Whey protein is a liquid derived from milk during cheese making, it can also be physically separated from milk by precipitation, filtration, or dialysis. Special enzymes are added to the milk to create the separation of curds and the liquid whey. The liquid whey is then pasteurized and dried into a powder form. It is used in the food industry in infant formulate, ice cream, cheese, meat and bakery products along with being a common athletic supplement to increase protein intake.
In 2008, infant formula from China was recalled because it contained melamine (which has been shown to cause severe kidney damage in children). However, the list of melamine suspected foods was much longer than just infant formula and included whey protein concentrate. Whey protein concentrate is also named in at least one class action lawsuit stating that the defendants have concealed the "nature, identity, source, and/or method of preparation" of the ingredient. Derived from pasteurized milk and/or subjected to pasteurization.
Soup, stew, sausage, whey protein powder performance supplements, chicken, protein drinks, yogurt, protein bars, snack bars, oatmeal, granola, smoothies, shake mixes
Possible Health Effects
This ingredient has not been tested enough to determine any negative health effects.
In The News
August 24, 2012
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