As you continue to work toward eating healthier, scouring health food stores for gluten-free meal options and integrating more balanced nutrients into your diet, it’s easy to become obsessed with researching all the health trends out there today. Finding every morsel of information about what you’re putting in your body is the best thing you can do for yourself. To truly understand where your food comes from, what ingredients are in it, how those ingredients affect your body, and why you have cravings for certain foods can all be important pieces of data that will help you along your path of healthy living.
It’s critical that you really listen to what your body is craving, and as you know from my recent posts, I am a huge fan of two particular products: Arctic Zero and Quest Protein Bars. After trying several varieties of both, I decided it was time to “look under the hood” to identify the ingredients that were in both products. Lo and behold – they each contained one ingredient in common: Whey Protein.
So what exactly is Whey Protein?
According to Medical News Today, Whey protein is a complete protein that contains all 9 essential amino acids and is low in lactose content. You may have seen this ingredient at the top of the list on products such as protein shakes, powders, bars or supplements, and it provides a number of valuable health benefits, including help for:
- Weight Management
- Cancer Prevention
- Cholesterol Management
- Blood Pressure Regulation
- Cow’s or goat’s milk
- Sour cream
- Ice cream
If you are lactose-intolerant, sensitive to lactose or if you’re simply choosing to abstain from dairy in your diet, then I highly recommend Arctic Zero and Quest Protein Bars, as these are both low in lactose content.