Product Review: Platinum Hydro Whey by Optimum Nutrition

Protein shakes; a staple in any gym rat’s diet. I have had two different flavors and will give input on both flavors.

Price: $50 – $70 for 3.5lb jug

Nutritional Facts:

Serving Size: 1 Scoop
Calories: 140
Total Fat: 1g
Saturated Fat: 0.5g
Sodium: 210mg
Total Carbohydrate: 2g
Sugars: < 1g
Protein: 30g
Vitamin A: 0%
Vitamin C: 0%
Calcium: 10%
Iron: 2%


Optimum Nutrition has always been a protein powder that other gym goers would recommend to me and there is a good reason. This is a high quality protein and it tastes great. Platinum hydro whey is a special hydrolyzed whey that digests much faster than whey isolate. A regular whey isolate gets into your system in roughly  30 minutes while hydrolyzed whey is within minutes.

Optimum Nutrition’s whey gold standard isolate has 24 grams of protein per scoop to the hydro whey’s 30 grams.  Most of the nutrition is the same between the two, the selling point is the fast digesting and lower carbohydrates which is supposed to help your growth hormone production higher post workout while still getting protein in to help combat the catabolic effects of heavy training.

Overall I give this product a 4.8/5. The only reason that I didn’t give it a 5/5 is because a lot of places seem to sell for $70 for a 3.5lb jug. Not being at the elite level needing certain macros at a specific time, I can’t justify almost $20 more for a jug compared to a regular whey isolate. Shopping online seems to yield much more reasonable prices, but I will lean towards viewers not shopping online so you are stuck with $70 dollar jugs.


Velocity Vanilla: Vanilla is the best flavor I’ve had so far. It mixes superbly, no problems with clumps or grit. Cold water, room temperature water, milk; all mixes well. Mix it with water and it tastes great, mix it with milk and it tastes as close to a milk shake as you can get.

Supercharged Strawberry: Strawberry is an okay flavor. It mixes the same as the vanilla. Mixed with water it is tasty but has a slight aftertaste that is normal of most protein shakes; not quite as much as others. In milk it tastes like a refreshing strawberry shake.

Mixing both flavors in milk is going to give the best flavor but adds in the calories and fat; being a blessing or a curse depending on goals.

If you would like to purchase these products online, the links above will take you to Amazon, they are some of the cheaper prices I’ve seen, $50.99 for the vanilla and $52.99 for the strawberry. I bought the vanilla at Vitamin Shoppe and paid $69.99.

Disclaimer: Supplements are made to help supplement your lifestyle. If you do not have a decent diet and workout routine already in place, this is not going to be a miracle muscle growth formula. This product is intended to supplement amino acids and protein into your diet.

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