Choose your protein supplement wisely
For those working out, from a nutritional standpoint, it is important to know which protein supplement will give you the most bang for your nutritional buck. So I did a little research on three of the more widely used protein powder supplements currently on the market: Hemp, Whey and Soy.
First up – Whey!
Whey protein went from being a waste by-product of the cheese industry, to being the preferred protein of choice for tons of bodybuilders. Once again we see with “whey” the marvels of marketing at work, turning what was once considered trash (waste) into treasure. Yea – trash! A little harsh I’ll admit, but in the face of a healthier alternative (hemp protein) one can pretty much relegate (whey protein) back to its rightful place of origin, the garbage!
Here are some facts about whey. I’ve already stated it’s a by-product of cheese making. As we know cheese is produced from milk, cows milk is not easily digestible in humans. The cheese industry is the largest consumer’s of “factory farmed” milk. The majority of milk used to make the cheese comes from cows injected with all sorts of additives “drugs” (bovine growth hormones, antibiotics and god only knows what else). Many of the cows are cancerous. The milk from these cancerous cows, along with the additives, gets passed onto us – the consumers, which inevitably makes us ill. In addition most of these cows are fed genetically modified organisms (GMO) by way of soy and corn. GMO foods are unhealthy – a topic I’ll delve deeper into in another post. Whey also contains casein’s, which are another protein found in milk. It is purported that casein’s are “removed” during the cheese making process but often finds its way into the whey protein powder supplements. Studies have shown casein’s promote cancer growth!
Whey protein is foreign to the human body; it’s an acid forming food. Over consumption of whey can lead to acidosis (to much acid in the body). Acidosis disrupts normal cell functioning and can set the stage for a variety of health issues, including osteoporosis, gout and rheumatoid arthritis. So taking all of this into account, it is fair to say I am not a proponent of whey protein powder as a suitable supplemental option.
Next on deck – Soy!
Soy can negatively affect your sex drive!!! Yikes! Yep that’s right. A recent case study of a 19-year-old man, who became a vegan, began consuming soy in large quantities, and soon after experienced loss of libido and erectile dysfunction. His lab test revealed low levels of testosterone and increased levels of DEHA. A recipe for sexual dysfunction. Just a “little” something to think about gents!!!
Soy also is a goitrogenic food and most likely the worst one of them all. Goitrogen’s prevents ones thyroid from getting the necessary iodine it needs – weight gain, fatigue, sleep deprivation are just a few of the symptoms associated with the lack of iodine uptake in your thyroid. This problem usually occurs more often in women, than in men.
Most of the soy used in making protein powder is genetically modified organisms (GMO). The soybeans are designed to withstand the chemicals sprayed on the fields to kill the weeds. The residues of these chemicals eventually end up in your protein shake. I don’t think I should have to mention that these chemicals are extremely toxic to your health. So a fan of soy, I am not!
Now moving onto the undisputed heavy weight champ of the protein powder supplements – Hemp!
No, not the Marijuana get you high hemp plant! I’m talking about the seeds of the hemp plant that contain all the essential amino & fatty acids necessary for muscle repair and growth – minus the THC content, of course. THC is the Hallucinogenic part of the plant that gets you high! Hemp is more easily digestible within the human body than soy or whey and unlike soy, it’ll help increase your testosterone levels due to its high concentration of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids.Hemp seeds are one of the only plant-based complete proteins. They contain all eight essential amino acids, those that your body cannot make and must be ingested. Hemp seeds are comprised of 27 percent carbohydrates, almost all of which is in the form of soluble and insoluble fiber. The fibers are found in a 4-to-1 ratio, insoluble to soluble, in shelled hemp seeds. Soluble fiber is responsible for slowing glucose absorption, slowing gastric emptying and increasing the excretion of bile acid, which lowers levels of LDL cholesterol in the body. Insoluble fiber is responsible for moving matter through your digestive system and keeping your bowel movements regular. As a part of a daily diet, it is also associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Organic hemp protein powder is by far the best one on the market! Try it, your body will thank and love you for it!
Peace & Blessings!