What is Whey Protein?
Whey Protein Explained
Whey is a natural result of the process of cheese-making!
When milk is heated (pasteurised) to zap any bacteria and natural enzymes are added, it splits into ‘Curds’ and ‘Whey’. Whey is the strained liquid. Vitality Rocks Whey Protein is also non-irradiated!
It’s important to ensure that when you choose your whey protein that the cows have grazed only on grass and have lived a healthy, outdoor life, free of antibiotics and hormones. This is really important in order to ensure the milk is of the highest possible quality as it could affect the nutrients in the whey and ultimately, your health!
Basically, whey is water, protein, carbohydrate, fat and lactose. To make whey protein powder, it undergoes a process of filtration (purification) when most of the fat and lactose is removed and it is then dried to obtain concentrate. This is balanced to ensure that what is not needed, is removed, but the nutrients and protein remain in optimal condition.
The whey protein concentrate powder is then tested for quality before it is blended with other ingredients. However, be careful, as there will be degrees of quality and standards! Be sure to choose a product with the highest quality ingredients and a whey protein which contains natural Stevia sweetener and no artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives.
Why choose Whey Protein?
- It’s fast-acting and is absorbed by the body easily, for most efficient use.
- For people who exercise, it’s a ‘go-to’ product as protein promotes strength and lean muscle mass.
- It keeps you fuller for longer so is often reported as being successfully used to aid weight loss.
- Taken within an hour of exercising, it’s reported as being effective at repair and growth of muscle mass. However, Whey can be consumed at any time of day as part of a calorie controlled intake whether your goal is weight management or building muscle/strength for example.
- It contains all nine amino acids that are important for effective metabolism.
- It may be beneficial in promoting insulin production; this study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4620107/ explores the potential benefits in management of mild to moderate Type 2 Diabetes.
Note: Whey Protein is generally safe for the average person however you will need to avoid if you have kidney or liver issues. If you are prone to allergies or intolerances then you may need to consult medical advice first.
Other, natural proteins such as pea protein may also be of benefit.