The sad truth is, even health food companies want your money — and they’ll cut corners to make that profit margin even larger for themselves. A few of these notoriously so-called “health foods” are things like agave nectar* (more on that later for those of you who are still agave believers) and one that I was blindly using for many years, protein isolates.
Isolated protein is found in nearly every protein bar, powder, and nutritionally “enriched” food on the shelves of your health food store. The truth is, isolated proteins go through a chemical process in order for manufacturer’s to isolate just the protein within the hemp, soy or whey. So you’re not getting the whole food, just a part of it. And before I get all medical-ese on you, let’s just say that our bodies don’t dig that.
“Do not ever eat protein isolate… protein isolate doesn’t have the alkalizing mineral co-factors that are needed to balance the acidity of the protein. This means that you should stay away from all whey isolate, hemp isolate, or soy isolate. These are extremely acidifying. If you keep using them in large amounts unbalanced by alkalizing foods, you risk metabolic acidosis.” ~ Food Expert, Ori Hofmekler (source)
Metabolic acidosis = total metabolic shutdown that wastes your muscle and bone tissues as well as creates cellular congestion and increased vulnerability to degenerative disease (i.e. cancer).
It’s common knowledge now that cancer cells can not survive in an alkaline environment. They simply die. But they thrive in an acidic environment. So what I’m saying is that these processed protein isolates are creating that dreaded acidic environment in your body.
In addition to our system having a harder time assimilating them, isolated proteins:
- have been processed with heat and acid
- are processed to remove fat which then removes healthy properties such as phospholipids, phosphatidylserine, and cortisol
- are deficient in key amino acids
To make sure you’re getting the best form of protein, look for protein powders, energy bars, and other “protein-rich” health foods that use “protein concentrate”, rather than isolates. Although I stick to a plant-based protein powder, my favorite whey protein is definitely Tera’sWhey, which uses only protein concentrates, is mostly organic, and is the best-tasting protein powder I’ve ever tasted. Sadly, I am lactose-intolerant and even though whey-supporters say whey should not cause digestive issues, I wasn’t able to stomach whey protein.
Thousands of people are searching for the truth about isolated proteins and I’m surprised at how popular this post has been. To improve on the original article, I am citing my sources as well as adding a few additional resources for those who want more information to aid their research in making an informed decision on isolated proteins.
After posting this article, a few readers suggested that I should highlight the benefits of denatured proteins (i.e. the “cold process”). When using heat-based extraction (as in most isolated protein processes), you damage the natural proteins. So supporters of cold-extracted protein claim that it leaves the protein intact and without the negative acid-forming side effects of heat-extracted proteins. Perhaps if we were only talking whey protein, I could believe that. But sadly, most the isolated protein you will find in so-called “health food” is soy. I am convinced that soy is one of the most well-marketed toxins of our day. Doctors are prescribing it, cancer patients are unknowingly sabotaging their own health efforts with it, and new parents are harming their babies with it. So regardless of the extraction process, soy protein should be avoided at all costs.
Not convinced? Read more on the dangers of soy from these credible sources:
*For those not up to speed on agave’s well-marketed deception, the chemical process used to extract and process the nectar creates a freakishly high fructose content and your body reacts the same to agave as it does High Fructose Corn Syrup. You can read more about the well-marketed lies here. And remember, sugar is sugar! It doesn’t really matter what form you’re eating it in.
Disclaimer: I do not receive, and never have received, any remuneration for my personal endorsement of TerasWhey, Vega, or any other products.