Monday, February 25, 2008

Whey Protien Allergy is Not Common

By Dr. Steve Tuggle

Although whey protein allergy is not common, it needs to be taken very seriously. Whey is a protein powder that is a by-product of cheese production. The fact that it is derived from cow's milk concerns people with milk allergy and lactose intolerance.

Whey protein is growing in popularity. It is no longer used exclusively by elite bodybuilders. Whey is becoming very popular among people who are trying to lose belly fat or are trying to stabilize their blood sugar. This is because of the advantages of whey protein powder supplements:

* Low fat

* Low calories

* Easy to prepare

* Great tasting

If you are looking to incorporate a lean protein source into your daily diet you should consider whey protein. Always consult with your physician before making changes in your diet. You should also stay well-informed about whey protein and new research about its use.

In addition to whey, milk contains casein. Of these two proteins, whey is much less likely to cause an allergic reaction. There are different forms of whey but the purest form is whey protein isolate. In comparison to another form, whey protein concentrate, the isolate contains very little lactose. The isolate contains 90% and higher levels of protein whereas the concentrate may contain as little as 30% protein.

There are implications to this if you have an intolerance to lactose. You should consult with your physician prior to using a whey protein supplement. You might consider discussing the use of the pure whey protein isolate. It is now possible to find powders with virtually no lactose levels.

Just as there are some very high quality whey protein supplements, there are some low quality ones that should be avoided. To be on the safe side when considering the implementation of a whey protein powder supplement you should look for one that is

* 100% whey protein isolate

* lactose-free

* hypoallergenic

You need to remember that a true whey protein allergy is not simply having digestive problems with whey. Some of the more inferior whey products may be difficult to digest but this is not a whey protein allergy. The high quality products are easily digested.

You should also use whey protein in moderation. Even the high quality products may cause digestive problems if used excessively.

In summary, there are several advantages to incorporating whey protein into your diet. Although whey protein allergy is uncommon, you need to educate yourself and stay informed of all developments on using whey protein supplements.

Dr. Steve Tuggle is the Head Coach at Elite Wellness Coaching and is a practicing endodontist, certified personal trainer (ACE, ACSM), certified wellness coach, life coach, ordained minister, and internet entrepreneur. You can learn more about whey protein and HOW TO LOSE BELLY FAT at

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