Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Powder Worth It?
Over the many years of lifting weights and exercising I’ve used numerous protein powders. One of my favorites is definitely Gold Standard’s 100% whey. In this review I’ll give you a quick overview and talk about the taste, cost, ingredients, macronutrients, and results one can expect with this product.
Let’s dive in.
ON’s Gold Standard Whey Protein is a supplement made up of fast digesting proteins great for workout recovery. It comes in over 20 flavors including double rich chocolate. It’s loved by many athletes because of the value it offers. Each serving has 24 grams of protein and 5.5 grams of Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAS).
Let’s talk about one of the most important factors for choosing a protein supplement; TASTE.
1. How Does It Taste?
When I first started investing in protein powders I was a college student and broke. I used the cheapest ones because frankly it was all I could afford. I used Walmart’s brand and it wasn’t the best in the world. It had lots of filler in it and the taste was too sweet for me. Sometimes it made me nauseous so I started searching for an alternative.
I stumbled upon ON’s whey protein and was immediately impressed. I purchased the the 2 pound tub for $24 which wasn’t much more expensive than Walmart’s $18 tub of sugar. I was blown away by the taste difference.
It tasted like a milkshake you get from the ice cream stand. I tried both the vanilla and chocolate flavors and absolutely loved them. I usually mix my shakes with bananas and peanut butter and both flavors mixed well and tasted great.
I can’t really comment on other flavors though. Flavors like “whey key lime pie” and “cake batter” make my stomach turn at the thought of trying them. I would hate to spend $24 on a flavor and absolutely despising it. Therefore, I stick to the basics, vanilla and chocolate.
Feel free to try the other flavors as you please I’d love to hear what you think in the comments section.
2. How Much Does It Cost?
ON’s whey protein comes in different sizes and costs. 12 to be exact. The sizes range from a 3 ounce trial size all the way up to 10 pounds. Prices start at $10 and shoot up to $112 for the 10 pound tub.
As expected the more you buy the cheaper per pound. Get as much as you can afford to. I think the prices are reasonable considering the value you’re getting. I’d opt for the 5 pound version which can easily last up to 2 months and save you money as well.
3. What’s In It?
Here are the ingredients as they appear on the bottle for the double rich chocolate flavor:
Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Peptides), Natural & Artificial Flavors, Lecithin, Salt, Acesulfame Potassium, Aminogen, Sucralose, Fd&c Yellow No.5, Lactase.
Here are ON’s Gold Standard 100% whey nutrient profile per 32 grams of powder.
- 120 calories
- 24 grams of protein
- 3 grams of carbohydrates
- 1 gram of fat
I do two scoops of powder a day and this works out perfectly for me. I’m able to accurately reach my calorie goals. The low amounts of fats and carbs allows for more flexibility within my diet.
5. Does It Work?
Depends on your goals. Do you plan on sitting around doing nothing and eating like crap? or are you more in tune with proper training and dieting?
Remember what we talked about before, supplements are just that supplements. You have to first master eating and training right consistently.
Using this protein I’m able to meet my calorie goals and feed my muscles enough protein in order for them to grow. The best part is I don’t have to force myself to chug it down or break the bank.
Simply put this stuff is excellent for supplementing your diet. It has a great taste and mixes well with water or milk. The cost per serving is reasonable and there are no shady ingredients in it. The macronutrient profile is ideal having low amounts of carbs and fats. Used correctly I’m confident this product can help you build muscle.