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Generally, people tend to associate whey protein powder with athletes or those looking to pack on some muscle.   The truth, however, is that this common nutritional supplement has a huge variety of potential benefits – particularly if it's a grass fed protein powder.   What are some of these extra, oft-forgotten perks? Why is grass fed protein powder superior than some of the other options out there?   Why Food Matters   Let's start with what makes grass fed protein powder different, since th...

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There are tons of different companies selling protein powders and – of course – each claims to have some distinct advantage.   But Naked Nutrition works hard to guarantee the absolute best product available and, to prove it, we're going to compare our protein powders with some of the others out there.   This week: Impact Whey Protein by Myprotein.   Sourcing   The first thing you should consider when comparing two different proteins is exactly where their protein comes from. Unfortunately, th...

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It's probably pretty safe to assume that you take whey protein powder because you know that it's good for you. You likely do not even consider the idea that whey could be hurting you in some way.   The sad – and dangerous – truth, though, is that many whey proteins are doing exactly that. How? What's the potential danger of taking whey? What can you do to keep yourself safe?   Hidden Ingredients   In 2010, trusted watchdog magazine Consumer Reports performed a detailed analysis of 15 popular ...

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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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