When buying whey protein, there are several factors that indicate how good it is. Some of the things I look for are sugar contents, amount of protein per serving, calories, and of course taste. One of the biggest names in whey protein vendors is Optimum Nutrition. I’m going to review their Gold Standard Whey Protein.

The first thing that attracted me to this whey protein was the brand name. I had previously bought my whey protein from a department store and it was not a brand name.

Nutrition Whey Protein

I don’t know if it’s in my head, but I believed that I received less results from that than the optimum nutrition brand. I bought a 2 pound tub from the Vitamin Shoppe on sale and only paid a little more than department store whey. Therefore, the first pro of this brand is the price.

I began looking at what made up the protein. Inside each serving, there are 24 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of BCAAs, and 4g of Glutamine and Precursors. All of these things help build muscle in various ways.

The amount of protein and other growth factors per serving was phenomenal compared to other brands of protein that I tried. Optimum Nutrition boasts that their protein is the standard by which other Whey Proteins are measured. I must say that I agree.

I then looked at the sugar content. My friend had told me that sometimes the best proteins have too much sugar, which can be detrimental. I was happy to see that Gold Standard had only 1 gram of sugar per serving. I looked at the caloric value and saw that it was well in my range, only 120 calories per serving.


To finish off this review, I’ll write about the taste. I got the Vanilla ice cream flavored tub and I must say that it’s pretty good. Even though it doesn’t taste exactly like vanilla ice cream, it doesn’t taste bad either.

The shake smells appetizing and even if it is lumpy, it still tastes good. All in all, if you’re looking for Whey protein to help your workouts, I highly recommend Gold Standard Whey Protein by Optimum Nutrition.


When she’s not pretending to be important at her day job, Weetabix rides the prairies of Wisconsin on her trusty steed, Nickles, with her constant companion, a Pekin duck named Lucien. Together, the threesome fights crime and also solves mysteries, while educating the women of this fine land in the importance of appropriate foundation garments. She also has a personal online journal called That’s My Bix, contributes to an American Idol live blog, a half-hearted culinary companion blog, and a size-acceptance blog. You can also hear her dulcet voice on a podcast called 3 Fast 3 Furious. Weetabix’s hobbies include making peanut butter and bananas sandwiches and wearing warm socks.