When it comes to selecting a protein powder, the choices available can sometimes be overwhelming. From the outside, it often appears as though the majority of supplements available all offer the same ingredients, but on looking a little closer, the differences with regards to consistency, goodness, mixability and flavourings can often be seen.
One protein powder in particular, which boasts award winning accolades and appears to stand head and shoulders above the rest is the ‘Gold Standard 100% Whey’ by supplement manufacturers Optimum Nutrition. Here at FitnessBeans we’ve decided to take a closer look at this particular product to see what makes it one of, if not the best protein powders around.
Whey protein isolates consist of 90% pure protein by weight, making them the purest and most expensive form of whey protein available on the market. Many manufacturers tend to utilise other forms of whey protein or this particular isolate to a lesser extent to reduce expenditure. With ‘Gold Standard 100% Whey’ the whey protein isolate is one of the main ingredients utilised to create this supplement. Now to the average individual, this may not mean a great deal, but basically, with each serving your body is receiving 24 grams of the best whey protein available whilst eliminating other unnecessary ingredients. These other undesirable ingredients, often used in cheaper supplements, include fats and cholesterols to name a few, which are kept to a minimum by Optimum Nutrition.
In addition to the 24 grams of whey protein isolate per single scoop, the following beneficial ingredients are also included:
In creating ‘Gold Standard 100% Whey’, Optimum Nutrition have managed to develop a protein powder which is hugely effective whilst still being able to highlight and eliminate the unnecessary ingredients often found in cheaper alternatives. What’s more is that there’s only 120 calories per serving.
So what does it taste like? Unlike other supplement manufacturers, Optimum Nutrition have gone a step further than to simply offer you the standard chocolate, strawberry, banana and vanilla flavourings and have developed 16 flavoursl. For those of you daring enough, other exotic flavours on offer also include tropical punch, orange and cappuccino to name just a few!
Speaking from personal experience, I cannot vouch for each and every flavour, and the thought of a cappuccino protein shake just doesn’t do it for me, but what I can say is that the flavours I have sampled have all been of a really high quality. What’s more, the protein powder mixes readily with either water or milk and doesn’t leave that unpleasant after taste in your mouth that some of the other protein powders available seem to do.
So there you have the essential facts of Optimum Nutrition’s ‘Gold Standard 100% Whey’ protein powder which, per single serving, offers 24 grams of whey protein isolate, whey peptides, BCAA’s and glutamine with the inclusion of only 120 calories. With the easy mixability and the 16 flavours available, there’s something to satisfy the taste buds of all individuals.
So if you’re looking for an award winning supplement which delivers everything that a protein powder should, this product is the only place to start.