Is Organic Grass Fed Whey Protein Really Worth it?

February 21st, 2015
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In today’s world there are Vegans and Vegetarians and Paleo eaters.  There are people who will only eat organic and the die-hard omnivores, who are still most of the population.  But whatever path of health you choose, choose it because you have researched, tried it and it is doing your body good.  The term organic gets tossed around a lot today.  The problem with that, and with so many other products today, is that you will always have those who do their best to abuse and exploit it.  Many times, in recent years, there have been reports where a store or company had been selling food under the organic label and it was not organic.  There are, no doubt, products on the market today hiding under the organic label that are not truly organic.  It is a buyer beware and do your homework situation.  The same holds true for organic grass fed whey protein powder.  There are scammers and cheats in that market too.  So, before you pay a whole lot more for an organic product, here are some findings that might help you make a final decision.

What is the difference?

The difference between an organic grass fed whey protein and non-organic whey protein is in what the cows are fed and whether or not they get any extra substances.  Yup, that’s it.  Are they fed a grass that has been treated?  Have they been given growth hormones themselves?  What about antibiotics and steroids?  Again, people see a blog online and run to the cupboard and toss their whey protein.  Stop. Listen to the facts.  Yes, organic grass fed whey protein is produced by cows who do not receive steroids or growth hormones of any kind.  They graze on untreated grass and produce organic products.  Cows that are treated with growth hormones and/or steroids or antibiotics are considered non-organic and produce milk that is not organic.

How much hormone/antibiotics get passed on?

Because we live in a technologically advanced society, the ability to decipher the contents of things to the most miniscule amount is possible.  In saying that, the debate over growth hormones/antibiotics, etc, although one of the greatest debates, can be put to rest.   The amount past on is miniscule at best and most likely is killed off during digestion.  And what about Organic Cows how does it differ?  It doesn’t.  Organic cows have, of course, hormones that naturally occur and get passed on in their milk supply.  But what about the difference?  There is none. the National Institute of Health is quoted as saying: “The composition and nutritional values of milk from bST-supplemented cows is essentially the same as milk from untreated cows… (M) eat and milk from rbST-treated cows are as safe as that from untreated cows.” What?  Organic and non-organic milk is essentially the same? Yes.  Because the trace amounts that are passed on in the milk are so incredibly small, they almost can’t be tested.  The FDA has said these are not harmful to humans.

Then why organic whey?

There are people who have chosen certain lifestyles when it comes to food consumption.  Who are we to judge?  To each his own.  Those who have chosen this Organic lifestyle have done so to improve their health and practice the cleanest eating they can.  This is a wonderful thing for them, but, in the case of whey protein powder vs. organic grass fed protein powder, the differences are hard to find.  There are a couple of issues though. The points about organic grass fed whey protein are as follows:

●The whey is additive free.  There are no fillers and no hormones in it. (This is not exactly true since both organic and non-organic pass along natural hormones.)

●The whey is better for you because the cows eat grass and not grains or hay as grain/hay fed cows are often unhealthy.

A farmer friend, who owns a dairy in Wisconsin, has stated that this is absolutely not the case.  Most of the cows you hear about being unhealthy got that way not because of what they ate, but because of the conditions they live in.  Cleanliness, proper temperature, adequate freedom, sunlight and proper care are what make a cow healthy or not.  Besides, according to him “Hay is grass”.

“A small amount of organic whey protein can do more to help you shed pounds than a larger amount of commercially processed whey” is a direct quote from WheyIn’s website.

This statement cannot be validated as true or false, as there is nowhere else this claim has been made.

One last note

Organic anything is going to be more expensive.   Organic grass fed whey protein powder is no different.  It is very expensive.  If you are taking a 100% organic approach to life, then by all means, purchase the organic whey.  A word of caution though, please investigate the product manufacturer before you buy and be sure the FDA has certified it organic or you might be paying a lot more for non-organic product.

In the end, is it worth it to get organic grass fed whey? NO! Again, a lot of the choice comes down to lifestyle and preference.  If you are not living a total organic lifestyle, then the recommendation is that you don’t waste your hard earned money for something that is the same as a lower cost item.  100% whey protein powder is a much more cost effective solution for those who want to incorporate whey protein into their workout routine.  The evidence that one is better for you than the other is non-existent.  Remember that whatever type you choose, make sure it is pure 100% whey protein powder.