People consume whey for protein thinking that extra protein helps to build muscle. If you look at the home page on healthy diet, you will see that people get whey (way) too much protein already. This excess protein causes people to die prematurely due to cardiovascular problems which is the main cause of death in the USA. To build muscle you need resistance training like lifting weights. Then eat a healthy diet and do not cut carbs. The home page tells what fats and carbs make you fat and which ones (the good ones) make you thin.
The sale of whey is to make money. Why does it need to be sold? Because otherwise it would be thrown away or fed to pigs. Have you ever heard of cheese? It is such a popular food that Whole Foods natural supermarket chain has a whole section on it. The healthiest cheese to buy is the raw goat cheese. There are cheese shops that only sell cheese.
To make the cheese, they take the milk and put something in it (like lemon juice) to curdle it. Then you are left with curds and whey. As a little boy, I put milk in my tea and then added lemon juice that I squeezed from a lemon and it curdled. Then the adults told me that I can only use one or the other, not both. The curds were used to make cheese and the whey was thrown away or fed to the pigs. So it was called pig slop. So now instead of throwing it away, they are selling it to you by making you think you need it. This is good business. Their goal is not to help you in any way but to make money.
When the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, was competing in bodybuilding contests and winning them all, there were no whey supplements or many other supplements they have now. He was in the famous documentary video, Pumping Iron, that helped to launch bodybuilding as a national activity. Someone in it asked him "Do you drink milk?" He gave the smartest answer possible-- very scientific. He said "No, milk is for babies." Since whey comes from milk, everything that is in it, is also in ice cream.
Americans already get whey (way) too much protein. See the article on protein that is on this webpage to learn how excess protein hurts you. Americans love eating foods that are high in protein like cheese steak sandwiches, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, fried chicken, bacon, turkey and tuna that now contains toxic levels of mercury.
College textbooks on nutrition say that protein deficiency is rare in the world and does not exist in this part of the world. That means that while there are millions of people starving because they are not getting enough carbs and fats, it is rare to get enough of them but not enough protein.
There is nothing magical about protein. It is made up of 8 essential amino acids and that is all (now there are 9-- see below). Most fruits and vegetables have all 8 essential amino acids. An avocado has 4 grams of protein and 4.2 grams of fiber. Animal foods have no fiber. Here are the amino acids that make up the protein in it:
42 mg of trytophan
133 mg of threonine
143 mg of isoleucine
247 mg of leucine
189 mg of lycine
74 mg of methionine
137 mg of phenolalanine
195 mg of valine
A cup of navy beans has 19.7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. It has all 8 amino acids and the smallest amount is 233 mg of tryptophan. The above comes from the book, Nutrition Almanac, 4th Edition (1996). It says that histadine is an essential amino acid in infants and it has been added to the 8 essential ones for adults. But it was added after they tested hundreds of foods for the 8 amino acids.
A potato has 4.7 grams of protein, 1.2 grams of fiber and all 8 amino acids with the lowest being 73 mg of tryptophan and methionine. Four ounces of pistachio nuts have 23.2 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, 8 amino acids with the least being 320 mg of tryptophan. The magic is in the thousands of different phytochemicals that are in plant foods that prevent blindness, prevent cancer, prevent heart attacks and that prevent strokes.
Here is more information from Fasting and Eating for Health (by Joel Fuhrman M.D.). Page 39 says "Multiple studies have linked osteoporosis not to low calcium intakes, but to diets high in protein, refined sugar, caffeine, and phosphorus contained in soft drinks, all of which cause an excessive loss of calcium in the urine." [Hegsted M, Linkswiler HM. Long-term effects of level of protein intake on calcium metabolism in young adult women. Journal of Nutrition 1981;111:244-51.][Zemel MB, Schuette SA, Hegsted M, Linkswiler HM. Role of sulfer-containing amino acids in protein induced hypercalciuria (the presence of abnormally great amounts of calcium in the urine) in men. Journal of Nutrition 1981;111:545-52.]
"In fact, populations that consume the highest levels of calcium usually have the highest rates of osteoporosis-related hip fractures." [Mazess RB, Mather W. Bone mineral content of North American Eskimos. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1974;27:916-925.] "Plant products contain an abundance of protein, without being excessive (page 40). How else can the gorilla get to be 800 pounds of muscle, eating solely fruit and leaves?"
"Numerous studies have shown that the formation of kidney stones is directly proportional (page 41) to the amount of animal protein in the diet. [Robertson WG, Peacock M, Hodgkinson A. Dietary changes and the incidence of urinary calculi in the U.K. between 1958 and 1976. Journal of Chronic Disease 1979;22:469-476.]"
"In reality, (page 95) high-protein diets are linked with the development of serious diseases including cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, renal insufficiency, and kidney stones." Vegetarian Times says "By individually tailoring nutrition plans based on a case-by-case basis, Fuhrman has treated hundreds of patients with rheumatoid arthritis successfully."
"The misunderstanding of human protein requirements began 70 years ago when two scientists published the results of a study that showed that rats fed vegetable protein grew more slowly than rats fed animal protein. Today, we have to interpret this information much differently. First of all, we now know that humans and rats have different protein requirements and that people can get all the protein they need from plant sources. More important, we now have found that rats that grow and mature the quickest die earliest."
"The average American (page 96) consumes about 150 grams of protein a day-- about 5 times the amount actually needed. This excess protein, not to mention the fat that accompanies it, is extremely damaging." "Urea is one irritating substance that results from consuming excess protein." "Researchers are finding that many of these other by-products of protein digestion have a powerful toxic effect on the brain, and can cause mental fatigue and confusion as their levels rise in the body." "A crucial point to keep in mind here is that there are about 14 other toxins besides urea that are breakdown products of protein metabolism."
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