Posted on March 29th, 2012 by Lucy
Optimum has created some of the most solid, longlasting, powerful products in the bodybuilding supplement and sports nutrition world. And the favourable reviews aren’t just produced by overworked sales reps who’ve created far too many online profiles – the feedback that we get from real customers is overwhelmingly positive, our own experience with the products is great. However, it can be all too easy for descriptions of these products to start sounding like marketing hype! Today get real about Optimum Platinum Hydro Builder, looking at the pluses, the minuses, and the ‘would change if I could’s.
Mixability and Taste
In most bodybuilding supplements, these two features go hand in hand, because texture affects taste. Optimum Platinum Hydro Builder is consistently rated very highly for both texture and taste. Some commonly heard comments about taste include:
- The strawberry flavour becomes extra frothy, and is also extra sweet
- The cookies and cream and turbo chocolate flavours are utterly delicious
- Vanilla tastes a little ordinary when mixed with water
If you have been taking hydrolysed protein for so long now that you could pick that ‘hydrolysed’ taste from a kilometre away, many reviewers have mentioned that this bodybuilding supplement manages to mask or negate that hydrolysed taste very effectively.
Our favourite comment: “If God and Giada de Laurentiis made a protein then this would be it”. Ha!
The ingredient profile for Platinum Hydro Builder is pretty hard to beat, and some reviewers even say it’s better than 100% Whey. Per serve you’ll get:
- 30g protein
- 1g fat
- 2g carbs
- 0g simple carbs
The (almost) zero fat and carb formulation means that many reviewers were happy with how easy Hydro Builder is to add into an existing diet plan.
The protein in Hydro Builder is designed for staged release, with a blend of egg albumin, Micellar casein, whey protein. It also includes creatine and BCAAs. A couple of reviewers mentioned that it isn’t suitable for a range of people with food allergies or sensitivities, as it contains egg, milk and soy ingredients … which is unfortunate, but perhaps necessary to build an (ahem) optimum product for a wider audience.
Recovery and Soreness
Lots of reviewers mentioned the real effects they notice when switching to Hydro Builder from a different protein – minimal soreness after intense workouts, great recovery, and noticeable gains.
We’ve started to sound like a broken record when it comes to this area of bodybuilding supplement reviewing, we know! There are plenty of reviewers who love the product, but hate the price. Obviously for better quality products, one pays a bit more. Some reviewers feel that Platinum Hydro Builder isn’t worth the extra expense, some do. It’s a personal decision.
Other reviewers also mentioned that they wished Hydro Builder came in a larger range of sizes. At Nutrition Warehouse we stock only the 2kg size, the largest tub which actually helps keep the per-serve cost very reasonable. At around 40 serves per $100 tub, this top quality protein will cost you around $2.50 a day.