Five reasons why whey protein is bad for your health
The health and fitness industry is exploding. With more and more people going to the gym, many are turning to whey protein to maximise their workouts. Protein supplements are a great way to ensure you have enough protein in your diet to build muscle, but what many don’t know is that whey protein might not be as healthy as everyone first thought. It’s made entirely from cow’s milk and new research suggests that whey protein can trigger acne, cause digestive troubles and worsen a variety of health problems. Here are the top five reasons, from PlantWarrior on why people should switch to a plant based protein powder.
1) It’s toxic
According to Consumer Reports, a recent analysis of whey protein powders found that many brands contain high levels of arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. This can have a variety of negative eﬀects, especially in pregnant women, children and young adults. It is advised that no one has consistent exposure to these metals.
2) Gut problems
According to the US National Library of Medicine approximately 65 per cent of the world’s population is genetically lactose intolerant. The numbers get higher when you look at West African, East Asian, Jewish, Greek, Arab and Italian descent. This is because most humans tend to lose their ability to digest lactose as they enter adulthood.
3) Dairy Deforestation
Approximately 2.5 million trees are cut down every day, with the majority due to the growth of animal agriculture. A large part of that agriculture is the beef and dairy industry, meaning that a reduction in the amount of whey protein consumed will help to reduce your environmental impact. If you want to go a step further, PlantWarrior plant a tree for every bag of their plant based protein purchased.
4) Hair loss and acne
Milk contains dihydrotestosterone precursors which are passed into dairy products like whey protein. This includes 5a-pregnanedione and 5a-androstanedione which are only a few steps away from DHT, which is bad news for those struggling with hair loss. In a review by the Harvard Medical School, researchers linked DHT with increased hair loss. The links between stress and acne have been known for years, but now new research suggests dairy can have a
big impact too. According to the Academy of Dermatology in the US, dairy can worsen or even trigger acne when added to the diet.
5) The cancer link
Research from the Dartmouth Medical School suggests that hormones in dairy products may be the source of androgenic and mitogenic progestins, which drive prostate and breast cancer. This comes from a review of 28 separate studies on the link between acne, dairy and cancer. Casein, a protein in milk, has also been linked to an increase in cancer cell size. This comes from research by Dr. T Colin Campbell which suggests that casein has the ability to turn on and oﬀ cancer growth. The research is clear and whey protein isn’t as healthy as everyone first thought, but what about the alternatives? It turns out that plant based proteins are healthier but many don’t contain all nine of the essential amino acids. However, by mixing a variety of proteins you can create a complete source of protein. UK-based start-up PlantWarrior does just that. Their 100 per cent plant based Superfood Protein contains pea, rice, hemp, chia and quinoa proteins to make a healthier and easier to digest protein powder.
• PlantWarrior is an ethical plant based protein company. They plant a tree for every bag of protein they sell. To find out more head over to www.plantwarrior.co or @PlantWarriorCo on Instagram.