Before we talk about the importance of whey, let’s back up a second and talk about protein. Proteins are organic compounds consisting of chains of amino acids. Proteins are broken down during digestion, releasing these essential amino acids into the body. They are “essential” because they cannot be created by the body and therefore must be supplied by diet. These amino acids are used by the body to build muscle and repair damaged tissue.
That’s where whey comes in.
Whey protein, contained in milk, is considered a complete protein because it contains all nine essential amino acids your body needs. In fact, you might have seen whey powder being sold at nutrition stores, health food supermarkets and even some big-box warehouse retailers. It’s a common ingredient in sport shakes and other products consumed by bodybuilders and other athletes.
The thing is, if you’re drinking milk, you’re already consuming whey protein – along with eight other essential nutrients your body needs, including potassium, phosphorous and several important vitamins. So the next time you exercise and want to aid your body’s recovery, try a fruit smoothie made with Hiland Dairy Greek Yogurt or drink a cool, delicious glass of Hiland Dairy Chocolate Milk.
Have it your whey!
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