Changing Your Wheys

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 04:07 PM Charlie Pulsipher
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When most people think of protein to fuel workouts and build muscle, whey is normally what comes to mind. This is understandable. It was pretty much the only protein supplement available for years and did a decent job of providing balanced amino acids, despite some of the disadvantages and side effects that come along with whey. Whey is a highly processed animal by-product that can irritate allergies, cause gastrointestinal problems, and lead to bloating, heavy feelings, and fatigue. People put up with these side effects because there weren’t very many other options.

Then soy protein hit the market as an alternative to whey protein powder. Unfortunately, despite being a plant-based product, soy has plenty of downsides similar to whey. It is an allergen that many people can’t tolerate. Soy is also full of phytoestrogens that are similar to the human female hormones and mess with hormone levels. People were still forced to choose between two proteins that left them feeling unhealthy.

All that has changed over the past few years. The demand for better alternatives to whey protein powder and also to soy has driven a revolution in healthier sources and types of protein. New companies were born and evolved around a more natural and holistic approach to getting all the essential amino acids an active human needs. These new proteins rely on clean, healthy, and raw plant-foods, the original source of solar energy, to provide the best alternative to whey protein and soy.

Whole grains, legumes, and nutrient-dense seeds have fueled mighty civilizations throughout human history. The Romans, Aztecs, Incas, Chinese Dynasties, and Egyptians relied on the power of grains and seeds to drive their armies and build monumental buildings as a testament to their power, buildings that have stood for thousands of years against weather and time. Hempseed, chia, brown rice, quinoa, and legumes have been rediscovered as whey protein alternatives. Unlike wheat, these grains and seeds are also a source of gluten free protein, another allergen for many people.

To preserve the natural and beneficial enzymes, improve digestibility, and boost the bioavailability of these whey protein powder alternatives, they are available raw, sprouted, and even bio-fermented before being dried at cool temperatures. Blends of these protein sources ensure a balanced mix of the essential amino acids our bodies require to build muscle, drive metabolism, and repair cellular damage. Gone are the side effects. Sprouted and bio-fermented foods are easy to digest and do not result in bloating, gastrointestinal distress, heartburn, gas build up, a heavy feeling, or fatigue to slow down workouts. There is no need to worry about allergens or hormone imbalances.

Take a closer look at some of these healthier substitutes to whey and begin powering your workouts with healthier, less processed fuel sources. Warrior Blend and Classic Protein are two examples of proteins perfect for anyone, any workout routine, and any lifestyle, not just vegan or vegetarian. 

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Charlie Pulsipher is a health and fitness enthusiast, writer, author, and neighborhood do-gooder. He shifted his education from Biochemistry to English Literature in an attempt to avoid math, but never stopped loving the natural world of the miniscule. He has published several fantasy and science fiction novels and helped others publish more down to earth books about natural foods. He can’t stop writing. He is probably happily tapping away on some keyboard even now.

One Response to “Changing Your Wheys”

  1. Dee says:

    Great article. The use of whey as in protein powder for muscle building is outdated. It is a myth that you can only get protein from dairy products. It is about time the public is better informed.

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