Whey: Is there a difference in the kinds?

Whey: Protein Shakes….so many out there! Are you confused on which do you buy? The ones that say cookie dough flavor? the plain vanilla? the organic? the grass fed whey? the one that says it’s a meal?  Yes, the list goes on and on!   Here is some info for you about WHEY protein that I think is important to know when choosing one and why I choose to use grass fed whey in my private label for you!!

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Typical whey products are a big-business by-product of massive factory farming operations, using hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals from start to finish. Because of this, they are frequently contaminated, often with heavy metals.

It is important to use a brand that is free from pesticides and is made from the milk of cows that have not been treated with hormones and antibiotics. Plus, some popular leading brands of protein powder may contain dangerous levels of heavy metals. A Consumer Reports’ test showed that 3 of the 15 protein drinks tested contained risky levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead. All these factors render them inferior from a health perspective.

Even organic whey powders are not as complete. They’re ususally high-temperature-processed and isolated, so they lack our whey’s alkalinizing minerals and immune co-factor proteins. Grass fed is better!

Most commercial whey powders are high-heat-treated, acid-flushed, and stripped of vital nutrients, creating an imbalanced, acidic “whey isolate” that’s frequently contaminated with synthetic additives, chemical detergents, and heavy metals. It’s no wonder that many of these whey products are hard to digest and have to cover up their acidic aftertaste with unhealthy sweeteners and artificial flavors.Naturally produced whey is loaded with protein and when it is kept as pure and unprocessed as possible and made from the milk of pasture-fed cows, it is also loaded with antioxidants and important amino acids.

When it’s low-temperature-processed and contains all its fragile immune factors and nutrients, nothing tops the superfood power of pasture-raised whey concentrate—it’s one of nature’s most perfect foods. Loaded with the ideal blend of nutrients — easily-absorbed amino acids, anti-inflammatory immune factors and metabolism-boosting peptides, along with potent antioxidants and alkaline minerals — this delicious, creamy whey protein is ideal for muscle nourishment, immune support, exercise recovery and body rejuvenation.

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The Differences Between Whey Concentrate and Whey Isolate   

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What are the biggest differences between whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate?

1) Whey protein concentrate costs less to produce than whey protein isolate and therefore should cost less money for you. This is usually a sign that a product has inferior quality, however it isn’t true in this case.

2) A good whey protein concentrate usually has 80% protein compared to 90-96% protein in whey protein isolate. This is because concentrate contains small amounts of fat, cholesterol and lactose, and isolate requires more processing to eliminate these further and increase the protein content. As you will see from the labels however, we are only talking a few grams of difference. However, if you are sensitive to lactose, isolate is going to be the better choice.

3) Whey protein concentrate’s distinct advantage comes containing more bioactive compounds found in the fat that positively influence hormones and immunity. Dietary fat and cholesterol is needed for testosterone production, and improves absorption of key vitamins and carotenoids. The IgG immunoglobulins are a source of glutamine and cysteine needed for glutathione (master antioxidant system) and are bound to fat. CLA – while in a modest amount in fat and higher in grass-fed animals – is an important compound for burning fat and fighting cancer.

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Do You Even Need Whey Protein Powder?

Are protein powders really necessary? Depends on who you are and what your ultimate goals are!! But I can tell you that a large percentage of the athletes do not get enough protein for their activity level. This is especially true post-recovery. Liquid protein post-workout is extremely effective and efficient at amino acids, protein and minerals quickly to the muscles.  If you are exercising a lot and heavy lifting then extra protein with amino acids is key to rebuilding and repair!

Using whey protein will allow you to physically see the difference in your body. While you can maintain and repair with proper protein from fish, meat and eggs, my opinion is that grass-fed whey protein gives you a distinct advantage for recovery and results. Plus, it is incredibly convenient for a quick breakfast or when you need something that digests quickly before you workout!

Whey may not be the answer for you if you have a dairy allergy or sensitivity!! Don’t fear! I have plant based protein powders too! Free from rice…only pea and chia seed! 21g of protein! Great tasting and mixes easy!


 

Here’s what is in my Grass Fed Whey Protein (vanilla & chocolate flavors available)

  • Protein: 19 G
  • Carbs: 2
  • Fat: 1
  • Calories: 90

TYPICAL AMINO ACID PROFILE

Amino Acid PerServing

Alanine……………………………………….985 mg Arginine………………………………………510 mg Aspartic Acid…………………………….2,060 mg Cysteine/Cystine………………………….530 mg Glutamic Acid……………………………3,395 mg Glycine……………………………………….385 mg Histidine ……………………………………..365 mg Isoleucine…………………………………1,275 mg Leucine ……………………………………2,080 mg Lysine ……………………………………..1,715 mg Methionine ………………………………….475 mg Phenylalanine ……………………………..640 mg Proline……………………………………..1,185 mg Serine ………………………………………..985 mg Threonine…………………………………1,350 mg Tyrosine ……………………………………..640 mg Tryptophan………………………………….385 mg Valine………………………………………1,165 mg

Whey protein concentrate (yielding approximately 36% B-lactoglobulin, 10% A-lactalbumin, 3% immunoglobulin G, 15% glyco-macropeptides, 3% proteose peptone 5, 25% branched chain amino acids and 19% glutamic acid and soy lecithin), Whey protein isolate (yielding approximately 69% B-lactoglobulin, 14% A-lactalbumin, 3% bovine serum albumin, 2% immunoglobulin G, 2% glycomacropeptide, 1% proteose peptone 5, 25% branched chain amino acids, and 18% glutamic acid), natural vanilla flavor, Stevia (SwetaTM brand; no licorice aftertaste), silica and luo han guo fruit extract.

Whey protein is among the most valuable kinds of protein available. It scores very well in all measures of protein value, such as PER (Protein Efficiency Ratio) 3.2, BV (Biological Value) 100 and PDCAAS (Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score) 1.0. The PDCAAS is the most relevant measure of the quality of proteins for humans and is the official rating system used by the World Health Organization. The score of 1.0 is the highest possible rating. Whey protein contains all of the essential amino acids in biologically significant amounts and is simply one of the most complete sources of proteins and amino acids in the marketplace. It does not contain any synthetic hormones such as rBGH. The whey protein concentrate and isolate used in this formula are produced through an ion-exchanged, ultra filtration process that yields the highest level of protein and amino acids while preserving all the naturally occurring, immune enhancing and muscle nourishing bioactives.

Contains No yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. Non-GMO and rBGH free.

 

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To compliment the Whey protein and Plant Protein in my office I also offer Organic chocolate or espresso flavored greens, creatine, grass fed gelatin, omegas, and more to add into any shakes! I also offer egg white protein which is the best of the best protein for absorption if you are interested in that! :)

Hope you found this helpful! Let me know if you have any questions!  I am always happy to help! I want you to always have the best and know what you are consuming! Please don’t be fooled by pretty labels! A lot of shakes out there have hidden lead in them as well as hormones and antibiotics. And if there are greens in them, if they aren’t organic, chances are you are getting more pesticides too!

BE WELL   LIVE WELL   FEEL WELL

In Health,

Karie

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