The Dark Side of Whey Protein
Whey protein is a by-product of cheese making. The globular protein is left over and becomes a waste product for the cheese industry, Rather than dump the leftovers, the industry has invented a way to market and sell it. However, excessive consumption of whey protein has been linked to several unwanted health conditions that most doctors and common people are completely unaware of.
Whey is produced in three different forms, isolate, concentrate, and hydrolysate. They have different size protein particles and contain different amounts of protein by volume. All of them have been shown to have the following negative health effects:
Whey protein can have a dangerous effect on our immune system for those of us that have even a mild allergy to milk protein. Many of us unknowingly have a mild dairy allergy and when it enters our blood stream our immune system attacks the whey proteins just like it would attack a pathogen. The result is that we can get a variety of different symptoms. If the affected system is our respiratory system, runny nose and/or mucus in the lungs are two of the many symptoms that may occur. If the allergic reaction in our body occurs in the skin, rashes or puffy skin may occur. Don’t expect a medical doctor to diagnose it. Most MD’s have no training in diagnosing whey protein allergies.
For those of us that have even a mild case of lactose intolerance, which is at least 60% of the population, digestive problems are another dark side. Whey protein concentrate is what remains when liquid whey is dried. It usually contains more than 50% lactose. For the majority of the human race, the enzyme lactase, which digests the sugar occurring in cow’s milk, stops being produced between the ages of two and five years old. Therefore, when the undigested sugars reach the intestine, they undergo bacterial fermentation, producing gas that can cause bloating, cramping, flatulence, nausea, and even diarrhea in some individuals. Other possible symptoms may include fatigue, irritability, and headaches.
Weakened bones are another possible effect of whey protein when consumed day after day for extended periods of time without balancing out the acidity with alkaline food. The acidity of whey protein in our bloodstream can cause the alkaline minerals calcium and magnesium to be leached from our bones and used to buffer the pH of our bloodstream.
There are many choices in hypoallergenic protein powders on the market today. Sunwarrior leads the way in quality protein products. Why not make the investment in yourself and spend a few dollars more to get a quality product instead of a by-product?
Craig B Sommers CN, ND
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About Dr. Craig Sommers
Dr. Sommers has single-mindedly pursued knowledge of holistic healing, nutrition, and lifestyle. He opened a health food store on Long Island, and when that became too stressful, he sold the store and pursued a doctorate in naturopathy. Dr. Sommers now travels North America giving lectures on how to achieve optimum health and nutrition. He is also a certified nutritionist and the author of Raw Foods Bible, a comprehensive, easy to read guide to the optimum diet and lifestyle. Craig’s website is www.rawfoodsbible.com.