All proteins are created equal, right? Not quite, especially when it comes to whey protein. And if you haven’t made the switch to grass-fed whey protein already, you need to read this.
What is Grass-Fed Whey?
Whey comes from dairy (it’s actually a byproduct of cheese), and you probably know by now that today, most livestock animals live in giant factories. But these are certainly not the natural living conditions for these animals. Just a half-century ago, most of the cattle in the U.S. lived outdoors, eating (lots and lots of) grass at their leisure. But with the advent of industrial agriculture came the corn and grain-based diets most cows now eat. It makes the animals gain weight faster, which, while good for the producer’s profitability, isn’t exactly the best for you, the consumer, seeking a high-quality and great tasting product.
Fortunately, a growing number of dairy farmers are returning to their roots—those simpler times when animals fed themselves out in open and sunlit fields. For you, that means a grass-fed whey product that’s cleaner than conventional dairy, and much tastier too. But that's not all...
Benefits of Grass-Fed Whey
1. More healthy fats – While we think of grass-fed whey protein primarily as a source of protein, it can also be an excellent ‘whey’ to get important fats into your diet. In fact, grass-fed whey may be higher in CLA (Conjugated linoleic acid) and omega-3 fatty acids, which are crucial for reducing inflammation in the body (and important post-workout recovery aides).
2. Stronger immunity – Grass-fed whey has been shown to contain more naturally occurring protein fractions called immunglobulins, which are helpful in strengthening your immune system by way of more glutathione in the body. That’s particularly good news if you tend to workout extra hard during the holiday season and winter months (which many of us do to counter all the face-stuffing we do this time of year). Working out excessively when there are cold and flu bugs all around can actually expose you to those germs, so boosting your immunity naturally through grass-fed whey is just one more weapon in your health arsenal.
3. Post-workout recovery – We hear so often that it’s important to fuel our bodies prior to a workout sesh, but it’s also critical to replenish after an intense workout. Whey, particularly grass-fed whey, can help to ease muscle soreness and reduce the risk of muscle damage if consumed within 30 minutes of a workout.
4. Weight loss – You’re probably thinking about this one now as the holidays approach, even if you’re at a healthy weight. Come January, it’s likely even the most committed fitness enthusiasts are loosening a few extra notches on the belt. But whey might actually help to achieve weight loss goals. Credit can go to the CLAs (mentioned in the first point), as these fatty acids have been shown to boost metabolic function, which of course, can help you to burn fat. Grass-fed whey is typically 3-5 times higher in CLAs than conventional whey.
5. Taste—We mentioned this one already, but it’s worth noting again. There’s nothing worse than a chalky tasting protein powder! You work so hard to achieve your fitness goals, and your diet shouldn’t have to be punishment. With naturally-raised grass-fed whey, you can enjoy a cleaner, and much more delicious product to help your body keep feeling and performing great without having to compromise on flavor.Image: gamaree