Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% whey review

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard whey protein is one of the most popular and high-quality whey proteins consumed in the market. Also, adding to the trust and quality of the product, it is the top seller on the major e-commerce platforms like amazon. So that’s where our curiosity comes in and we check everything about this very minutely.

This product has three very important qualities quite rare in the supplements industry:

  • Great value for money
  • Quantities of components inside are the same as listed on the label(label accuracy)
  • High-quality and the right proportion of Macronutrients

Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein Facts

One whole scoop of ON whey protein gives you 24 grams protein, 1 gram sugar, 1 gram fat, and 3 grams of carbohydrates. The brand ON maintains its good track record with independent third party testers.

The tests show it to contain 21 to 22 grams of protein in one full scoop, which is a very valuable thing. This difference of 1 to 2 grams doesn’t matter in the industry. 

ON Gold Standard Whey Ingredients

The ingredients list for this very valuable product goes as(ingredients in its Double Rich Chocolate flavor):

  • Cocoa
  • Natural and artificial flavors
  • Lactase
  • The protein blend of whey protein concentrate, peptides, and isolate
  • Acesulfame potassium
  • Aminogen
  • Lecithin 

As you might know, out of the three kinds of whey protein available, isolate is the one having the maximum amount of protein content. The process of extracting the isolate protein makes it lose many of the essential ingredients that are helpful for improving health and immunity. While concentrate being the cheapest, has less protein and more fat but also contains good ingredients. The ingredients like peptides, CLA, and phospholipids improve overall health to a great extent.

Peptides, also known as “pre-digested”, absorbs very quickly in the body due to their broken form.

Well, every form of whey protein has its benefits and also its fair share of drawbacks.

Talking about other ingredients, lecithin improves mixability while Lactase makes it easier for the stomach to digest Lactose. Aminogen being the combination of many different enzymes reduces gas and helps in protein digestion.

The sweetener, acesulfame potassium is almost 200 times sweeter than sugar, but it doesn’t show any side effects in any reports or reviews.

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard

Gold Standard Whey Protein Benefits

As I said before, this is an all-around whey product made by the blend of each of the three types. And to solve some confusion, there is no “perfect” whey protein, each variant has its own purpose and benefits. Well, I should say that combining all three in one product is a very clever act on part of Optimum Nutrition.

As given in the name, it’s a whey protein, which means it contains high-quality whey; which in fact fulfills your need for Branched-Chain amino acids and glutamine too.

Aminogen and Lactase help improve your digestion and other enzymes help you make the best of your workout.

Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein Price

Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein comes in a number of packagings:

  • Two-pound tub (29 servings)  -$30 (4.31 cent per gram)
  • Five-pound tub (73 servings)  -$58 (3.31 cent per gram)
  • Ten-pound bag (146 servings)-$112 (3.2 cents per gram)

Taking a five-pound tub as the standard, our Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey comes at 3.31 cents per gram which is quite inexpensive when we compare it with:

  • BPI Sports’ Whey-HD                     = 3.6 cents per gram (5-pound tub)
  • Dymatize Elite                               = 6.24 cents per gram (5 pound tub)
  • JYM                                              = 4.49 cents per gram (4-pound tub)
  • Musclepharm’s Combat 100% Whey= 2.85 cents per gram (5-pound tub)
  • Cellucor Cor-Performance Whey      =3.57 cents per gram (5-pound tub)
  • GNC’s 100% Whey                         = 2.69 cents per gram(2-pound tub)
  • Isopure Zero Carb                          = 3.82 cents per gram (5-pound tub)


Availability of lecithin improves its mixability capability, it mixes very well with water or milk. Just take a scoop of Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% whey protein and mix it with water or milk in your shaker and enjoy.  


ON Whey Taste

Owing to the brand, the product comes in a proper lineup of 20 different flavors giving you a great variety of chocolates.

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Extreme Milk Chocolate
  • Rocky Road(Chocolate and Marshmallow)
  • Chocolate Malt 
  • Double Rich Chocolate
  • White Chocolate
  • Chocolate Coconut

While the most common and the standard flavor from ON is Double Rich Chocolate, it is quite decent in taste. Not very sweeter if you think from the word “Double” and neither very flavored.

If you want a very sweeter and creamier one, you can always go for the popular Extreme Milk Chocolate flavor.

While Cake Donut is also a very nice variant, it’s something you will get sick of after some time.

There is one thing to note that in the flavors with low-intensity chocolate, you might feel blandness when mixing it with water.

Final Takeaway

Well, I should say there is no reason why you should not go for this after getting this much pure value from such a reputable brand. Having no-frills, it’s the most inexpensive cost-effective whey you will get. They have all reasons to label their products as Gold Standard.

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