Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard Review

Optimum Nutrition 100% Gold Standard Whey Protein

Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard Review

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey is without a doubt the best-selling protein powder available. There is a good chance that if you have used protein powder for a while, you will have, at some point, tried Gold Standard. You might even still use it today. It's a classic blend of whey proteins, isolate and concentrate, with not much else added to it. With the black and dark-red packaging, and very little advertising compared to other major supplement companies, it seems that Optimum lets the product speak for itself. Word of mouth makes Gold Standard Whey an extremely popular product, and really, the standard against which other protein manufacturers judge their products.


Ingredients-wise, it's very simple. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey consists of whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate, with added flavouring and a couple other small ingredients. This provides a protein powder with solid nutrition facts - 24g of protein per 30g serve, or 80% protein - a fairly high protein level for a whey protein blend. This also means that carbohydrates (10%) and fats (3%) are low, which is great for anyone wanting as much protein and as little else as possible.


The best flavour of Optimum Gold Standard Whey depends on your individual preferences, since there are so many to choose from. With around 20 flavours, ON Nutrition has all bases covered. Personally, I like the choc coconut, rocky road and coffee flavours best, although I haven't tried a flavour of Gold Standard I haven't liked yet.

Gold Standard Whey vs Syntha-6 vs Combat Powder vs Myofusion

People often ask us the difference between these protein powders, and it is actually pretty significant. Optimum Gold Standard Whey is the leanest powder of the four, with the lowest amount of carbohydrates and fats, and as a whey-only blend, it is the fastest absorbing protein powder in this group. For a meal replacement, it might be better to stick with Syntha-6, Combat Powder or Myofusion, as they are a little higher in fat and carbs (especially the Syntha-6). You can always add some fruit or nuts to the Gold Standard shake, though, for an adequate meal replacement. Since the Gold Standard is whey only, and the other three products are blends of different protein sources, the Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey is probably the best choice for around workouts, or anytime when a fast digesting protein source is required. Chances are that due to the whey isolate and concentrate combination, your 100% Whey shake will digest within 1-2 hours, whereas the Combat and Myofusion especially have longer digestion rates, and might be somewhere in the vicinity of 5-6 hours fully digested.

Final Word

Although Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard is a fairly simple product, it continues to be the choice for many bodybuilders and athletes worldwide. The simple, yet effective blend of proteins, in combination with some great and unique flavours means that Gold Standard can satisfy almost every trainer.

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