What's up with whey and why should I avoid it?

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Whey protein continues to boggle many minds. Maybe your doctor suggested cutting out dairy or you simply enjoy the taste of plant-based protein over traditional protien bars. No matter the reason, when differentiating between both sources of protein, it's important to know the facts. Let's dive into the basics!

What is Whey and why is it Used?

Whey is a by-product of cheese, which contains all the soluble leftovers from milk.

Whey protein is marketed as a dietary supplement and performance enhancer most commonly in the form of protein powders and bars for individuals who want to incorporate additional protein into their diets.

Whey protein is a complete protein that contains all the essential amino acids and is traditionally believed to be the most effective protein for increasing strength and muscle building.

What's the issue?

In 2010 a panel, the European Food Safety Authority concluded that whey protein is just as effective for building strength, muscle, and lean body mass as other protein sources including plant-based proteins. Soy, quinoa, and buckwheat contain all nine essential amino acids, making them complete proteins similar to whey protein.

The lactose found in dairy products including whey protein is a type of sugar many people struggle to digest, which can lead to bloating, stomach pain, nausea, and gas. In fact, it is estimated that around 68% of the world’s population is lactose intolerant.

why Settle on whey?

An amazing alternative to whey protein is plant-based protein. Plant-based proteins contain high levels of fiber and antioxidants which help protect against free radicals and support digestive health. Both important nutrients that are all but non-existent in animal proteins.

In addition to plant-based protein’s health benefits, plant protein production is seriously sustainable! The dairy industry is responsible for 14.5% of global greenhouse gas, while plant protein production reduces greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, land usage, and water consumption.

Is plant-based protein the new black? We sure think so! Make sure to check out all of No Cow’s products for all your plant-based protein needs.

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