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The Real Story Behind Whey Protein

by Dr. David Minkoff November 08, 2017 4 min read 0 Comments

The Real Story Behind Whey Protein

Plus 7 Secrets Its Marketers Don’t Want You to Know

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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?

 

The Origins of Whey

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.

 

Whey Is Just a Remarketed Garbage Byproduct

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.

 

No Whey: 7 Secretes The Marketers Won’t Tell You

  1. Digestive Issues and Microbiota Destabilization. For many new to whey protein, gut issues like bloating, gas, loose stools, etc. are remarkably common. There are no definitive studies, but the variety of problems points towards a destabilization of the gut mircoflora – an essential part of health and wellness.
  2. Pro-Inflammatory: Many people also experience outbreaks of acne while using whey protein. Acne is caused by an inflammatory reaction to bacteria, indicating a higher-than-normal inflammatory response. This is likely related to the disturbance of the gut microbiome, which has an important regulatory function in the management of inflammation.
  3. Heavy Metals: Supplements are not as tightly regulated as food and thus have lower standards of quality. Consumer reports looked at 15 popular whey protein brands and found high levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury.
  4. Highly Processed: Virtually any health professional worth the title will agree that the best source of nutrition is from whole foods and processed foods should be avoided as much as possible. Whey protein is very highly processed, and this poses a number of health problems. It can introduce trace toxins and because our digestive system was not evolved to handle such high concentrations of whey, it can disrupt our system.
  5. Artificial Sweeteners and Fillers: Many manufacturers attempt to make whey protein more palatable by adding in artificial sweeteners like sucralose. These are known carcinogens! Others will add filler ingredients to add bulk to their recipe or who knows what else. There is little oversight or testing on protein powders, so you are at the mercy of what the manufacturer tells you is in the product. How much are you going to trust someone with a product called “MegaMuscle XXX?”
  6. Spikes Insulin. Whey protein causes a spike in blood sugar and insulin levels, creating the same boom-crash in your energy and focus as a donut. This has loads of negative effects beyond the short term.

 

The Shocking 7th Secret

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.

 

Don’t Waste Your Time and Money: Build Muscle With 99% Efficiency

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It’s scientifically formulated for maximum utilization, with an AAU of 99% every last bit goes right to where you need it, with no insulin spike, guaranteed purity, no additives, and is in your bloodstream in under 23 minutes.

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Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein. The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness. Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 43 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teachers to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.



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