I know this has some not-strictly-paleo ingredients, such as stevia, but for people who workout intensely, protein shakes are hard to give up. Any ideas on how legit this product is? Anyone ever heard of other grass fed protein shakes?
Let's see....I'm pretty sure we want grass-fed for vitamins & better fatty acid profile - none of which would be in a whey protein isolate. Am I missing something? This strikes me as a total waste.
Interesting question, I have not seen much research on how pasturing cows affects the quality and makeup of the protein it produces.
As whey protein powder is 'stripped' of many of the things usually mentioned as superior in grassfed (CLA, LCPUFA, vitamins & minerals) I am inclined to believe that there is not as significant as a difference as eating grassfed vs factory beef.
I have had good success not using protein shakes, but I still like to take ~10 grams BCAA preworkout. I find it pretty easy to cook up some ground buffalo and complex carbs post workout and wolf it down within 20 minutes.
What's in the ingredient "natural French vanilla flavor?" If it was extract, they should write "extract." In fact, legally, "natural flavor" can contain MSG among other things that are probably not healthy. I have never heard of "Stevia Suave" either. Of course, I know what Stevia is, but what is up with "Suave?" Might be no big deal but I have become uber suspicious of anything weird looking on ingredient lists because the labeling laws are so flimsy and weak. -Eva
Most whey proteins contain unnecessary gums which in my experience cause digestive issues. Whey is a dried product as well and very prone to oxidation, so unless your buying isolate your getting a significant amount of oxidized cholesterol and possibly other oxidized products.
If you can get additive free whey isolate that would be relatively safe, although most whey protien also contains a decent amount of heavy metals. Tbh though whey protien is never necessary and the negatives outweigh the positives and casein is more anabolic so cheese would be a better much safer option. If you can tolerate milk that is bar none the best option imo.
As far as I know, Mercola gets his whey from Defense Nutrition (Ori Hofmekler's company, the Warrior Diet guy ;)). I've tried Ori's plain whey and also the vanilla flavour, which I didn't like too much (chemical aftertaste, guess it's that luohan fruit sweetener). The plain whey is awesome and great quality, it's about the only powder I'd use. Btw, I stopped using protein supps some time ago and didn't notice any differnce at all... ;)
Hey guys, I've done a lot of research on this, and you're all mostly right. except..grass fed does matter if the product includes a concentrate plus pure whey itself (not concentrate or isolte) for mineralization and a more natural nutrient profile such as CLA. I use Action Whey. It's all of this plus it includes real Coconut Oil. It's also 100% whey in its protein content. The other guys use cheapo milk powder and caseinates to "dope" the protein content. Great posts!
I use the above natural one from MRM. Actually, I haven't used it much at all since Robb Wolf doesn't like them for leaning out, which I desperately need. But this one seems pretty clean and the chocolate and vanilla ones are pretty good with coconut milk.
Grass-fed vs Grain-fed DOES matter when looking at a whey protein, and so does Isolate vs Concentrate. The majority of products on the market today are isolates (product of cheese manufacture, proteins are denatured "dead", acid used, etc.) I use "Vital Whey" from Well Wisdom and love it! It's a whey protein concentrate from cows that are pasture fed year round (the CLA content is 5X's that of grain fed), disease-free, pesticide-free, chemical-free, hormone treatment-free and GMO-free! There are no artificial ingredients, they even have Vital Whey Natural now that is ONLY whey protein concentrate, that's it!
Great products for anyone concerned with only putting the best in their bodies! Ok, there's my two cents!
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