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Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein Review

Optimum nutrition whey protein is one of the most respected, top selling protein products in the bodybuilding supplement market to date.  Whey protein is an important part of muscle building as it provides necessary amino acids for your muscles.  Besides water, protein is the largest component of muscle, so it is important to make sure that your body is getting adequate amounts of protein. There are many reasons why . For this review, we will examine Optimum Nutrition in taking into account the quality, amino acid profile, price, taste and blending.

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Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein – Quality Comes First

Not all protein powder is created equally. Since the supplement industry is largely unregulated, many products that are on the shelf deserve only to be thrown away.  Lots of protein powders can cause cramps, bloating and flatulence.  This is typically because the gut has difficulty absorbing crudely manufactured products. With Optimum Nutrition’s Whey Protein, these symptoms are experienced.  The only feeling you have left over is the pleasant chocolate taste left in your mouth.  This makes optimum nutrition one of the most user friendly protein powder on the markets, hence why most people are repeat customers.

The next element to consider is the amino acid profile.  This protein powder has all 20 amino acids essential for protein formation, including the 8 essential amino acids needed for your body.  We can also calculate the Branched Chain Amino Acid and Essential Amino Acid ratio:

Total BCAA = 22.4
Total EAA = 43.5
EAA to BCAA Ratio = 43.5/22.4 = 1.94 ~ 2

A 2:1 ratio is an important measure of the quality of a protein powder.  More emphasis should always be put on the Essential Amino Acids, which Optimum Nutrition clearly does.

This product also has both Whey Protein Concentrate and Ion Exchange Whey Protein Isolate content.  Our bodies strive to achieve homeostasis and so it is good to have variations even among proteins. Having a combination of both means that Optimum has covered all the basis when it comes to whey protein.

The next, probably most important for consumers, factor to consider is taste.  Protein powders have a reputation for tasting like wallpaper.  Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey is the best tasting protein powder that I have ever had.  In my experience, it tastes best with milk.  However, water is fine (suggestion: use less water than you would milk).

100% whey is extremely easy to mix.  Unlike other protein powders, it doesn’t stick the sides of your cup.  There are also no chunks left over after stirring.  I would recommend getting a shaker bottle to make the process easier.  A blender is most ideal.

There are also no known side effects of supplementing with this product.

Results of Taking 100% Whey by Optimum Nutrition

The ultimate reason why someone purchases any supplement product is to see how well it works.  Alone, taking this product will probably deliver little results.  However, combined with a weight training program and a healthy diet, the results are definitely noticed.  Spend the most time optimizing these areas of your fitness program before attempting to add a supplement.  A supplement will only work to complement these strategies.

Having said that, I gained 8 lbs in 8 weeks using this product with no change in my bodyfat percentage.  Before supplementing with this product, I would gain maybe 1 or 2 pounds a month.  If you are trying to gain weight, I would also recommend Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass.


The reason why Optimum Nutrition is a well respected company and why they are the leading brand for whey protein is because their products work.  The EAA to BCAA ratio is one of the best among protein brands.  The taste is amazing, it mixes well and helps put on lean muscle weight.  The product is also inexpensive.  Go ahead and compare it to other brands and you will notice no one comes close to the quality for the price. What more could a person use in a protein supplement?

I recommend anyone looking to gain lean muscle weight to while not trying to put their wallet on a diet to try Optimum Nutrition’s 100% Whey Protein.

What is your experience with 100% Whey Protein?  Share your ratings and reviews below.

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Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein Review, reviewed by Travis on 2010-07-30T18:08:57+00:00 rating 4.8 out of 5

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