In this optimum nutrition whey review we will look at why this popular protein is one of the most top rated choices on the market for bodybuilders and workout enthusiasts. We are covering in particular the standard gold 100 whey protein powder that they make. We will look at the ingredients, where to buy it, what people like about it and if it is the right choice for you.
Protein powder is one of the most basic ingredients to any successful strength training or weight loss program. This means that you do not have to be a bodybuilder or serious athlete to be taking this as everyone should be taking some sort of protein supplement to aid in their daily nutritional needs.
Optimum nutrition has been on the market for a very long time and has developed a massive following of customers that love their product. It is a brand you can trust. Before we review the gold 100 why protein powder below if you are in a hurry you can check it out on amazon here. Otherwise, let’s march forward and look at it in detail now.
- 113 calories
- 23 grams of whey protein
- 5.5 grams of BCCAs (enzymes to break down the protein)
- 0.7 gram of sugar
- 1.1 gram of fat
- 4 grams of glutamine & precursors
- 1.8 grams of carbs (1.2 are sugar)
- 0.6g of fiber
- 30mg Cholesterol
- 74 mg Sodium
- 141 mg Calcium
- Contains MILK AND SOY (lecithin)
- May contain Gluten, Egg, Nuts and Peanuts.
Notes about the Ingredients:
BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine)
- Leucine – helps repair muscles, provide your body with energy and regulate your blood sugar.
- Isoleucine – increase endurance and help repair muscle. Really important for athletes who put there body through strenuous physical activity and need the quick turn around and recovery.
- Valine – works with the two above to promote growth and muscle repair. Also helps supply the muscles with extra glucose for more energy during intense exercise.
Gold 100 Whey Protein – is broken down into 3 different types which are whey protein isolate (WPI), whey protein concentrate, and whey peptides. WPI is known as the most purest protein at 90% and of the highest quality.
The ingredients are pure and not junk. Most of the protein supplements that you take will leave you bloat and with excess gas you do not need. I have never had any of those issues when I take it versus other ones where I’m, well farting and passing gas. Not a good thing when you are at work!
Gold Standard 100% Whey is meant compliment your current meal plan, which this means it is not mean to be solely a muscle gainer or meal replacement. Use it to get to your daily protein intake amount. It mixes up really fast and I do not find it clumping up at all after I’m done in my shaker.
With that said, you would want to add this to a sensible breakfast adding in the 120 calories to whatever else you are eating.
You would also want to use this for a pre-workout shake or post workout shake. It is very fast absorbing. I like to take it 30 minutes prior to the workout and within 30 minutes afterwards.
Taste and Texture
You can mix this with water and it tastes just fine. I sometimes use milk when I want to make it a bit thicker. When I use it for breakfast I actually add in milk and frozen fruit to it to give it enough calories so that it is my whole breakfast. I also do this when I’m wanting something sweet at night instead of grabbing some ice cream or something else that I really don’t need going to my love handles. 🙂
I personally like the double chocolate (it is a best seller) and vanilla. I’m a plain kind of a guy though. There are 20 flavors to choose from so you should be able to find something that you like personally. I keep mine basic because I like to mix other fruit in there or I like to use the protein powder in some of the things that I like to bake.
Pros & Cons
- Supports muscle repair and growth
- Great for pre or post workout
- 20 different flavors to choose from
- Low calories
- low sugar count and carb count
- Lots of flavors to choose from you might have to try a few in order to find the one you like.
- It can contain nuts, milk and eggs. so for some make sure you read the label if you are allergic to those.
When you look at ON’s website you will see that people just love it as well as on amazon. It’s pretty hard to beat a product like this that has been so successful for many years. The only complaints I saw was around the some of the flavors which is really a personal preference. I would start out basic with vanilla or double chocolate. You might be able to contact ON and ask for samples of some flavors you want to try first before ordering a big container.
Where To Buy It
The best place to buy it right now is on amazon. You’ll see it discounted at a great price right here. Otherwise you can order from ON’s website which is out of the UK. So, keep that in mind when you are thinking about shipping in the U.S. . You have the option of buying it in 1lb, 2lb, 5lb, 8lb or 10lb containers. The 1lb container of gold 100 whey protein is the way to go when trying out new flavors which is the cheapest of them all.
This is a great choice to help with muscle growth, recovery and a low calorie option to add to our regular meals where you don’t have to worry about adding a lot of calories or sugar to it to get the amount of protein you need. I would highly recommend this as the product just flat out works and tastes great.
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