The Experts Weigh In On Whey Protein

Whey protein may be a mystery to some, but when it comes to numerous experts in both the science and nutrition fields, the primary benefits behind this dairy-based protein are clear.

 

“Whey protein contains bioactive components that protect against infections and viruses, enhance immunity, protect against some cancers and positively affect cardiovascular health and muscle tone,” reports Hilmar Ingredients in Understanding Whey: The Complete Protein.

Did you know that whey protein taken immediately after exercise can change your entire body composition by increasing lean muscle mass and toning your body?

 

In the past, whey protein was primarily linked to male body builders, who were looking to bulk up. This is not the case anymore, folks!

From infants to seniors, and all those in between, whey protein has beneficial aspects for everyone:

 

*Infants, toddlers and kids need it for growth because proteins in the body form bones, teeth, cartilage and much more.

 

*As we get older, adults need protein in order to repair and maintain the body and stimulate formation of tissues & muscle

 

*In order to combat muscle loss in seniors, protein is a must

 

*Athletes need protein, especially after a workout session, to build and repair muscles broken down during a workout

 

In a clinical trial, researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “…found that individuals who consumed supplemental whey protein for six months weighed less and had less body fat compared to individuals who consumed a carbohydrate supplement.  In addition, the whey protein group had a smaller waist circumference than both the soy and carbohydrate supplemented groups.” 



Some Facts of Whey:

  • Increases lean muscle mass
  • Helps decrease abdominal fat
  • Provides 20 essential amino acids

Whey Protein Smoothie Recipe: 
Ingredients-
1/4 Cup Plain Yogurt
2 TB Whey Protein Powder
1/4 Cup Fresh Berries
1/2 Banana
3 Ice Cubes
Directions-
Combine all ingredients in a blender, pulse for 1 minute, and serve!

NutritionAshley Pettit