Protein is one of the three categories of macronutrients (macro means large) needed in relatively large / substantial amounts by the body for proper health (the other two are carbohydrates and fats). Protein is made up of essential and non-essential amino acids, which are the “building blocks” that compose our body is made up of. Protein has a number of different roles in the body including the following:
- The Repair of All Body Cells, Tissues, and Organs.
- Especially Vital to Build and Repair Muscles and Bones.
- Serves to Provide a Source of Energy.
- Controls Many Vital Metabolic Processes in the body.
The body is able to make non-essential amino acids from other amino acids, however, it cannot make the “essential” amino acids. They are called “essential” because it is essential that they be provided in adequate amount in the diet. Although many foods contain some protein, the quantity and quality vary greatly. This is why it is important to eat foods that contain substantial amounts of high-quality proteins. High quality protein sources are those that contain all of the essential amino acids, they are called complete proteins.
All Protein foods are not created equal and can vary in a number of ways including the following:
- Number and quantity of essential amino acids
- Digestion and absorption rates
- Fat content
Whey protein is a very high quality complete protein with rich amounts of all the essential amino acids. Whey protein isolate is the purest form of whey protein, which is why it is absorbed so quickly and efficiently into the body. That’s why we make sure it is one of five choices for protein source in Raw Power Superfood Mix.
Whey protein is not something new, it has been around for many years. Doctors and nutritionists have singled out whey protein as a super-star ingredient for weight loss, infant nutrition, immune support, and especially in the area of sports nutrition.
Little Miss Muffet ate it. Remember the nursery rhyme – “eating her curds and whey”? Curds and Whey are the two products formed while making cheese from cow’s milk. Although we’re much more familiar with cheese, whey protein turns out to be a much better protein for you, your body and your health. It’s more soluble which means you can absorb more of it and it doesn’t stick to your arteries and veins and is easy to digest. That’s one of the reasons it’s the best type of protein for infants and children.
Healthy diets should regularly include high quality, low fat sources of protein, like whey, pumpkin, fish, protein. Calories do count and you want to make sure that you are getting the most benefit from the calories you consume. Compared to other proteins, on a gram-to-gram basis whey protein isolate delivers more essential amino acids to the body but without the fat or cholesterol. Nutrition experts recommend a diet with a variety of protein foods but for optimal results make sure that one of them is whey protein.
Protein needs vary by person depending upon age, weight, sex, activity level and overall health. Athletes and people on healthy lifestyle programs often need more protein than the recommended dietary allowance, or RDA. That’s because Whey protein is the richest known source of naturally occurring branched chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine). The body requires higher amounts of branched chain amino acids during and following exercise as they are absorbed directly by the skeletal muscles versus first being metabolized through the liver, like other amino acids. Low BCAA levels contribute to fatigue and they should be replaced in one-hour or less following exercise or participation in a competitive event. Many athletes consume a whey protein shake or drink both before and immediately after exercise or an event to help repair and rebuild lean muscle tissue.
You’ll find that there are two main kinds of whey protein sold today – whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate. Whey protein isolate is the most pure and concentrated form of whey protein available. It contains 90% or more protein and very little (if any) fat and lactose. Whey protein concentrate has anywhere between 29% and 89% protein depending upon the product. As the protein level in whey protein concentrate decreases the amounts of fat and/or lactose usually increase.
Whey Protein is ideal everyone, not just professional athletes and body builders. Whey protein is a particularly good source of protein for people with special dietary needs like:
- People on a low-carbohydrate diet
- Pregnant Women
- Vegetarians that include dairy in their diet.
- The lactose-intolerant due to the small amount of lactose contained in whey protein isolate (the lactose-intolerant should avoid whey protein conentrate though).
- The wheat-intolerant because whey protein contains no gluten.
- People with digestion problems because whey protein is so easily digestible that it rarely causes adverse stomach or intestinal reactions.
Adding whey protein to your healthy lifestyle is a great way to jump-start the weight loss phase of your program. Whey protein is a key ingredient in numerous weight loss and meal replacement products and whey protein isolate (with no fat or carbohydrates) is often the preferred choice. Studies have found that individuals who combine diets with leucine rich protein foods, like whey protein, and exercise have more lean muscle tissue and they lose more body fat. As they lose fat their metabolic rate increases and they naturally burn more calories each day. Another way that whey protein helps manage weight is by making you feel “full” after consuming your whey protein containing meal (Bach Bar, Bach Shake, or Bach Pancakes).
As you can see, whey protein has a lot of benefits for you. We go the extra step and only use the highest quality whey protein in our products. Our whey protein isolate has the highest protein scores available on the market today.