Optimum Nutrition is one of the world’s best protein supplement brand . Most of the people prefer buying the product Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey. For the same reason, the most imitated and duplicate product in the industry is ON Gold.
Let’s see how you can figure out the difference between original and fake whey protein.
Please find below 7 tips to identify fake protein:
1. Check Neck Bends
2. Check Unique Tub design
3. Check Date & Batch Number
4. Check Vacuum Barriers
5. Check Difference in solubility
6. Check for spelling mistakes.
Let’s understand all these tips briefly:
1.CHECK NECK BANDS
Protein container of Gold Standard 100% Whey has a gold hologram seal on the black plastic neck band. Platinum series products have a clear neck band with silver hologram. Gold seal should not be a sticker.
2.CHECK UNIQUE TUB DESIGN
The crease on the bottom of U.S. made tubs of protein is a mold mark from plastic thermoforming. It looks the same on every tub and is normal. Mold mark should be the same on every tub.
3. CHECK DATE & BATCH NUMBER
Normally at the bottom or side of container, you’ll find inkjet printing stating, a manufacture date, expiration date, and batch code. Dates should be 2 years apart. These Protein powdered products have a 2-year shelf life.
4. CHECK VACUUM BARRIERS
After opening a protein container, Under the cap, there will a cardboard vacuum barrier that helps hold the powder in place during shipping. This round disk is not for sanitation and is not glued into place.
It is common for the cardboard to stick under the cap. The round seal under the caps of bottles containing capsules, tablets and softgels is glued down and typically won’t stick under the cap.
5. DIFFERENCE IN SOLUBILITY
I think this one is the most obvious one. When people are selling fake powder, they are going to use the cheapest materials possible to keep their production cost to the minimum.
And the original protein powder will dissolve in the water quite easily and quickly.
Forget about mixing with a spoon, it will take a whole lot of power and shakes to mix the fake one with a blender too.
6. CHECK FOR SPELLING MISTAKES
Check the packing of the protein box for any spelling mistakes.
Check the spoon provided inside the protein container. Makes sure it si golden color with and had an “ON” logo.
So there you go, these are some basic and pretty easy ways to differentiate between original and fake protein powder.
Credits: Optimum nutrition