Whey protein is probably the best selling supplement in the industry. It's definitely the type of product Best Price Nutrition sells the most of. For good reason...you need protein to build muscle and whey protein in particular is the protein of choice by athletes and bodybuilders. But being a popular product means lots of myths. We get these types of questions every day. This is why we decided to make a video about them all to help clear the path.
Whey Protein Myths Video
Glen: Hello again everybody, this is John and Glen with Best Price Nutrition. Today we're actually doing this video and it's purely because we get a lot of questions and there is a lot of searches about this particular topic, which are the dangers and side effects -- if you want to call it that, I don't like the word 'side effects,' I think if it's an effect it's an effect, it's more of a marketing thing -- of whey protein. You know, I was a little surprised but we do get a lot of questions about it and so we thought we would do something maybe to dispel some myths and rumors. I mean the fact of the matter is it's protein. It's not something that's just made-up in a lab.
John: Want to explain the source?
Glen: Yeah, this is whey protein or I've heard some people call it 'wee' but it's actually pronounced 'weigh.' It comes from milk, inside of milk, or actually milk that comes from cows or goats.
John: Well any species, any mammal that's basically making the milk it's gonna have casein and whey.
Glen: 80% is casein and 20% is weigh. For years, the cheese industry was just throwing away whey. They didn't know what to do with it. It was essentially like if you open up a cottage cheese or a yogurt, that white film on the top, that's what whey is. For years, they were throwing it away and then one day they decided to look into what it is and found out that whey is very good for you. It contains a lot of immune system enhancing . . .
John: Immunoglobulins . . .
Glen: . . . Immunoglobulins, and they found it's also very good because it's a complete protein. The body -building community has embraced it because it's low calories, it's a high branched chain amino acid. So here we have now whey, is probably the most popular, most widely used protein out there.
John: Yeah, the amino acid profile is very favorable. I think before whey was out they thought egg was kind of the gold standard so it got the biological evaluation score of 100, and then whey came around and actually exceeded 100 and that's kind of where that comes from. As he said, it's rich in B.C.A.A.s, it's very easy to digest. Now, there's different forms of whey, there's whey isolates and whey concentrates.
So if somebody is lactose intolerant, you know, you want to stick with a whey protein isolate then because they are going to isolate the protein. They are going to filter out the fat and the lactose. A concentrate is gonna have a little bit of that lactose left over typically, and the vast majority of people are going to be fine with it. A lot of them add lactase to it, and really the thought is that the inability to digest lactose isn't . .. . you're not bound to that fate. You know, a lot of the time there has been a lot of research that's been done with people's gut floras and found that we're just missing some of the probiotics that you need to actually break it down because it's the bacteria that are gonna break it down for you.
So that's another thing to consider, but like we said, whey it's very light, you know, if you ever mix it up, it's very liquidy. It's easy to digest. We even have had customers that, you know, they have children who won't drink milk or won't take protein and they'll make them protein shakes. So, it's protein, there's not some secret here. This isn't somebody just formulating it in a lab. You actually have to have a real raw material, which in this case would be the cheese by-product that was being thrown out. It's a by-product because they were throwing it out and now we actually have found a use for it.
What are some of the myths or rumors you hear about some of the dangers of protein use in general?
Glen: Yeah, protein use in general . . .
John: People think it's going to liquify your kidneys or something, which is just ridiculous. There's absolutely no research to support it. They've actually done research of people doing like eight grams of protein per pound of body weight, which is completely unnecessary. You never have to reach those levels, but even then, unless you have some sort of preexisting kidney condition, you're going to be fine. We don't recommend taking eight grams of protein per body weight.
Glen: Yeah, that's a lot of protein. It is true that protein in and of itself is a large molecule and it has to pass through the kidneys, but like John was saying, they've done research on it to show that you can take enormous amounts of protein and for a normal person who doesn't have a kidney ailment, taking in a lot of protein is not going to harm them. As long as you drink enough water, it'll easily flush through the kidneys and you won't have a problem.
John: If you read most research, I mean, technically you're looking anywhere between three-quarters and a full gram of protein per pound of body weight is what's going to be recommended. It's not gonna be this eight grams or something silly like that. So you're fine, that's a complete myth. I challenge anyone to find actual peer-reviewed human studies that document any such thing. So, that's just not the case. I'm seeing what other things about whey protein that people have said. Yeah, unless you have some extreme food allergy, and even then I think there is a lot of hyperbole out there too about that.
Glen: I think a lot of people, too, also think, "Oh, is whey protein going to make me bulky?" Or, "Is protein going to make bulky in general?" We get a lot of questions like that from women especially. No, it's not going to do that. First of all, with women, they don't contain the hormones to make them bulky or . . .
John: The ones you're thinking of are on steroids if that's what you're thinking you're going to look like, cause a lot of our male clientele try and look very muscular and some of them don't succeed and they're taking a lot of protein because of some odd factors. You have to work out hard, and some other things like that. And also, the more muscle you have, the more fat you'll burn. So for women, to put on more muscle, it's a good thing. You're not going to turn into He-Man or anything like that just from taking a protein shake, you know.
Glen: Yeah, protein in general . . . there's something called the thermic effect of food which means how many calories your body expends breaking something down. Protein has the highest thermic effect, meaning that by taking in protein you're burning calories because the process of actually breaking it down into a usable form, breaking up the peptide chains is causing your body to use a lot of calories.
John: There's a metabolic cost to it and then your body has to take that protein and amino acids and make body protein. So when you look at a person, you're basically looking at a blob of protein. You know, your skin is collagen, your muscles are actin and myosin, your hair is keratin, those are all proteins. If we put someone on a desert island and we gave them carbohydrates and water, they would die. However, if we gave them protein and water, you'd be OK, you know. Make sure you get some vitamins and stuff too so you don't get scurvy and things like that but there's no such thing as an essential carbohydrate, however there are such things as essential proteins, i.e., essential amino acids.
So you know the other concern that sometimes comes into play with proteins, whey in this case, would be the sweeteners, people think that if they have an artificial sweetener, things are gonna happen. That's fine, you know, we don't have the long-term research on it, so it's kind of buyer beware. I think there's worse things you can do than take a little sucralose, I mean, nobody's really using aspartame anymore . . .
John: . . . but there are naturally sweetened ones too if that's a concern, so you can even get by that, but most of them don't really have that much sucralose in there and there's been zero research showing that there's anything bad about sucralose as far as we've seen in terms of documented peer-reviewed, not stuff on, you know, nutty websites. So, please don't post those because, not interested in reading them unless they're peer-reviewed. So, we'll save you that time. I think we've covered everything . . .
John: . . . I can't really think of anything else as far as . . .
Glen: I mean, whey protein is safe, it's been used for years, not only by the body-building community but in the medical community. None of us have ever had a side effect or anything from whey, so it's pretty safe.
John: Yeah, so if you find one that doesn't agree with your system, then try something else. But whey is usually one of the most easily digested proteins. If you have any questions, please feel free to post them in the comments section of the video or on our blog. Also, you can visit us at facebook.com/BestPriceNutrition. Thank you.