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Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Double Rich Chocolate Protein Powder 2.27kg
Flavour: Double Rich ChocolateSize: 2.27kgChange
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123 of 136 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2014
Reason for buying:
I decided to buy this product because not only was it the number #1 selling protein powder on Amazon but I had heard a lot of good things about the product. I wanted to see for myself if it lived up to all the hype.

Taste:
When I first tried the product by adding 1 scoop (30.4g) of powder into 350ml of water, I found that it did not taste as nice as I expected. It tasted slightly artificial and watery. However I found that I got to like the taste a lot more as time went by and I did not get sick of it by the end like I did with many other protein powders. If you want to enhance the taste of this product and make it less watery I recommend having it with semi skimmed milk or full fat milk.

Mixing:
I found that the product mixes really well in water, milk, porridge and smoothies. I have not come across a product that mixes any better.

Results:
After taking the product for 2 months, 3 times a day, whilst weight training 4 times a week and doing cardio 3 times a week I found that my strength and muscle growth had improvement, I had more energy and I was getting more toned. It was mostly evident around my arms and chest where my T-Shirt got tighter. I could lift 5-10% more and I felt a lot stronger even when I wasn't in the gym. It is now the only Whey Protein powder that I am willing to use.

When to take:
I had 1 scoop for breakfast, Pre training and post training mixed with Dextrose. Having Dextrose at the same time drives the amino acids into the muscles much quicker. If I don't fancy a shake first thing in the morning then I will mix 1 scoop with my porridge or smoothie.

Although all the different flavours taste the same in terms of standard, the chocolate based flavours go better on their own, with dextrose or mixed in porridge whilst the fruity flavours go better either on their own, with Dextrose or with smoothies. All the flavours taste reasonably nice but they will never win any awards for best tasting protein shakes.

Other Whey Products:
Although there are more Whey protein powders out there that taste better, I do not believe that any can match this for results vs price and it's easy to see why the product is so popular with Body Builders and Athletes. The product can also be used by anyone that does not do exercise (male or female) but want to increase their protein intake.

Negatives:
The only negative that I could identify was that the product contains Sucralose which is not the healthiest sweetener around, however you will find that most protein powders have this type of sweetener in them.

Verdict:
Highly Recommended
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2014
Have trouble fitting in my suits now and ripped one of my pants. Can recommend.
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69 of 82 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2015
This is an excellent product, however I’m not sure about the seller.
This product came with the internal seal broken.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2015
Something is not right, tastes different than the previous 2 I had from different sellers. Feels like it is mixed with something that takes away the original taste and even the smell of the powder...
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on 27 July 2015
The Chocolate Mint flavour mixed with milk tastes fantastic!

I've been using ON Gold Standard Whey for almost 2 years now. I find that one of the most important criteria for picking a protein powder is the taste; if it tastes bad I'm eventually going to give up drinking it. I tried a tub of Double Rich Chocolate a few weeks ago and was a bit disappointed as it had an artificial sweetener after taste but I'm happily back to Chocolate Mint.

With regards to nutritional values, fat and carbs are low (not as low as isolate powders but this is much better value for money than most isolates) so this holds up well when you are cutting. For when you're bulking try mixing a scoop with a dessert spoon of peanut butter, a teaspoon of honey and a little milk (not too much milk or it will turn into gloop!). Mmm chocolatey peanut butter. You can also add some rolled oats and refrigerate to make into bars for taking to the gym.

One thing I'd love Optimum Nutrition to offer for sale on Amazon would be a variety pack box of sachets to give an opportunity to try out all their flavours ... just in case there are any gems I'm missing out on!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2015
The best product. Dropped a star as one portion is a "rounded scoop". After researching I found that to mean a heaped scoop. You decide how heaped that should be?! Also problem with that is after an intense workout you are likely to be a little unsteady and shaky and end up spilling some powder around your blender. Come on Optimum make a scoop where the portion is "ONE LEVEL SCOOP!".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2015
Was not sealed when I open it, first time using this so don't know what it shoud taste like. Don't know if I shoud use it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2015
The product from this supplier tastes and smells like it has gone off. The seal was also very loose. Powder does not look like normal Gold Standard powder.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2015
Just received my first order of this, and I'm returning it tomorrow - upon opening the bottle, I found the Optimum Nutrition seal not only damaged and coming away at points....but it appeared to have a hole pierced in it. I don't understand how it can be possible for the seal to be damaged like this unless someone has taken the plastic cap off at some point. Either way, not comfortable consuming a product upon which the anti-tamper seal has clearly been tampered with or damaged through negligence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2015
really pleased with this product; this is my second time purchasing - first time got strawberry flavour which was nice and now trying chocolate mint. It is wonderful, everything you want from protein powder; the health benefits and tastes amazing. Nearly an incentive to work out more. 100% would recommend
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