Beast is an ever growing company and the latest addition to their supplement line up is PrimoCarb, their complex carbohydrate supplement. Carbohydrate supplements are actually a rare breed, and PrimoCarb actually brings some unique selling points to the table. Interested? Read on to find out why.
Beast Primocarb Highlights
- Very slow digesting complex carbohydrate
- Grain-free product derived from peas
- Ideal for blending together with other supplements such as whey protein powders.
Beast Primocarb Ingredients
Primocarb is a relatively simple product that contains only one ingredient – pea starch. There are no flavours, sweeteners, or any other additives. Each 28 g serve of Primocarb provides 25 g complex carbs and 100 calories. It contains no protein, sugar, or fat.
Beast Primocarb Pros & Effectiveness
One of Primocarb’s biggest selling points is that it is possibly one of the only more paleo-friendly carb supplements currently on the market. Typically, carb supplements are made from grains including wheat, barley, rice, etc. However, Primocarb is made from peas, which is a legume accepted by even the strictest paleo practioners.
Another benefit of Primocarb is the fact that is a very complex and slow digesting carbohydrate. The active ingredient in Primocarb is actually considered a resistant starch, which means part of it is able to escape digestion and act as a prebiotic, meaning it has benefits for gut health. In a study, it has been found that pea starch triggers an insulin response 54% lower than that of corn (maize) starch, which is a common ingredient in carb supplements (Seewi et al, 1999). In other words, pea starch is able to provide a much longer, sustained release source of energy without being accompanied by a sugar crash.
Primocarb is ideal for endurance athletes, or those who train for extended periods of time. Its ideal application would be to consume it well before exercise, and using the slow digesting carbohydrates to provide fuel for the duration of training. Alternatively, it would provide an excellent way to add slow digesting calories to your protein shake, ideal for building mass.
Beast Primocarb Cons & Negatives
Primocarb is a specialist carb supplement that is best used by those who understand the importance of carbohydrate timing. Simply randomly consuming it will not do the product justice. For those who undergo short bouts of resistance training, say up to an hour, consuming Primocarb right before or during training is unlikely to yield performance benefits. Instead, you may wish to opt for a faster digesting carbohydrate supplement such as Virtago.
Beast Primocarb Taste & Mixability
Because of the high amylose content of Primocarb, its mixability is not its strong point. This however is simply the nature of the raw ingredient and it is difficult to overcome. It's taste is bland, which makes it an excellent addition to other shakes, such as whey or aminos, without negatively affecting the taste.
Beast Primocarb Verdict
If you are after a paleo-friendly advanced carbohydrate supplement, you will find that PrimoCarb is one of the few products that actually meets your requirements. It may not the most beginner friendly supplement, but if your looking for a DIY mass gainer, Primocarb would make a perfect companion to your existing whey protein powder.
Seewi et al (1999), Effects on parameters of glucose homeostasis in healthy humans from ingestion of leguminous versus maize starches. Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 183-189