Optimum Nutrition, the makers of 100% Whey Gold Standard, the world’s top selling protein powder are more than a one trick pony. Although Gold Standard is an excellent all round protein boasting excellent quality and value, more serious people demand the best of the best. This is where Platinum Hydro Whey comes in.
What is it?
Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydro Whey is a high quality hydrolysed whey protein isolate. This means that unlike normal whey protein concentrates, it has been purified into isolates, and then hydrolysed into small fragments. These small protein fragments are the secret to the unrivalled super-fast absorbing nature of hydrolysed whey proteins.
A quick look through the ingredients panel of Hydro Whey reveals a lot about this product. It uses a single protein source (whey protein isolates) and hydrolyses it into easy to absorb fragments. To this, ON have also added branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) for increased muscle recovery and anabolism, as well as digestive enzymes for even quicker digestion. These properties show how serious this product is, and the way its targeted towards the most serious of trainers.
Per serve of Hydro Whey, you get 30 g protein, 2 g carbs, and 1 g fat. Figures such as these are fairly typical of hydrolysed whey products. In addition, there is an impressive amount of BCAAs (~9 g/serve). Thanks to the advanced processing techniques, the product is complete free of lactose and cholesterol.
Difference from Competition
Compared to any other type of whey protein, Hydro Whey is definitely superior for the critical post workout period thanks to its super-fast rate of absorption. However, the hydrolysed whey market is competitive, and other manufacturers also have hydrolysed whey products. This is where Optimum Nutrition’s impeccable quality comes into play. Being owned by dairy giant Glanbia means Optimum always have top quality raw ingredients and excellent quality control.
Of Particular Interest
Even though hydrolysed wheys are by definition very advanced, ON has gone one step further by fortifying their formula with added BCAAs and digestive enzymes. This really makes Hydro Whey one of the most impressive protein products on the market.
Flavour & Mixability
Users familiar with hydrolysed whey products will know that due to the short peptides of hydrolysed whey, it often can taste unpleasant and bitter. This is not the case with Hydro Whey. ON have done an excellent job in masking the inherent bad taste of the raw ingredients, and turned it into a product that some might even think is an unhydrolysed product. As with other ON products, Hydro Whey is instantised and mixes very well, giving a thin shake with no clumps or lumps.
As a product, Hydro Whey is hard to fault. However it is important to keep in mind that it can be up to twice as expensive as Gold Standard. Though, what Hydro Whey lacks in value, it certainly does make up for in quality.
Hydro Whey is excellent as a post workout recovery shake, but its super-fast absorption and relatively expensive cost makes it less suitable for everyday use. It’s best you save this one for post workout, only.
Who is it for?
Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydro Whey has never been marketed towards beginners. It’s easy to see why when you take the premium you pay for this into consideration. Hydro Whey is more suited for the more experienced and elite trainers looking to get the absolute best. Being so low in fat, carbs, and calories, Hydro Whey is perfect for any phase, regardless of whether you’re cutting or bulking. The lactose free formula also makes this product ideal for lactose intolerant individuals.