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Wild Foods Guide To Whey Protein

Learn more about whey protein; how it's made, what the benefits are, and how to choose a quality protein source

 

The Wild Foods Guide To Whey Protein

Whey is the liquid that remains after milk has been curdled and strained, and is usually the byproduct of the cheesemaking process.

Whey used to be considered a waste product until the 70s when Frank Thomas figured out a way to convert the liquid whey into a dried powder.

This innovation birthed an entire industry—whey protein supplements—and help spearhead the growth of the supplement industry as a whole. 

Nowadays, all cheese operations include processing and selling whey or whey powder as a part of it’s business model.

One of the reasons whey has become so popular as a nutrition supplement is its impressive makeup of the proteins beta-lactoglobulin, alpha-lactalbumin, and serum albumin, which are considered “complete” and “essential” proteins to the human body.

An essential nutrient is one that we must consume in order to survive, compared to non-essential nutrition that either we don’t need or that our body can produce from other mechanisms. 

Whey protein helps satisfy the body’s protein needs due do it's high bioavailability (ability to absorb into body). This, and the fact that it was first created from a waste product (cheesemaking), has helped it become one of the top selling supplements in the world, especially in the bodybuilding and fitness communities.

But whey is more than just a way to ingest more protein... good whey that is. If quality whey didn't provide other health benefits aside from simple protein absorption, we probably wouldn't bother sourcing and selling it.

Recent manufacturing methods, as well as a lot of research, as proven undenatued grass-fed whey protein to be a superfood!

And since superfoods are our favorite kind of foods, we made it a mission to bring a premium quality whey under the Wild Foods brand.

Whey is typically comprised of 1%-8% lactose and trace amounts of casein, making it a useable product for most lactose and casein intolerant individuals.

Due to it’s long shelf-life and easy-to-make convenience, it has become a staple in the health and fit-conscious individual’s program. 

Whey protein can serve as a meal replacement in it’s purest form—with just water—or in a shake or smoothie concoction with other ingredients.

It can also be used in recipes such as bars, desserts and baked items, to name a few. It is also commonly used as a pre and post-workout recovery drink used to aid in protein synthesis and repair.

Types of Whey Protein

There are three types of whey protein powder, each varying in their nutritional makeup as well as how they are made. These are whey protein concentrate (most common), whey protein isolate, Hydrolyzed whey protein.

Whey concentrate makes up the bulk of the protein powders on the market. The level of protein in a concentrate can vary from 25% to as much as 90%, the most common being 80% protein.

The remainder makeup of whey contains various amounts of lactose (avg of 1%-8%), fat, minerals, and water.

 Whey Protein Benefits

  • Whey can help you reduce calories by providing a low calorie meal replacement
  • Increase intake of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) that form the building blocks of life
  • Increases intake of leucine, a growth promoting amino acid used in tissue repair and growth
  • Includes cysteine, an amino acid that converts to glutathione, a powerful antioxidant in promoting health and longevity
  • Aids in protein synthesis, ideally before and after workouts
  • Helps promote muscle growth (important for male, female, young, old)
  • Increases daily protein intake (Most people don't consume enough protein)
  • Helps control appetite
  • Supports the immune system through immunoglobulins

Whey Research

How "regular" Whey Protein Is Made

Step #1: Dairy Cows Produce Milk

The first step in determining the quality of the final powder starts with the diet and lifestyle of the dairy cows. Unhappy cows living in inhumane and disgusting conditions on factory farms produce milk that doesn't taste good and that is not good for you. (This being a proven fact of all food produced in these kind of conditions, especially animals.)

Where the milk for cheap protein powders comes from... this is what you support when you by bargain protein

Step #2: Raw Milk Is Cooled And Transported By Tanker Trucks To A Cheese Manufacturer

After this step, the majority of whey protein on the market enters the cheesemaking process, which starts with the process of separating the cheese curds from the whey and draining off the whey to make whey protein powder. This process typically results in multiple forms of heating and processing, all of  which contribute to damaging—or denaturing—the proteins in the whey. This denaturing of the raw milk destroys the bioactive cysteine rich proteins, which is the main health benefit found in raw milk. 

Step #3: The Raw Milk Is Used In The Cheesemaking Process And The Liquid Whey, Which Used To Be Considered A Waste product, Is Drained Off

It's common practice here too separate the whey from curds using enzymes such as animal rennet.

Most whey comes from curds

Step #4: The Liquid Whey Is Transported (Again) To The Whey Manufacturer

Step #5: The whey is made into whey protein powder using one of the following

  • Microfiltered - a method of passing the whey through superfine particle filters to filter out fat, lactose and carbohydrates, leaving whey protein behind
  • Ultrafiltered - Microfiltered and then filtered again, often with the use of acid processing, to make whey protein isolate (not ideal as this further damages/removes nutrition) (Also not ideal due to your body not being able to assimilates proteins in the isolate form.)
  • Acid or ion exchange method - Uses chemicals to separate whey from fats. Obviously not ideal.
  • Hydrolyzed whey method - A process known as "enzymatic hydrolysis" is used to further breakdown the proteins into an easier digestible form. This is often done using either an acid method or an enzyme like pancreatic protease. As you might have guessed, this is not ideal and we recommend you steer clear of anything hydrolyzed.
  • Proprietary filtration method used to produce "Undenatured" whey - The method used to produce our Wild Whey. Uses a proprietary filtration and drying process that involves minimal processing and produces a superior whey full of glutathione promoting cysteines as well as the natural immune boosting protein components; immunoglobulins, lactoferrin and srum albumin.

Step #6: The final powder is stored in large 20-40lb paper bags before being shipped to Distributor or co-packer

what's in mass-produced whey

Step #7: Powder is packaged into various products and sizes, sometimes as a standalone ingredient and sometimes with added Sweeteners, Flavorings and other vitamins and minerals before being sold to the public

How Undenatuerd Whey Protein Is Made

Healthy humanely treated cows that can graze on green pasture produces better milk and better whey protein

step #1: Dairy Cows Produce Milk

The first step in determining the quality of the final powder starts with the diet and lifestyle of the dairy cows. Unhappy cows living in inhumane and disgusting conditions on factory farms produce milk that doesn't taste good and that is not good for you. (This being a proven fact of all food produced in these kind of conditions, especially animals.)

Step #2: Raw Milk Is Cooled And Transported to protein Manufacturer

Step #3: The raw milk is single pasteurized (by law) then Immediately recooled

Step #5: The Single-Pasteurized milk enters the whey manufacturing process using the following

Proprietary filtration method used to produce "Undenatured" whey - The method used to produce our Wild Whey. Uses a proprietary filtration and drying process that involves minimal processing and produces a superior whey full of glutathione promoting cysteines as well as the natural immune boosting protein components; immunoglobulins, lactoferrin and serum albumin.

Step #7 (In the case of Wild Whey): The Final Powder Is Stored In large 40lb Paper Bags and shipped to Wild Foods HQ

Step #8 (In The Case Of Wild Whey): Retail sizes of the undenatured whey are then shipped to customers

Step #9: Wild customers consume wild whey and feel healthy, strong and happy! 

Learn more about Wild Whey, our best-selling Undenatured Grass-Fed Whey Protein

What makes Wild Whey Wildly Awesome?

  • It's made from cows grass-fed year-round from their raw milk and not from denatured whey that is the by product of the cheesemaking process.
  • It is hormone-Treatment-Free.
  • There is no added sugar.
  • It is gently processed using single pasteurization and dried using ambient air temperature.
  • Naturally sweetened with Stevia, Nature's zero calories sweetener... it tastes great!
  • It includes a full list of essential amino acids to give you more muscle growth and faster recovery times.
  • Biologically-active and non-denatured, Wild Whey is packed with the nutrition only found in nature.

Why choose Wild Whey?

  • Because your health, results and performance matters to you and you need a protein that reflects that importance!
  • Because you want the best!
  • Because you want your protein shakes to actually taste good!