The Scoop on Whey
For as long as I can remember, body builders and gym rats have been touting the beneﬁts of whey protein in everything. They have their protein shakes and protein bars as a staple in their diets.
But, what’s the deal with it?
To start, whey protein is a high quality, easily digestible, complete protein (which means that it contains all of the essential amino acids our bodies need).
Why do we need it?
Well, most Americans do get enough protein through the foods they eat. However, there are certainly beneﬁts of supplementing that protein with whey. As you may know, muscle mass declines with age. Studies have shown that strength training, along with increased consumption of whey protein, may help to delay or prevent muscle loss (the body builders knew this all along).
Whey protein has also been shown to reduce inﬂammation in the body and enhance the body’s anti-oxidant reactivity to stress. Cutting down on inﬂammation and increasing the anti-oxidant formation the body allows for a stronger, healthier, you (hats oﬀ to the gym rats looking for healthy and strong bodies).
Lastly, whey protein helps to satisfy hunger and keep you fuller longer because it takes its time to go through the GI tract. For us, that is just what we want. The longer it takes, the longer we feel full and satisﬁed. This can lead to eating less and weight loss long term, all while giving your body the nourishment it loves.
Whey protein provides some important nutritional beneﬁt to our bodies, from weight lifter to weekend athlete and everyone in between. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a scoop and add it to your next smoothie!