Today, I’m happy to share another of my favorite Marketplace products: Tera’s Whey. As many readers know, I am a fan of supplementing my athletes’ diets with whey protein – but not just any brand of whey protein. I have a long list of my whey protein criteria, and few brands make the grade. This week’s product, Tera’s Whey, is a great example of a healthy, “clean” whey protein that I’ve been recently introduced to and am now I’m happy to recommend.
When working with endurance athletes, I often use whey protein in both Daily Nutrition and Training Nutrition. It can boost the protein content of smoothies, oatmeal, cereal with milk, etc. It works great as a fast-acting protein during recovery after working out, and can be a good choice in a low-calorie, high-protein dessert shake. Historically, protein needs for endurance athletes has been grossly underestimated and under-consumed. Lean protein specifically helps athletes who want to lose fat maintain lean muscle while losing the fat. It is important for cell repair and rebuilding when you are training, and important for satiety, immune function, hormone function and overall health.
Tera’s whey uses natural, simple ingredients, un-denatured whey proteins, and healthy low-carbohydrate sweeteners in a great product that’s also a green choice. Check ‘em out at http://www.teraswhey.com . You can purchase it online or at Whole Foods Markets.
Whey Protein Criteria:
UNDENATURED whey protein. This means it was not pasteurized at the high heat, which renders many healthy components of cow’s milk useless, and denatures (chemically changes) the proteins. Un-denatured proteins contain the natural forms of L-cystein, L-glutamate, and glycine that provide the raw materials for your cells to make glutathione. If you haven’t heard of glutathione, it is simply one of the most powerful antioxidants our bodies can use. It is responsible for detoxifying our cells and reducing oxidative stress and free radicals. It increases the activity of other antioxidants in our bodies. If the only type of whey protein you’re getting is pasteurized and denatured, you’re missing out on a huge benefit.
Protein from cows that have NOT been treated with hormones such as rBST or rBGH. These hormones are used to increase the milk production of many cows in America, but are not allowed in Canada, Europe, and Australia. Some claim that they are safe, primarily the manufacturer of the hormone and government, but many others believe they can increase estrogen in human bodies – not a good thing for fat loss or overall wellness.
Whey protein powder should have as few ingredients as possible. My top pick is usually unflavored – no sweeteners, artificial or natural, and no extra ingredients. If you want some flavor, look for Stevia, natural chocolate, fruits, or vanilla, and minimal other ingredients. There’s no point in putting harmful ingredients, colorings, and flavors into your body when you’re trying your hardest to keep it running clean and strong.
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