Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Protein Powder, 2 Pound (Packaging May Vary) Whey Banana Cream

(10 customer reviews)


About this item Packaging may vary – New look, with the same trusted quality Gold standard 100% whey blend – 24 grams blended protein consisting of whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, and whey peptides to support lean muscle mass – they don’t call it the Gold Standard of quality for nothing Over 5 grams of BCAAS help build lean and strong muscles with BCAAs. 3-4 grams carbs, 1-3 grams sugar, and 1-1.5 grams fat, gluten free, no sucralose in Banana Cream flavor. Notice: Do not use as a sole source of nutrition Any-time formula – Great before or after exercise, between meals, with a meal, or any time of day where you need extra protein in your nutrition Most awarded, best-selling whey protein powder on the planet. Banned substance tested – Highest quality control measures so you feel comfortable and safe consuming the product

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Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard is an all-inclusive nutrient program that can be utilized by athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and anyone in between. This revolutionary set of products gives users access to a holistic approach that can help an individual achieve their potential through superior nutrition.

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Why Gold Standard Whey?

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Optimum Nutrition has a history of setting one of the high standards for quality. Each shake mixes up effortlessly using just a glass and spoon, and tastes consistently good, shake after shake.

Usage Occasions

– First thing in the morning.

– Before exercise.

– After exercise.


The amino acids in protein are the building blocks of muscle protein synthesis. A whey protein shake consumed before or after exercise helps kick-start this recovery process.

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Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey


Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard WheyThe Gold Standard For Protein Quality

Optimum Nutrition has been trusted to provide the highest quality in post-workout recovery for over 30 years and in 90+countries. After careful supplier selection, each ingredient is tested to assure exceptional purity, potency and composition. We hold ourselves to the highest production standards, all so you can unlock your body’s full potential.

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey

Whey Protein Isolates (WPI) are the purest form of whey protein that currently exists. By using WPI as the primary ingredient along with premium ultra-filtered whey protein concentrate (WPC) in Gold Standard 100% Whey, we’re able to pack 24 grams of protein into every serving to support your muscle building needs after training.

ON’s attention to detail extends to mixability. This superior quality powder instantly mixes using a shaker or a glass and spoon.

  • Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) Main Ingredient
  • Over 4 Grams of Glutamine & Glutamic Acid in Each Serving
  • 24g of Whey Protein
  • 5.5g of Naturally Occurring BCAAs

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Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎


Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎

6 x 6 x 10.13 inches; 2 Pounds

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Date First Available ‏ : ‎

November 22, 2004

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Glanbia Performance Nutrition

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Customer Reviews:

123,730 ratings

10 reviews for Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Protein Powder, 2 Pound (Packaging May Vary) Whey Banana Cream

  1. Maharshi

    I was little skeptical about the taste before buying but it is perfect. There’s no after taste or any particular taste associated with the powder. I still like to add in some chocolate syrup to make it taste better but it tastes great even without it. The scoop is included in the box. Very satisfied with this order

  2. R3dn3ckbuddha

    By far my absolute favorite protein powder and really the only one that I was not highly allergic to. The flavor is exactly as it says and it does not taste like chalk! Its so delicious, its a must try!! Ive tried the vanilla ice cream and it taste more so like a vanilla cake but still so yummy and ive had the Double Rich Chocolate. But whatever is in Slimfast and Herbalife I am highly allergic to and has put me in the ER due to having breathing problems because my throat was so swollen and my entire body being covered in hives and my skin being swelled up! But this stuff I’ve had for the past 3 months and have had no issues!! I make me a chunkey money everyday for breakfast or lunch with some fruit mix!! If your curious what a Chunkey Monkey is…here the ingredients!-1 cup of water or coffee-1 heaping scoop of protein powder (I use the Double Rich Chocolate)-2 1/2 scoops of PBfit-1 tbsp chia seeds-1 tbsp Flax seeds-1/2 frozen banana or not frozen, either works-1 handful or cup of spinach-1 cup or more of ice, enough to make it slushish-(optional -1/2 cup Raspberries & Blueberries)And last but not least, the final touch…-2 tbsp of dark chocolate chipsBlend all together!It’s so delicious!!! I hope you enjoy!!!❤️

  3. Jonathan Hanson

    It’s doing it’s job, gaining muscle mass! I’m in school to be a dietitian. I’m not getting enough protein so I tried this supplement and I have stage 3 kidney failure so checking the bloodwork every 3 months. I feel more energy in the gym and recovering from the work better good supplement to go with the prep meals. I’m taking vitamin d and k & Magnesium as well. I’m getting plenty of sleep

  4. Just a heads up: If you’re looking for a weight loss supplement / a meal replacer, this is NOT the product for you! This supports weight gain, look into regular protein shakes if that’s what you’re looking for instead.Read the side of the container as well: Settlement causes it to look like there’s less in the container than there really is. Weighed the container, and I got roughly 2lbs as mentioned, despite it looking half empty.Now, onto the review itself!As other reviews were mentioning, make sure the expiration date is on the bottom and NOT the side, otherwise it’s not an authentic product and will probably taste like crap. Check the “scoops” that come with the product too (You really have to dig around with a spoon to find it).As for mine, I received an authentic product with 0 problems.So I don’t have a blender or shaker.. YET. I mixed this with a spoon, and let me tell you it worked out pretty well! It still has chunks, so if you don’t have a shaker or a blender yet, definitely accept this fate lol. I’d recommend purchasing a shaker! Amazon has some that are roughly $10.I know stuff like this isn’t supposed to taste too great, but WOW this surprised me. I didn’t want vanilla or chocolate because I’m getting very tired of those flavors and wanted to try something new. Pick something you’ll be comfortable with for about a month or two. I read another review saying it tastes exactly like a banana laffy taffy and wanted to test this, and is absolutely does. If you just chucked a bunch of banana laffy taffies and blended them in milk, that’s exactly what it tastes like.So that being said, it’s a VERY strong artificial banana flavor, mildly sweet- but not overwhelmingly sweet. Genuinely, you can’t even tell this is a protein supplement, and that’s all I care about.I will be buying more of these in the future and trying out the other flavors, but overall I’d give this a solid 7/10. I’m not a banana guy myself, so I wasn’t expecting to love this at the start.Blew my expectations though. I’d love to try the cookies and cream one some day.

  5. E

    As a fitness enthusiast and a Science guy, I am always curious to find the real value of a supplement. What works and what does not work. More importantly, I believe the analysis of a product should be based on strong scientific knowledge base, combined with good old fashion practical use of the product, and only then one should come down to the final conclusion.This product review and analysis was conducted based on 3 parametersA. Constituents: What comes in the box, the real value of the productB. Assimilation: How does this product goes down in your system, how much of it will your body assimilateC. Usability : Long term usability and and effects.I believe this is one of the best supplements available in the market today. The Question is Why?1. The Quality of protein. Since its manufactured by Glanbia (who owns Optimum nutrition), this product is coming straight from the manufacturer. This is a BIG factor, 90% of the protein supplement companies source their raw materials from third parties, often importing them from third world countries.100 grams of Whey protein isolate from one source is NOT equal to the 100 gram Whey protein isolate from another. Inferior resources usually have high level of Heavy metals and cattle Hormones. This has been elucidated from recent tests and published widely in the consumer reports. ON aced this report with minimum levels of such harmful residues. Reason is simple, they make their own whey in a plant which has to abide all regulations under US law.Just for the point of reference. I am from India, and therefore know first hand how many poorly regulated cheese plants export their whey to Europe and US. So make sure your Whey protein is coming from Whey extracted in the US!!The Additives2. Ideally, I will prefer the protein powder with no artificial sweetener. But lets face it, such a product will be hard to sell. However, Golds whey keep artificial sweeter to minimum. If you check Bodybuilding.com forums, lots of consumer complain that its not sweet enough. I request all such folks to realise that is actually good for them, if you feel this product is not sufficiently sweet for you. Its better you use lesser amount of hydrant (Milk, water, juice etc), or add a tiny bit of Honey.The Profile- The Myth about Isolate vs a Blend3. This might be hard for some people to digest. However, the truth is 96% people who use Whey supplements, will have no additional benefits of taking an Isolate vs a Blend. Please note, when I use the word blend, I mean a product lile Golds whey which is well balanced with Whey isolate and Whey Concentrate. (not any junk product form the market). If you take the blend, you might get 1 gram of extra fat or 2 grams of extra carbs which is absolutely nothing. You can burn this by adding 1.5 minute to your jog routine or walking for 2-3 minutes. You will get the same result and effect as the Isolate, so its not worth spending extra refined Isolate. The Isolate rumor is just a Hype created by the supplement industry. I will repeat this again, if your blend is as good as Golds whey i.e you are getting 24 grams per 30 gram scoop, you don’t need an Isolate.Who all comprise the 4% population who can benefit from an Isolate. First people who are extremely lactose Intolerant. I have used the word extremely since all good products add enzymes to digest the little amount of lactose residue in the supplement. Lactose is not a a bad thing, its simply the milk sugar. So if you are highly allergic to Lactose, Isolate will help (they have negligible levels of lactose)Second tier of people who can benefit from Isolates are professional athletes who are pepping up for an upcoming competition. This competitive set is consuming 5-8+ scoops of Whey protein daily and therefore will benefit from reduction in additional fat or carbs.4. Why go for Whey protein blend when you have specialized protein powders with Whey,egg and Casein.Its simple science, Whey is just better with the best Biological value*. This means that your body will better absorb and use the protein source from Whey more than any other source, therefore no wastage. Egg is also a great resource, which is just behind Whey. However in real world it lags behind Whey substantially, even the delayed absorption rate cannot compensate much. Scientifically it has been proven that Whey is just better, since it doesn’t tax your digestive processes as much as an egg protein.Question of Casein:Its true that Casein has an edge when it comes to delayed absorption. Its anti-catabolic properties and slow absorption makes it an ideal night time protein. This said, its best when you take Casein in concentrated from, i.e. if you need Casein, take only Caesin, do not mix it with Whey… Why do I say this, Its a big topic based on metabolism response(will add a different thread later). One last thing 24 grams of Whey protein is NOT equal to 24 grams of Casein as the Biological value of Casein is lower than Whey.However Caesin does have its own benifit of delayed response, provided you actually need it.*Biological Value: Biological value (BV) is a measure of the proportion of absorbed protein from a food which becomes incorporated into the proteins of the organism’s body.Whey protein concentrate: 104Whole egg: 100Cow milk: 91Beef: 80Casein: 77Soy: 74Last Thoughts:Always keep a note of how much protein you are consuming from Supplements Vs straight from the food. Ideally one should keep protein sources from supplements under 25%, but if your life style is demanding and you are unable to get hold of good meals rich in protein, you should always keep your protein dependency under 50%. In layman terms, for most of us who are looking for fitness, keep it not more than 2 scoops/day. For those who really pump some heavy Iron keep it upto than 3 scoops/day. (let me know if you wish to know the science behind this)In the end Supplements are only Supplements. The word Supplement has a lot of Drama attached to it, as if, if you don’t take a protein shake within 30 minutes of your work out.. you will never make good gain. Total Crap. This is not a make or break factor(its just beneficial). Baring few exceptions. Supplements adds up only 20 percent of your fitness equation.

  6. Carrie Carleton

    First off, I’ve purchased a bunch of different flavors of ON Gold Standard Whey. All of them have close to the same nutritional value, but they vary greatly in taste. Both my wife and I drink these protein shakes as part of our daily diet, and as a product, Optimum Nutrition is great. I’ve mixed with both milk and water, and all of the shakes mix well and don’t seem to clump. I’ve tried other manufactures whey, and I keep finding myself going back to ON for the price, nutritional value, and above all the taste.So the flavor question. As I mentioned, each flavor has a different characteristic from the others. Some are bland, some taste sweet, some taste overly fake. We loved some, and we hated some. Below is a list based on what we like so far and why. Bear in mind that I hate diet drinks for their bad aftertaste. The drinks don’t have to be sweet for me to like them, but I can’t stand the garbage aftertaste of fake sweeteners.The best flavors:Rocky Road – By far the single best tasting flavor. The downside is that it does taste a little sweet. The nutritional value is right on with the other flavors, but it is a bit sweet. I could drink this all day. If you only buy one flavor, this is it. There is no real aftertaste, and the flavor is great.Extreme Milk Chocolate – Another good flavor with almost no aftertaste. This one tastes like chocolate, and doesn’t have a fake taste to it. If you are looking at the chocolate flavors, this one is perfect.Natural Vanilla – This is a slightly different product, and it comes in a tub with yellow labeling instead of the red. It’s on Amazon for the same price, and it has the same nutritional values. They claim it has less artificial sweeteners in it, hence the natural label. In any case, this is the best vanilla out there. There is no aftertaste, and it tastes like vanilla milk. It is not as sweet as the others, but it the single best vanilla flavor I’ve found.The middle of the road flavors:Cookies and Cream – This one is both good and bad. If you like the creamy vanilla taste, you will like the flavor. It doesn’t have a bad aftertaste, but it is sort bland. It is sweet, but bland. Also, the cookie chunks in it don’t dissolve. This is the only flavor so far that has bits of stuff that you are swallowing when you drink it. It’s odd. That said, I have reordered it in the past.Chocolate Malt – It’s just OK. The flavor is a little odd because of the malt. Given the choice, just order the Extreme Milk Chocolate.Caramel Toffee Fudge – Again, just OK. They tried too hit to many flavors with this one, and it just turned out odd. Not a bad flavor, but don’t start out here. I got bored so I tried it. I doubt I’ll order it again.And the bad:Double Rich Chocolate – This flavor sucks. It tastes like fake chocolate. Not good fake chocolate, but generic fake chocolate. It has that bad aftertaste of fake sweetener, and is all around not good.Vanilla Ice Cream – Another swing and a miss. This flavor tastes like bad fake powdered milk. It has that bad aftertaste, and is probably the single worst flavor they have. If you are looking for vanilla, avoid this at all costs and get the Natural Vanilla.Tropical Punch – Another fake tasting flavor. When I got this, I could barely get through the first few shakes. Eventually it grew on me a little bit, and I was able to drink it without hating it. It tastes like strawberry milk with a bunch of fake sweetener. It’s just wrong, and is not something you want to drink after a workout.I know that taste varies from person to person, so take this with a grain of salt. I hate the taste of fake sweetener, so this list draws from that. I’ve taken to buying the 2lb tubs to try out a flavor, and then going with the 5lb tubs if I like it. It costs a bit more that way, but it means there is only 2lbs to choke down if you get a flavor that you hate.Enjoy!

  7. HardbodyByAnthony

    What’s up my Amazon Health & Fitness Family, it’s me your boy Hardbody. For those of you who have not read or seen any of my reviews, I am Certified Master Trainer for over 20 years & I have many certifications, one of which is a certification in supplementation, so because of my years of knowledge and dedication in helping people achieve healthier lives through exercise & nutrition, is the reason why I do these reviews… in hopes I can help someone, even if that is just one.• As you would guess, I use Whey Protein Isolate every single day (sometimes 2x’ per day) & this 

    Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard, Banana Cream, 5 Pound

     is hands down the best Protein brand on planet earth. Because of that, unless I am offered to review/test a new brand, I ALWAYS buy this.• So you want to know why Whey Protein more specifically, Whey Isolate is extremely important, should you be using it &/or is this a good product? Well let me break this down a bit in hopes I can teach you something you may not have known and help you with your buying decision.————————————————————— Product Information: —————————————————————• Whey Isolate – it’s important to realize that not all forms of whey protein powder are created equally. Whey protein isolate is the most complete forms of protein because it contains the greatest protein concentration coming in at 90-95%, while the rest of the whey protein powders range from 25-89% total protein content. Isolate contains the lowest level of lactose, so perfect for anyone that is lactose intolerant. Benefits of Whey Protein include: helps support a healthy immune system, supports heart health, helps with maintaining a healthy body weight & composition, promotes muscle growth, loss of body fat, reduces the risk for breast cancer in women, helps control blood glucose levels & helps prevent muscle & bone loss older adults. Whey Protein, more specifically Whey Isolate is extremely important, for those reasons. Remember that protein is the building blocks of muscle. If you are dieting or looking to bulk up, Whey protein is your best friend because it provides your body with all of the amino acids it needs to promote ideal health results from workout/training, it’s low in calories, carbohydrates, fats, cholesterol & very convenient. The more protein you eat the more muscle & if you are dieting you will be able to keep more muscle.———————————————————————— PROS: ————–————————————————————• Glanbia is a global nutrition company with their own farms and supplies MANY protein companies, BUT OWNS Optimum Nutrition. So why buy from a secondary source when you can buy right direct from the #1 source & that my Amazon Family makes them the best for a reason!• This is Whey Protein Blend with Isolate being more abundant.• My favorite flavor is Banana Cream & taste unbelievably good.• I always make my shakes in a blender so mixability isn’t an issue for me but I assure you that even in just a shaker cup the mixablity is phenomenal, which leads me to my next pro..• This is absolutely 100% instantized!• Has Digestive Enzymes which is extremely important for me. I have been using this for many years now & never once has my stomach been all jerked up, so another thing i can assure you is true.• This is Ultra-Filtered & any top of the line Whey would make sure the Whey is carefully micro-filtered or Ultra-Filtered to remove any harmful bacteria. The Whey will pass through a special micro-filter & immediately after, bacteria & spores are separated. This process also separates any denatured (altered/cooked) whey proteins from undenatured proteins so that the result is a high quality whey protein rich in alpha-lactalbumin and beta-lactoglobulin (two special proteins found in whey that have immunological benefits) and low in fat. Un-denatured whey proteins obtained in this manner also have better solubility, which means it dissolves easily in any fluid added to it.• Optimum Nutrition list down the breakdown of their entire Amino Acid profile! That my Amazon Family is excellent!• This has approximately 28g of Amino Acids which if you did not know, is a pretty healthy amount. Many won’t list it because1) it is embarrassing low or2) They have something to hide.• Did I mention that this has approximately 5g of Glutamine. Many Whey Proteins do not add any.• I always buy the 5lb jug & the cost $57.99 is an exceptional price, in fact, many lessor Brands of Whey cost more!• Only 2g of sugar & 4g of carbs per scoop. Not sure where that sugar comes from because I read the “other ingredients” and don’t see it. Uses Sucralose, unless the sugar is coming from the “Natural flavor”.• 24g of protein per scoop which is more than most brands.• Has more flavors than ANY company on the planet, so you will never get bored!————————————————————— CONS: —————————————————————• NONE!!!!!!!—————————————————————-— Final Thoughts: ——————–———————————–————• So this is the ONLY protein brand I spend my hard earned money on & will ever! This is my honest & professional review & I was not given anything in return! I paid full price for this & worth every cent!I been buying this for many many many years.—————————————————————-— Personal Note: —————————————————————-—• Buying a respectable brand is actually extremely important because many companies are selling a container of Whey Protein Concentrate as isolate & unless you ran a analysis on it or really know your proteins, you probably wouldn’t even know you were using a cheap form of WPC until you started gaining body fat, started feeling bloated, getting gas, etc., and not getting the results you wanted from using this stuff. You would be surprised at how many companies do this! I 100% recommend 

    Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard, Banana Cream, 5 Pound


  8. S. Gordon

    We purchased this product for the daily added protein post-workout benefits. We find the chocolate malt flavor to be more than palatable with cold milk. You just need to mix well to dissolve all of the powder. A blender cup works well for this. As is clearly stated on the container, the product does settle during handling and shipment. The measuring scoop will be found under the product at the bottom of the container.

  9. Amazon Customer

    Good blending protein. I’ve been using it in various flavors for years. The main reason I stick with optimum nutrition is it seems to blend better then other brands I’ve tried. I know some people have mixed reviews on the flavors but they are fine for me I usually stick with vanilla type flavors since they go better with other ingredients I once in a while add in (frozen fruits, Greek yogurt, etc) with a blender. If you are just using milk or water in a shaker cup or blends pretty easy and it’s a reputable company. Many other great companies too so shop around and find what’s right for you but I love this stuff.

  10. dbzavatar

    I tried the double chocolate version first and it’s fine, but does have a metallic aftertaste that takes some time to get used to.The French vanilla crème smells delicious and actually taste like a milkshake despite drinking with just water. I do recommend taking either flavor with a cold liquid cause it does taste better.Also it does take a few tries to get the ratio right (I use water). Too little water and both flavors are sickeningly sweet and too much just tastes pretty bad. But for the sugar level and calories:protein ratio, I really can’t complain.

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