Organic Whey vs. Regular Whey: What’s the Difference and is it Worth it?
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When you consider the frequency with which many individuals likely consume a protein supplement, it is amazing how little concern is given to the quality of the actual protein. Over my many years of training, I have changed meal plans, staple foods and nutritional philosophies countless times. However, through all these changes, the inclusion of a protein supplement has remained constant. Over the past 18 years, I have certainly averaged at least 1 protein shake per day; meaning at least 6,570 of them have been consumed. I’d say that warrants a closer examination of the quality and source of these shakes.
With so many of the foods we purchase and consume, we are well aware that there are massive differences in quality for the same item. One common item with these massive variations would be beef. Most of us are aware that at one end of the spectrum, the beef may come from mass-produced, caged cattle that are fed animal by-products (ABPs). At the other end of the spectrum, our beef may come from free-range cattle that lived a primarily outdoor life and ate a natural diet. The nutritional differences between the two have been well demonstrated and, price being held equal or similar, we both know which one you would prefer. These same variations exist in everything from eggs, chicken and fish to fruits and vegetables, but seem to be largely ignored when it comes to the source of protein powders.
Because whey protein is coming from a cow (usually), the health, diet and environment of that cow play a major factor in the quality of the final product. A cow that is raised with a poor diet, in an unhealthy environment and given hormones and antibiotics will not produce milk of the same quality of a cow raised to produce certified organic milk and beef. As the quality of the final product improves, so to does the bioavailability and the nutrient profile, leading to increased absorption, better digestion and an increased overall health benefit. Since most protein supplements don’t list any information pertaining to the quality or source of the protein, it is reasonably safe to assume that the quality is rather poor. Why is this safe to assume? From a very basic business standpoint, if you are producing a product that uses higher quality ingredients than your competitors, you better believe you will be certain to clearly display that on the label.
With the aforementioned taken care of, lets take a quick look at a few of the most important differences between a non-organic protein powder and Natural Force Organic Whey protein powder.
Natural Force Organic Whey Protein:
- Is free of the artificial sweeteners and flavors typically found in most non-organic protein powders.
- Is minimally processed and does not use the conventional and damaging methods of applying heat or acid, which decrease the bioavailability of the protein.
- Comes from organic cows that fed in organic pastures and were never treated with hormones or antibiotics.
- Free of soy and soy lecithin.
- Made in the USA at a USDA Certified Facility in California.
Non-organic whey protein powder:
- May contain artificial sweeteners and flavors.
- May be, and often are, processed with heat and/or acid, damaging the bioavailability and protein molecules.
- May come from cows that were treated with antibiotics, hormones and/or grain fed.
- May be sourced from other countries like China or India, who typically have lower quality standards than the USA.
In short, there really is a massive difference between the lowest and highest quality protein powders on the market. If the company isn’t clearly stating the quality or source of their protein, you should be immediately skeptical and can probably assume that the quality is rather poor. For the sake of your health, maximizing total absorption and simply knowing what you are putting into your body, it is best to go with a natural and Certified Organic whey protein powder.