Whey protein powders can be pretty delicious. The creamy texture of a dairy-based product is hard to beat! But is whey good or bad for you? And are flavor and texture worth the risks? Here are 5 reasons why we believe it’s in your best interest to stay away from whey.
1. Cows Injected With Antibiotics
Whey is made from the unwanted scraps of milk and cheese, which comes from dairy cows. Majority of dairy cows in the US are injected with antibiotics which kill bacteria (both good and bad) in the cow’s milk and wreaks havoc on their immune system. Although we’re unsure if whey protein coming from these cows still contains antibiotics in residual amounts, it’s unnecessary risk to take.
2. Cows Fed GMO Corn
Those same cows are often fed genetically modified corn. These genetically modified crops are highly resistant to strong pesticides. Companies that create dairy products sourced from these cows aren’t required to label them as GMO, and can actually label them as GMO-free - which we think is cray.
3. Artificial Growth Hormones
Dairy cows in the US are also often injected with the artificial growth hormones rBST and rBGH so they produce milk faster (can a cow catch a break!?). These artificial growth hormones were first developed by Monsanto and are now banned in the European Union, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan and Argentina due to food safety and animal health concerns.
4. Effect On Cancer Growth
Whey contains Insulin Growth Factor (IGF-1). Although IGF-1 also exists in the human body, high amounts are known to stimulate the growth