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Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Protein Review

Are you really a true body-builder if you haven't tried the Gold Standard? Legit, this is every classic body-builders go-to when it comes to a straight up, in your face protein that gets the job done. But to be honest, throughout the many years since Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey came into existence, there have been many other high level competitors for a solid, do-it-all protein powder. The real question is, does it still stand up to the competition?

Taste - 6/10 Vanilla Ice Cream

I don't think Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey has ever been known for its incredible flavor. I think my problem with the taste of this protein powder is that at the end of the day, there are just so many different and much better options. We live in a time where so many companies have honed in on some great flavored proteins that don't have that gross protein aftertaste. To be honest, Gold Standard Whey Protein is not horrible tasting by any means. When you first taste it, you probably will actually think it tastes quite good. The problem is, after the fifth, sixth, or tenth shake that you have, that flavor will start to get old real quick, and that gross protein aftertaste will start to kick you in the tuckus. I give it a soft 6/10.


Ingredients - 5/10

I mean, there isn't anything too funky or weird in it... This protein powder is about as basic and straight to the point as it can get, which is honestly the reason that so many body-builders are in love with the product. You want straight up whey protein with all killer no filler? Here is your best bet. For me though, I just don't think it competes with a lot of other products on the market. And this is just me being real with you. I like to see some effort go into a protein powder, it makes it a little bit more appealing to the buyer. Another issue that I have with the ingredients is that they use a protein blend, which consists of a mix between whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, and whey peptides. I'd rather see it solely consisting of whey protein isolate, the cleanest form of whey protein.

One addition to this protein that I am actually a fan of is 5.5 grams of Bcaa's. I am not a firm believer in buying a supplement solely to give you bcaa's, like a powder. But, when it is included in a product like this protein powder, in my mind it is definitely a plus.

Nutrition - 9/10

If you are someone who is only concerned with counting macros and having a protein powder that can easily fit into your day to day nutrition, look no further. The macronutrient profile per serving of Gold Standard Whey Protein is absolutely fantastic. First of all, it contains a total of 24 grams of protein per scoop, a major benefit. Also, with that 24 grams of protein, you are only taking in 1 gram of fat and 2 grams of carbohydrates. These are amazingly good numbers, and to be honest may be able to get you to look past the ingredients, simply because the macros are so great.


Mixability - 8/10

Occasionally I'll get a chunk of some gunk here and there, but for the most part as long as I am sure to use the correct amount of fluid with each serving, it mixes very well and is also very forgiving.


Value - 9/10

So, I know what I said about the taste and the ingredients found in this protein. But to be honest, you really can't beat the price of this protein powder at the end of the day. If you are looking for a straight up protein with really nothing else to offer, at this price I really think you should consider grabbing a tub and trying it out. For a full 5 pound tub of Gold Standard, it is priced at $60 which brings it to about 81 cents per serving! That is a spot on price, and for a company that has been doing this for a long time, I think Gold Standard could be a good go-to if you aren't concerned about your protein doing anything else for you except raising your protein intake for muscle building.

Total - 7.4/10

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