What Is Whey, Anyway?

Everyone knows the nursery rhyme that starts with Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating her curds and whey. If you’re reading this blog, you probably know what curds are, but have you ever wondered, “What is whey, anyway?”

Whey is the watery substance left over from the process of making cheese.  Sometimes bags of fresh cheese curds might have a little “juice” in the bottom of the bag, and that would be whey. While most people don’t think twice about it, drinking whey actually has quite a few health benefits. Those benefits include:

~ It’s a great source of high-quality protein, easily absorbed and utilized by your body
~ It’s high in essential amino acids which help build muscles and increase strength
~ It’s ideal for post-workout replenishment
~ It’s loaded with immunoglobulins and probiotics to promote a healthy immune system
~ It’s high in calcium which benefits your bones
~ It’s thought to alleviate some deficiencies that occur with diabetes, aging & other health problems.
~ It’s conducive to weight loss and reducing cholesterol levels
~ It’s easily digestible and contains no fat
~ In powder form, whey is the main ingredient in baby formulas and protein drinks