Cellucor Cor-Performance Whey vs Optimum Gold Standard 100% Whey
Cellucor would have to be among the top 3 supplement companies to emerge in the last 5 years. So it was only a matter of time before Cellucor launched a blended whey protein supplement to compete with the industry heavyweight in the form of Optimum Gold Standard 100% Whey. So how does a blended whey protein from one of the most contemporary supplement companies stand up against the ‘gold standard’? This review will look in detail at how each supplement compares on a number of levels.
Cor-Performance Whey vs Gold Standard 100% Whey Ingredients
In terms of major ingredients, there’s not much separating Cor-Performance Whey from Optimum Gold Standard. The major notable difference is the absence of whey protein hydrolysate in Cor-Performance Whey. While it’s true that the ideal blended whey should come with the three main types of whey, namely: isolate, concentrate and hydrolysate; in reality it’s hard to argue that a few extra grams of whey hydrolysate will really make that much difference. That being said, there will certainly be individuals who will always opt for Gold Standard 100% Whey over Cor-Performance Whey simply because the later doesn’t contain whey hydrolysate.
Another minor difference in ingredients comes in the form of digestive enzymes. Gold Standard 100% Whey comes with one of the few researched and proven digestive enzymes in the form of Aminogen®. The other enzyme to feature in Gold Standard 100% Whey is lactase. Cor-Performance Whey on the other hand comes with an enzyme designated Protease A-S as well as lactase. There are lots of different types of protease digestive enzymes and assumedly the 'A-S' refers to a particular type of protease, but Cellucor don’t provide any information on their website or product label to indicate what the ‘A-S’ designation means. In any case, Gold Standard 100% Whey comes out on top in this department simply because Aminogen® has been proven to be more effective for enhancing digestive capacity, particularly when taking large amounts of a protein supplement.
Cor-Performance Whey vs Gold Standard 100% Whey Dose
Serving sizes for Cor-Performance Whey and Optimum Gold Standard 100% Whey vary between 33-35g and 30-33g respectively depending upon flavour. The reason for the variation in serving size is that certain flavours require a higher concentrate to achieve a desirable taste. With its slightly bigger serving size, Cor-Performance comes with 25g of protein per serve, while Gold Standard comes with 24g. Each also advertises 5.5g of BCAAs per serve. Gold Standard however, is the only one that discloses the levels of each amino acid per serve. It can be argued therefore that Gold Standard has a greater level of transparency when its comes to ingredient dosing. But there's not much to separate the two in terms of actual dosage of ingredients.
Cor-Performance Whey vs Gold Standard 100% Whey Effectiveness
With a few grams of whey hydrolysate as the key difference between the two supplements, it’s hard to argue a significant difference in effectiveness between the two. One point to highlight is that Gold Standard 100% Whey is the only supplement to make specific mention of the quality of its protein by virtue of the way it processed, namely micro-filtered for the whey isolate and ultra-filtered for the whey protein concentrate. One would assume that Cellucor use the same quality whey proteins in Cor-Performance Whey, but it’s strange that they don’t make any mention at all of the grade and quality of whey proteins used in the product.
Cor-Performance Whey vs Gold Standard 100% Whey Taste & Mixability
Taste and mixability is one area where it obvious that Cellucor have made an effort to differentiate their product. Cor-Performance Whey comes in a range of unique, exotic flavours (e.g. peanut butter marshmallow, cor-fetti and cinnamon swirl, which really stand out from your typical flavour range. If this review was comparing Cor-Performance Whey against any protein supplement other than Gold Standard, it would be a clear winner when it comes to taste and mixability. But with the most extensive range of flavours on the market and a great taste, it’s hard to topple Gold Standard 100% Whey. But for anyone looking to break from the run of the mill flavours, Cor-Performance Whey offers some great alternatives.
Cor-Performance Whey vs Gold Standard 100% Whey Price & Value
Cor-Performance Whey and Gold Standard 100% Whey are priced very similarly, but there is a general trend for Cor-Performance to be priced slightly lower, given it is seen as less of a premium brand/product than Gold Standard 100% Whey. With the added whey hydrolysate in Gold Standard, it’s hard to argue against its superiority in terms of value, particularly if the two supplements are priced very similarly. However, if one can pick up a tub of Cor-Performance on sale, then it represents a very viable alternative to Gold Standard with its similar protein and BCAA content.
Although we try to be as objective as possible, we understand that opinions can vary between individuals. As such, the results of this comparison may not be agreed upon by everyone and should only be used as a guide.