Nutrition

The benefits of whey protein

The benefits of whey protein

What Is whey protein?

Whey protein is probably something you’ve been hearing a lot about recently, whereby it is currently associated to active people all over the world… But what actually is whey protein?

“Little miss muffet sat on a tuffet eating her curds and whey”…Don’t worry it’s not some kind of ground up, processed meat, despite being an efficient source of protein, whey is actually a co-product formed in the dairy industry from the manufacture of cheese and milk, and is often used to make infant milk formula. Curd and Whey are two major ingredients of cow’s milk that within the world of nutrition are broadly accepted as healthy components of the diet, but why should you supplement your diet with whey protein in particular?

Why should I take whey protein?

Whey protein has managed to get a bit of a stereotypical reputation lately. People seem to think that whey protein is only beneficial for those big, muscly men aspiring to be bodybuilders, with a sole purpose of making you gain weight and become bigger. But as a matter of fact, whey protein has a wide variety of health benefits which can benefit men and women of all ages.

Now, you could go and drink gallons of milk, but it may be useful to remember the term “everything should be consumed in moderation”… cow’s milk contains both whey and casein protein, whereby in reality whey protein only makes up around 20% of cow’s milk. Therefore, gulping litres of milk might provide you with a good source of whey protein but that amount of calcium, lactose and fat could cause some adverse health effects… and that’s where you might find a whey protein supplement particularly useful. Whey contributes to many factors within nutrition, there are now studies that suggest whey protein may actually help prevent disease when co

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