What’s so bad about whey protein?

shutterstock_265224311Steve, who calls himself “Blenda Guy,” writes me occasionally over the years. Last week he emailed, “I know you say whey protein is bad—why can’t I find anything on your site about this?”

Good question. Let me fix that now. Here’s why whey protein is a food I don’t buy, and I hope you don’t either:

First of all, many of my readers are familiar with The China Study done by Oxford and Cornell Universities. It’s the biggest piece of nutrition research ever undertaken. It all started in a lab, decades ago, where researchers discovered that rats and mice who ate casein (milk protein) experienced high rates of cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune disease. (Those who ate very little of this animal protein got virtually no cancer or other disease.)

shutterstock_203262013Whey used to not be considered food, not in manufacturing, anyway. It was a byproduct of dairy processing. Then the industry discovered they could gather that throwaway product, dry it, and market it as a nutrition product by touting its high protein content. It’s a manufacturing dream—repurposing a waste byproduct to increase profit on the same process! (Fluoride is a similar situation—it’s a poisonous byproduct of petrochemical processes, but then they discovered that it supposedly “prevents tooth decay.” Ah, but that’s another story for shutterstock_140334316another day.)

Through great marketing, and because the product has such low cost for the manufacturer, Americans now spend $1 billion a year on whey protein products!

But…..just because they’re selling us a lot of it doesn’t make it good for us!

Drinking cow’s milk means we’re getting high exposure to the steroids, hormones, and antibiotics fed to the cow. Now some marketers are differentiating themselves by claiming that their whey protein is from cows in New Zealand, or from cows that aren’t fed Rbst hormone, or from cows that are organic. Well, that’s certainly better than the “pure junk” processed, hormone/antibiotic/steroid-laden stuff most manufacturers sell!

But still. The China Study research didn’t use protein that was full of chemicals, either. It was merely processed, as all whey is. From the results of the studies, it is clear that processed whey clearly isn’t good for you even in the best of circumstances.

shutterstock_212356393It goes through many refining stages—sometimes up to 14 different refining processes—before it’s served up to you in a bag or a bar. It’s a highly refined food, and we already know that processing the heck out of any food causes the body to revolt in a variety of ways. Whey protein is devoid of fiber, low in most micronutrients, is quite acidic, and may cause the human body to react, as it does, to anything it doesn’t want by producing mucous to flush the foreign substance out. Over time, this mucousy situation causes an increasingly acidic climate in the body, prone to all types of disease.

Don’t get me wrong—I love protein. Who doesn’t want to build muscle mass? Who doesn’t want to burn fat? Who doesn’t want to slow down the impact on their blood sugar, decrease the insulin reaction, of, for instance, the fruit in their green smoothie?

I made my own protein for a while to do just that, and now we offer it to GSG readers. The reason I made it, in the first place, is that I didn’t like the products out there. Even the plant-based proteins are highly processed. So we made our own delicious nutrition protein that is raw, organic, plant-based, and made with whole foods. In other words, we don’t strip out the fiber by putting it SingleServePacket_ProteinRedthrSingleServePacket_ProteinChocougSingleServePacket_ProteinVanillah a variety of refining stages and diminishing it to “isolates” of the plant like most manufacturers do.

And just this month, we’ve made it into SINGLE SERVINGS at the request of people, like me, who travel a lot. Or who value convenience.

I put a handful of these in my shoulder bag to get through long flights and trips where I’m on the move. If I feel like a meal I’m eating is too high in carbs, I just add a packet of GSG Berry Protein to water, shake it up, and drink
it first. Even in plain water, it tastes great. It’s higher in micronutrients, as well as fiber, than other protein products because we don’t process the heck out of it or heat it.SingleServeProteinBox_Red

It’s made from vegetables and seeds. It’s sweetened lightly with herbal stevia. Very simple and clean. Every ingredient is certified organic.

And, now we have NATURAL protein with no flavoring or stevia. Our flavorings are non-GMO, which very few are. (Most manufacturers don’t even KNOW if their flavorings are non-GMO becauseNaturalProtein flavoring houses don’t have to disclose that. We use the only supplier that does!) But if you’re just adding the protein to green smoothies or baking with it, you’ll want to get some of our Natural Protein with no sweetener.

In July, all Single Serves are 20% off. Our gift to you to give it a try. Keep some in your purse or travel bag along with a blender bottle. This way, you’ll never have to be hungry and you’ll always get outstanding nutrition. (It’s not just our Protein Singles that are on sale—it’s our just-released Single Serves of our 3 Superfoods drink mixes. A fun tip: mix and match the proteins and superfoods for an easy, nutrient-dense meal!)
Robyn Openshaw


GROUP BUY launching TODAY…..through Nov. 30

Every year, we provide a way for you to get RAW, UNPASTEURIZED almonds in our annual group buy. You can’t get them anywhere else, because retailers can buy only pasteurized almonds from California, Each buyer in our opportunity can buy only up to 100# by providing your name in the order.

What’s the big deal? California has forced almond growers to pasteurize all their nuts above 130 degrees. This kills enzymes. I’m passionate about teaching people to eat nutrient-dense raw plant foods. It’s infuriating that our government wants to pasteurize, irradiate, and fumigate everything with damaging chemicals and rays. So I’m providing you a direct path to a grower who holds out a portion of his crop without heat-treating the nuts. So YOU CAN STILL SOAK AND SPROUT THEM! This turns your high-nutrition food into a SUPERFOOD!

(California produces 85% of the world’s almonds. I’ve obtained truly raw almonds from Spain and Italy before, but they’re tres expensive, and no one likes the slightly bitter taste.)

While we’re at it, we provide about 25 other excellent pantry / food-storage staples, with huge discounts, for you to stock up on for the year.

I highly recommend you stock up on CHIA. It’s a power food, stored easily for long periods at a time with no nutrient loss, has unlimited uses, and the price is going WAY UP this year. We got a great deal. But next year, watch out. Truly, a very good idea to buy as much as possible. Worth its weight in gold in emergencies. I am buying my family a lot.

You can also offer through your buying club,  and get an order together. We have a spreadsheet you can use to mark up prices 20 percent for your effort, so that with 8-10 people participating in your buy, you can earn your own whole-foods staples for free. Check out that spreadsheet tool HERE.

The group buy kicks off TODAY and you can see what’s available HERE. Raw almonds, and a variety of other nuts, seeds, and other staples.

For sure load up on our amazing price on raw, organic COCONUT SUGAR. It is perfect for baking, substitute it 1:1 for any recipe calling for refined sugar. It has high mineral content, better than any other sweetener I know, and is actually a LOW GLYCEMIC food, which is amazing for a sweetener. The 5# bags are great for food storage.

Read the FAQ before sending any questions, and please be aware that we expect to be shipping in early December. That makes this different than normal online purchasing. We are gathering the orders to make the bulk buy (which is how we obtain special pricing) and this means the buy closes on Nov. 30, and we ship between Dec. 1-10.

We’re especially excited because we are launching our own product line of outstanding nutrition products, and EVERY one of them is “Buy Two Get One Free” for the group buy only.

Our GSG nutrition products increase the amount of greens, vegetables, and fruits your family eats, and in ways that taste good and appeal to children. That’s our new GreenSmoothieGirl Green Light, Red Light, and Chocolate Green Light products). (Replace other drink mixes with these powders, where one scoop has the antioxidant power of 20 servings of vegetables / greens / fruit! I’ve also added probiotics, natural plant fiber, and digestive enzymes.) This is different from SunWarrior’s Ormus Greens in that is tastes delicious, and kids love it—and it covers many other bases, too.

They cover your need to store living, sprouted foods against the future, and against emergencies, and getting those tricky, but all-important Essential Fatty Acids covered in your diet, with our Tri-Omega products. Sprouted chia seed, flaxseed, and broccoli seeds. (Add them to green smoothies! You’ll never even know they’re there, and nutrition does not get better than this product.)

We also have Buy Two Get One Free on our brand-new GreenSmoothieGirl Ultimate Minerals product. We used to carry Liquid Light from SunWarrior, but in addition to the powerful fulvic acid, I wanted humic acids, too, for the best complement of fermented, deep-earth, highly bio-available mineral supplements. My hair grows fast and my fingernails are outrageously long, strong, and healthy since I began testing this product. I’m excited about having the concentrated substance you can add to your water, rather than selling a highly diluted version and paying to ship it. One bottle is a one-month supply if you’re using three droppersful daily. After a month of that, you should be able to go to a maintenance dose of 1 to 2 droppersful daily.

And finally, I’ve formulated my own vegan protein powder. It’s hemp protein and split pea protein, but we’ve added medium-chain fatty acids from coconut oil, and the energy and power of the superfood maca, as well. It tastes lovely, sweetens your green smoothie with stevia and no added sugars, and it comes in chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Buy two, get one free in the group buy. Three of one flavor, or a Variety Pack with one of each.

So check out the options; you have until Nov. 30 to place your order! We have already placed an order for many of the items that may sell out, based on our history for the past few years, so you should be fine if you order by Nov. 15, and after that, you take your chances. Last year our readers bought 50,000 lbs. of almonds, and this year we’ve bought only 40,000 lbs.

Keep in mind that almonds have gone up about 25% this year, and you well see that across the board in almond products on store shelves. The price we are getting is not only excellent—it’s also the only place you can get TRULY RAW almonds directly from the rancher, this year’s crop, no heat damage to the nutrients.