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      Unregulated Sources & Blind Spots

      Unregulated Sources & Blind Spots

      Unregulated Sources & Blind Spots

      So what’s the deal with protein supplements sourced from China or other foreign sources?

      To answer this question let’s ask another. When was the last time you chose a dairy product at the grocery store that was sourced from China? So you don’t buy the yellowish jug of grade-A Chinese milk?

      At American Gainz Nutrition, we rejoice in the fact that the USA just so happens to top the global rankings in both cow milk production and dairy processing. So if this is the case, if the USA truly has the supply, why do so many whey protein brands source elsewhere?

      It’s simple. The answer is regulation. Regulation makes everything more expensive. Though bad for business, it’s critical for the prolonged health & wellness of consumers. In the USA, the EPA and the FDA both play important roles in ensuring your whey supplements are safe and healthy to consume.

      These agencies as they relate to Whey:

      • Environment Protection Agency (EPA) - This is the agency that protects our agriculture and livestock from contaminated water sources, harmful pesticides, smog, pollution, unwanted bacteria, etc. (i.e. Clean Water Act, NPDES)
      • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - This agency is responsible for the methods, equipment, facilities, and controls required for producing dietary supplements. These are the guys that declare our processing and filling facilities as CGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Processes) certified.

      The sad truth is this - these regulatory bodies don’t exist abroad and if they do, they are merely hollow shells of what we would consider a stringent regulatory body.

      Did you know that it is not uncommon for Chinese state-backed chemical factories to dump wastewater directly into farming irrigation ponds? The Wall Street Journal published an article titled “China’s Bad Earth” where it describes that state-affiliated research estimates 25 to 60 million acres of arable Chinese farmland may now be contaminated with heavy metals.

      The WSJ goes on to state that this “is largely a consequence of two trends … the expansion of polluting industries into remote areas a safe distance from population centers, and heavy use of chemical fertilizers to meet the country's mounting food needs.”

      Have you had your mercury levels checked recently? For athletes that consume multiple servings of whey protein powder per day, this heavy metal alert may be an important wakeup call!

      Beware the blind spot! Brands that source from China or other foreign sources likely lack traceability and regulation at the sole expense of your health. This is an obvious reason why companies don’t advertise “Made in China” or “Chinese Sourced Whey” on their product label. It’s a clear admission of inferior, poorly regulated sourcing.

      Challenge your protein selection by asking yourself:

      • Where is this product made?
      • How is it processed?
      • How is it shipped? How is it stored?
      • How many different handlers are adding fillers and reselling?

      Challenge yourself to be informed about the origins of what you put in your body. Don’t settle. After all, you’d never choose to eat cheese or drink milk with no quality or environmental control – don’t take chances with your whey protein. If you can’t find answers, not only on where product is manufactured, but where all of the ingredients are sourced, find another - you deserve peace of mind. Ask questions and look deeper - your Gainz and well-being depend on it!

       Any questions, please email Questions@AmericanGainz.com

      Recovery Essentials about Hydrolyzed Whey Protein

      Recovery Essentials about Hydrolyzed Whey Protein

      Recovery Essentials – Hydrolyzed Whey

      In today's world, speed has become essential. Thanks to our mobile devices and other products, we receive everything, from weather, news, information, and more, on a moment's notice. Why shouldn't we expect the same, fast results from our whey protein? With hydrolyzed whey, it is possible. Think of hydrolyzed whey as the leaner, sexier, and more advanced version of its creator, whey protein isolate. It shares all the same positive attributes of whey protein isolate, such as amino acids and micronutrient content, but hydrolyzed whey absorbs much faster.

      Whey Protein Hydrolysate 101:

      Whey protein isolates are broken down into smaller peptide chains through a process called “enzymatic hydrolysis.” Don’t let the tech talk fool you, this is simply the step that enables the fastest absorbing whey to be instantly digested. This process fast-tracks its amino acids to your muscles and thereby enhances your ability to recover faster. Whey protein hydrolysate is the Cadillac of whey proteins.

      The most popular whey protein supplements can be categorized into three distinct forms: Whey Protein Concentrate (80% whey, excess fat and lactose), Whey Protein Isolate (90% whey, filtered out fat and lactose), and Whey Protein Hydrolysate (90% whey, similar to isolate, however with increased bio-availability and absorption rate). No matter what the form, the main benefits of whey stem from the branch chain amino acids (BCAAs) that it contains. BCAAs provide numerous benefits — they act as powerful antioxidants, they boost the immune function, and they serve as the catalyst for muscle growth and repair. Though these benefits are undeniably significant, the absorption rate makes hydrolyzed protein stand out far above the rest.

      Speed Matters for Recovery:

      Non-hydrolyzed whey can take as long as six hours to be absorbed, similar to eating chicken breast, whereas the hydrolyzed form of whey can be absorbed in minutes. This is critical when focusing on recovery. While consuming a post-workout protein shake that is hydrolyzed makes perfect sense, if the whey is in the concentrate or isolate form alone, then the post-workout consumption will simply not yield the intended speed in recovery. If you're not aiming for speed in recovery, we recommend you stick with whole foods.

      So why aren’t all whey protein supplements hydrolyzed? Simply put, the process of creating isolate from concentrate, then running the isolates through the hydrolysis system, is expensive. Hydrolyzed whey can be as much as twice the cost of the inferior forms to create. Now many brands get away from charging an arm and a leg for their hydrolyzed version of whey, but it’s usually due to the majority of the product consisting of the other forms (i.e., whey protein concentrate, why protein isolate, casein, egg protein etc.).

      So, if an athlete is serious about post-workout recovery, American Gainz Nutrition encourages everyone to pay attention to the ingredients listed below the nutrition facts panel. Ingredients must be listed in “descending order of predominance”; therefore, the first protein source you see on the Nutrition Facts panel ingredients list should be Hydrolyzed Whey Protein. Even better would be if hydrolyzed whey is listed as the only protein source. In other words, if your chosen whey provider boasts about being a hydrolyzed whey protein source, but dilutes it with other, lesser protein forms, you may be paying more without receiving all of the improved recovery potential of hydrolyzed whey.

      Next time you are staring at the endless varieties of whey protein supplements and wondering what is what, you are now armed with exactly what you need to know to focus on recovery. Hydrolyzed whey is a broken-down version of whey isolates that is easier on your digestive system and delivers muscle-friendly protein to your body in a way that offers a speedier recovery. If hydrolyzed whey is the only protein in the ingredient list, you have a good lean and clean product on your hands.

      Brisk Berries Recipes

      Brisk Berries Recipes

      Tactical Recovery Whey Recipes: Brisk Berries Whey Shake

      This recipe adds extra flavor and valuable antioxidants to your post-training whey shake!

      Brisk Berries

      In a blender, add:

      • 1 scoop Tactical Recovery whey protein hydrolysate
      • 1/4 cup raspberries 3 strawberries
      • 10oz skim milk or soy milk
      • ice, to taste for thickness

        Blue Choconana

        In a blender, add:

        • 1 scoop Tactical Recovery whey protein hydrolysate
        • 1/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
        • 1/2 banana, sliced
        • 10oz soy milk or skim milk
        • ice, to taste for thickness

        Recipes: Banana Barrage Whey Shake

        Recipes: Banana Barrage Whey Shake

        Tactical Recovery Whey Recipes: Banana Barrage Whey Shake

        Banana Barrage Recipe

        In a blender, add: 

        • 1 scoop of Tactical Recovery whey protein hydrolysate
        • 1 banana, sliced
        • 10oz skim milk or soy milk
        • ice, to taste for thickness

        Nutty 'Naner version: 

        • to above recipe, add one scoop of peanut butter