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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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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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Plant-based protein powders can come from tons of sources. A quick search online will show soy, hemp, cranberry, pumpkin seed, artichoke, alfalfa, and countless other types of plants used for their protein.   Perhaps one of the most surprising, however, is brown rice. When used as a food item in the typical way, brown rice is generally seen as a source of starch and fiber – it's rarely hailed for its protein content.   So what benefits does brown rice have as a protein powder? Most specifical...

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For the most part, whey and casein tend to dominate the protein powder scene. But, for some people, these milk-derived powders might be off limits.   Vegans and some vegetarians, for example would pass on them. Or, individuals who deal with lactose intolerance, allergies, or other food sensitivities may also find themselves looking elsewhere for a convenient source of protein.   Thankfully, there are many plant-based options out there. Over the past few years, for example, hemp protein has be...

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In the world of protein powders, there are tons of options. Surprisingly, things get even more complicated when you start looking specifically at vegan protein powders.   As it turns out, many plants are good sources of quality proteins so, with all the choices out there, you’re faced with a tough question: which is the best vegan protein powder for you?     Allergies and Side Effects   Several plants that are commonly used for protein, such as soy, can be pretty potent allergens despite thei...

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For a long time now, whey protein has been pretty much the unrivaled king of the protein powder world. But, before that, eggs were the protein of choice.   And, although it's not as widely used these days, you can still get your hands on egg white protein powder. In reality, this oft-forgotten protein source does have some pretty unique advantages that they make it a viable option for you.   How does egg white protein powder compare with whey protein?   The Basics   Just to give us a better i...

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Picking the right protein depends on a number of different factors. The biggest two are going to be your dietary restrictions and how you react to dairy products.   Take a look at the descriptions below to see which Naked Nutrition products fit your lifestyle and goals.   Whey   Whey protein is the most popular form of supplemental protein, and is derived from milk. Naked Whey is a complete amino acid source with moderate to high levels of most essential amino acids including valine, leucine...

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The holidays are a notoriously difficult time when it comes to weight loss and fitness in general.   Not only do the typical festivities include lots of carb-rich foods and alcohol, but you've likely been extremely busy – making it nearly impossible for you to keep up with any healthy routine you may have had in the preceding months.   But New Year's Day has come and gone, marking the end of that particular time of year. Now it's time to start over.   This time of year, many people are beginn...

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