The famous Whey Gold Standard from Optimum Nutrition in review
This supplement belongs to the Optimum Nutrition brand and you can easily find it in any supplement store, as it is one of the best-selling supplements.
It is available in several formats:
- 453 grams
- 907 grams
Starting with the smallest version (453g), the average value is around 16?, 30? for the next version (907g), 58? in the 2.2kg version and between 100? and 110? for the 4.5kg version.
The ingredients in this supplement vary according to the flavor chosen, however, the base ingredients (the same in all formulas) are:
Isolated whey protein (isolated whey), concentrated whey protein (concentrated whey), whey peptides and digestive enzymes.
As the name of this supplement indicates, 100% whey, we can confirm through the list of ingredients that the protein used is indeed 100% whey, great.
Furthermore, it uses not only concentrated whey but also isolated whey and whey peptides, both excellent sources of protein.
The addition of digestive enzymes is welcome to facilitate the digestion of this protein and avoid discomfort that may sometimes occur in people who are less tolerant of whey protein supplements.
To complete the list of ingredients we have flavorings and sweeteners that vary according to the chosen flavor.
The flavors available are immense and range from classic chocolate and strawberry to more exotic flavors such as banana or chocolate/mint.
A simple list of ingredients, which is ideal in a whey supplement.
This protein varies slightly from flavor to flavor, its nutritional values and also the scoop used.
Here is the table for the strawberry version.
We have 24g of protein per serving (1 scoop has 29.4g), which is a good value.
Analyzing the dose of protein per 100g, we see that this supplement is 81% of protein, a very good value considering that it is a mixture of concentrated/isolated protein with flavor.
As with all whey protein supplements, the carbohydrate and fat values are low and there is not much to comment, in this case we have 1g of fat and 2g of carbohydrates per dose, which totals just 17 calories.
As it is not enough to see the raw protein values to know the quality of a protein, we will also analyze the aminogram of the Whey Gold Standard from Optimum Nutrition.
Looking at the aminogram we see that this supplement provides around 18.7g of BCAA's for every 100g and 5.5g for each shake (1 scoop).
Furthermore, the rest of the values are normal for a good whey protein and there are no strange (and negative) values as in the case of 100% Whey Prime.
To have a basis for comparison with other proteins on the market, we will place these values next to the other two proteins already analyzed, Impact Whey from Myprotein and the 100% Whey Prime by Prozis Sport.
|Whey Gold Standard||Impact Whey||100% Prime Whey|
Here we can see the difference between what is a good whey supplement and a bad supplement.
We can say that the big problem of Whey Gold Standard from Optimum Nutrition is the price.
|Cost per dose||1.06?||1.00?||0.75?||0.69?|
The costs of this protein range from 0.69? per shake up to 1.06? as we can see in the table.
Although these values are approximate and vary from store to store, Optimum Nutrition's Whey Gold Standard is an expensive protein.
Comparing the 2.2kg version with the 2.5kg version of Impact Whey, the difference is 0.44? per shake, i.e. more than double the price for a product with a very similar quality.
Where to buy?
You can find this supplement available here and you can still use the code GVIRTUAL to get you 10% discount.
It is also available here at a good price, and also in Decathlon.
A 100% Whey Gold Standard from Optimum Nutrition is undoubtedly an excellent quality protein, and it is no wonder for its enormous reputation.
It has 18.7% of BCAA's in its formula and is made up of 81% of only high quality protein.
Furthermore, they have a huge variety of flavors and digestive enzymes to help with the protein digestion process.
However, this reputation comes at a cost, and it is difficult to justify the high price of this supplement compared to very similar alternatives that exist on the market, such as Impact Whey which costs half.
Without looking at the price, it is undoubtedly an excellent Whey supplement, however, in a price/quality context there are alternatives with very similar quality at a much lower price.
Have you ever used this protein?
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