Here is the low-down on a much-talked about subject, whey protein. It is the foundation of many bodybuilders’ diet.
I can’t count the times that I’ve heard a conversation that goes like this. Kevin, how is your Uncle Buck’s gout doing? Are you still driving that old Ford truck? What is this Whey Protein all about?
Well I thought I should write an article about the protein madness. This is a low tech, up front approach. I could get into amino acid profiles or a study on how it effected mountain goats in the Himalayan Mountains sex life when they were fed high doses of 100% whey protein. But do you really care about that? What you want to know is if it is good for you or not.
How Whey Protein is Made.
Whey Protein is created by taking whey (a diary side product) and processes it separating the protein from the fat and carbohydrates. Then it can be further cross-filtered and made into 100% whey protein. With all the fat and carbohydrates nearly gone, it makes it cholesterol free.
Benefits of Whey Protein.
What I have found is that a lot of people think that whey protein will add weight or make a person fat. Or they think it tastes like cement mortar mix and will give them gas. Some of the benefits of whey protein are,
? It is a very lean protein with very little fat and carbohydrates
? It is easily assimilated by the body’s digestive system.
?It is naturally high in Glutamine.
?It also mixes rather well in liquids.
Whey Protein Comparisons
Whey Protein (1 serving) Calories 110, Protein 23 grams, Carbohydrates .5 grams, Fat .5 grams
Prime Beef (5 ounces) Calories 225 Protein 31 grams, Carbohydrates 0, and Fat 10 grams
2 Pork Chops Calories 300, Protein 55 grams, Carbohydrates 0, Fat 10 grams
Positive Growth From Whey Protein.
Nitrogen balance needs; as a bodybuilder you would like to stay in a positive nitrogen balance to ensure growth. A negative balance will make the body cannibalize muscle tissue to feed the muscles you just worked. A bad thing if you want growth. Nitrogen from protein is the best way of receiving it. Egg and milk products naturally high in nitrogen. Whey protein is excellent.
Loaded With Muscle Sparing Glutamine.
Glutamine is known to have a strong anticatabolic effect. This action allows more efficient anabolism. The benefit of glutamine in whey protein also helps recovery and healing of muscle tissue from aggressive bodybuilding workouts.
Benefit of Whey Protein Summary.
Whey protein is an excellent source of very lean protein. It is relatively low in cost in comparison with other protein sources like chicken, eggs or beef. Its light consistency is great for mixing with liquids. Give it a try!
There are some excellent recipes for whey protein you can use for bodybuilding endeavors. You can check them out at www.nature-boy-bodybuilding.com.
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Written by Kevin Doberstein
Kevin Doberstein is a Certified Fitness Trainer and has been a natural bodybuilder for the past 25 years. 15 years as a gym owner. Kevin was once quoted “whey protein makes a good grout for bathroom tile”. For more articles about bodybuilding, bodyshaping and nutrition you can visit his site and join his at www.nature-boy-bodybuilding.com. You can join the Nature Boy bodybuilding Newsletter for the latest information about bodybuilding fitness at this site..
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Health Benefit of Whey Protein
Besides being a great foundation for building strong, lean muscles and healthy bones, to lowering cholesterol and assisting in cancer prevention, whey protein has many other health benefits. Whey has been used in salves and potions to soothe burns, to inspire vitality and to cure a host of illnesses. It’s been used to treat jaundice, infected lesions of skin, gonorrhea, and epilepsy.
There are several kinds of protein supplements available: milk and egg protein, soy, beef, and even vegetable protein; but the absolutely best source of protein is ion-exchange whey protein. This protein has superior biological value (which means it may yield more usable grams of protein than other protein supplements), plus it is very low in lactose (the substance in milk that causes a lot of stomach upset and gas in individuals).
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