“If a company uses artificial sweeteners or color food dyes, they don’t care about your gains as much as GIB does.”

That is the bottom line and research backs us up. GIB not only has the lowest prices in the market because we are the manufacturer and don’t sell through middleman stores, we also have the most pure and highly potent products.

If you consume a BCAA, Glutamine, Creatine, pre-workout or any other super sweet powder that has a color other than white, you are probably consuming food dyes and artificial flavorings. We recently went booth-to-booth at the Olympia expo in Las Vegas and can safely say that over 95% of all supplements in the bodybuilding fitness market have dye coloring and/or artificial flavors that impede your gains.

Let’s break it down for you using the research:

The most widely used dyes are Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, accounting for 90% of all dyes used. They contain carcinogens and may cause allergic reactions. Each year, about 15 million pounds of synthetic dyes go into the U.S. food supply—well, the processed U.S. food supply.


Most research on artificial food dyes in humans has focused on children. Some studies have showed that food dyes could lead to behavioral problems, such as reduced attention and increased hyperactivity.

Animal studies have linked food dyes to organ damage, birth defects, and certain cancers. For example, studies on male rats found that artificial colors may alter biochemical markers in vital organs, like the liver and kidney. Researchers have found that artificial food colorings may affect learning and memory.

In 2008 the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in Washington, DC, petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban artificial food dyes because of their connection to behavioral problems in children.1 Two years later a new CSPI report, Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks, further concludes that the nine artificial dyes approved in the United States likely are carcinogenic, cause hypersensitivity reactions and behavioral problems, or are inadequately tested.2

Artificial dyes derived from petroleum are found in thousands of foods.3 In particular breakfast cereals, candy, snacks, beverages and of course bodybuilding supplement powders like BCAA’s, Glutamine, Creatine and others.

Although there are hundreds of studies on all the different colored dyes, here is one just to show you the problem and a link to research on many. Studies indicate that small amounts of Blue no. 1 are absorbed through the GI tract. That’s not good. People getting tube feeds in the ICU tend to have weak GI tracts. Beginning in 1999 a series of reports appeared that indicated Blue no. 1 could pass across the digestive tract and into the blood, often with catastrophic penalty. In 2003 the FDA advised against putting this dye in feeding tubes, but it’s still in food.

If you are taking supplements with food dyes, you are impeding your immediate gains and possibly causing future harm. Here is a PDF listing all the damaging effects: PDF Summary of food dye studies (source: Center for Science in the Public Interest)

Bottom line with food dyes is that you get enough of them without tying in cereals and other foods. Why would you buy a blueberry razzmatazz BCAA powder or any other crazy flavor that is chalked full of them?



Included in the Gains In Bulk blog site is a specific write-up on sucralose and other artificial sweeteners. Again, at the Olympia Expo, we counted over 95% of all powders either protein or pre-workout contained either sucralose, aspartame, or other synthetic sugar. Even if we focus on just the detriments of artificial sweeteners, it should be enough to make you commit to not taking another product with them in it, and throw out what you have. 

Sucralose has been shown to dramatically reduce the number of healthy flora (probiotics) in the gut. These little guys are supposed to be in your digestive tract to help absorb healthy nutrients and keep the bad bacteria and pathogens that cause disease out. They also provide a tremendous boost to your immune system and general sense of wellbeing. 

Check out the full Sucralose article for more of those dangers.


So the elephant in the room question is this: WHY DO ALL THE OTHER SPORTS SUPPLEMENT COMPANIES SELL YOU PRODUCTS WITH FOOD COLOR DYES AND ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS? Simple answer but nobody wants to take those big companies on (except us). If it tastes sweeter and looks pretty, it sells more and all they care about is sales, not your gains. 

We will get nasty letters from those companies claiming the opposite but the bottom line is that the research shows those ingredients are bad for your gains and GIB chooses not to use them. 

Using GIB products is simple. You mix however much you need of our pure BCAA’s, Glutamine and other powders in a cup with your choice of fluid. You can use water with a few drops of stevia or a fresh juice like cranberry, cherry or pomegranate. Drink it down and get 100% of the gains possible without the harmful side effects of dyes and artificial sweeteners. Now, go get those gains!