Performance Whey Isolate Reviews
Performance Whey Isolate is a Whey Protein Powder manufactured by Optimum. It is a dairy based protein that supports lean muscle gain by suppling additional protein to recovering muscles, which can also improve fat loss.
IntroductionHello, SR family! I decided to do another protein review; this time it's on a brand that has developed quite the following over the past 8-10 years or so--Optimum Nutrition. Go to just about any fitness or bodybuilding forum, and you'll see more than a handful of people extolling the virtues of Optimum's proteins, so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
Pretty straightforward ingredient profile: Whey protein isolate cocoa (Chocolate Shake flavor), assorted gums for thickness, and artificial sweeteners. Each 37 gram scoop contains 30 grams of protein, or about 81%--not very impressive for an isolate. Most other isolates have much smaller scoops (usually 30 grams) and yield anywhere between 83-90%, sometimes even higher. If Optimum would have used the standard 30 gram scoop instead of the Shaquille O'neal sized one, then based on the 81% protein yield, it would equal about 24 grams of protein. Most whey protein isolates offer a minimum of 25 grams of protein per 30 gram scoop.
As previously stated, I purchased the Chocolate Shake flavor. I usually opt for strawberry, but I decided to try something different, and there were so many people who swear that this is just as good as any chocolate shake from Sonic or Steak & Shake. I can honestly say that those people are some lying mofos! The flavor was very metallic with only a hint of chocolate--very BLAND chocolate. The smell was anything but pleasant; it kind of reminded me of fish food. It did, however, mix well in a shaker bottle, and I noticed no clumps. With milk, the flavor was just mediocre. In water, the flavor just plain sucked!
Here's where I gave Performance Isolate high marks. I had no digestive issues, bloating, gas, or diarrhea. Recovery was on par with what I'm used to when taking a WPI.
I bought this at Costco for about 50 dollars, which is a very reasonable price. Performance Isolate has 50 servings, so I'm not going to argue with a buck per serving...pretty good value.