Full Review: Optimum Nutrition – Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein

Whey protein (whey) is an essential supplement for athletes who want to improve muscle recovery and muscle gain. Of all the powdered proteins on the market, Optimum Nutrition's whey Gold Standard is without a doubt the best known and most consumed.

We wanted to know more about the reasons for this success. Is this whey a good product? Does it deserve its number one position in sales in sports nutrition shops ?

Things We Liked

Things We Didn't Like

  • Inexpensive
  • Contains three types of whey
  • Contains enzymes to improve digestion
  • Mixes well
  • Contains artificial sweeteners
  • Ingredient label not sufficiently descriptive
  • Contains lecithin and soybeans
  • Sold Quickly

Nutritional values ​​of the Gold Standard 100% Whey

A scoop (dose) brings:

  • 24 grams of protein
  • 3 grams of carbohydrates (including 1 gram of sugar)
  • 1 gram of lipid

Individual tests have shown that the amount of protein is closer to 21-22 grams per serving, a negligible difference in the world of dietary supplements .

List of ingredients of the 100% Whey Gold Standard

For a supplement as popular and inexpensive, the list of ingredients is surprisingly short. Let's look at the ingredients list of the double rich chocolate taste. There is a mixture of 3 types of whey isolate, concentrated and hydrolyzed, followed by light cocoa powder, soy lecithin, flavorings, sweeteners (Acesulfame K, Sucralose), and an Aminogen enzymatic complex ( Amylase, protease, cellulase, beta-D-galactosidase, lipase).

In practical terms, what does that mean? Of the three types of whey protein, the whey isolate has the advantage of having the highest protein percentage, although the manufacturing process removes many valuable ingredients. The concentrated whey is the cheapest form of whey and, although there are proportionally less protein and more fat, it contains the famous precious ingredients such as CLA, immunoglobulins and lactoferrin. The whey hydrolyzed peptides is the most expensive of all. This whey is "pre-digested" and is therefore absorbed more quickly.

Each type of whey has its own advantages and disadvantages, which is why the combination of 3 is a smart strategy.

As far as the other ingredients are concerned, lecithin is used as an emulsifier. Aminogen is a mixture of enzymes that helps improve digestion and reduce gas. It also makes lactose easier to digest through the presence of an enzyme, lactase. Acesulfame potassium is a controversial sweetener (considered dangerous by some people ), but appears to have no negative effect at low levels.

Benefits and Effectiveness

As mentioned above, mixing three kinds of whey helps making it a complete product. Contrary to popular belief, there is no "better" kind of whey, they each have their own benefits and mixing them all three is a wise choice made by Optimum Nutrition.

One dose provides 24 g protein, 3 g carbohydrates, 1 g sugar and 1 g of fat, which makes it a good choice for people who follow low diets in carbohydrates (such as the ketogenic diet) or Diets low in fat.

The mixture of Aminogen and lactase should improve absorption.

The price of the whey Gold Standard

Whether you buy it online or from a local store, the conventional containers are available in three formats: 4.8 , 5 g and 3.3 lbs and 2 bags of 8 and 10 kg.

  • If you buy a small container of Whey Gold Standard , you will save 2.5 $ per protein shake.
  • For a big container, you will save 2.9$.
  • And with a the bag (the most economical), a whey shake save 5.6 $.

10lb Bag (Most Economical)

Solubility of Optimum nutrition whey protein powder

This whey mixes very well with water or milk, probably thanks to soy lecithin, which helps to get a good mix. No need to shake themixture like a strongly, even with a simple spoon, the protein powder dissolves very well, quickly stirring all the same!

Taste of Optimum nutrition whey protein powder

Optimum Nutrition offers a dozen different flavors and it seems to like chocolate (chocolate, milk chocolate, double chocolate, white chocolate, mint chocolate, chocolate peanut butter ...). We tested the simplest chocolate perfume, just chocolate. With milk, the taste is tasty, intensely flavored and the taste of sugar is not too too much. It is closer to the taste of dark chocolate than milk chocolate. With water, the result is more bland. If you are not a fan of chocolate or you plan to take your shake with water, first try the vanilla flavor.


Optimum Nutrition keeps these promises with its 100% Whey Gold Standard of quality, simple and no overstatements. In addition to this, it is inexpensive and tasty. It therefore deserves its place in the top of the best sales of protein powders.

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