The Optimum Nutrition award winning protein powder Gold Standard Whey has been around for a long time in supplement shops in Australia and of course, in the USA too.
Gold Standard 100% Whey is also called a few other names if you are looking to buy it when you go to your local protein shop.
I’ve heard it being called ON Gold Standard, Gold Standard Whey, 100% Whey or just called plain old “Can I buy a bag of Optimum please” as well.
Its name depends where you are shopping and the group you’re hanging around with for your supplements.
Gold Standard Whey protein will give you 24 grams of protein per serve.
WPI is listed as the first ingredient on the label and makes up a protein blend of WPI Whey Protein Isolate, WPC Whey Protein Concentrate and Whey Peptides.
This protein blend has also been instantised which means it will mix easily in your protein shaker or if you don’t have a shaker it will mix with a spoon too.
Who makes Gold Standard 100% Whey?
Here is some more information about Optimum Nutrition, ON are the company that makes Gold Standard 100% Whey.
Who are Glanbia?
Glanbia is a worldwide nutritional and cheese ingredients group.
The history of Optimum Nutrition traces way back to 1986, so they are a supplement company that has been producing great products for a long time.
Optimum Nutrition has gone through many transitions and owners too but they still strive to provide affordable, distinctive, premium quality protein supplements.
All of these points above while keeping up to date with customer needs and also the market needs too.
If you look below you will see some of the main features of this whey protein and also some of the benefits you may get if you’re using Gold Standard 100% Whey protein too.
This includes when to use Gold Standard Whey , Gold Standards ingredients, its flavours, the different sizes and also where to buy Gold Standard Whey if you want to purchase this protein powder.
Features and Benefits of Gold Standard 100% Whey
Here are some of the key features and the potential benefits you may get if you choose to use or are using Gold Standard 100% Whey.
- Higher Pure Protein Percentage
- Five different sizes including the Gold Standard Whey Bag
- WPI Whey Protein Isolate as the main ingredient
- Ultra Filtered WPC Whey Protein Concentrate as the second protein ingredient
- Contains Whey Peptides
- Filled with Whey Protein Microfractions
- Good for helping to promote muscle building
- Gold Standard is a mark of protein quality
- Lots of great flavours
- Well over 4gm of Glutamine and Glutamic Acid each serve
- Fast acting Hydrowhey Whey Peptides in protein blend
- Good for helping with weight loss
- More than 5 grams of BCAA naturally occurring in each serve
- Instantised so you can mix powder with a spoon
- Helps with muscle recovery
- Assist with immune support
- 78% protein content
- Contains fast acting HydroWhey proteins
When do you drink Gold Standard Whey?
Like with other protein powders currently in the market, Gold Standard Whey is no different when it comes to choosing when to take (or drink) it.
The best times to drink your Gold Standard Whey protein shake would be in between your meals and also after you train.
In saying this you can also use a Gold Standard Whey protein powder to boost the protein in your meals throughout the day too.
So you still get most of your protein in your meals with your food, but you can add in your protein shake to increase your daily protein intake if you need.
Also, if you need it, you can use Gold Standard as a quick and easy final meal (or protein shake) just before you go to bed.
But if you want to keep it simple, just use Gold Standard Whey in between your meals and after your training.
The after gym, after training or after sports protein shake is probably the most important protein shake of the day when it comes to helping your recovery.
Here’s a bit of motivation for you, straight from the Optimum Nutrition YouTube channel.
How to make a Gold Standard Whey protein shake
The questions I have been asked about how to make a Gold Standard shake are, how many scoops of Gold Standard Whey do I need, how much Gold Standard Whey do I need and how do I drink Gold Standard Whey?
And although these by themselves are great questions there are recommended serving sizes and daily servings on the proteins nutritional panel.
To make a single ON Gold Standard protein shake you just put 1 serve (or 1 scoop) of 30 grams into your protein shaker and that is the recommended dose.
The next step is to add around 200ml of water or your liquid of choice into the shaker cup.
Shake it up until the protein powder is all mixed through and drink, it’s that easy!
Now depending on your goals and your weight you may need a bit more than the standard dose of one serve of this protein powder.
So you’ll have to do the math yourself and try a few things out to see how many scoops per shake and how many shakes a day too.
Nutrition Facts Gold Standard 100% Whey
Serves per Container 4.5kg : 145
Serving Size 30g
Per Serve 30g | Per 100g
Energy 502kJ 120Cal 1652kJ 395Cal
Protein 24g 79g
Fat – Total 1g 3.3g
– Saturated 0.5g 1.6g
Carbohydrate – Total 3g 9.9g
– Sugar 1g 3.3g
Sodium 130mg 428mg
Gold Standard Whey Ingredients
Here is the ingredient list for you for Gold Standard 100% Whey.
As you can see the protein blend is kept pretty simple (but it’s still effective), so the game changer advantage this award winning protein has over many of its competitors, is not only its protein content, it’s the flavour too.
Optimum Nutrition (ON) has done a greta job over the years keeping the flavours consistent and also great tasting too!
Gold Standard Whey Ingredients
Gold Standard Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Peptides), Lecithin, Cocoa Powder, Flavours, Acesulfame Potassium.
What flavours does it come in?
Gold Standard Whey comes in many, many different flavours for you.
Possibly the most different flavour choices for any protein powder being currently sold and a this is great news for us.
If you rate this protein powder like so many others, you can just swap between flavours each month and never get bored!
Here they are the flavours for you in alphabetical order, this is so I don’t seem too bias putting the delicious chocolate, vanilla and salted caramel flavours at the top.
- Banana Cream
- Caramel Toffee Fudge
- Chocolate Malt
- Chocolate Mint
- Cookies and Cream
- Double Rich Chocolate
- Extreme Milk Chocolate
- French Vanilla Crème
- Mocha Cappuccino
- Rocky Road
- Salted Caramel
- Strawberry Banana
- Tropical Punch
- Vanilla Ice Cream
From personal experience the Double Rich Chocolate and the Extreme Milk Chocolate are by far the most popular flavours in the Gold Standard Whey protein powder from the list of flavours above.
What are the sizes?
There are also many different sizes of Gold Standard but only a few of them are available here in Australia.
They come in 1lb (1 Pound), 2lb (2 Pound), 3lb (3 Pound), 5lb (5 Pound) and 10lb (10 Pound) but here the most popular sizes are usually get the 5lb or 2.27kg and the 10lb or the 4.5kg size.
Although there are supplement stores that have the smaller sizes available too sometimes.
Where can I buy Gold Standard Whey?
Gold Standard 100% Whey by Optimum Nutrition (ON) can be bought from many different places.
This means you can buy your Gold Standard Whey online, or go to your local protein shop.
ON is a very popular brand these days and so you can find it in most of the protein shops.
If you have a local Supplement Store, Health Food Shop or Pharmacy / Chemist that do stock a range of protein powders, there is a fair chance they will have Optimum Gold Standard Whey or be able to get this protein powder in for you to purchase.
So there you have it, a great review of Gold Standard 100% Whey by Optimum Nutrition for you.
Remember to have a look for the other Optimum Nutrition supplements here at Protein Guy and also keep an eye out for any new ON supplements I’ll be adding as there range is huge!