Nutrients that you consume as a powder?! Get OUT! Is that even Paleo? Don't worry, let this wild whey show you back to a moderate style of eating, making amends for perhaps just a little bit of winter indulgence. Yes, it's "just" a powder, simple to behold yet rich in flavor, and it packs a punch in nutrition. Wild Foods has made this whey to be ridiculously good for you, with natural vanilla an easy match for blends with nuts or fruit. Don't need any penance-eating this winter? Good for you; now have some whey, anyway.
Whey (albeit not powdered, but still...) is what Little Miss Muffet ate, sitting on her tuffet, with her curds. (Y'all know that "curds & whey" means cottage cheese, right? Well, now ya do.) But whey from grass-fed cows is something to be treasured all by itself, and that's what you get here from Wild Foods. In just one small scoop you get the nutrition of an immune-boosting freight train headed straight to your body. Keep reading for the awesome specs, but first, we taste.
I'm an athlete, so there has been whey in my life. Some of it was good, and some not so good. But here, from Wild Foods, is real goodness. My first taste of this powder was, I'll admit, just a bit on a spoon, dry. It smells and tastes clean, like fresh dairy, and I was immediately ready to put some in the blender. In goes some banana, some ice, some walnuts, and a scoop of this whey. Away we go! From there it was a matter of time before it was showing up as both a breakfast food as well as a better and hydrating post-workout meal than yet another bar (even if that bar has solid credentials).
So, why add vanilla to an otherwise perfectly good protein powder? Well, why not? Who doesn't like vanilla? I'm going to guess and say pretty much no one. Vanilla is a delicate spice that pairs well with fruit and darn near everything else on the planet. How about some orange in that smoothie? Can you say Orange Creamsicle??? Whoa.
Basically, Wild Foods decided that the other whey proteins out there were just not good enough. Here's what they say about what they call their Native whey:
""Native" means that the whey is made directly from milk and not from cheese the way most protein powders are made. When whey is made from cheese curds (a byproduct of the cheese-making industry), the milk is twice "denatured," meaning it is twice pasteurized and processed. This processing and denaturing, often done with harsh chemicals and mechanical methods, breaks down the milk product during each step, resulting in less nutrition and killing almost all of the beneficial biologically active components of raw milk.
There is little regulation in whey protein manufacturing, but as a general rule, if your whey is cheap, tastes like chalk, and is full of all kinds of artificial sweetens and fillers, it's junk and you shouldn't put it in your body. Your body is not made to consume foodstuffs that have been heavily processed.
Many of the big brand whey protein companies get the denatured leftover cheese curds from cheese companies for pennies, and is how they can afford to charge so little for their protein powder. When it comes to whey protein (and most other food products), you get what you pay for!"
If you're going to trust pretty much anyone to give advice about the ins and outs of primal eating, you would trust Mark Sisson, right? Of course—we all would. (Interestingly, it was a good friend of mine who told me about this weird-sounding website over 10 years ago named after some dude and his "daily apple".) In the years since starting that healthy-eating blog he's gained both trust and loyalty while amassing quite a bit of fans. Here's some of the great benefits he points out that come from whey protein, summarized for brevity (but go check it all out if you want the nitty gritty).
Obesity – Whey tends to reduce fasting insulin levels in the obese and overweight (but not healthy prepubertal boys, who could use the growth promotion), increase satiety, reduce food intake, and improve resting energy expenditure.
Diabetes – Eaten before a meal, whey reduces the glucose spike from the subsequent meal in non-diabetics and type 2 diabetics alike.
Fatty liver – In obese women, a whey supplement reduces liver fat (and as a nice side effect increases lean mass a bit). Fatty liver patients also benefit from whey, enjoying improvements in glutathione status, liver steatosis, and antioxidant capacity.
Stress – In “high-stress” subjects, a whey protein shake improved cognitive function and performance by increasing serotonin levels.
Cancer – Both the lactoferrin found in whey and the glutathione synthesis whey promotes may have anti-cancer effects. Lactoferrin shows potential to prevent cancer that has yet to occur and induce cell death in existing cancer cells.
Cardiovascular disease – Last year, a review of the effect of whey on major cardiometabolic risk factors found that whey protein improves the lipid profile, reduces hypertension, improves vascular function, and increases insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. Whey peptides that form during digestion actually act as ACE-inhibitors, reducing blood pressure similarly to pharmaceuticals without the side effects.
Sarcopenia – Muscle wasting, whether cancer-related or a product of age and inactivity, is a huge threat to one’s health and happiness. Studies show that whey protein is the most effective protein supplement for countering sarcopenia in countering sarcopenia, especially compared to soy.
Gastrointestinal disorders – It may surprise you, but a component of dairy can actually improve gut health, even in patients with gastrointestinal disorders. In human Crohn’s disease patients, a whey protein supplement reduces leaky gut.
Here are some of the amazing nutrients in Wild Foods Whey Powder
Immuno-globulins (A, M, G)
There are many ways (ha) to get some whey into your daily consumption. Smoothies are, of course, one of the simplest. Just add a scoop and go. But there's sprinkling it onto your morning food like yogurt or (gasp?!) paleo granola or kefir. Anything works. Add it into protein pancakes, quick breads, and more. I haven't tried adding to an omelet, but who knows.
Here's a fancy pants autumn/winter smoothie to whet your whistle. From here on out, you'll have to do some googling.
1 cup coconut milk
2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon all spice
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 scoops (20 grams) of Wild Foods Whey
Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until desired thickness. Add ice if desired, blend more, enjoy!
Wild Foods was founded out of a desire to bring together a mix of the best ingredients in the world to support health, performance and conscious food consumerism. Knowing where our ingredients come from, how they are made, and the impact they have on the world, is of paramount importance because we know that food is the most important aspect of health, body composition, performance and longevity.
These topics we are passionate about are rooted in ingredients and the quality of those ingredients. We also believe that the current food system is broken and want to do our part in helping fix it. These beliefs form the Wild Guarantee: We only sell products we use ourselves! (Take a peek in our kitchen and you'll see just how Wild it is!)
At Wild Foods, we are obsessed with the best. We believe it's too risky to trust corporations with our health--the very thing that's become commonplace in our society.
When profit is the motivating goal, few businesses have what it takes to do what's right because what's right is almost never what'scheap. We are proud of the fact that our products come from the highest quality ingredients and are produced in the best way possible. For us, it's quality first no matter what.
Wild Foods was created out of a desire to curate the products we want to use ourselves. We take pride in our products, but more than that, we love our products because we use them on a daily basis. We will never sell a product we don't use ourselves!
In case you didn't know, the food industry sucks. The large percent of products are made by big corporations and in mass quantities. Even the brands you think of as small producers are often subsidiaries of the larger food conglomerates. The thing about products from big producers are almost always produced in a way that puts speed, quantity and profit above quality and nutrition. And because the human being is not made to eat mass-produced, preservative-laden, mechanical "food" sold in a package, we now have a major health crisis in this country, with many countries following in our footsteps at a rapid pace.
We love their manifesto, too:
Does Wild Whey have casein?
Answer: Wild Whey contains less than 1% casein. We've had customers in past with sensitive to casein yet totally love Wild Whey and find they tolerate it well.
Is Wild Whey organic?
Answer: While the product is not certified organic, the cows, milk and way it is made are up to (beyond in many cases) organic standards. Our dairy cows graze on open organic pastures in Australia and are never administered growth hormones or antibiotics. The main reason for the lack of an organic certification is the cost of certification for the farmers (and us) as well as the fact that it wouldn't actually improve the product yet would drastically increase the price.