Have you been using Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard 100% Whey protein powder for years? Did you notice they recently sneaked in a little change?
Something Is Different!
It’s no big secret that practically the only supplement I occasionally use is ON’s whey protein powder. Of all I tried it is the only one whose taste doesn’t make me want to gag and at least the milk chocolate flavor version dissolves without even needing to use a shaker.
Over the years the look of these behemoth tubs has become familiar enough to me that I don’t pay much attention when unpacking a new one: black and large enough to hint at a possible intended reuse as a small washing-machine.
But when I now had the one I recently ordered sitting right beside my old one I did notice something. At first it seemed that just the layout of the label had been redesigned, but another difference became visible when I looked really closely. Let’s see if you can tell. This is the old tub,
and this is the new one:
Can you tell what’s missing? Yup, it’s the “hydrowhey peptides.” Now have a look at the list of ingredients on the old tub,
and the new one:
Peptides? What Peptides?
Peptides, in case you wonder, are proteins already broken into pieces, and therefore theoretically digested faster by your body. The kicker is: hydrolyzed whey protein isolate is the same thing as whey peptides, because, uh, hydrolyzed proteins are peptides (I explained that whole she-bang in this article about whey protein).
If they really make a noticeable difference for your bodybuilding efforts is anyone’s guess. But they are comparatively expensive to manufacture and one may wonder why ON dropped the prominent mention.