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The Truth About Whey Protein

The Truth About Whey Protein

September 21, 2018 0 Comments

Whey is a common ingredient in many protein supplements – but not in Paleoethics’ blends. While whey has numerous reported benefits, it can also produce negative side effects that we as high-performance-supplement users prefer to avoid.

Here’s why we at Paleoethics choose to say: “No whey!”

What is whey?

Cow’s milk contains two types of protein: casein and whey. Whey’s popularity as a performance supplement comes from the fact that it contains nine essential amino acids and is relatively low in lactose content.

Sweet or acid whey is produced during the manufacture of cheese, and whey protein is a mixture of proteins isolated from this substance. Whey protein primarily exists in four forms: whey protein concentrate (WPC), whey protein isolate (WPI), whey protein hydrolysate (WPH), and Native Whey.

The forms of whey differ in production cost, extraction process, and composition. WPC is made up of roughly 70 to 80 percent protein and contains lactose and fat. WPI consists of roughly 90 percent protein, but lacks some of the nutritional benefits found in whey concentrate. WPH is the product of hydrolysis and allows the body to absorb amino acids more quickly than through intact proteins. Native whey is unique in that it is extracted from skim milk and is not a byproduct of cheese production.

The Benefits

A casual Google search for whey protein will deliver dozens of enthusiastic articles extolling the many virtues of whey protein – it aids weight loss! It lowers cholesterol! It prevents cancer!

To be sure, the presence of essential amino acids, which your body cannot naturally produce, are a major benefit. According to LiveStrong.com, whey proteins contain all nine essential amino acids, which makes it a complete protein source.

But, as Medical News Today points out, evidence for other claimed benefits is based on one-time studies; more research is required before these benefits can be confirmed.

Potential Risks

Paleoethics is dedicated to producing healthy, high-performance supplements with minimal negative side effects. Unfortunately, whey protein has been linked to a variety of undesirable outcomes, including acne, hair loss, and digestive issues.

As a dairy product, whey not only poses risks to lactose-intolerant individuals, but also carries the environmental burdens associated with that industry.

Paleoethics’ Alternatives

Instead of producing high-performance supplements with whey, Paleoethics uses a variety of clean, healthy alternatives. In particular, we prefer hydrolyzed beef protein derived from hormone-free grass-fed beef, hydrolyzed chicken protein, and vegan pea and hemp proteins. We believe that each of these ingredients is just as effective as whey proteins, but without the risk of side effects.

For more information on the ingredients we use in our high-performance supplements, don’t hesitate to contact Paleoethics today. We can be reached by phone, email, or through our website – reach out today to learn how Paleoethics can help you meet your healthy living goals.




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