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Gold Standard Gainer is a premium quality recovery and mass gainer formula offering the health benefits of plant-based carbohydrates, quality whey protein and unique fatty acid sources, including the energising medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) and omega 3 rich ground chia seeds. This was one of the most anticipated supplements releases within the sports nutrition industry. When it hit the shelves, they buckled under the strain. If you place a high importance on your health in reaching your goals, Optimum Nutrition offer a premium solution in Gold Standard Gainer.


Product Features

  • 55g Protein per Serve (majority is WPI).
  • 112g Plant-Based Carbohydrates.
  • 11g of Healthy Fats.
  • 2:1 ratio Carbohydrates to Protein.
  • Ideal for the "Hardgainer".
  • Improve Recovery Time.





Optimum Nutrition is one of the most trusted and well-respected brands in the history of sports supplementation. Their Gold Standard Whey protein is the highest selling protein powder in the world, and has won the best protein award for numerous years running. And now, for all the "hardgainers" out there, you can now realise your muscle growth potential with Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Gainer.

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Every single essential amino acid is packed into this formula, naturally found in the high quality protein. The proteins in this product are primarily from whey protein isolate, the highest quality protein powder. This creates the perfect nutritional recipe for muscle protein synthesis, which means faster muscle recovery and growth. 


What's the gold standard difference? Quality! Gold Standard Gainer provides premium plant based carbohydrates from oat, pea and potato starch. Not only with a cleaner carb profile, this mass gainer provides good fats from chia seed, which ia the richest source of an important essential fatty acid (Omega 3) called Linolenic Acid.


A quality macronutrient profile ensures a calorie dense weight gainer that produces quality muscle gains. This product certainly delivers on the promise of optimal nutrition, ensuring your health is not sacrificed in the process of gaining size. After all, new muscle gains need to be sustainable. And for this, staying well-nourished is an absolute must. You can be sure that Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Gainer has got your mass gaining nutritional needs covered. 


Gold Standard Gainer is perfect for use in conjuntion with a high calorie diet, or to create a high calorie diet when used in addition to normal meals. With a fantastic all-natural carbohydrate blend, premium protein and select fat sources, this product is sure to help you achieve your competitive, performance or body composition goals. 


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Gold Standard Gainer vs Pro Gainer

Gold Standard Gainer has a 203 gram serving size (2 scoops) compared to 165 grams (1 scoop) with Pro Gainer. Within this larger serving size, Gold Standard Gainer offers 20% more calories, due to the 27 grams more carbohydrates and 4 grams more fats that it contains. The fibre content is also higher in Gold Standard Gainer compared to Pro Gainer, offering 9 grams per serve versus 5 grams, respectively. 


gainer vs pro gainer comparisonThe protein content is comparable between the two mass gainer powders, though Pro Gainer contains an extra 5 grams per serve at 60 grams of protein. Pro Gainer contains a broad-spectrum multivitamin and mineral complex that is not found in Gold Standard Gainer, which is helpful for supporting overall nutritional status.


However, Gold Standard Gainer contains a quality whole-foods carbohydrate mix, which includes oat flour, pea starch, potato starch and lactose or milk sugar (and some maltodextrin). The carbohydrate and sugars contained in Pro Gainer are derived exclusively from Maltodextrin and lactose.


Both Gainers contain medium chain triglyceries (MCTs) to promote energy and training intensity. Pro Gainer contains 200mg less sodium and 20mg less cholesterol per serve, making it a more heart-healthy choice. In terms of the protein blends, Gold Standard Gainer contains primarily whey protein in the form of isolate, concentrate and some hydrolysed isolate, with some casein contained in the milk protein isolate. However, Pro Gainer contains both egg, casein and whey protein sources, making it suitable for anyone in need of a more sustained release product.


Both products contain an abundance of calories and protein, making them effective for any mass gains program. However, if you prefer whole foods sourced calories with a lower glycemic index, Gold Standard Gainer is a more suitable choice. However, Pro Gainer is a more heart-healthy option which also offers a greater sustained-release effect.

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How to Use Gold Standard Gainer

For recovery after an intense workout, add 1 scoop of Gold Standard Gainer to a shaker with 300ml cold water and shake until well mixed. Consume immediatley. For gaining weight, mix 2 scoops  with 600ml  cold water and consume. 


To support a high calorie diet, mix 1 scoop with 300ml of cold water and consume between meals to meet your calorie goals. To support recovery while sleeping, mix 1 scoop of Gold Standard Gainer with 300ml cold water and conume 1 hour before bed.

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Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Gainer Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 203g (2 Scoops)

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INGREDIENTS: Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Milk Protein Isolate, Hydrolysed Whey Protein Isolate), Carbohydrate Blend (Oat Flour, Pea Starch [Carb 10%], Potato Starch), Maltodextrin, Natural and Artificial Flavour, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Creamer (Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup, Solids, Sodium Caseinate, Mono & Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Tocopherols), Lecithin, Ground Cinnamon, Flaxseed protein, Salt, Milled Chia Seed, Gum Blend (Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan), Gum Arabic, Sucralose.

CONTAINS: Milk & Soy. May contain wheat.