I was contacted by another paleo prepper blogger, Bug Out Nutrition, a while back about a new product he was reviewing. The product was SurvvAmino and it was designed to be a light weight long term storage of protein. Since good sources of protein of hard to store it is often lacking in most preppers food storage plan. I for one do not plan on living on bean and rice during a disaster so protein and fat are big parts of my food storage. I never like to review things without really evaluating them and would have liked to do a few more tests with this but I am finally ready to share my thoughts on this product.
Whats in it
SurviivAmino is technically not protein but protein precursors. It is made up of the eight essential amino acids that are the building blocks for making protein. That is all that is in there, no added fillers or junk tossed in to bulk them out. I like that there is nothing added especially no GMO, wheat, soy, sugar or dairy. That means that more or less these are compatible for paleo preppers.
How Much Protein
SurvivAmino claim to contain as much protein as four servings of pemmican and twenty times that of canned meats. That’s a little vague for me so I’ll assume a bit here. A can of tuna fish usually has 19 grams of protein so does that mean that each serving of SurvivAmino has 380 grams of protein. I just tried calling them to get some clarification and was sent to voice mail. Serving size on these pills are five pills per serving and recommended three times a day. That’s 15 pills a day with bottle sizes of 100, meaning roughly six days per bottle, four bottles per month. It would take 12 bottles to make a 90 day supply which costs $495. Doing a little math and using the body builder motto of consuming 1gram of protein per pound of weight per day and using an average weight of 200 pounds I get 11 cans of tuna per day. I use tuna for it’s cheapness and compact protein. Tuna being the cheapest canned meat you can get comes out to $990 for three months if you get them for a dollar a can and it also means storing 990 cans of tuna. In that way one box of SurvivAmino wins out.
I set about testing how well it compared to other protein sources. It excels at body recovery. After some strenuous hikes and work outs I took the SurvivAmino and noticed a faster recovery. The amino acids in the pills speed along muscle rebuilding. I had no doubts that it would excel at this since amino acids are an important part of any serious body builders regime. Next I tested for proteins hunger satiating ability. On several morning I woke up and took one serving with water and that was it. I noticed no measurable reduction in hunger. TIm Ferris recommends immediately taking 30 grams of protein upon waking. Maybe I should have taken two or 1 and 1/2 servings since my rough math says each serving should be about ~19 grams. If I had a blood glucose meter I would have takes a few servings and seen if the amino’s would convert, through gluconeogenisis, to glucose.
I would not recommend this for daily use for it’s muscle recovery due to cheaper and more readily available amino acid blends on the market. For a relatively cheap long term store of protein though I think it shines. If your food stores consist of rice and beans and no protein grab a case of this and store it away. For it’s small size I think it is great for preppers in short term disasters. Anything long term you need to be thinking of sustainable protein sources, you need to be thinking of homesteading. I turned down an affiliate opportunity from them so this is an unbiased review. If you guys are interested I will wrangle a discount from them.
How do you store protein? Are you interested in this product? Want a discount? Let me know in the comments
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