5 Reasons Not To Drink Whey protein

October 11, 2018

We all love protein. It’s not only the buzz word for body builders, we’re all trying desperately to cram as much as we can into our diets. Some for fad weight-loss, most for muscle growth and repair and some of us just think it’s what we should be doing, because everyone else is, right? So which protein supplements should we not be taking, and should we be looking for plant based alternatives?


 Gym talk, clever marketing, and bias industry funded research has greatly increased our view that buying a bag of whey protein online betters our chances of coming closer to a lean, healthy and fit body, but at what cost? We need to look deeper at the source of these proteins, and how they could be affecting us. In this blog we look at the reasons whey protein isn’t and shouldn't be the golden child of bulking.

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Acne can be triggered by Whey protein One of the reasons we launched Crushed Protein was out of a love for the gym but also one of the co-founders being dairy free. We simply couldn't find a dairy free protein that completes with Whey protein in-terms of amino acids profile and protein content. The theory that whey protein triggers bad skin and acne is as simple as the connection between dairy and acne. Acne is an inflammatory condition and milk aids inflammation. We’d recommend skipping out on whey if you have a history of acne.


Whey can cause bloating - whey protein has an abnormal nutrient content, when people express the feeling of bloating, gas and an upset stomach it makes perfect sense. Whey protein is a processed food with a very different composition from the wholefoods we’re designed to eat, producing an imbalance in our gut. An alternative to this is opting for a non-dairy alternative. This bloat may also come from sweeteners and sugars in the premixed whey protein powder.

Its filtered cheese - Whey protein is derived from milk, on processing it split into curds and whey. The whey is the liquid part left behind buy the curds, it undergoes further processing to become whey powder.


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You’re not a baby cow - you’ll be surprised to know our ancestors didn't actual drink milk from any species. Cow's milk is designed to rear a baby calf into a 800kg machine. And although they might sound fine and dandy for those looking to get there bulk on, its not. Why? Because some of these substances have potent antibacterial properties, breast-fed babies for instance have a gut microbiota mainly featuring lactic acid bacteria. Whey proteins contain many antibacterial compounds, causing an imbalance of adult gut flora in the gut which could be the reason some of us experience stomach upset and bloating


Weight gain? Is our whey powder crammed full of artificial ingredients, most likely. Chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose have been linked to weight gain, headaches and even cancer. Validated studies have also shown a correlation between sugar cravings and sugar dependance which ultimately result in weight gain.


    What should we take from this quick guide to not drinking whey protein? Natural knows best. Try a plant based protein shake, Crushed Protein contains 100% natural ingredients as well as man's perfect protein source: crickets.