Whey protein powder has received a lot of flak lately... and to be honest... we're not sure why.
First things first though. When possible, EAT REAL FOOD (real = unmodified, pure, the way Mother Nature intended it, food.)
When it comes to protein powders however, it seems that the health and wellness community is leaning towards non-dairy sources.
Of course, if you are someone with a dairy sensitivity... let's all use our brains... don't use whey protein! But otherwise, as long as we are cognoscente of the SOURCE of our whey proteins, eat away!
So that said, we have chosen to use New Zealand Whey Protein. There will likely be many more blog posts coming on the New Zealand Whey benefits. But, in the sake of time we will focus on what is perhaps the more important one -> it comes from GRASS-FED cows. (**insert many clapping hands emojis**)
Let's make this simple. All cows start their lives the same way. They survive for the first 6 months to 1 year on their mother's milk. After that one of two things can happen.
Cows can be fed grain that is comprised mostly of corn, and soy. They are raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) which basically mean a very nasty living environment and a much higher chance of disease epidemic. Even worse -> They are pumped with hormones and antibiotics to ensure that they get nice and plump before being taken to the slaughter house.
On the flip side, cows can also be grass fed and this is why we love New Zealand Whey SOO much (it's made from grass fed milk if you didn't catch that)! And, it's not rocket science... After a calf is weened from it's mother it continues its life on a grass pasture.
This is one time the saying, "you are what you eat" has never been more true. Natural, grass fed beef has higher levels of Vitamin A (fat-soluble vitamin, good for vision, skin and bones), Vitamin E (good for people with deficiency), Omega 3s (fights depression, anxiety, lessens risk of heart disease) and has much higher levels of beta-carotene (maintains healthy skin and is vital to eye health).
"To each their own" - "You, do you" - by no means will we EVER try to tell you how to live your own life. All we're sayin' is that you can rest easy knowing that you're only going to find grass fed whey powder at Munch.