Is Protein The Whey To Go?

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I am sure when you first got into fitness and started working out you were bombarded with the notion that you have to go buy a big tub of protein or some sort of gainer drink in order to make gains in the gym, its simply not the truth but far from it. While supplements like Whey Protein can be helpful for certain causes they are not needed by the masses and certainly not needed by someone wanting to achieve a good physique. Saying this they hold some very cool benefits

The Benefits – Whey Protein

Whey Protein is a very cool supplement and it has some very good effects on the body when used correctly. A high quality whey protein powder will be loaded with Amino Acids including Leucine which has recently been touted as being extremely important in triggering muscle growth especially when consumed in high concentrations, while doing resistance training.

More importantly than this to me anyway are the general health benefits you can obtain from taking Whey, although its just another way to get more protein in your diet Whey holds benefits that cannot be obtained from other protein sources; It is amazing at stimulating the immune system by helping to Glutathione which is pretty much the most important anti-oxidant in our bodies and it can only be manufactured by our own bodies through eating nourishing foods. Glutathione destroys free radicals in the body and detoxifies the body.

Always try and pick a high quality Whey with a high Immunoglobulin count which is an anti-body which plays a key role in developing and maintaining our immune system and keeping our blood healthy!

Also keep in mind the benefits of whey protein are nothing new there is an old Italien Expression which goes:

“If you want to live a healthy and active life, drink whey and dine early”

I think we can all agree this is great advice! So by Having some Whey a few times a week expect to:

  • Bolster your immune system
  • If your in anyway deficient in Amino Acids you will feel an energy boost
  • Nourish and detoxify your body

What to go for?

I personally like to follow 2 rules when buying whey protein:

1- Buy it from a source which has very high manufacturing standards and are willing to show certificates of their products quality! Companies like this are few and far between but its well worth making sure you get the good stuff with all the trash on the markets these days….. Make sure the Whey you buy has gone through the minimal amount of processing.

2- Avoid Artificial Sweeteners; After TheIFlife’s article on Artificial Sweeteners this earlier this week I think we can all agree this stuff is doing us no favors!

Get your whey Unflavored and learn to enjoy the natural milky and neutral taste, it will do yur body a world of good in the long run!

Whey to Go!

While Whey protein is far from essential when starting a fitness regime it can be a useful tool for someone looking to bolster their immune system or someone needing a quick source of protein on the go. I myself rarely use the protein supplements but normally keep a small amount of Whey on hand to mix into some canned pumpkin or add to a smoothie for a protein burst! I would take real food over it any day but it has uses for some! Just remember keep it high quality and Natural…..

  • Get High Quality Unprocessed Whey
  • Steer clear of artificial Sweeteners
  • Stay well away from Soy Protein or Casein (nightmare to digest)
  • Rice or Hemp Protein can also be a suitable alternative to Whey
  • Consider it a luxury rather than a staple
  • Only bother with it if your diet, training and sleep are in check!

Comments

  1. Methuselah - Pay Now Live Later says

    Hi Chris – good post. I have stopped taking protein powder altogether as part of my determination to eat a totally natural and unprocessed, ‘paleo’ diet, but I do miss the convenience of being able to throw together a shake that I know has top quality, quick absorbing protein in. However when I was buying the stuff, I had pretty good experiences with MyProtein.co.uk, so for those in the UK this might be worth giving a try. You can order in bulk (up to 50kg) and can specify whether you want any flavours or sweeteners in there. So it’s possible to buy totally pure whey with nothing in there at all, then add your own flavours (e.g. a banana). They also give you reward points for referring other people or when you buy stuff. So if anyone does decide to use them, why not use my referrers code: MP32375 ! I am not sure what I would do with the points now – perhaps buy a t-shirt ;-)

    p.s. I tried some roast pumpkin last night at a restaurant – very nice. It felt like cheating because it was so much like roast potato!

  2. Chris says

    Roast Pumpkin is delicious I am sure the restaurant did a very god job of cooking it, must have been a treat!
    MyProtein is my go to place when I order Whey I always go for the highest quality unflavored stuff which is Low heat processed and can usually get about 1kg delivered for about £15 which is pretty good considering it lasts me a while. They are a trustworthy company and at least ordering from them I know I am getting what is supposed to be in the bag……

  3. Gubernatrix says

    Agree that a supplement can be useful on occasions as it is hard to find a convenient, portable source of protein (I use boiled eggs!) and sometimes you just don’t feel like stuffing yourself with chicken or ham.

    I hadn’t heard the info about the immune system so thanks for highlighting that.

  4. Chris says

    @ Gubernatrix: I agree on the portable source of protein, There are definitely times I don’t feel like chicken and ham on the go. You should definitely consider trying a mix of canned pumpkin and whey protein with some berries in…Its low carb and if you stick it in a portable container a great portable source of protein, add some nuts and cinnamon and you have a crustless pumpkin pie!

  5. Beth says

    So which brand of whey protein do you use? I’ve been trying to find a good one, but there’s so much conflicting information that I’ve had quite a bit of difficulty.

  6. Chris says

    @ Beth: If your in the USA then protein factory offer a very good unflavored whey in the USA. UK customers may want to look into myprotein.com. Otherwise Wholefoods in the USA offer a variety of unflavored whey at reasonable prices. I would trust the products thats wholefoods source so go ahead and pick one that looks like a good buy…..

  7. DR says

    Chris,

    What is your take on whey supplements sweetened with stevia?

    PVL and AllMax both have products that use stevia instead of the chemical sweeteners

    I had to go the stevia route as I found that products with the artifical stuff gave me headaches…scary stuff

  8. Chris says

    @ DR: I myself should think a Stevia sweetener is great, I use it regularly and have nothing but good stuff to say about it…… The stuff is totally natural and has great affects on replenishing the adrenals. Alternatively try and add some raw honey or Xylitol to unflavored whey and see if that hits the sweet spot…

  9. Taylor says

    I have always had a fear of pig supplements. So I usually stick to the Vitamin Cottage Whey Protein. These tips will really help me to evaluate my choice and make better ones in the future. Thanks!

  10. Chris says

    I happened to learn about a new protein supplement on a blog (Nutribody) and it’s been working great for me so far. It doesnt have sugar, soy estrogens and is completely vegetarian (should you have a restricted diet). It’s basically brown rice and pea protein! (It also doesnt have milk, which helps, since you wont feel bloated and crampy).

    Too much whey has been shown to increase your chances of diabetes, so be careful!

  11. Sydney says

    Perfect! It’s true that the supplements are very useful for a week person or who wants to improve the body. Mostly the body builders are using supplement to grow his/her body. A high quality whey protein powder will be loaded with Amino Acids including Leucine which has recently been touted as being extremely important in triggering muscle growth especially when consumed in high concentrations, while doing resistance training but overdosing from vitamin supplementation does occur. At high enough dosages some vitamins cause side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. So always take doctor’s advice before using supplements.

    Sydney
    Supplements from Foods

    @ Sydney: I totally agree protein supplements should only be for those who cannot eat enough solid protein. The problem is people become too reliant on protein supplements and neglect eating REAL food…

  12. Whey Protein Fiend says

    Solid article, Chris.

    Whey is definitely a good way to get increased protein into the body. I believe convenience is the biggest factor in it’s success, but it’s outstanding nature as a protein is certainly a close second, if not an equal or greater reason. As I’ve said numerous times to people, just because it’s an excellent protein source it should only be used in a supplemental capacity, though. Everything in moderation; a healthy mix of everything and you can’t go far wrong.

    I recently wrote an article which may be of interest to people here. I try to educate people on the difference between cheap whey protein which is cheap because it’s poor quality, and whey which is a genuine bargain.

    I go into detail about the different types of whey protein (hydrolysate, isolate and concentrate), as well as how to determine true whey content percentage, and the minumum percentage to go for.

    Hopefully it’ll stop people from getting ripped off and help them make better choices when purchasing whey protein.

    Thanks, anyway.

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