Whey protein is perhaps the single most-consumed supplement on the market today and now accounts for a multi-billion dollar industry. It is a staple of athletes and bodybuilders, and busy people who need some quick energy “on the go.”
But where did this whole whey fad actually come from? How did this come to be? And, most importantly, what else do we need to know?
Whey has been used by humans for over 6000 years, going back to the very dawn of civilization. Many marketers and whey proponents will direct naive readers all the way back to Hippocrates, father of Greek medicine who extolled its immune-boosting value. This sets up whey as an ancient remedy, connected to the very origins of western civilization.
It’s a very romantic idea.
It’s even true... to a degree. Hippocrates, famous for his aphorism “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” did in fact promote whey.
But there’s a long way between the freshly separated products from organic, locally crafted cheese that only lasts for a few days and the highly processed, sweetened and mixed up protein powders stocking the shelves of supplement stores for who-knows-how-long before finding its way into the bellies of gym rats.
So what is modern whey? It’s a byproduct of the cheese industry that until 1971 they would just throw away. A cheese manufacturer processes approximately 10 pounds of milk (5 quarts) into a single pound of cheese.
Clearly there is a lot of waste in this process.
And that’s what “whey” is. It is the cast-off waste from cheese.
There is no single “whey protein” – it is a complex of all sorts of stuff that was left over from the cheese process. There are hormones, cholesterol, fat, bioactive peptides, enzymes, and globular proteins from cow blood.
In the 1970s, a very clever man with a cheese business named Frank Thomas realized he could repackage this waste product into a “nutritional product,” turning his garbage into revenue. Lots and lots of revenue.
And the whey protein industry was born.
This last secret is perhaps the most important of all of them. Of all the different protein sources out there – meat, eggs, beans, all of them – whey protein is one of the least efficient.
From every possible source of protein you could dream of consuming, whey protein is practically the least useful.
How do we know this? Because nutrition scientists found that we can measure a protein’s actual utilization by the body through a metric called the Amino Acid Utilization™, or AAU™. It compares the amount of nitrogen from protein coming into the body and the amount of nitrogen leaving in in the urine, fecal matter, and dermal excretion. The difference between them is the amount of utilization.
In fact, whey is only 17% utilized by your body for protein synthesis. So all those guys downing 50+ grams of whey protein a day? They’re only getting 8.5g of actual muscle-building protein from their efforts.
Not to mention all the other unhealthy effects we mentioned earlier.
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The importance of having a well-functioning and healthy immune system has become increasingly obvious in recent times.
Sadly, everyone seems to have a different answer as to how you should go about strengthening your immune system. When you go to your local health and wellness shop, you might see twenty or thirty products that tout their “immune boosting” powers. An Amazon search reveals thousands of results.
Well, we’re here to tell you about an effective and ancient remedy that has been in use for over two thousand years: the red reishi mushroom.
We’ve all heard about all the negative effects of stress and the modern lifestyle.
We’re all rushing around, overworked, in a constant state of fight-or-flight and it has disastrous effects on our health.
But what if “stress” wasn’t the real problem?
What if our bodies knew exactly how to cope with the intensity of modern life… if we just gave the body what it needed to thrive?
And the key may be one little mineral.
I hope this finds you healthy and able to still get outside (or inside) for a daily run during this trying time of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of us are grieving several losses including race cancellations. Though it's a bummer, I want you to know that your hard-earned training is far from wasted.
Those miles are in your legs and all kinds of wonderful benefits have occurred including the addition of mitochondria, adding new capillary beds for increased blood flow, and strengthening the heart muscle for future training.
As athletes, it's important for us to be proactive in maintaining a strong immune system. We're not only doing this for our own prevention but also our loved ones that we spend time with.
Read on for 5 tips to consider as you seek to stay healthy.