“W”hey

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

 

 

Gary

About Gary

I am retired, but not tired. I still want to be valuable to others. I know that others are valuable to me. After looking back on six decades, I have asked myself this question: “What do I believe?” My mind filled up. My heart started beating faster. My spirit soared. I post blogs to share what my mind is working on, what my heart believes would help others and, what my spirit is communicating to me. What do I believe, you ask? Decisions dictate your path In love, not hate In tolerance, not prejudice In health, not sickness In wealth, not poverty In kindness, rudeness In happiness, not sadness In encouragement, not discouragement In faith, not doubt In courage, not fear I have been and will be challenged in each one of these beliefs, but the biggest belief is to stay positive and not turn negative. This belief helps me maintain all of the others.

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