Naked Casein is the second type of milk-based protein available from Naked Nutrition. While casein protein is generally not quite as popular as whey overall, it plays a significant role in having slow-digesting protein as part of your diet.
As with Naked Whey, Naked Casein is a 100% grass-fed, non-GMO, growth hormone-free, soy-free, and gluten-free protein powder. As we addressed in the Naked Whey review, this isn’t certified organic, not because it doesn’t adhere to organic standards, but rather because the whole system for getting certified is prohibitively expensive. If that’s something that’s important to you, it’s certainly understandable, but if you care more about the idea behind going organic rather than the label itself, you might be willing to give Naked Nutrition a pass in that regard.
When there’s only one ingredient on the label—micellar casein—it’s hard to argue that Naked Casein is anything but a top-notch, high-quality protein. In each serving (110 Calories), you’ll get 26 grams of protein, 5.4 grams of BCAAs, and 2 two grams of sugar (no fat). Thanks to the cold processing approach that Naked Casein shares with Naked Whey, there’s no denaturation of the protein either, so you’re getting amino acids that are in a primed state and ready to build muscle. Also important is the acid and bleach-free processing, which decreases the risk of heavy metal contamination. What you’re left with is a pure protein that any brand should aspire to.
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This casein powder comes unflavored and without any added sweeteners or colors, either. Mixed with water or milk, you’ll get a creamy shake with a mild and agreeable flavor. You can mix in any flavor you’d like—fruits are always a winner, but don’t be afraid to experiment with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (my personal favorite)—and Naked Casein will go along with it perfectly. One thing always worth considering with casein protein is mixability. While we dare you to find one that mixes easily with a spoon, a Blender bottle should suffice here. No need to bust out a Vitamix blender or anything crazy.
For whatever reason, casein, in general, tends to be more expensive than whey protein. Maybe it has to do with the manufacturing process, or perhaps it’s simply a supply and demand issue. No matter the reason, the trend holds true with Naked Nutrition as well: their casein is even pricier than their whey. As a result, it’s hard to say that Naked Casein is an excellent value, though, given the emphasis on quality ingredients, it’s certainly not a bad one, either. If you can afford to pay a little extra to put only the highest-quality supplements in your body, it’s well worth the cost.
If you’re deterred from trying Naked Casein due to the price, I certainly don’t blame you. That said if you’re on the fence and still entertaining the idea of giving this casein powder a try, take the plunge and give it a shot. Non-denatured proteins that are from grass-fed, GMO-free cows do make a difference, and we believe that’ll translate into better gains and better overall health for you.