Do you Really Need Hormone Free Whey Protein
Made from Organic Milk
Which Whey to Optimal Health?
I’ve had several questions from readers who are concerned over hormones in their whey protein. They are looking for whey protein that is made from organic, hormone-free milk.
As I’m sure you’ll notice most popular commercial brands do not indicate if they are made from hormone free milk (because they aren’t). Hormone free is incorrect too, because all milk, even natural milk contains bovine hormones.
The products that do claim to be organic are extremely expensive. The question is, is it worth the extra cost?
The simply answer is no, it’s not. I recommend Optimum Natural Whey Protein because it’s the best product for the best price. But why is it safe when it’s probably not made from organic milk?
To answer this we first need to examine the four categories of things that are in milk these days that we would prefer not to consume.
- Growth Hormones – BGH, IGF-1, etc.
- Bovine Steroid (Sex) Hormones
- Other Toxins
The first group are protein-based growth hormones. BGH (Bovine Growth Hormone) is the one we worry most about. Tests indicate that levels of growth hormones are almost identical in milk from cows that have been treated with growth hormones as those of cows who are not. Furthermore, these hormones are easily destroyed and do not survive digestion well. This is why humans are administered growth hormones by injection, instead of orally.
The rest of the unpleasant things, including steroid hormones, antibiotics, and toxins are all fat soluble. That means they are stored in fatty tissues in the cow and can be in the fatty part of the cow’s milk. However, whey protein is processed and filtered to remove the lactose (milk sugar) and milk fat from the final product. By removing the fat, we remove the toxins and other hormones.
Whey protein isolate is more pure than whey protein concentrate and thus will have lower concentrations of these things, but both forms of whey protein are extremely low in milk fat and thus it really doesn’t make a discernable difference if the whey was made from organic milk or regular.
My advice: Just buy a quality brand of natural whey protein but buy organic milk, especially if you use milk that contains milk fat.
My top pick for natural whey protein is Optimum's Natural Whey. It tastes good, mixes well, and is made from high quality whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate. It's also very affordable.
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