BSN Syntha 6 Overview : Is The EU Version Better or Worse?

We will get to whether we think the EU version is better or worse per se shortly, but the first question I’d like to address is this…Does it really matter!?

You might argue that if you’re paying the same amount of money for a product that has been amended in some way, and quite possibly has less of certain ingredients, then you would be well within in your rights to complain should you find yourself getting less for your money! My answer to this is as follows…IT DOESN’T MATTER, and why doesn’t it matter, because there is absolutely NOTHING anyone can do about it.

You see, the government and EU has seen it fit to moderate and regulate the standards by which ‘border line substances’ A.K.A supplements, are governed. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) make a clear division between pharmaceuticals/ medicines and supplements, with medicines governed far more tightly than supplements. However, supplements are monitored tightly in the EU and particularly the UK, they are overseen by what is effectively a democracy governing supplement guidelines that include the Department of Health (DoH), the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances (ACBS), the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA), and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). All of these governing bodies play a part, with supplements and novel food classification chopping and changing from time to time.

In a nut shell, any supplement that is to be legally distributed in the EU have to meet certain criteria set by the likes of the above, if they don’t then they will either be removed from circulation, or amended to meet the criteria…this is the case with many of the US derived BSN products.

As the largest supplement retailer in the UK, we respect all levels of the legislative, regulatory and Parliamentary processes involved in governing supplements. We appreciate the quality of BSN products and are glad to be selling them, but in order to do so we had to meet current regulations regarding their nutritional content…

BSN Syntha- 6 (US)

Per rounded scoop:
Calories: 200
Total Fat: 6g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 55mg
Sodium: 220mg
Potassium: 170mg
Total Carbohydrate: 15g
Dietary Fibre: 5g
Sugars: 2g
Protein: 22g

BSN Syntha- 6 (EU)

Per 100g / Per 47g / % RDA:
Energy: 1715kJ / 409kcal // 806kJ / 192kcal   Slightly lower in calories
Fat: 12.8g / 6g

of which saturates: 4.3g / 2g

Carbohydrate: 21.3g / 10g    Less total Carbs

of which sugars: 8.5g / 4g      Higher in sugar (by 2g)
Fibre: 10.6g / 5g
Protein: 46.8g / 22g / 44%
Salt: 0.87g / 0.41g / 7%
Calcium: 255mg / 120mg / 15%     Added Calcium
Sodium: 351mg / 165mg          Lower in Sodium

What the label tells us

As you can see from the above, the EU BSN Syntha- 6 has made some positive changes including less total calories, carbs and sodium, as well as giving a salt equivalent for easier interpretation, and additional calcium. The only down side is the marginal increase in sugar, but this is counter balanced by the less total carbs and overall improved nutritional value.

Conclusion

So the fact is that the EU version of BSN Syntha- 6 is in probably an overall better product, it delivers the same amount of protein, more nutritive value, and less salt, but the fact of the matter remains the same...In order to sell a protein supplement here in the UK you have to adhere to the stipulated guidelines, so whether the product was better or worse, the fact is that the EU one is the only legal option available. It just so happens that as luck would have it…it’s actually pretty damn good!

References

 

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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), (2013). Science Advisory Council. Retrieved 6th October, 2013, from http://cmu.dh.gov.uk/acbs/

Department of Health (DoH), (2013). Commercial Medicines Unit. Retrieved 6th October, 2013, from http://cmu.dh.gov.uk/acbs/

Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA), (2013). The voice of the natural health industry. Retrieved 6th October, 2013, from http://cmu.dh.gov.uk/acbs/

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), (2013). Borderline products. Retrieved 6th October, 2013, from http://cmu.dh.gov.uk/acbs/

 

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!

Comments

  • deedar ali
    August 22, 2014 deedar ali

    Hello since I have been looking around a lot recently on the Web about all bsn products, recently I have purchased bsn syntha 6 (made in usa) and NO xplode (made in EU) brought from the same store and I was interested to buy more online when I had come across this website called discount supplements and saw various of these products different price range all vary from it being EU and it not being eu so I had started to look further into it on syntha 6 2.27KG and the EU version. I had read that EU products slightly vary in ingredients as I found on your website so I had come to a concern about the same product and same weight but why is the price vary a big difference? The EU for 2.27kg syntha 6 was roughly about £34.99 and the us one was £45 I think ( can't remember exact price) this is my question and thanks before hand sincerely Dee

    • Scott Riches
      September 1, 2014 Scott Riches

      Hi Dee. There is very little difference, all products we stock are now EU by BSN. The main differences are that EU has 5g less carb, less sugar, same protein and more calcium per serving. Hope this helps :)

  • Ak

    Made in Europe but y American flag beside it?

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