It’s getting about that time to award a winner for the best whey protein supplement of 2013. It’s been another good year for advancements in the overall quality and effectiveness of whey protein – especially hydrolyzed whey! This decision is based on price, quality, ingredients, effectiveness, and user reviews.
(Un)surprisingly, Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard 100% Whey still stands strong for 2013. A lot of competitors came close including BSN’s Syntha 6 and MusclePharm’s Combat Powder, but Optimum Nutrition continues to deliver.
Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard
Per 1 serving – 33g
QualityOptimum Nutrition packs 24 grams of protein, 5+ grams of BCAA’s, and 4 grams of glutamine in every scoop. This premium ultra-filtered mix of whey protein isolates and whey protein concentrate will provide your body all the nutrients it needs post workout or any other time of the day.
That’s why we’ve recommended this specific supplement throughout many different ‘best of’ articles – from post-workout supplementation, supplements for cutting and bulking. You might be able to get away with a cheaper alternative, but protein quality does matter as detailed by this article in the Examiner.
It mixes easy without clumps or foam with a spoon, shaker, or blender. There are no surprises when it comes to taste or flavor as well – they all taste great for the most part, you just have to find one that you like the best.
Quantity & PriceComparing costs to a ‘cheaper’ whey protein like Body Fortress, Optimum Nutrition still comes out ahead when you weigh in cost per serving. A typical 5lb tub of ON 100% Whey costs roughly ~$55 (cheaper on sale/discounts).
The 5lb container provides an impressive 71 servings which will last you more than 2 months, considering you use 1 scoop per day.
This whey protein has stood the test of time, and will probably hold its spot as the best whey protein powder of 2014 as well. Even during the huge heavy metal health alert in 2010, Optimum Nutrition had one of the lowest contents of heavy metals well below the proposed limits set by the U.S. Pharmacopeia.
If you’re looking for even higher quality whey and have a little extra money to spend, you should seriously check out hydrolyzed whey. Whether you’re cutting or bulking, Optimum Nutrition is (still) the best whey protein on the market for its price and quality.?>