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GNC Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein Review

Posted 3rd July 2015 by in



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32/ 100

by Mitchell
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Protein is a critical component of any workout for those looking to gain lean muscle and enjoy extra levels of energy. Unfortunately, choosing the right brand and flavour can be a bit tricky.

However, we have gone ahead and taken the guesswork out of this difficult process by providing you and accurate and comprehensive review of one of the most popular protein powders. We will be examining Optimum Nutrition Whey Gold Standard manufactured by GNC. Let’s have a quick look at how the rating went.

Whey Gold Standard at a Glance

This blend contains 90 per cent whey protein by weight. This equates to roughly 24 grams of protein per serving size of three scoops. This is then combined with more than four grams of glutamine and glutamic acid. A nominal five grams of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are also supplied. One container will last approximately 45 days.

Measuring Up?

The taste of any protein powder is an important concern. Unfortunately, Whey Gold Standard did not make the mark. It had a chalky composition; somehow a common feature in many powdered drinks sold by GNC. The flavour we chose was chocolate-peanut butter which made it almost too sweet for most tastes. Thus, drinking the solution was more of a chore than a pleasure.

Secondly, it did not mix well in either water or milk. Even after vigorous shaking, most of the powder still settled out to the bottom of the glass. This is far inferior to other brands that will mix nearly instantaneously within a solution.

Some tasters experienced some slight stomach cramping, but this is actually quite normal for most protein supplements. However, the “heaviness” of the solution itself can make it difficult to remain active for approximately one hour after ingestion.

Finally, three scoops of protein are extremely difficult to digest at any one sitting. As only 24 grams of protein are supplied (other supplement brands contain significantly higher amounts), we fear that there were more fillers than useful ingredients.

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