Gold Standard Whey Protein Review

By: Rob Miller
Fact Checked On: 6-15-2019


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Everyone needs protein. It’s the building block of life, and without it our bodies would wither away into nothing. Ive been taking protein supplements since I was about 16 years old, and the vast majority of them didn’t taste so great. Either they left a bitter aftertaste, tasted very “chalky”, create an upset stomach, or just plain sucked. I was turned onto Gold Standard Whey when a friend recommended it to me, and I decided to give it a shot. The following is my personal review, and why I think it’s the best whey protein on the market.

What Is Gold Standard Whey Protein?

Made by a company called Optimum Nutrition, Gold Standard is a brand of whey protein that comes in 14 different flavors. It uses Whey Protein Isolates (or WPI’s), which is the most pure form of protein you can get. A typical serving (one rounded scoop) provides 24 grams of quality protein, along with 5 grams of Glutamine and Glutaminc acid and 5 grams of BCAA’s (Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine).

Why I Switched To Gold Standard

gold standard whey proteinI had been taking several protein supplements over the years, and the most recent one before Gold Standard was Twinlab Whey Fuel. I personally am a fan of chocolate, so I always ordered the chocolate version of it. When I first tried it I thought it tasted a bit chalky, but I figured eventually I would get accustomed to the taste. Unfortunately, it didn’t really taste very good, and had that chalky texture to it.

By chance, I was talking to a friend of mine who suggested I try Gold Standard. I ordered a 2 lb. tub, which by the way is surprisingly cheap at less than $30, and got it in the mail a few days later. There’s not much else to say other than I was VERY impressed at the flavor, the texture, and how easy it was to mix. I typically mix my protein with fat free milk, and the first time I used gold standard I thought I was drinking chocolate milk!

The Good About Gold Standard

  • Tastes Great
  • Mixes well with Milk
  • Cheaper online, but available in stores
  • No clumping
  • Easy to sip, no need to chug it just to get through it
  • Highly rated on many supplement sites
  • Easily stacks with other products
  • Low in Fat, calories, and carbs
  • Ideal for those looking to bulk up or lose weight

The Bad About Gold Standard

  • Not the “cheapest” protein on the market
  • I personally only like a few of their flavors
  • Doesn’t have a “rich” flavor, for those looking for that

Why I Recommend Gold Standard Whey

In my personal opinion, and this is coming from years of trying various types of protein powders, drinks, bars, and even cookies, Gold Standard whey is the most effective, best tasting, and affordable whey protein on the market. It works effectively for both men and women, and can help you get your required protein intake per day, without adding any additional calories, fat, or carbs to your diet.

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I'm just 16 and I'm doing bodybuilding is gold standard whey protein suitable for me ? -Dineswaran

Yes. At your age, protein is about all I would recommend, and Gold Standard Whey is a great choice.- Rob

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How many lbs can I gain by using a 5lbs on gold standard whey -leon

The amount of muscle weight you gain depends on your diet and workout plan and your commitment to that plan. If you do everything right, 8-10 pounds in a month is an achievable goal.- Rob

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Rob Miller founded over 7 years ago, and has been the chief editor ever since. He has a diploma in Advanced Dietary Supplements Advisor, and worked at GNC for 3 years. He KNOWS supplements, both inside and out. Rob currently resides in Jupiter, FL, with his wife of 4 years.  Learn more about him in his Bio here. Follow him on Twitter , Facebook, LinkedIn, or find him on Google +.

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  1. Hello Rob

    Can you try out MyProtein’s stuff? They have generally high ratings on labdoor.

    Their products seem to be fairly cheap – I assume it’s due to the packaging looking bland and being cheaper with like crummy ziplocks on the bags.

    Would like to see how they compare in your experience. I’m not affiliated with them, for the record.

    1. Hey AJ,
           I’m a bit tied up with reviews at the moment, so not sure if I’ll have a chance to review that one.  Check back with me at a later date and I’ll let you know if I have time.

    1. Hey Sarvesh,

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  2. Thanks for your input on jintropin, I did not no anything about it. But after talking with you and doing some research.

    I think it’s best to stay away from it. THANKS

  3. Hey Rob,
    I am 24 5’9″ 175 lbs and looking for a good all around protein. I am in a loss how do you know the product that you are buying is not a big waste of money and not crap?

    I am worried about that. I have been doing a lot of research and keep getting overwhelmed with confusion.

    I also was wondering there are so many products you can take and should take to help reach your goals and help keep your body healthy such as creatines, proteins, glutamine, bcaa ect. Where to start and what main supplements should i be taking as i lift?

    My goal is lean gains.
    1. Hey Kyle,

      Yeah, it can be confusing for sure, especially when you’re first starting out. First off, sign up for my free “getting ripped” ebook. It’s got tons of great tips and advice, along with plans for meals and workouts you can follow along with. As for supplements, you’ll want to start out with a good pre workout. I prefer them not loaded up with stimulants, so check out Nitrocut. For lean gains, creatine is a great addition. Go with Muscle Advance. Use your protein shake after workouts and any time you need a quick meal or snack. Go with the Gold Standard Whey. It’s quality protein, and the taste is amazing!

  4. Hi Rob,
    Okay I’m not so experienced with this, so here goes nothing. I’m currently 207lbs and I want to get down to at least a solid 175-180lbs. I spend time working out in the gym but I don’t see good results and I always find myself getting stuck when I get down to 200lbs. I was curious on what supplements you would recommend to someone who’s trying to lose weight and get a lean muscular body? and also if I should cut down on lifting heavy weights and stick more to cardio workouts. if you could answer this for me, it would be a huge help, thanks!

    1. Hey Tamaine,

      Since diet and exercise are the most important factors, I’ll focus on those first. Sign up for my free “getting ripped” ebook for great tips and plans for meals and working out to get fit. It also comes with bonus material to help you keep on track. The workout plan focuses on lifting, but also includes cardio. This is the best way to both get in shape and to lose weight for 2 reasons. High intensity interval training burns more calories in less time, and the muscle you build will burn more calories than fat will. As for supplements, go with a combination of Nitrocut as a pre workout and Phen375 as a fat burner. Adding in the Gold Standard Protein will definitely help too. Getting enough protein is a key factor for losing weight.

  5. Hi Rob
    I’m 5’7″ 175 lbs… I’m trying to gain about 10 lbs but I’m not a real big eater. All I’m doing is maintaining 175. Can u recommend anything so I can gain my 10 lbs fast? I just started lifting weights but an extra 10 lbs would look really good when getting cut

    1. Hey Reginald,

      You really need a caloric surplus if you want to gain weight, so that means one of two things (or both for speedy weight gain): Eat more or burn fewer calories. To get more calories, you can use protein powder, or even better, something with more calories, like the post workout product, AfterGlow by BioRhythm. Muscle Advance Creatine will also help you gain muscle by allowing you to lift more and go harder in the gym. To burn fewer calories, cut down or eliminate your cardio workouts.

  6. I don’t know if the store is everywhere but the store Food 4 Less carries a few of these flavors for a little cheaper.
  7. I am looking to lose weight, I am 21, 5′ 10” and 300 lbs. I would like to know if using your ebook, eating correctly and mostly at home workouts such as pushups and jumping rope would drop me 20 pounds in the next 3 to 4 months? Also, debating on purchasing gold standard 100% whey.

    1. Hey Tyler,

      If you follow the ebook diet and workout at home about 5 days a week, you should be able to lose that much weight in 3 or 4 months without a problem. The protein will definitely help, just make sure you factor in the calories. A fat burner like Phen375 would help jump start your weight loss too.

      1. I spoke to a gentleman at gnc today. I asked him about gold standard %100 whey.

        He said that it isn’t a good protein and that he uses muscletech and another. He also said that the best protein is the gnc protein amp.

        I was skeptical just because I have had that protein pushed onto me before by a gnc employee and that I heard they make a better pay off of selling the gnc product. I am trying to lose weight as stated in my other comment on this page.

        Thank you. Also, is the protein even needed?

        1. Hey Tyler,

          Yeah, the salespeople at GNC work do push certain products for bigger commissions. If you look around, you’ll see tons of positive reviews for Gold Standard.

          That said, no, you don’t “need” it. You can lose lots of weight without any supplements at all.

          But increasing your protein intake should help you lose the weight faster.

          1. Thanks rob, I appreciate the comments back and will come to you with any other questions I may have.
  8. hey, I was just thinking to buy a protien shake but a thought occured, if im looking to get thicker shouldnt i use a protien shake with more calories and carbs rather than this one. because as u said this one has little to no calories and extra fat
    1. Hey Abdullah,

      The short answer is that it depends. If you’re trying to gain weight, you need to consume more calories. The preferred method of getting those extra calories is through real food, but supplementation definitely helps when you’re talking about a boatload of extra calories. If you want to get more of those calories from supplementation, you may want to look at a Gainer product like ISO Mass Xtreme Gainer.

  9. heyy rob is this a good protien shake if a guy like me is regularyl working out and want to gain weight and look bigger aswell cause i am skinny
    1. Hey Ryan,

      There are 74 servings in a 5 lb tub, so if you use one serving a day, you’ll need to get 3 tubs.

      1. Hey Rob, sorry I didn’t ask this before but is 1 scoop a day all I need? If so do I take it after I work out?

        Would 2 be better? Say one in the morning and one after working out in the evening?

        Is this a meal supplement.
        Thanks again!

        1. No problem Ryan. Generally speaking, you should only need one scoop a day, after your workout. 100% Whey Gold Standard is not meant to be a meal replacement. It’s more of a post workout recovery protein shake. As long as you eat well, one should be enough. If you feel like you could use more on certain days, that would be fine too, but I would make one a day your routine.

          1. Thanks again Rob! I’ve already started eating better and am already feeling better!

            More energy and less sluggish! I’m really stoked about the next few months and where I’ll be!

            I have to say reading a lot of the reviews and comments on your website has given me a lot of motivation and confidence. As well as the Ebooks I’ve recieved.

            Thanks for those! I can tell you really want to help people and your reviews are legit.

            Awesome stuff! I’ll keep in touch and let you know how I’m doing a month from now.

            I also decided to try joint advance along with the other stuff you recommended. Just have to keep to my plan and see the results!

          2. Hey Ryan,
            You certainly have the right attitude. Glad we could help you out.

            Make sure you tell your friends and like us on Facebook. Best of luck and yes, make sure you keep in touch!

    1. Hey Dave,
      I don’t have too much experience with organic grassfeed whey, but a big seller on Amazon is literally called Source Organic Whey Protein. Search for it on Amazon.


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