I thought I would do a quick post about Whey Protein. I have been confused about if Whey Protein powder is good for you, and what kind if any, should you use. When I was studying under Robyn Openshaw, the Greensmoothiegirl, I was pretty convinced you should never touch the stuff. She has a great vegetarian protein powder made with Hemp and Pea protein by the way. But recent research suggest there is some benefits to using whey when you can find a good clean source. Whey protein contains all the essential amino acids.* Plus it boasts the highest protein quality rating among all proteins. Thus, it is a complete protein.
Whey protein is a by-product of the cheese manufacturing process. At one time it was discarded or used for animal feed, but researchers later discovered incredible whey protein benefits for humans.
High-quality whey protein can have dramatic effects. Benefits include:
1. Supports your immune health*
2. Supports your energy levels*
3. Supports your joint and muscle health*
4. Supports your beneficial gut bacteria*
5. Promotes your muscle strength, endurance and recovery*
6. Protects all your tissues’ cells via its antioxidant properties*
7. Provides critical amino acids and proteins for overall optimal health*
8. Supports your body’s optimal metabolic rate and fat burning level*
I truly believe that the best protein you can eat, if from the food itself, like grass-fed steak or pastured eggs. There are times though when a protein powder is just convenient and you need something fast to through in your smoothie’s that will satisfy you longer. On those days, when you don’t have the time to make a meal, a protein powder may be what your looking for. Now for how to find a quality protein powder and what that even means.
Here is 9 things to look for in a good quality protein powder by Dr. Mercola
“The 9 Essentials to Look For in Your Whey Protein Powder
1. All-natural, pasture-fed cows’ whey, NOT pesticide-treated, grain-fed cows’ whey
Compared to grain-fed cows, pasture-fed cows produce whey that:
Is nutritionally superior to grain fed
Contains an impressive amino acid and immuno-supportive nutrient profile
Is rich in healthy fats–lipolic acid and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)
2. GMO-free whey
Choose whey made without GMOs.
3. Cold processed, NOT heat processed
Most whey is heat processed which:
Makes the whey acidic and nutritionally deficient
Damages the immuno-supportive micronutrients and amino acids
Makes whey inadequate for consumption
Cold processed whey protects the nutrients in their natural state.
Acid-free processing, NOT Acid / Ion Exchange Processing
Acid / Ion Exchange Processing is cheaper than acid-free processing, but it denatures the amino acid profiles by using acids and chemicals to separate the whey from the fats.
4. Whey protein concentrate, NOT protein isolates
Protein isolates are proteins stripped away from their nutritional cofactors. There are three problems with that…
All isolates are exposed to acid processing.
Your body cannot assimilate proteins in isolated form.
Due to over-processing, isolates are deficient in key amino acids and nutritional cofactors.
You must make sure you get whey protein concentrate instead of protein isolates, which are an inferior product.
5. When you remove fat, you actually remove components of its immunological properties, such as phospholipids, phosphatidylserine, and cortisol. Additionally, all of the igG immunoglobulins, which are an excellent source of glutamine and cysteine, are also bound to the fat globule. Fat provides not only calories; most foods rich in healthful fat – including nuts and seeds like almonds and chia – are carriers of antioxidants, such as vitamin E and phytosterols.
Therefore, you’re clearly left with an inferior whey protein if you take the fat out. So don’t settle for anything less than whey protein concentrate.
6.Sweetened naturally, NOT artificially, and low carb
Most whey products are artificially sweetened making them useless if you have sugar sensitivities, or just don’t want to put artificial sweeteners or flavors into your body.
Your whey should be low glycemic, low carb and should not contain any artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohol, glycerin, fructose, sugar or gluten.
7.Maximum biological value, NOT compromised or damaged
Most whey proteins provide some benefit. But, due to the ingredients, the source of the whey, the concentration of beneficial nutrients, or the type of processing, many whey products simply don’t deliver what they promise.
You want whey that’s guaranteed to retain its maximum biological value — one with all the key amino acids, cofactors and beneficial micronutrients present and intact rather than compromised or damaged, and not missing any amino acids or essential nutrients.
8.Easy to Digest, NOT Causing Digestive Stress
Many whey products contain long-chain fatty acids, which are hard to digest and require bile acids to absorb.
You want a whey protein powder with medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). These are easily absorbed, digested quickly, and utilized as energy without causing digestive stress.
Ideally, you want a product in which the MCT come from the best source of all — coconut oil.
9.Free from Toxic Heavy Metals or at Such Low Levels NOT to be a Health Risk
Many protein powders both whey and non-whey could contain dangerous levels of heavy metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic.
A Consumer Reports’ evaluation showed some leading brands of protein powders exceeded United States Pharmacopoeia’s (USP) recommended safety limits for certain heavy metals.
You want to avoid these products at all costs because any high concentration of heavy metals taken over time could lead to serious health consequences.”
I have recently used Jay Robb’s protein powder, which is a protein isolate. I picked his brand because it was cold-pressed and followed everything on Dr. Mercola’s list except it is protein isolate, not concentrate. This was because if you couldn’t gaurentee the cow was grass-fed and no hormones, ect, the isolate was a safer choice, but as I have read over the last few days, new research says that the concentrate is better for you if you can find it from grassfed cows. We now have some options that we didn’t have a few years ago.
Dr. Mercola has a miracle whey protein that seems would be great.
Dave Asprey has a pure whey protein powder- this is the one I just ordered and I have tried it in my smoothie yesterday. It was great! I just trust all his products because he is so vigilant in testing for all the molds, metals, ect. I think this will be my new go to protein powder.
Greensmoothiegirl Protein Powder- great vegetarian or vegan choice
Those are the only three that I have personally studied and tried so those are the ones I recommend even though I am sure if you use the criteria that I listed above, you can find other brands you trust. I just order mine online. If anyone needs any help ordering it or finding it, just make a comment and I will help you with the link.
Have a wonderful day everyone, especially my sweet sister Angie!! I love you sister. Your doing great and staying positive! I know the Lord is with you right now and also Dad. Love you lady!!!