Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard
|Product Name:||Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard|
|Cost per 100g of Actual Protein:||$3.38|
|Claimed Protein per serving:||24g|
|Actual Protein per serving:||23.2g|
|No. of Servings:||75 servings|
|Calories per serving:||120 calories|
|Carbs (sugar) per serving:||3g (1g)|
|Fats per serving:||1g|
Protein Type and Content
Right off the bat, we see that this product is a blend between whey concentrate and isolate, which means a higher price point (for reference, our #1 pick, EAS 100% Whey Protein, is 100% whey concentrate) but would make it a more ideal choice for those who might have digestibility issues with a pure concentrate.
Optimum Nutrition is also a trusted brand, and independent tests have found little to no evidence of protein spiking in its products.
Other Nutritional Information
Its calorie count of 120 calories per serving puts it at about the average for most whey protein brands, and so does it total fat, carbs, and sugar content. One serving also contains over 5g of added BCAAs, which is good although minor, plus point. Overall in terms of ingredients, this contains one of the best value for money products on the market out there. Truly, a ‘gold standard’.
Taste and Mixability
Moving on to flavor and mixability. Personally, this was our first whey protein brand that we tried and one thing we certainly were not blown away by was the taste! While it definitely doesn’t taste bad, we would rate it at a mere ‘average to above average’. General consensus online is that the taste is good, but not great. We would recommend their chocolate flavors over the vanilla ones. Mixability on the other hand is another plus point for this product; the texture is good and it mixes well even in your free GNC shaker bottle.
Final Verdict: Great value for its high quality, practically an industry standard. Flavor can be lacking although it mixes well. Good choice for those who may have digestibility issues as a whey isolate/concentrate blend that leans more toward isolates. It is also one of the more (or even most) popular whey protein brands out there.