Whey is the liquid that remains after milk has been curdled and strained, and is usually the byproduct of the cheese-making process.
Whey used to be considered a waste product until the 70s when Frank Thomas figured out a way to convert the liquid whey into a dried powder.
This innovation birthed an entire industry—whey protein supplements—and help spearhead the growth of the supplement industry as a whole.
Nowadays, all cheese operations include processing and selling whey or whey powder as a part of its business model.
One of the reasons whey has become so popular as a nutrition supplement is its impressive makeup of the proteins beta-lactoglobulin, alpha-lactalbumin, and serum albumin, which are considered “complete” and “essential” proteins to the human body.
An essential nutrient is one that we must consume in order to survive, compared to non-essential nutrition that either we don’t need or that our body can produce from other mechanisms.
Whey protein helps satisfy the body’s protein needs due do it's high bioavailability (ability to absorb into body). This, and the fact that it was first created from a waste product (cheese making), has helped it become one of the top selling supplements in the world, especially in the bodybuilding and fitness communities.
But whey is more than just a way to ingest more protein... good whey that is. If quality whey didn't provide other health benefits aside from simple protein absorption, we probably wouldn't bother sourcing and selling it.
Recent manufacturing methods, as well as a lot of research, has proven undenatured grass-fed whey protein to be a superfood!
And since superfoods are our favorite kind of foods, we made it a mission to bring a premium quality whey under the Wild Foods brand.
Whey is typically comprised of 1%-8% lactose and trace amounts of casein, making it a usable product for most lactose and casein intolerant individuals.
Due to it’s long shelf-life and easy-to-make convenience, it has become a staple in the health and fit-conscious individual’s program.
Whey protein can serve as a meal replacement in its purest form—with just water—or in a shake or smoothie concoction with other ingredients.
It can also be used in recipes such as bars, desserts and baked items, to name a few. It is also commonly used as a pre and post-workout recovery drink used to aid in protein synthesis and repair.
There are three types of whey protein powder, each varying in their nutritional makeup as well as how they are made. These are whey protein concentrate (most common), whey protein isolate, Hydrolyzed whey protein.
Whey concentrate makes up the bulk of the protein powders on the market. The level of protein in a concentrate can vary from 25% to as much as 90%, the most common being 80% protein.
The remainder makeup of whey contains various amounts of lactose (avg of 1%-8%), fat, minerals, and water.
Step #1: Dairy Cows Produce Milk
The first step in determining the quality of the final powder starts with the diet and lifestyle of the dairy cows. Unhappy cows living in inhumane and disgusting conditions on factory farms produce milk that doesn't taste good and that is not good for you.
(This being a proven fact of all food produced in these kind of conditions, especially animals.)
Where the milk for cheap protein powders comes from... this is what you support when you buy bargain protein
Step #2: Raw Milk Is Cooled And Transported By Tanker Trucks To A Cheese Manufacturer
After this step, the majority of whey protein on the market enters the cheese making process, which starts with the process of separating the cheese curds from the whey and draining off the whey to make whey protein powder. This process typically results in multiple forms of heating and processing, all of which contribute to damaging—or denaturing—the proteins in the whey. This denaturing of the raw milk destroys the bio-active cysteine rich proteins, which is the main health benefit found in raw milk.
Step #3: The Raw Milk Is Used In The Cheese making Process And The Liquid Whey, Which Used To Be Considered A Waste Product, Is Drained Off
It's common practice here to separate the whey from curds using enzymes such as animal rennet.
Step #4: The Liquid Whey Is Transported (Again) To The Whey Manufacturer
Step #5: The Whey Is Made Into Whey Protein Powder Using One Of The Following
Step #6: The Final Powder Is Stored In Large 20-40lb Paper Bags Before Being Shipped To Distributor Or Co-Packer
Step #7: The Whey Powder Is Packaged Into Various Products And Sizes, Sometimes As A Standalone Ingredient And Sometimes With Added Sweeteners, Flavorings And Other Vitamins And Minerals Before Being Sold To The Public
Step #1: Dairy Cows Produce Milk
The first step in determining the quality of the final powder starts with the diet and lifestyle of the dairy cows. Unhappy cows living in inhumane and disgusting conditions on factory farms produce milk that doesn't taste good and that is not good for you. (This being a proven fact of all food produced in these kind of conditions, especially animals.)
Step #2: Raw Milk Is Cooled And Transported To Protein Manufacturer
Step #3: The Raw Milk Is Single Pasteurized (By Law) Then Immediately Re-cooled
Step #5: The Single-Pasteurized Milk Enters The Whey Manufacturing Process Using The Following
Proprietary filtration method used to produce "Undenatured" whey - The method used to produce our Wild Whey. Uses a proprietary filtration and drying process that involves minimal processing and produces a superior whey full of glutathione promoting cysteines as well as the natural immune boosting protein components; immunoglobulins, lactoferrin and serum albumin.
Step #7 (In The Case Of Wild Whey): The Final Powder Is Stored In Large 40lb Paper Bags And Shipped To Wild Foods HQ
Step #8 (In The Case Of Wild Whey): Retail Sizes Of The Undenatured Whey Are Then Shipped To Customers
Step #9: Wild Customers Consume Wild Whey And Feel Healthy, Strong And Happy!
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