By Guy Lawrence
Think of this for a moment… would it be fair to say that the better the quality of food we eat daily, the better the quality of our overall health? Common sense really.
Does it matter what the cow eats?
Does the same apply to the living food we end up eating? When taking a look at the cow, we can easily assume the better the quality of food they eat on a daily basis, then the better the quality of them? Yep… No brainer really and pretty hard to argue.
When you are consuming a food source derived from cattle, I’m sure you would agree that quality is a major factor. But before we start to look at the differences between grass fed WPI whey protein isolate and corn fed regular whey protein, let’s take a step back and look at the bigger picture. The first question that springs to my mind is:
Why are farmers feeding their cattle corn in the first place?
I remember growing up in school with my teacher telling me that cows ate grass. Maybe she got it wrong!
1. Watch this video
Below is a clip from the movie Food Inc. If you have not seen this movie I would highly recommend it. Just give yourself five minutes of your time and you will begin to build an image of the bigger picture and why we only use grass fed WPI Whey Protein Isolate at 180 Nutrition.
2. Grass fed beef contains 3-5 times more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)
CLA… huh? Conjugated Linoleic Acid. This is a very powerful fatty acid found primarily in beef and dairy which has been linked to long term weight management and good health.
CLA can’t be manufactured within the body, it must be obtained from our daily diet. Grass fed beef is the best source by far and grass fed WPI Whey Protein Isolate contains CLA too, with grass fed Whey Protein Isolate containing more CLA than corn fed regular protein.
3. CLA has shown to reduce body fat while preserving lean muscle tissue
Starting to see the importance of this potent nutrient CLA? Studies have shown that people who took 3.2 grams of CLA daily displayed increased metabolic rates along with fat loss and muscle preservation compared to those who took a placebo. The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Cows are designed to eat grass not corn. Would you rather 3-5 times more CLA in your diet? This is one of the major factors as to why I eat grass fed beef and use grass fed WPI Whey Protein Isolate, not a ‘whey protein blend’ like many protein powders and supplement manufactures.
Whey Protein Isolate has also shown that it helps reduce insulin action and circulating blood sugars (glucose). Early results from human trials have showed positive effects when taken for longer than eight weeks.
One last thing while we are on the topic of grass fed protein. What about the beef I eat?
Should I eat grass fed beef?
Should I eat grass fed beef?
Keep an eye out for this one. Just because the beef is organic, don’t assume it’s grass fed! When beef is ‘organic’, it’s usually fed from ‘organic’ grains, especially corn. So don’t be fooled.
You’ll find most grass fed non organic cattle graze on pastures with limited pesticides, fertilisers and other harmful chemicals. I would choose grass fed beef and grass fed WPI Whey Protein Isolate any day!
To learn more about the WPI Whey Protein Isolate we use and how it is produced, click here to visit the NZ company Fonterra.