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Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard 2 Lbs 29 Servings!
By far one of the best-selling, tasting & reviewed proteins on the market; Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey lives up to the label claim on both taste & quality! With Whey Protein Isolates as the main source of protein you know just what you are getting when you buy ON Whey Protein. With all of the benefits from Whey Protein Isolates with none of the drawbacks of other proteins like fat, cholesterol, & lactose! Enjoy the best tasting protein at discount prices! This 2 Pound Size with 29 Servings will sure to fulfill your monthly protein requirements with amazing flavors!
- Whey Protein Isolate
- High Pure Protein Percentage
- HydroWhey Peptides-Fastest Whey Protein
- Whey Protein Microfractions
- 5 grams of Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)
- Over 4 grams of Glutamine
- Easily Mixed No Clumps or Grit
- 29 Servings
- 24g of Protein Per Serving
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Reviews
Tastes great and mixes easily with a spoon. A lot of protein without all the fat and cholesterol.
This product seems to be worth its weight in gold. I take it three times a day and mostly love the fact that it has Glutamine in it s my muscles stay nicely fed... Wheather mixed with water or milk it still taste good. Although the name"double rich choc." doesn't quite suit it. It's a bit weak in the choc. flavor dept. but is overall the best protein Ive taken for the price--- No more GNC proteins, Id rather get more for my $$$$.
This Protein unlike most others actually dissolves into your shakes. much nicer than others
Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Peptides), Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Fructose, Lecithin, Natural Flavor
Try to consume 1g of Protein per Pound of Goal Bodyweight per Day. Do not use as sole source of nutrition!
Q: Are there any side effects?
A: There are 2 cases where on would want to avoid Gold Standard Whey due to side effect(s).
1) If are allergic to whey. Please note bovine milk allergy which includes both whey and casein proteins only affects ~0.1–0.5% of the adult population
2) If you are lactose intolerant there is a small amount of lactose in Gold Standard whey in which case you can choose a whey protein isolate where the lactose is filtered out.
For more info on whey we have a video covering it in depth. Whey Protein Isolate vs. Concentrate vs. Hydrolysate //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4jknqocpjQ
Q: When should I use it?
A: Gold Standard whey can be used anytime you need protein. Since whey protein is easily digested and provides a great, BCAA rich amino acid profile many use it around workouts (shortly before and/or after).
Q: What does it do?
A: First and foremost whey protein is one of the best proteins available for building muscle. It is the very rich in muscle building BCAAs (~24%). In addition to the great amino acid profile whey is also anti-carcinogenic, immune enhancing, and anti-microbial.
Q: How do I mix it? What can I mix it with?
A: There are a few ways you can mix Optimum Nutrition 100% Gold Standard Whey and you can mix it in water, almond milk, or milk depending upon your preference in terms of taste, texture, and desired calorie content (milk and almond milk add calories). Also it can be mixed in a smoothie w/ your favorite fruit and/or vegetable. How much liquid you use is based on your texture preference. It can be mixed with a spoon in a glass or a shaker cup.
Q: How much should I take?
A: For individuals looking to build/maintain muscle shoot for 0.85-1.25g of protein per pound of goal bodyweight (1.87-2.75g protein/kg/goal bodyweight). Please note this includes protein intake from other sources in addition to ON Gold Standard Whey. For instance if one’s goal bodyweight is 175 lbs (80kg) and one is getting 120g from other sources then one would want 55g from whey protein to reach aforementioned goals.
Q: How many scoops per bottle?
A: This varies based on the size and slightly by flavor. On average the scoops (servings) per bottles are as follows and have 24g of protein
- 2 lbs - 29 Servings (scoops)
- 5 lbs - 77 Servings (scoops)
- 10 lbs - 154 Servings (scoops)
Q: How many calories per serving?
A: This varies slightly by flavor. Please find the calorie content for each flavor of Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein powder below. Also please note not all of these flavors are available in the 10 lbs size.
- Banana Cream 120 calories
- Caramel Toffee Fudge 130 calories
- Chocolate 120 calories
- Chocolate Malt 120 calories
- Chocolate 120 Mint calories
- Cookies & Cream 120 calories
- Extreme Milk Chocolate 130 calories
- French Vanilla Crème 130 calories
- Mocha Cappuccino 130 calories
- Rocky Road 120 calories
- Strawberry 110 calories
- Tropical Punch 120 calories
- Vanilla 120 calories
Q: Will it make me fat?
A: Whether or not one gains weight is based on total caloric intake relative to activity level. If your caloric intake exceeds the number calories burned then you gain weight. All of that being said a protein powder w/ very little carbohydrates and fat is not likely to make one fat. This is for 2 reasons first protein has the highest Thermic Effect of Food (TEF) amongst the three macronutrients. This means that after digestion one only gets ~75% of the calories from protein or 3/4 of calories per gram. Second protein is also the most filling macronutrient so the odds if it being the big contributor to a caloric surplus is minimal.
Q: Will it help me gain weight?
A: Yes however it is generally not thought of as a weight gainer due it being low in carbohydrates and fat. That being said if your caloric intake from other sources is high this can certainly be part of a weight gaining diet.
Q: What is the best flavor?
A: Based on sales data the chocolate is the best seller. For those looking to make fruit smoothies we recommend vanilla.
Q: Is it Gluten free?
A: According to Optimum Nutrition the only flavor that does contain gluten is the Gold Standard Cookies n' Cream flavor as the cookie pieces contain gluten. In regards to other flavors
they state that they do not add gluten to Gold Standard Whey. That being said they cannot
say with 100% certainty that all of the other flavors are gluten-free. Optimum Nutrition uses
the same equipment to make products with and without gluten. Please note Optimum Nutrition cleans the equipment in-between runs however trace amounts of gluten may remain.
Q: Is it Lactose free?
A: ON Gold Standard whey is not 100% lactose free, however it is low in lactose. Also ON adds lactase to it which is the enzyme that breaks down lactose.
Q: Does it have caffeine?
A: Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein is caffeine free.
Q: Is it from plants or animals?
A: The protein in Gold Standard is whey protein. Whey protein is one of the two proteins in mammalian milk. In this case it is from bovine milk. Therefore if one is a vegan ON Gold Standard Whey is not suitable as it is an animal sourced product. This is a good supplement for Lacto-vegetarians.
Q: Does it contain any artificial ingredients/sweeteners/flavors?
A: There are two versions of ON Gold Standard Whey. The Natural 100% Whey Gold Standard version contains no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors. It is sweetened with evaporated cane juice powder, natural flavors, and stevia (rebaudioside A). The original version is sweetened w/ natural & artificial flavors, and acesulfame potassium.
Q: Does it contain Aspartame?
Q: Is it Kosher?
Q: Is this Vegan/Vegetarian friendly?
A: No animals are slaughtered to get whey protein as it is from bovine milk. It is an animal based protein so it is not in line with a vegan diet. For vegetarians it depends whether or not one is a lacto-vegetarian or not.
Q: Can this help with weight loss?
A: In the context of a caloric deficit Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein can help with weight loss. In fact research demonstrates that nutrient dense; protein rich diets are superior for bone health, muscle growth, maintaining muscle tissue, and fat loss. In addition to being essential protein is the most satiating macronutrient with the highest thermic effect so it makes dieting easier and more effective.
Q: How many servings should I take per day?
A: Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Protein can be used to supplement one’s protein needs. The more protein on gets in from other sources the less servings one will need from Gold Standard Whey. Also one’s bodyweight will determine how much protein they need per day.
Q: Does it come with a scooper?
A: Yes there is a scooper in each container.
Q: Can women take this or is it just for men?
A: ON Gold Standard whey is not gender specific so both men and women can use it.
Q: What flavors does it come in?
- Banana Cream available in 2 & 5 lbs
- Caramel Toffee Fudge available in 2 & 5 lbs
- Chocolate available in 2, 5, & 10 lbs
- Chocolate Malt available in 2 & 5 lbs
- Chocolate available in 2, 5, & 10 lbs
- Cookies & Cream available in 2 & 5 lbs
- Extreme Milk Chocolate available in 2 & 5 lbs
- French Vanilla Crème available in 2 & 5 lbs
- Mocha Cappuccino available in 2 & 5 lbs
- Rocky Road available in 2 & 5 lbs
- Strawberry available in 2, 5, & 10 lbs
- Tropical Punch available in 2 & 5 lbs
- Vanilla available in 2, 5, & 10 lbs
Allergen Information: contains milk and soy (lecithin) ingredients.
A very tolerable whey blend that you can use long term review by Bubb on 8/29/2016
This is one of the better values for what you get on the market when it comes to whey protein. Protein is an essential dietary supplement when you're recovering from any workout. The nice thing about this blend is that with lecithin, which makes everything quite smooth, however this is a soy element, which some people may not find very favorable. The more tasty and enjoyable the whey blend, the better, because you are more likely to stick with it. If you can't afford plant-based blends, I would definitely say that this brand of whey is a go-to for dietary supplementation of protein.
Mixes and tastes great review by Nathan on 8/7/2016
My go to whey protein. I choose this brand because of their attention to quality ingredients, and of course the great taste. Extreme chocolate milk is my favorite flavor and it tastes great with water, milk, almond milk, anything I’ve tried with it really. It mixes very well and does not foam up like some of the other protein shakes. I have two shakes per day, and along with protein sources from solid foods, the macros help me get in all the protein I need. The BCAAs and glutamine are of course a great added benefit. Highly recommended and have not tried a bad flavor yet!
Great strawberry flavor review by StenDA on 12/28/2015
Got the strawberry flavor for Christmas for Christmas. Taste great and sweat not really a real strawberry flavor, but in a sense even better. Mix it with water or milk and it taste good regardless. Mixes well with both. Saw good strength gains while consuming this powder. A protein powder always supplements a diet where muscle building is the goal. This protein powder has complete protein with a good biological value and is thus well utilized by the body. ON's Gold Standard is good when it comes to quality. As with most protein powders there are some artificial ingredients in here. Artificial sweeteners for one is a double edged sword because it helps limit calories, but can confuse the body and irritate it. I myself has never had any issues with sweeteners, but some are more sensitive than others. All in all a good product which would be a product I could recommend.
My favorite review by Lori on 12/14/2015
I'll start out buy saying that im currently using this product and dont plan on changing to another whey anytime soon. The mixability is awesome, ive had no problems in any of the tubs i've bought. The taste is great, i usually do the chocolate, which is the best ive ever tried. I use this product to build muscle and to make gains in the gym. In which i have accomplished both. So overall, i recommend Optimum Nutrition whey to anyone who is serious about working out and making gains.
Awesome product review by Timothy on 12/5/2015
First, i will start by saying that this product mixed very well. Secondly the taste is very good. I recommend the chocolate. Overall i chose this product to help me build muscle and make gains in the weightroom. In which it did both. I highly recommend this product to anyone trying to find a good whey protein.
Great Protien review by Irving on 7/12/2015
I feel like almost everyone has at least tried or has taken Why Protien Gold Standard. This was one of my buddies favorite protein and quickly got me hooked on it. The mixability is good and the chocolate, chocolate mint, and cappuccino are great tasting flavors. This is great quality protein for the price. I truly felt that it deff helped me put on size and keep gains with a balanced diet.
Good protein review by Maggie on 7/10/2015
I think Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey is a great product. It's reasonably priced (especially when you go for the bigger tubs), tastes great, mixes perfectly with just a spoon, and has a good macronutrient profile. I've only tried the Mocha Cappuccino and Cake Donut flavors so far, but I've been very impressed with both. A lot of protein powders don't taste like what their flavors claim to be, but that hasn't been the case with the two I've tried. The Mocha Cappuccino tastes just like a coffee house drink and is even better with some instant coffee granules blended in. You'll probably want to use a blender for that though to break up the granules. The cake donut also tastes just like a cake donut. I was very impressed. I would definitely recommend this product and look forward to trying out the other flavors.
Great Product review by Garrett on 4/29/2015
I originally bought this Whey Protein product because it was on sale, but I haven't used anything since. The stuff works. It tastes great, (I use chocolate), it mixes well and easily, and its heavy enough to make you feel full, but not too heavy as to make you waste the rest of your day. Great product, worth a try for sure.
Amazing! review by Kaitlin on 4/1/2015
This product is not only delicious, but it's well priced! I just got the cookies and cream and it's sooo good! I like the double chocolate and vanilla as well. I find it tastes best with almond milk rather than water. It's a staple in our stacks for me and my husband!
Reputable company review by Mike on 3/1/2015
It is good to be cautious when buying protein powders as many have been caught overstating their protein contents. ON is a reputable company however, and it is pretty safe to trust them. The flavours of their Whey are decent (nothing special, but no complaints), and it is a great way to increase your protein count. Do yourself a favour though and use it for what it is, a supplement to achieve your target protein levels for the day. Just randomly having it after a workout is out of context and a waste of money.
Get on it and be informed.
great quality and taste review by Hannah on 1/13/2015
I love this protein. Great tasting great quality and the best bang for your buck!. Love to cook with this protein as it mixes well and doesn't clump.
Great for lifters review by Brett on 12/13/2014
Whey Protein Gold works fine for all around lifters. Not something that should be taken here and there for best results get the 5lbs so u don't run out so quickly. One problem is the prices for these like this should be normal priced for about $15.00 per lbs not over $25.00.
Average review by Peyton on 12/13/2014
Overall, this is just an average protein. Because it's Optimum brand, it will be very popular, but it's just not that great. I always used this when I was younger because it was the only one I knew, but there are so many better ones out there. This doesn't even have a very good taste. If you take it with water, it's not good. The price is just ok.
Great brand review by Michael on 11/8/2014
Lately there have been various issues with protein companies claiming higher percentages of protein and underdelivering. When you are trying to make your macro targets this can be incredibly infuriating, so choosing a reputable brand name can often be very worth while.
Optimum is a reputable brand. The protein is an isolate/concentrate blend, and it is quite thin, but they have such a good variety of flavours and you can rest assured that you are getting what you have paid for.
Average review by Peyton on 11/5/2014
Overall, Optimum Whey Gold is just an average protein. I used it a lot when first starting to work out, but I learned that it is not the best. It's not very thick, so there are definitely better tasting proteins out there. I used it right after working out. It's ok, but you can find cheaper, better proteins out there and definitely ones that taste better.
OK review by Peyton on 10/8/2014
Overall, Optimum is just ok. It's a decent protein, but it's a little pricey for only 2 pounds. Also, I'm not a big fan of the Optimum Whey taste. There are definitely better options out there.
Great product review by Jules on 7/30/2014
This is a awesome protein shake, it works very well, shows results, taste great , has delicious flavours, mixes super well and doesn't have any clumps or stuff when drinking. This is definitely one of the best protein powders in the current market.
AMAZING PROTEIN POWDER review by Alex on 6/23/2014
I just tried the cookies and cream flavor whey for the first time and let me tell you that it is the best tasting protein powder that I have ever had. It has unbelievable macros and mixes with water for great consistency and taste. Also, it mixes great in pro-yo. No doubt the best protein powder that I have ever had.
Great Whey review by EJ on 6/3/2014
Great overall whey protein. Mixes very quickly with no clumps. Vanilla has a very mild taste and can be easily mixed into foods like oatmeal and yogurt. Comes from a reputable company
Good protein review by Lance on 5/18/2014
This is the first protein I've tried that tasted good with water. Taste is enhanced when mixed with skim milk. I enjoyed the Cookies and Creme flavor and will be getting a chocolate one for next time.
The standard by which I measure all other Protein Powders. review by Christopher on 3/22/2014
I am not gonna lie, this was the first protein powder I had ever sampled or bought. I got a tub on reserve right now. If your looking for a Great powder from an awesome company, without it being questionably cheap, go with the gold standard. If I could pick one Protein Powder as my favorite, its this one. Stop thinking about it and get it. I promise you won't be disappointed. So go and get those gains!
Good Product! review by Moses on 11/6/2013
Saw great results from whey protein gold. I been a fan for a year now and will continue to buy. Quality Products!
Review of Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Protein Gold 2 Lbs review by Dp on 10/6/2011
Whey Protein Gold is Great review by Lauren on 8/18/2011
I like the thickness of the Oats & Whey better but this product is great, love it!
Optimum Nutrition Whey is the Best Bang for the Buck review by Michael on 8/9/2011
I have tried many different proteins from different companies and I like this one the most. ON gives you the best bang for your buck and these days I think thats what we are all looking for. I got the chocolate flavor and it tastes great and mixes pretty easy (I use a shaker with the little ball in it). I have not tried any other flavor but I have heard they are good as well. 24 grams of protein per scoop is great, and the scoops are not huge either. I'm looking forward to buying this stuff again!
Great Value & Product review by Raymond R on 7/19/2011
Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Protein Gold is a great product and a great value. Taste is pretty good. (had better, but had much worse). mostly whey isolate which is good plus bcaa's included.