Eating ample amounts of protein (ideally 10+ grams per serving) has been scientifically proven to provide dozens of incredible health benefits – from boosting metabolism and curbing appetite to supporting the development of lean muscle. But eating just any protein simply won’t work. With protein, quality matters just as much as quantity. Doctors and nutritionists widely agree that the best sources for protein include:
Wild caught fish
Grass-fed, pasture-raised dairy & meat
While it’s important to get a balance of all of the above, it can be difficult to find options from the above list that are portable for breakfast-on-the-go or work-day snacks. That's why we created our paleo protein brownies made with grass-fed, pasture-raised whey protein as the very first ingredient on the ingredient list. This superfood is stands out as truly super due to its incredible portability and phenomenal health benefits. The great web journal, Super Food Profiles, has an incredibly exhaustive piece on all of the benefits of grass-fed whey. Here are the highlights from their great research...
Grass Fed whey protein provides many potent health-promoting nutrients like linoleic acid, immunoglobulins, lactoferrin and high levels of cysteine for glutathione production. Conventional Whey Often Contains Pesticides and Antibiotics. Many whey proteins are actively unhealthy. Indeed, the vast majority come from feedlot cattle fed with grains, often corn mash, a low nutrient waste product of ethanol manufacturing. Grain fed cattle ingest pesticide residues from their feed which can be detected in their milk. They are also routinely given hormones to stimulate milk production and antibiotics to combat diseases in the cramped conditions they are forced to live in.
Milk from grass fed cows has been measured as being up to 4 times higher in important omega-3 fatty acids when compared to milk from grain fed cattle. What's more, grass fed milk is also a rich source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a powerful nutrient clinically shown to increase fat metabolism within your body. Milk from cows grazing on grass will usually contain 3 to 5 times the amount of CLA compared to milk from cows fed grain. Recent research has shown conjugated linoleic acid increases basal metabolic rates, allowing your body to convert the food you eat more efficiently into energy, rather than store it as fat. During exercise, CLA has also been demonstrated in studies to improve muscle strength and endurance. It has even been praised for lowering the risk of diseases like breast cancer and heart disease while enhancing your body’s immune function.
Found in significant quantities in high quality grass fed whey, immunoglobulins are special proteins that can act as transporters of antibodies within your body to combat viruses, bacteria and other foreign invaders. Immunoglobulins have been used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, anemia, hepatitis A, arthritis and many other diseases and can help build up your immunity against damaging microorganisms and toxins.