The Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard, 5 Pounds is a very special supplement. For starters, it is very effective and efficient in terms of its high protein content per serving. It is one of the cheapest in the market, yet you are sure to get the best quality content for it. Moreover, there are a lot of flavours such as chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry to put your taste buds in a bliss.
But just how is this item a Gold Standard? This review enumerates highlights its best features, and at the same time, heavily emphasizes on some of its imperfections.
Though almost all protein shakes nowadays are expensive, this Optimum Nutrition product is pretty cheap compared to those in the market.
However, while choosing your preferred flavour, be wary of a few dollar differences in the price. It’s not that much of a dissimilarity, but if you are in a very tight budget, then you might want to check the price twice before purchasing it.Priced at just $57.99 in Amazon, a five-pound version of this product gives much value to your money.
By the way, the five pound tub I purchased lasted around three to four months. So I say, that is really a great deal, for someone who intakes protein shakes on a daily basis.
There a few things to keep in mind when choosing the right protein shake for you.
First is the protein content. Every serving of this item has at least 24 grams of protein. That is a lot! I am actually surprised about that number, because other brands in the business offer less than these amounts.
Also, the carbohydrate content of this product is pretty low. That is impressive. Of course, this is for someone who wants to shred off fat from their body and replace it with toned muscles.
Again, this protein shake busted some myths for me. The other shakes I tried before were inferior in terms of how they mix with water and/or milk. This item, however, just does its mixing job so well. It dissolves easily. There were no particles floating above the liquid, and there were only few bits of chalk that settled at the bottom of my glass.
Most protein shakes taste like chemicals, too. But Optimum Nutrition has tried so hard to innovate on that, thus an array of yummy flavours are available.
However, the last item I bought seemed like it had a new formula. Or maybe, it is from a bad batch of items. It just tasted different. It doesn’t seem very much like Cookies and Cream flavour I loved from the brand. I haven’t contacted the manufacturer about it though, because I was too busy.
Anyway, it tastes better with soy milk rather than just water, so maybe that’s just the problem.
Also, another thing that I noticed about my new purchase is that the sodium content was doubled from what my empty tubs had. It does not concern me very much, but some people on a low sodium diet should be made aware about this by the advertising of the manufacturer.
Moreover, the product also contains an artificial sweetener, Sucralose, which is not explicitly stated on the advertising, again. The product claims that they keep the artificial sweetener content at minimum. Again, not so much my concern, but some super health consumers out there must ought to know.
Other than the quite deceptive advertising and marketing, this protein shake’s game is still a few notches higher than the other ones that’s been around for some time.
Type of Protein 4.5/5
The type of protein used for this mixture is 100% whey. The whey that is present in this item is actually whey blend. A blend is a balanced mixture between whey isolate and whey concentrate. And while most people choose only the former as an ingredient of their protein supplement, it is more recommended by professionals to use a blend.
In fact, whey isolate is mostly just helpful for the lactose intolerant and the professional athletes. Whey isolate is also more expensive than whey blend.
Whey blend mixtures may add an extra gram of fat in your diet, but you can burn this little amount effortlessly. It is just as effective as the isolate. Moreover, a lone whey blend mixture in your product is more ideal than a mixture of other protein sources like egg and casein. It is because the body can easily absorb this kind of protein supplement more than other protein sources.
It is Glanbia, owner of Optimum Nutrition, who manufactures this label of protein. This means that you can be sure that the product is directly from a trusted manufacturer of protein sources. Moreover, you can be so sure that the protein that you can receive from this item for consumption is grade A.
I am the typical normal looking body type girl, but I cannot deny that I have some unwanted fat in some parts of my body such as the arms and stomach. I first started using this merchandise around a year ago, and I can say that it has worked wonders.
Of course, coupled with a great exercise and body building plain, this protein shake is like a dynamo to me. I have been doing weights regularly at home, but at least once a week in the gym. This whey protein has helped me in terms of recovery time, energy levels, and of course it enables muscle development.
I personally am not a fan of weighing myself as often, so the mirror is my best friend. By three months use of this supplement, I can say that my arms looked more toned. By six months, my abdomen area looked like it could grow some abs! And of course I had anticipated it, and worked hard for it, here I am, healthy, with a great body. I’ve been getting a lot of compliments recently.
- Whey protein blend works wonders.
- Tastes great.
- Incredible carb and fat, and protein content levels.
- Mixes well.
- Very cheap price.
- Has artificial sweeteners.
- May be too bland for some.
- High sodium content.
Overall Rating: 4.6/5
Optimum Nutrition’s 100% Whey Gold Standard in 5 pounds puts much value to your money. It is very effective. It mixes well with water, and has an impressive protein content level. The artificial flavours problem is just at minimum.
Whether you are bulking up or shredding some pounds, this whey protein shake is a great supplements to guide your way to fitness.