How can I test if my body likes whey protein?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 15, 2013 at 1:09 AM

The main reason for me using whey is my post-workout meal. My main concern is convenience here, but after some years of lifting in college I know whey makes me feel bloated. However, I want to make sure and test for at least 30 days using a "quality" whey protein.

So my questions are:

  • What kind of symptoms should I look for if my body is not suited to it (lactose intolerance, or anything else)
  • What brands of whey protein are considered of high quality and from good sources?

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on January 15, 2013
at 12:34 PM

I know by experience that lactose intolerance usually show up as "farts" after taking a whey supplement, usually a few days/weeks after taking the supplement regularly.

If that is the case, you need to take whey isolate supplements.

To me, the two most important factors when choosing a whey supplement is:

  1. What do they use to sweeten it ? Stevia, Aspartame, Sucralose, etc ? Of course stevia is the way to go here.

  2. Does the whey come from grassfed cows ? New-Zealand whey seems to have a good reputation since their cows live pretty much in nature.



on January 15, 2013
at 03:05 AM

Ingestion time shouldn't matter as much in-terms of digestion. There isn't much digestion that goes on with even a Whey concentrate. It's more than likely that if you're getting gastric distress from consuming Whey, it's due to either A) other ingredients/additives in the product or B) the source of the Whey. It's not the Whey itself.

Do you react to other Lactose-containing products? If not, you could probably rule out at all being the Whey itself.



on January 15, 2013
at 01:31 AM

Evolve Foods (Robb Wolf is part owner):


has a grass fed whey product. I'm not sure that grass fed really matters if you're isolating the whey, but I would imagine it's a high quality product. There is no gluten, soy or preservatives so that may help in isolating the effect of just the whey.

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