Plus 7 Secrets Its Marketers Don’t Want You to Know
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?”
- 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 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.
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Dr David Minkoff
Dr. 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 worked as an attending physician in infectious disease, co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995. In 1997, his interest in alternative and complementary medicine led him to open LifeWorks Wellness Center, which has become one of the foremost alternative medicine clinics in the U.S. His search to find a source of the highest quality nutritional supplements led him to establish BodyHealth in 2000, a resource that could provide doctors with the best possible supplementation and education for their patients. Today, the BodyHealth products are used by hundreds of practitioners and individual consumers who seek all-natural wellness and detoxification supplements with a demonstrated high level of quality and effectiveness. In addition to their use by patients looking to heal disease, the BodyHealth products are also used by sports enthusiasts interested in achieving and maintaining optimal performance. As a 42-time Ironman triathlon finisher, (including 8 appearances at the Ironman World Championships) Dr. Minkoff has first-hand experience to help athletes achieve optimum conditioning. His expertise in protein synthesis, detoxification, and nutrition allow them to run, swim, and bike faster and longer. Today, Dr. Minkoff is an alternative healthcare expert, guest lecturer, writer, tv and radio show guest. He also authors two weekly newsletters, the BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter and the Optimum Health Report