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Whey Protein Bars – Your New Secret

February 16th, 2009 No comments

Hang on, we’re about to uncover one of the secret weapons for today’s bodybuilder – whey protein bars.

With some people wanting to eat at least 125 grams of protein every day, it can be very hard to make sure your protein requirements are met. Things just get in the way – school, work, family issues – and eating enough protein between workouts is tough. To make matters worse, protein shakes can be inconvenient to make even if you had the time.

Some people just stay resigned to this fact and will never make the muscle gains they desire. But if you can find a way to squat 200 pounds, you can find a way to meet your protein needs – right? Right!

This is where today’s tough and savvy bodybuilder pulls ahead.

Whey protein bars contain the nutrition you crave in a package you can take anywhere. You know to make sure to eat protein every 2 to 3 hours for optimum absorption and muscle growth. Now you can actually meet these requirements without having to carry around a blender and protein powders.

Most whey protein bars contain between 15 and 40 grams of protein. The amount of fat and carbs is surprisingly low, too. These bars are not going to throw your healthy eating habits out of whack.

If you think whey protein bars are still those chalky, messy things from 10 years ago you’re in for a surprise. I remember trying to eat some of the old style protein bars – I’d just as soon as eaten a chalkboard eraser than finish them!

Luckily for us now, many of the best selling bars taste very good and are not hard to digest. They can taste as good as candy bars, but without the massive amounts of sugars their junk food cousins contain.

For the price, whey protein bars are simply the most convenient way of making sure you can eat enough protein while maintaining your day to day duties.

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The Truth About Organic Whey

February 11th, 2009 1 comment

Whey protein has been a staple of bodybuilding supplements ever since I can remember. It’s one of the fastest digesting proteins found in nature. It is also one of the most efficient protein sources in terms of building muscle mass, and I recommend it to any bodybuilder.

But can it get any better?

We’re seeing many more healthy and organic options appearing across the board for all food choices. I know it’s a matter of some debate if all these products are better, but I think it’s safe to say the organic whey proteins appearing on the market can be a valuable supplement.

Does organic whey protein cut down on the junk found in your protein? Also, is it actually worth the price premium? The answer may surprise you.

To start let’s break down the main unwanted chemicals that most organic dairy products try and eliminate.

Steroid hormones are only capable of being stored in fat, so can only be found in the fatty portion of a whey protein powder. Depending on the mixture and preparation method this fatty portion could be between .001% to almost 50% of the total mass.

Lucky for us the vast majority of consumer whey powders fall on the very low end of the spectrum of fat content.

Bovine somatotropin (BST) is a cow’s equivalent to Human Growth Hormone. BST and IGF-1 will always be found in extremely minute quantities in whey – we’re talking millionths of a gram here – simply because whey is a animal product.

This is where the main benefits of organic whey protein step in.

1. Organic whey must come from organic milk. This cuts out on an entire possible source of external growth hormones (rBST) or antibiotics. As a nice side bonus, organically raised milk cows produce milk that is higher in protein than other cows.

2. Organic whey usually contains less additives and fillers than non-organic whey powders. Extra sugars and colorants can be found in some whey formulas, but rarely in organic whey ones.

3. Look away from the cow pasture and into the goat field. Growth hormones are not used in goat milk production at all. Any goat whey protein will be sourced with a very clean method, and is often organic.

If you’re looking for maximum purity or want to be environmentally conscious, organic whey is a good choice.

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