Dymatize ISO-100 vs. Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydrowhey - Supplements Comparison
Dymatize ISO-100 and Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydrowhey are two whey protein supplements, both based on hydrolyzed whey protein isolates. They both come in various flavors and packages and many people wonder, which one is better.
Updated: January 24, 2020.
Protein sources: As said before, both supplements are based on hydrolyzed whey protein isolates, with Hydrowhey having some micronized branched chain amino acids extra added. Of course, they both contain other ingredients like sweeteners and flavors. Hydrowhey also contains enzyme blend for better digestion and absorption.
Dymatize ISO-100 Gourmet Vanilla contains 86g of protein, 3g of carbs, 1.5g of fats and 0g of fibers per 100g of powder. Also, it contains around 19g of BCAA (9.2g leucine) per 100g of powder or 22g of BCAA (10.8g of leucine) per 100g of protein.
Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydrowhey Velocity Vanilla contains around 77g of protein, 5g of carbs, 2.5g of fats and 0g of fibers per 100g of powder. Also, it contains around 22.5g of BCAA per 100g of powder or 29g of BCAA per 100g of protein.
Clearly, Dymatize ISO-100 has more protein per g of powder, but Hydrowhey has more BCAA per g of powder and especially per g of protein.
Note: I would highly recommend reading Complete Protein Foods - Foods High in Protein article (link opens in the new window) to clarify things little bit about amino acids, BCAA and other. It is somewhat longer article, even with some math, but ... :)
Flavors: Both supplements come in numerous flavors, suitable for everyone.
Dymatize ISO-100 comes in these flavors: Birthday Cake, Cinnamon Bun, Cookies & Cream, Fudge Brownie, Gourmet Chocolate, Gourmet Pina Colada, Gourmet Vanilla, Orange Dreamsicle, Smooth Banana and Strawberry.
Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydrowhey comes in these flavors: Chocolate Mint, Turbo Chocolate, Supercharged Strawberry, Velocity Vanilla, Cookies & Cream Overdrive and Chocolate Peanut Butter.
I prefer chocolate flavors, but fruity flavors are OK, too.
Packages: ISO-100 comes in the 1.6, 3 and 5 lbs packages and sometimes it can be found in small bags (10 servings). Hydrowhey comes in the 1.75 and 3.5 lbs packages and sometimes 4.6 lbs are available.
I prefer to buy larger packages, since they are cheaper per gram of supplement, especially when found on sale or as part of some combo package.
Mixability and taste: Both supplements are easy to mix in shaker. In fact, both can be mixed in the glass with a spoon, with no foam, grits or chunks. When shakers are used, both will make some foam, but not much, and that foam will settle down within seconds. ISO-100 has good taste and when made with some fasts carbs, it tastes almost like candy, especially chocolate flavors. And Hydrowhey taste even better - not much, but clearly better, especially when taken without fast carbs.
Uses: being based on hydrolyzed whey protein isolates, both supplements are excellent whey protein supplements for Post Workout Meal (PWM) shakes, with or without added fast carbs, creatine, BCAA, glutamine, C vitamin ...
They are digest too fast to be used for breakfasts and daily snacks, even when slowed down with other foods like oats, fruits and similar.
Price: Optimum Nutrition Hydrowhey generally costs more than Dymatize ISO-100, per gram of powder and especially per gram of protein. ISO-100 is more expensive regarding grams of BCAA in powder.
When found on sale, Hydrowhey can be cheaper than ISO-100, but when ISO-100 is found on sale, especially 5 lbs package, than price difference can be significant.
When comparing the prices, keep in mind package sizes (ISO-100 1.6, 3 and 5 pounds, Hydrowhey 1.75 and 3.5 pounds).
Recommendation: When deciding which one is better, keep in mind this:
- both wheys are easy on stomach and cause no stomach issues, even for lactose intolerant people. ISO-100 contains no gluten and no lactose, while Hydrowhey contains digestive enzymes,
- ISO-100 contains more protein per 100g of powder, but Hydrowhey contains more BCAA,
- ISO-100 is generally cheaper,
- Both powders mixes easily,
- Hydrowhey tastes better.
Recommendation - look for sale and choose the one that can be found cheaper. Both whey supplements are excellent for PWM shakes. ISO-100 has more protein and if you are on a Keto or similar very-low carbs diet, consider this whey over Hydrowhey. Leucine and BCAAs in general are great for recovery and regeneration, but body also needs other amino acids to fully recover.
Personally, I cycle whey protein supplements and I try never to buy same whey protein twice in a row. But, if I MUST choose between these two whey supplements, I would choose Dymatize ISO-100, with Hydrowhey being very, very close.
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Also, keep in mind that I usually cycle between Dymatize Elite Whey Protein, Optimum Nutrition Gold Whey and Ultimate Nutrition ProStar Whey Protein - they are protein whey blends, much cheaper per gram of powder/protein.
And never forget, real food is real food :)