Whey Protein – The Way to Exceptional Health and Longevity
You’ve probably heard of whey or about whey protein powder and perhaps you have even tried protein shakes, but what you may not know is that whey protein consumption is not new, but in fact, centuries old. Read on to find out about the amazing health benefits of whey and how to make your own healthy and natural whey.
Whey for Great Health and Longevity
The most interesting case for whey consumption is the case of Old Tom Parr. Old Tom was an Englishman who lived from 1483 to 1635. He lived for 152 years and his longevity was attributed to his daily diet that included cheese, milk, bread, and a small portion of whey.1
Scandinavians have been taking advantage of the health and nutritive benefits of whey for hundreds of years and some claim that the secret to their beautiful complexions can be as a result of their whey consumption.
Iceland has also been using whey for centuries as a way to preserve food. The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, was said to have prescribed whey for his patients. The diary of Samuel Pepys, an Admiral in the British Navy, even refers to the consumption of whey.2
What is Whey Protein
Milk primarily consists of two types of compounds:
The casein in milk – commonly called the curds – can be separated from the whey and the casein is used to produce cheese. This leaves a slightly milky substance called whey.
Casein makes up about 80% of the milk and 20% of the milk is whey.
Once the whey has been separated from the curds, the whey can be consumed, like Old Tom Parr who consumed sour whey, and it can be stored or it can be used to preserve other foods.
To produce the whey protein shakes you can buy at your health food store, the whey undergoes a number of different manufacturing processes. The processes depend on the manufacturer, but there are essentially three major forms of whey and each form requires different processing methods.
Most whey protein powders are produced by pasteurizing the whey to make sure it is free from bacteria, and then the whey powder is dried in drying towers before processing begins.
The Health Benefits of Whey Protein
Whey protein consumption is one of the most widely researched topics with thousands of studies relating to the consumption of whey. Some of the health benefits attributed to whey protein include:
- Whey protein supports digestion and may be beneficial for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).3
- Whey protein promotes increased lean muscle mass and that can speed up the metabolism.4 I’ve already mentioned that a high protein diet is vital for weight loss and I’ve also mentioned in my eBook Blast Your Belly Fat that one way to attack your belly fat is to eat lots of protein.
- The consumption of whey protein has been linked to reduced hunger.5 In my post on how to reset your hormones to melt fat, I have whey proteins in one of my hormone reset recipes.
- Whey protein may be beneficial for diabetes.6
- Whey protein may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.7
- Consuming whey proteins can reduce your risk of blood sugar spikes.8 This is also one of the benefits of low carb diets.
- Whey protein can help to prevent cancer.9
- Whey protein can help to regulate insulin and cholesterol levels.10
- Whey protein consumption promotes immune function and may be beneficial for children with asthma.11
Medicinal health benefits aside, whey protein is also excellent as a nutritional supplement because it is considered a complete protein.
Whey protein contains all of the essential amino acids that are vital for supporting your body. Your body needs proteins to produce muscle, tissue, cells, organs, neurotransmitters, hormones, and hundreds of other compounds that you need to survive.
Forms of Whey Proteins
If you have been shopping for protein shakes, then you may have seen the following types of whey protein:
- Whey concentrate
- Whey protein isolate
- Whey protein hydrolysate
Whey protein concentrate is the least processed of the three main types of whey protein. Whey protein concentrate generally contains low levels of carbohydrates and fats. Whey protein concentrates vary in the amounts of proteins they contain and can contain anywhere between 30% and 90% protein.12
Whey protein isolates are processed further, removing most, if not all, of the fats and carbohydrates from the whey. Isolates are generally very high in protein and most isolates contain approximately 90% protein.
Finally, whey protein hydrolysates are whey products that have been through various other processes that help to break down some of the protein structures in the whey. These processes are generally designed to make the whey protein highly digestible and this form of whey protein is often used as the basis for medical nutritional supplements.
Although these processes represent most of the whey products on the market, there are some whey protein supplements that have reduced the processing necessary to offer individuals a more natural, less processed form of whey protein supplement.
How to Make Your Own Whey
If you’ve ever noticed a clear, sometimes slightly milky layer on top of your yogurt, then you have already made your own whey! Although protein shakes are really convenient, you can opt to make your own whey by separating the whey from products like natural yogurt or kefir (which is actually better than yoghurt ).
All you need to produce your own whey is some cheese cloth, a strainer and naturally fermented milk products.
As an example you can make whey from good quality (and preferably organic) yogurt.
Line a large strainer set over a bowl with a clean cheese cloth. Pour in the yogurt – Cover and let stand at room temperature for several hours, until the yogurt is thick like Greek yogurt. The whey will run into the bowl and the milk solids will stay in the strainer.
Like other milk products, whey has a limited shelf life, unless you choose to consume sour whey, like Old Tom Parr, but it is an acquired taste for sure.13
Whey Protein Powder – Ideas for Consumption
The most common ways to consume whey protein powder is in a liquid form. Most people put it in a shaker cup, add water, shake, and you have a portable drink to revitalize your muscles and energy. Some people put it in a blender with milk, fruit, greens and nut butter.
But the supplement isn’t only for liquids – you can add whey protein to many homemade bakes and other dishes with countless recipes available for making your own, protein rich, delicious food. You can add it to a variety of dishes, from muffins and cupcakes to burgers and lasagna to dips and doughnuts and more!
Where to Get Whey Protein
You can buy a whey protein powder at your local health store, online or at your supermarket but try to opt for a raw organic whey protein from the milk of grass-fed cows like this USDA certified organic whey.
You should also be aware that processing can often break down some of the more sensitive proteins and other nutrients in whey. The manufacturer of this natural whey claims that its whey is biologically active non-denatured whey that has the highest biological value of any protein and contains the full range of fragile immune modulating and regenerative protein components naturally present in fresh, raw milk from cows grass-fed year-round on natural pastures.
Eating more proteins is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.
Read my other related articles:
1. 13 Surprising Sources of Protein (Meat Free)
2. Woman Loses 88 Pounds in One Year by Making 3 Simple Changes
3. The Amazing Health Benefits of L-lysine