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Whey protein is the best-selling protein powder, but many people are satisfied to use it without knowing what makes it so great.   We’re going to breakdown the effects whey protein has on your body, and what to look for when shopping for a quality whey protein.   Number 1: Whey Supports Fat Loss   Whey protein supports fat loss in two major ways:   1. It improves metabolism through muscle building  2. It boosts an antioxidant called glutathione that protects cells and speeds muscular repair. ...

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Generally, when people look at the nutrition and ingredient information on a tub of whey protein, they're pretty much concerned with once thing: the protein content. And, really, this makes sense. After all, it is a protein supplement.   Knowing this, manufacturers do all they can to up the concentration of that all-important macronutrient in hopes of attracting and keeping customers. There's a pretty significant problem with this approach, though.   Whey is about much more than protein. Or, ...

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Let's just start with this: All whey protein powders are not created equal.   Manufacturers generally start with low-quality whey, which is then over-processed and finally filled with a host of harmful or unnecessary additives – stuffing the tub with something that only barely resembles the original ingredient.   So, when you're selecting a whey protein powder, what should you look for?   Grass-fed   The majority of dairy cows in the United States are fed processed grains instead of grass – a...

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At first, it would seem like whey protein would be a fairly straightforward topic, right? I mean, it's the nutrient-rich, liquid portion of milk. Pretty easy stuff.   When you look at your options, though, there are tons of different variations of whey, all claiming superiority. Often, the difference here comes down to processing.   After all, how does a white, slightly bitter liquid go to that powder in your tub? What are some of the procedures that whey goes through? Why does it matter?   I...

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When it comes to whey protein, you have three main choices: whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate and whey protein hydrolysate. Although they all begin life the same way, each of these options is processed in different ways and, therefore, offers a slightly different end-product.   In this post, however, we're going to focus specifically on whey protein isolate.   What, exactly, is it? How does it differ from the other whey offerings? Most pressingly, should you be taking it?   Where...

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If you've ever taken the time to glance over the ingredients label of your foods, you know it can be a pretty surprising experience.   Seemingly straightforward foods – things that should have one or two ingredients – are generally stuffed with tons of different substances, many of which have long, complex and confusing names.   Whey protein, for example, really should just have one ingredient: Whey. After all, the popular protein source is a derivative of milk and, once it's separated from t...

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You may have encountered grass-fed whey in your shopping at some point but, like many people you may not fully understand why it matters whether that cow ate grass or not.   To help you appreciate grass-fed whey, and exactly what benefits it offers, consider these facts. More Omega-3s   Any meat or dairy sourced from grass-fed cows has several distinct nutritional advantages over the more common feed-lot options. We'll discuss these in greater detail later.   For now, however, let's focus o...

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In the minds of most people, whey protein powder is directly linked with packing on lean muscle. And for good reason; the popular protein powder is extremely good at supporting muscle growth.   But, it's not just as simple as grabbing the first whey you see. There are tons of different types of whey out there, and everyone claims that their particular blend is somehow superior and will pile on more muscle than the competition.   So, faced with all of these options – and competing opinions – y...

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Whey protein is very seldom just whey protein anymore. Most of the time, when you glance over the tubs stacked up at the store, tons of different phrases decorate the labels – all claiming superiority.   Two phrases that you might have seen – including on the products offered by Naked Nutrition – are “cold processed” and “grass fed.” Why do these terms matter? What exactly is cold-processed grass fed whey?   Cold Processed   Sometimes called “cold pressed,” this type of whey has never been ex...

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Suddenly, coconut has become hugely popular. And we aren't just talking about the fruit itself. No, you're pretty likely to encounter coconut water, coconut milk, coconut flour and coconut oil pretty regularly.   One coconut derivative that you may also see frequently is coconut sugar. But, whenever anything becomes this popular this quickly, it's pretty natural to take a skeptical view.   Is coconut sugar even that healthy? Is it any better than standard table sugar?   Micronutrients   Along...

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