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Optimum Nutrition 100% Gold Whey Protein

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Optimum Nutrition 100% Gold Standard Whey

Serious Supplements 100% Gold Standard Whey Review

Whey Protein Isolates are 90% pure protein by weight. They are the purest and most expensive form of whey protein that exists. That's why they are the first ingredients you read on the 100% Gold Standard Whey label. By using Whey Protein Isolates as their primary protein source, Optimum Nutrition are able to pack 24 grams of the purest muscle-building protein per serving, with a lot less of the fat, cholesterol, lactose, and other stuff that you can do without. There’s no question this is the standard by which other whey proteins are measured.


The mix of protein types is great as far as we are concerned. The protein blend lists Whey Protein Isolate as the first ingredient. This is a great thing. Whey protein Isolate is in our opinion the best supplemental protein source we have at our disposal. Isolation is the result of a superior manufacturing process that removes most of the lactose and fat, thereby providing a final product with virtually pure protein as well as the significant growth and immune factors retained from the original milk. Isolates are the first choice for clinical and medical applications. Protein content is usually 90-93%, fat and carbohydrate content is in the range 0-1%, and the rest is moisture.

WPI comes with a host of overall health benefits and we are delighted that Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey turned to WPI as their majority whey. Some people may argue that hydrosolates maybe a superior form considering protein digestion/absorption rates. But realistically these play a minor role in body composition, so excessive amounts of hydrosolates and other sources really aren't necessary to make us happy.

As far as the carb content of 100% Gold Standard Whey, this is great. It gives you infinite flexibility for dieting or carb cycling (keto).



Smell plays a huge role in the sensory experience and enjoyment of food. For us, opening the lid of your protein powder should make you salivate. Without going into each individual flavours' smell we can assure you that all of the 100% Gold Standard Whey proteins smell fantastic.



This is a huge factor. Like most of our fans, SS staff like to use protein in a variety of different ways. As a shake with water, the mixability was incredible. As a shake with milk, the mixability is very good. When used in a blender with nuts, blueberries, oatmeal and a banana, the texture is outstanding.



All of the 100% Gold Standard Whey Flavours are delicious. Optimum Nutrition have really delivered here and have catered for a wide range of tastes.

From our experience, the most popular flavours are:

  • Choc Mint
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Double Rich Chocolate
  • Extreme Milk Chocolate
  • Delicious Strawberry

Our favourite 100% Gold Standard Whey Flavour?

Double Rich Chocolate:

Optimum Nutrition 100% Gold Standard Whey

What it tastes like:

Optimum Nutrition 100% Gold Standard Whey

Everyone loves chocolate, including us. The Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey is by far the best of them, especially when mixed with skim milk.

  • Packed with Whey Protein Isolates
  • Higher Pure Protein Percentage
  • Fast-Acting HYDROWHEY Whey Peptides
  • Provides Whey Protein Microfractions
  • More than 5 grams of BCAAs
  • Over 4 grams of Glutamine & Precursors
  • Instantized to Mix with a Spoon

Directions For Optimum 100% Whey Protein:  To encourage a positive nitrogen balance, consume approximately 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day from a combination of high protein foods and supplements. For even better results, consume your daily protein allotment over 4-6 small meals spread evenly throughout the day.

Try the Extreme Milk Chocolate and French Vanilla Creme. These are Optimum´s new Limited Edition Flavors.

Warnings: This product contains whey derived from dairy and lecithin (to improve mixability) derived from soybeans. For use as a dietary supplement only. Do not use for weight reduction.

Strength/power athletes should aim for 1.5 g/lb protein per day (again, this is about 3.3 g/kg). So for a 200 lb strength/power athlete, that’s 300 grams of protein per day. If you are dieting, then there is nothing unreasonable about consuming 3.5-4g per kg body weight, to take advantage of the Thermo-Gene effect (TEF).

A period of high protein intake should be followed by a period of lower protein intake to maintain the sensitivity of amino acids. Having no protein during the night will help to restore this, and periodic fasting (12-16 hours each day) will obviously have an even more significant effect. You may also choose to have a higher protein intake on training days, and less on the training-free days.

100% Whey Gold Standard Protein Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 1 Scoop (30.4g)
Servings per Container: 31

  Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 120  
Calories from Fat 15  
Total Fat 1.5g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Sugars 1g  
Protein 24g 48%
Sodium 80mg 3%
Potassium 250mg 7%
Calcium 170mg 17%
L-Leucine (BCAA) 2470mg  
L-Isoleucine (BCAA) 1520mg  
L-Valine (BCAA) 1440mg  
L-Lysine 2120mg  
L-Methionine 440mg  
L-Phenylalanine 670mg  
L-Threonine 1720mg  
L-Tryptophan 240mg  
L-Arginine 480mg  
L-Aspartic Acid 2490mg  
L-Cystine 440mg  
L-Glutamic Acid & Precursors 3870mg  
L-Glycine 530mg  
L-Histidine 400mg  
L-Proline 1540mg  
L-Serine 1240mg  
L-Tyrosine 590mg  

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
** Percent Daily Values not established.

OTHER INGREDIENTS:  Protein Blend(Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, and Whey Peptides), Cocoa, Natural Flavor, Lecithin, Acesulfame Potassium, Salt.

Key Performance Indicators (KPI) Comparison Tool

  Product Calories Per Serve Carbs Per Serve Cost Per Serve Number Of Servings Protein Per Serve Price
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Some variance may exist between the data presented in the KPI matrix and different flavours for the same product. This data should be used as a guide only.

For proprietary blend products, individual ingredient amounts are not available. In these scenarios, Yes or No is used for KPIs. Where possible Ingredient amounts are provided.
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