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rBGH Free Whey Protein

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing at 10:00 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
A cow under posilac treatmentWhat is rBGH? Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) is an artificial growth hormone made by Monsanto and approved by the FDA for use in boosting milk production in cows. rBGH is a synthetic (man-made) version of natural bovine somatotropin (BST), a hormone produced in cows’ pituitary glands. rBGH is the largest selling dairy animal drug in America. As a matter of fact, the U.S. is the only developed nation to allow for humans to consume milk from cows given artificial growth hormones – and whey is one of the two major protein groups found in milk.

The health effects caused by consuming products containing rBGH are not 100% conclusive. However, studies have suggested that cow’s treated with rBGH have higher levels of IGF-1 (Insulin Like Growth Factor-1). IGF-1 is naturally found in humans, but high levels have been associated with an increased risk of developing colon and breast cancer.

A report published in 1991 by Rural Vermont, a nonprofit farm advocacy group, revealed that rBGH-injected cows (part of a Monsanto-financed study at the University of Vermont) suffered serious health problems – including an alarming rise in the number of deformed calves and dramatic increases in mastitis. Mastitis is a painful bacterial infection of the udder which causes inflammation, swelling, and pus and blood secretions into milk. These findings are supported by Health Canada’s 1998 report, which concluded that the use of rBGH in cows increases the risk of mastitis by 25 percent, effects reproductive functions, increases the risk of clinical lameness by 50 percent, and shortens the lives of cows. Why is this important to you?

Whey protein is a mixture of globular proteins isolated from whey, the liquid material created as a by-product of cheese production. It is one of the two major protein groups found in milk, and is often consumed as a protein supplement. is proud to present whey products that are certified rBGH free. Just find your favorite flavor here, and enjoy – knowing that these products are free of rBGH.

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