Dymatize is a very popular name in the supplement industry. They’re best known for their protein powders, with the company’s general manager calling their ISO-100 whey powder their “flagship product,” but they’ve also got a wide range of other products including bars, mass gainers, creatines, fat burners, and just about everything in between.
The Dallas-based company was founded over 20 years ago and many athletes prefer their products because they’re tested by Informed Choice, which tests the production facility to ensure there are no banned substances. The company also has a good reputation with third party testing companies like Labdoor, which test for label accuracy.
While ISO-100 is their most popular whey, their Elite Casein deserves its own accolades. We found it to be very high in calcium, low in cholesterol, surprisingly creamy, and it made one of the tastiest puddings we’ve tried. Here’s our look at the Cinnamon Bun flavor.
A casein that mixes well and has an unusual, low fat creamer that makes for a great flavor.
Dymatize Elite Casein Nutrition
One scoop weighs about 35 grams and provides the following:
Carbs: 3g (no fiber or sugar)
Fat: 1.5g (no saturated fat)
Cholesterol: 7% RDI
Sodium: 10% RDI
Calcium: 60% RDI
Iron: 2% RDI
Potassium: 4% RDI
It’s not a significant source of any other nutrient. It’s worth emphasizing that this is a tad on the salty side with 10 percent of the recommended daily intake of sodium, or 250 milligrams of the stuff.
Dymatize Elite Casein Ingredients
The first ingredient is micellar casein. As a quick primer, casein is one of the two proteins in milk (the other is whey) and micellar casein means the protein is encased in a micelle, a kind of globular structure. Micellar casein forms little clumps and digests easily; more on that in the next section.
After the casein there’s a sunflower creamer made from sunflower oil, maltodextrin, micellar casein, soy lecithin, sodium citrate, and tricalcium phosphate. Then you’ve got natural and artificial flavors, salt, sunflower lecithin, xanthan gum (a thickener and stabilizer), potassium chloride, and two artificial sweeteners: sucralose and acesulfame potassium.
Dymatize Elite Casein Benefits and Effectiveness
So what benefits does this casein confer? Well, casein is a high quality protein and because it’s micellar casein, it forms clumps in the stomach and digests quite slowly. Some make the argument that this makes it more ‘anabolic’ because it releases amino acids into the bloodstream more gradually over time, but the truth is that most research suggests casein is as effective as any other protein at building muscle.(1)(2)(3)
The real benefit with casein is that it digests slowly — it’s more filling, so some prefer to use it when weight loss and appetite control are their big priorities.
As for Dymatize’s casein in particular, it’s unusually high in calcium with 60 percent of the recommended daily intake. Most casein proteins are high in calcium, but usually they’re around 50 percent or so of the RDI. It’s a tad on the salty side with 10 percent of the RDI, but this isn’t dramatically high for one of these products.
We were really impressed with the fact that it’s certified by Informed Choice, which means that the facility has been tested for banned substances — this is why many pro athletes prefer products with this certification (or a similar one, like NSF) to put their minds at ease.
The main things that might trip up some consumers are the fact that it contains artificial sweeteners and some soy — there’s really no good evidence that this much soy will affect testosterone levels (as many fear), but there are nonetheless plenty of people who prefer to avoid it. If you have no issue with either of those ingredients, though, you’ll likely be happy with Elite Casein.
[Related: Whey vs Casein, What’s the Difference?]
Dymatize Elite Casein Taste
I tried the famous Cinnamon Bun flavor in a casein pudding — that’s with one scoop of protein and one and a half scoops of liquid, stirred for a minute or two.
What’s really remarkable is that despite the fact that there’s no sugar and just 1.5 grams of fat per scoop, this really does taste like a buttery, frosted cinnamon bun. As someone who has tried many, many cinnamon-flavored protein powders, nothing approaches the flavor of Dymatize’s Cinnamon Bun, and I think it’s because of the unusual sunflower creamer they’ve included in the ingredients list. The taste is 10 out of 10.
Dymatize Elite Casein Price
The cost of a tub of 26 servings (a little under two pounds) varies, but it’s usually between $29 and $35. So you’re looking at about $1.28 per scoop or 5 cents per gram of protein.
That’s not the cheapest casein on the market but it’s on par with other big names, like Optimum Nutrition’s casein. The price isn’t much to complain about.
Dymatize Elite Casein Pros & Cons
- Tastes fantastic
- High in calcium
- Certified by Informed Choice
- Pretty low in cholesterol
- No sugar
- Has soy
- Contains artificial flavors
- A tiny bit salty
All in all, this is our favorite casein protein. The sunflower creamer really makes the flavor pop, the consistency is terrific — it mixes smoothly and easily relative to a lot of other brands — it’s packed with calcium, and it gets high marks from third party testers like Labdoor and Informed Choice. The only real potential issues are the soy and the artificial sweeteners, but so long as you have no problem with that, this is a great buy.
1. Messina M, Lynch H, et al. “No Difference Between the Effects of Supplementing With Soy Protein Versus Animal Protein on Gains in Muscle Mass and Strength in Response to Resistance Exercise.” Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2018 May 3:1-36.
2. Wilborn CD, Taylor LW, et al. The Effects of Pre- and Post-Exercise Whey vs. Casein Protein Consumption on Body Composition and Performance Measures in Collegiate Female Athletes. J Sports Sci Med. 2013 Mar 1;12(1):74-9.
3. Fabre M, Hausswirth C, et al. Effects of Postexercise Protein Intake on Muscle Mass and Strength During Resistance Training: Is There an Optimal Ratio Between Fast and Slow Proteins? Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2017 Oct;27(5):448-457.