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Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey – 908g

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Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey

There is a clear winner when it comes to the most popular whey protein shake on the planet, and that is the world-famous Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey.

There are some great reasons why this is:

Firstly, it tastes great – and that should be one of the main things you look for in a protein shake – otherwise, you won’t want to take it.

Secondly, the formula used by Optimum Nutrition (sometimes shortened to “ON Nutrition”) sets this product poles apart from the competition.

These are some of the reasons it made it into Fitness Savvy’s Best Protein Powders for 2018 blog.

Optimum Nutrition Discount Codes

We’ve also included any valid, up-to-date discount codes to help you save even more on your purchases. Check out the ones below, as they are likely relevant to this product:

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What is Whey Protein Isolate?

The primary ingredient in ON Gold Standard Whey is whey protein isolate – the purest form of whey protein on earth! As you would expect, this is a costly ingredient, which shows that no expense was spared manufacturing this super protein shake.

Because of the purity, whey protein isolates contain almost no cholesterol and are lactose-free. This is great for those who are lactose intolerant, and those looking to manage their cholesterol levels.

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Benefits

  • 78% protein by weight
  • 24 g of protein per 30.4 g serving
  • 1.1 g fat
  • 1.8 g carbs
  • 100% of the protein is derived from whey
  • 4 grams+ of glutamine & glutamic acid per serving
  • 5.5 grams BCAAs

The above information is based on the Double Rich Chocolate flavour. It is worth noting that the nutritional content of each flavour differs slightly, as well as the number of servings per container.

If you’re looking for smaller or larger packets, check these out:

People commonly search for gold standard whey 5kg, but so far as we are aware, this size is not available.

How Much Protein Should I Take?

The debate regarding how much protein to take is still on. To help you better understand your requirements, Fitness Savvy has produced a unique protein intake calculator.

Taking into account your fitness goals, how often you train, your body fat percentage, as well as other variables, this calculator provides a far more accurate number.

The one gram per pound of body weight is a great rule of thumb and will work for the most part. However, those new to exercise won’t need as much, while those who are experienced, lean, and weigh more will naturally require higher levels.

How to Use ON Gold Standard Whey

Gold Standard Whey packaging highlights that the product is instantised for easy mixing. It suggests adding one rounded scoop (30 grams) to 180-240 ml of cold water. However, when we used it, we found this to be very watery. We mix with around 100 ml of water, or 200 ml of milk, to produce a protein shake with more substance.

On the label, there is also a suggestion to mix with oatmeal, yoghurt, or the milk you add to your cereal. It also recommends using Gold Standard Whey protein to increase the protein content of brownies, muffins and cookies by adding a scoop to your baked goods recipes.

Where to Buy Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey

Due to its popularity, ON Gold Standard Whey is available from many outlets. The cheapest we ever found it was on Amazon, at just £35 for a 2.27kg tub! We certainly stocked up at that price.

That said, Discount Supplements regularly have awesome deals on.

The best places to purchase Gold Standard Whey are:

  • Discount Supplements
  • Amazon
  • Holland & Barrett
  • Bodybuilding Warehouse
  • MuscleFood

To compare prices, simply hit the “back to top” button at the bottom right of your screen to view the comparison tables. You can also head on over to our discount codes page to check if any retailers have any offers or codes available to get even better prices.

Gold Standard Whey Ingredients

As we’ve already mentioned, the primary ingredient in ON Gold Standard Whey is whey protein isolate.

In addition to whey protein isolate, Gold Standard contains whey protein concentrate, and hydrolysed whey, too. To find out more about what each of these means, check out Fitness Savvy’s handy guide about whey protein.

If you want to see a full list of ingredients for each flavour, click on the “ingredients” tab to see.

Spotting Fake Optimum Nutrition Products

At Fitness Savvy, your safety is highly important to us. However, we are simply a price comparison platform and have no control over what products are stocked and distributed.

While we work hard to ensure we only list products from reputable suppliers, there is always a risk that fake goods make their way into the supply chain.

We would like to stress that there is

There are several things you can look for if you think the product you received was not genuine. But remember, companies constantly change packaging, labelling and ingredients, so it might be just the case the Optimum Nutrition has updated its packaging.

Either way, if you are in doubt, the best thing to do is to contact ON nutrition in the first instance. Using the batch numbers on your item, they will easily be able to help you understand whether your product is genuine. If it turns out to be fake, do not consume any of the product. Return it to the supplier, along with any supporting information you can obtain from Optimum Nutrition to help you get a refund.

Signs your ON Gold Standard Way 100% might be fake:

  • missing batch number or expiry date
  • no gold or silver holographic logo on the top
  • no expiry in blue ink on the bottom of the container (although this can easily rub off, some users have said)
  • spelling mistakes on the packaging (note that some ON packaging use the word “isolate” and other “isolates” so don’t worry about this)
  • no gold scoop/scoop does not have the ON logo on it

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Reviews and Videos

Here is what some online reviewers had to say about the product.

I always avoided this protein due to the price, but having been able to buy on Amazon Prime day for a discount I was very surprised. I’ve had 4 flavours now and they are all really nice tasting.

This customer was not a huge fan of the double chocolate flavour, but still gives it 4 stars:

I mix the Whey with water and the Double Chocolate doesn’t taste great to me personally. That’s the only reason for the 4 stars.
It does however seem to be doing the job, I drink after a workout and have noticed a decrease in muscle soreness the next day and it’s a great way to top up on protein needed.

And to remain unbiased, here are some of the negative ones, too.

As a shake with water it is fine and tastes ok but when I mix it in with my porridge it is not what a protein powder should taste/look like. I wish I bought my ‘standard’ cheaper protein powder that mixes and tastes well. Do not let the price fool you into thinking it is a superior product.

As suspected, we found some reviews suggesting their product might have been fake. Again, in the interest of your safety, please check batch numbers and product info with ON Nutrition if you do believe you might have received a fake product.

After using this for 4 weeks I started to notice more frequent headaches to which I started to look into the authenticity and according to their website the tubs should have batch numbers in blue at the bottom to which mine did not, it didn’t come with a vacuum seal nor the correct container. Pictures to prove!!! Stay well away!!!!!

Specification: Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey – 908g


Optimum Nutrition

Primary Protein Form



Banana Cream, Birthday Cake, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cookies and Cream, Double Rich Chocolate, Extreme Milk Chocolate, Strawberry






Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Fat Per Serving


Calories Per Serving


Protein Per Serving


Carbs Per Serving


Macro Ratio (Protein, Carbs, Fat)


BCAA Per Serving


Glutamine Per Serving



Serving Size: 1 Scoop (30 g varies depending on flavour)

Servings Per Container: Delicious Strawberry: 30, Vannila Ice Cream: 30, Chocolate Mint: 29, French Vanilla: 29, Banana Cream: 29, Double Chocolate: 29, Extreme Milk Chocolate: 28, Cookies & Cream: 29, Chocolate Peanut Butter: 27

Nutritional Information (based on chocolate Mint flavour):

Nutritional Profile Per 100g

Energy – 1558kj/372kcal
Protein – 78g
Carbohydrates – 5.3g
Of which Sugars – 3.7g
Fat – 4.2g
Of which Saturates – 0.7g
Dietary Fibre – 2.1g
Sodium – 346mg

Nutritional Profile Per 30.4g serving

Energy – 474kj/113kcal
Protein – 23.7g
Carbohydrates – 1.6g
Of which Sugars – 1.1g
Fat – 1.3g
Of which Saturates – 0.2g
Dietary Fibre – 0.6g
Sodium – 105mg


Ingredients Per Serving:

Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolates* [contains Emulsifier: Soy Lecithin], Whey Protein Concentrate*, Whey Peptides*), Flavouring, Sweeteners (Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose), Enzyme Complex (Amylase, Protease, Cellulase, Beta-D-Galactosidase, Lipase).

* From Milk

Directions for Use:

Gold Standard 100% Whey is best enjoyed first thing in the morning and/or during the 30 minutes just before or immediately after training. Simply mix one rounded scoop with 6-8 oz (180-240ml)

Allergy Information:

All flavours contain milk and Soy.

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