemic” or glucose-releasing response in the body; meaning they also induce less of an insulinemic response, as well. The result is that low glycemic carbohydrates, as research indicates, not only cause enhanced fat oxidation (the literal burning of fat) when compared to high GI carbs, but also spare muscle glycogen. This result is the best of both worlds: your metabolic engine stays engaged, and the substance that gives your muscles their fullness, glycogen, is spared.
It is for the reasons above that high-quality, low-glycemic carbohydrates are such a crucial component to an excellent meal supplement. Unfortunately, that is simply not the industry trend: even a cursory glance at most, "meal replacements” reveals a litany of high-glycemic, insulin-inducing carbohydrates that, while they have their place, are completely inappropriate to include in an all-day, everyday meal replacement.
Core MRP is not like the rest. We are setting a new standard with the product that started it all. We have chosen only high-quality whole grain oat flour to include as your carbohydrate source. Oats offer a wide variety of benefits aside from just providing carbohydrates for the body. Some of these include:
Oats contain considerable amounts of valuable nutrients such as proteins, starch, unsaturated fatty acids and dietary fiber as soluble and insoluble fractions.
Oats contain high amounts of beta glucan, a fiber that has been studied extensively for its benefits on aiding digestion and supporting the gut microbiome.
Oats also have been shown to aid in the controlling of certain heart related conditions, such as high cholesterol.
We at Core have put a lot of time and effort into the formulation of our products, and Core MRP is not different. This allows you to remain confident that consuming Core MRP is not only allowing you to cost-effectively and conveniently meet your caloric goals for the day, but more importantly, that our product is not compromising your hard work or lifestyle.
If you have been following us for quite some time, we likely don’t need to explain just how and why adequate protein intake is fundamental to achieving your goals. With that said, there may be some confusion as to what specific kinds of protein are going to benefit your goals and why.
Like we did with carbohydrates above, let’s look into the specifics a little bit rather than just supplying a generic answer. We are anything but generic after all! The word "protein,” without any qualification, is perhaps the broadest term you can possibly use when speaking about biology – to the point where asking, "How much protein should I consume, and which kind?” renders itself useless. Considering proteins are more or less complex compositions of amino acids, and considering that amino acids have different functions, what we want to ask is something more specific like, "Which kinds of protein have the amino acid composition best suited to my goals, and when should I consume them?” A mouthful, but you get the point!
So, what does a, "good” amino acid composition for a protein supplement look like? Well, while biologists would never use the term, "good”, they describe more robust proteins – one with amino acid profiles that can best facilitate tissue growth – as, "complete proteins.” These proteins contain high amounts of essential amino acids, are rapidly digestible, and support the available amino acid profile over a long period of time.
Simply put, and if we use the definition above, Core MRP has one of the most complete amino acid profiles available in any supplement. We have a included a blend of the most bioavailable and high quality proteins to create a blend specifically catered to fuel your body’s need throughout an entire day, not to mention we have full transparency on our label too, so you know exactly how much of each protein you are getting.
Cold-processed undenatured whey protein concentrate: Whey protein concentrate is probably the most common form of whey protein you will find. However, how it is processed is where the benefit truly lies. This process of cold processed undenaturization preserves the molecular structure of the amino acid particles as well as the immune boosting benefits that it contains. This undenatured protein is also a rich source of amino acids, including those needed for the synthesis of glutathione, which is an important antioxidant that can be depleted by stress (exercise stress included). This makes it a great foundation for your post workout recovery nutrition.