When it comes to adding health supplements to your diet, you want to make sure that the supplements you are taking are healthy. After all, the last thing you want to do is sacrifice your good gains so far with unhealthy whey protein supplements that include ingredients that could undo your hard work getting into shape and potentially harm your health.
What Is Whey Protein?
Whey protein is a popular nutritional supplement used for various reasons, including muscle gain and as a quick source of protein on the go. Many people add protein to their workouts to help them build muscle and recover quicker from their workouts. It is often quicker and easier to drink a protein shake instead of taking a meal to the gym for post-workout refueling.
Whey protein is derived from cheese making process. When rennet (enzymes) is added to cow's milk, it curdles, resulting in two products: curds and whey (think cottage cheese). Although the curds are used to make cheese, the whey can be dehydrated to make powdered protein. This is where Whey Protein comes from!
What Type of Whey Protein Can You Buy?
There are many different whey protein supplements on the market. You can buy whey protein for many different reasons made up of different ingredients and via manufacturing processes. There are even different levels of quality for whey protein. Bottom line is not all protein powders are the same even if the ingredient panel says whey protein! Below is a short example of three types of whey protein.
Whey protein contains beta-lactoglobulin, alpha-lactalbumin, bovine serum albumin, and immunoglobulins.
- Whey protein concentrate (WPC) is the least processed and most natural form of whey protein. It has a naturally occurring low fat and carbohydrate content. The percentage of protein in WPC is determined by its concentration. Lower end concentrates typically contain 30 percent protein, while higher end concentrates can contain up to 80 percent.
- Whey protein isolate (WPI) is processed further than WPC to remove all fat and almost all the lactose. WPI is typically composed of at least 90% protein.
- Whey protein hydrolysate (WPH) is the “predigested” form of whey protein because it has already undergone partial hydrolysis – a process required for the body to absorb protein. WPH requires less digestion than the other two types of whey protein.
What is Grass-Fed Whey Protein?
At Propello Life, we use only the best ingredients and practices to ensure we don't compromise our whey protein's quality. For this reason, we choose grass-fed whey protein for the health benefits it offers those looking to fuel their body with only the best ingredients.
The term grass-fed relates to the diet of the cows. Typically grass-fed cows will have lived on a diet of whatever food they come across on their pastures. This means a natural diet of grazing on grass, shrubbery, etc. They are not fed a diet to fatten them up much in the way cows in a concentrated animal operations center will have been.
But not all grass-fed whey protein is the same. Depending on the food regulations for the country and the ethics of the cattle farmers the amount of pasture grazing and grass fed to the cows can be quite extreme. For instance, the United States has very loose regulations on how much grass is fed to a cow to be able to call it "grass fed." Where as, New Zealand has the strictest (highest) regulations. Propello Life only uses New Zealand grass fed Whey Protein from the world's best, most ethical ingredient supplier.
We do this to ensure the highest quality whey protein with the highest nutrient density.
Grass-fed fat contains more vitamin A, vitamin E, and glutathione, a powerful antioxidant, but it also contains more of what some refer to as "healthy" fats. It contains more omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to everything from healthier joints to improved mental health, as well as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has been linked to lower levels of inflammation and body fat.
Why Is Grass-Fed Whey Protein Better?
Aside from the ethical standpoint of using grass-fed whey protein, other factors make it the superior whey protein for those looking to supplement their health using protein supplements. In the first instance, you should consume grass-fed whey on both training and rest days.
Clean whey protein will include the optimal protein for your needs meaning you are getting everything you need from the supplement. Choose a concentrate with 15-20grams of protein to meet your daily needs.
Another benefit of choosing grass-fed whey is that it naturally contains higher BCAAs (branched-chain amino acids). BCAAs are linked to higher energy levels during workouts and posted workout muscle growth along with a quicker recovery time. BCAAs are naturally found in protein-rich food such as eggs too.
You can also benefit from fewer artificial flavors, sweeteners, and additives, along with an added benefit to your immune system too. Grass-fed whey protein is typically free of soy, gluten, and GMOs. But the best part is that it is hormone-free!
The Best Grass-Fed Whey Protein
When choosing the best grass-fed whey protein, you can buy either the isolate version or a concentrated form.
The isolated version of grass-fed whey protein has had most of the lactose and fat content removed, resulting in a higher protein dosage per identical serving pound for pound. Furthermore, the lack of lactose makes it more appealing to those who are lactose intolerant. But you are striping it of all the nutrient benefits found in the fat. Plus, it is processed more and less natural.
The concentrate form of grass-fed whey protein is the least processed. As a result, it retains the majority of the fat content of the milk and is frequently less expensive than isolate.
Consuming grass-fed whey protein from Propello Life means you are benefitting from the maximum benefits of protein supplements. Our grass-fed whey protein benefits include;
- Grass-fed, Hormone Free, Antibiotic-free
- Minimally processed - cold processed (undenatured) is the least processed form of whey protein.
- Natural - free of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives
- Sweetened with Stevia
- Safe, tested ingredients you can trust
Choosing the best grass-fed protein can really enhance your workout and allow you to benefit from the natural gains associated with adding whey to your workout routine in a way that is designed to offer you the best supplementary food.
It is vital you check the ingredients to identify the composition of the whey protein you choose. Grass-fed whey protein sourced responsibly and created using the least processing possible - Propello Life protein is cold-processed, will ultimately ensure you get the maximum nutrition and benefits available for you. Doing so will help you avoid buying whey protein that is crammed full of additives and classed as "bad" ingredients that can be found in much lower quality, cheaper protein powders on the market.
If you are serious about investing in your health and maximizing your gains, then grass-fed whey protein from Propello Life is the best grass-fed whey protein for you.