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By Gary, on June 3rd, 2013

If “U” is for Understanding and “V” is for Vinegar then:

“W” is for Whey

 You remember –

Little Miss Muffet Sat on a tuffet Eating of curds and whey There came a big spider And sat down beside her

And frightened Miss Muffet away

What is whey and why would anyone outside of a fairy tale rhyme eat it?

                       Whey is a by-product from making cheese.  It is a source of protein.

Here is Wikipedia’s definition:

Whey protein is a mixture of globular proteins isolated from whey, the liquid material created as a by-product of cheese production. Some preclinical studies in rodents have suggested that whey protein may possess anti-inflammatory or anti-cancer properties. The effects of whey protein on human health are of great interest and are currently being investigated as a way of reducing disease risk, as well as a possible supplementary treatment for several diseases. Whey protein is commonly marketed and ingested as a dietary supplement, and various health claims have been attributed to it in the alternative medicine community. Although whey proteins are responsible for some milk allergies, the major allergens in milk are the caseins.

What the health benefits of eating whey?

  • It is not only for body-building as most people think.  Although, because it is protein, it does aid in muscular growth and weight gain from muscular growth.
  • Whey also helps fight chronic diseases by providing protein and amino acid.
  • These same essential amino acids are found in the protein that can be found in your muscles, ligaments, hair, nails, teeth, organs, glands and body fluids.  They help these areas grow and repair themselves.
  • Consuming protein can help in weight loss.  As it grows muscle, it also burns fat and sugar causing more energy to be used during the digestive process.
  • Whey protein also slow glucose absorption which prevent hunger and lowers blood sugar peak levels.
  • Whey protein is also known to slow the production of cortisol, a stress hormone.  This reduces stress and depression.  It also helps in releasing the hormone serotonin which is very calming.
  • Whey protein is also known for slowing cancer growth and promoting healing for burns and large wounds.

 Are there any side effects to consuming whey?

The simple answer is that over-consumption of anything has side-effects.  If you experience any of the following symptoms after consuming whey protein, contact your doctor immediately

Some are allergic to dairy and may have one or more of these reactions when consuming whey:

Rash or hives

Itching

Swelling of the lips, mouth, or throat

Wheezing or difficulty breathing

Excessive coughing

Diarrhea or blood in the stool (especially in infants)

Vomiting

Anaphylaxis

While whey protein is a natural food substance, it is not 100% risk-free.

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whey_protein

http://www.livestrong.com/article/249623-health-benefits-of-whey-protein-powder/#ixzz2Uz1Vcrn9

http://www.energyfirst.com/site/files/Health-Benefits-Whey-Protein.htm

http://vegetarian.lovetoknow.com/Whey_Protein_Side_Effects