I believe it’s the things we don’t know that can hurt us the most.
Labels can show us a lot of things: calorie count, ingredient list or serving size are all easily located on a standard nutrition label. What isn’t easily determined is how some of those ingredients were processed or modified.
Whey protein is a great example. I have shunned most dairy from my diet but I continue to drink whey protein. I look for those low in sugar and carbs. I read labels to make sure that they meet my standards. But what I’ve never thought about is the quality of whey protein itself. I never thought about whether the cows that produced the milk that lead to my whey were treated with rBGH or not.
RBGH is a genetically engineered Bovine Growth Hormone injected into lactating cows to produce more milk. While there is a more aggressive campaign to include it on the label or simply remove it all together milk, yogurt and ice cream, whey protein powders don’t seem to be looked at in the same way.
Supplements aren’t regulated the same way medicines and foods are. While I don’t support some of the laws circulating that would cause most supplements to be held up in trials for years (like many potential life saving medical treatments), I think we need to hold our supplements to the same standards that we hold our food. We need to ask whey protein makers to go rBGH free.
Luckily, one company has already made this choice. In my research, I found Beveri rBGh free Whey Protein. I contacted the company and was rewarded with some samples to see how it compared with the whey protein I normally use. Ingredients are important but so is taste. No matter how pure and good for us, if it tastes awful then we won’t drink or eat it.
My samples arrived and I made sure to give it a try in my next post workout shake. I tried the chocolate (it’s also available in Natural and Vanilla) with my usual unsweetened almond milk. Creamy and delicious till the last drop. It’s sweetened with Stevia, but didn’t have the aftertaste I’ve experienced with some of the other Stevia sweetened powders I’ve tried. Mission accomplished: another way I can continue to improve my nutrition and refuel after a hard workout.
Are you ready to demand more of your whey protein? Want to give Beveri a try? They were kind enough to send me 2 containers to give away to 2 lucky readers, one vanilla and one chocolate. Here’s is what you need to do to enter:
- Get an entry for posting a comment to this blog-how do you most enjoy whey protein? In a shake or smoothie? Do you bake with it? Maybe you put it in your oatmeal like me.
- Get another entry for retweeting this article with the hashtag #livethrivefit.
Winners will be chosen at random. Comments and tweets must be sent by 10 pm CT Wed. Nov. 9 to be eligible for the drawing. Open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified by email and a comment to this blog.