Why Organic Whey

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Since launching the UK’s first (and still the best) Organic Whey Protein back in 2014 we’ve been asked one question more than any other: why organic whey protein? And over these two years the evidence has stacked up as to why organic whey protein really is the better option. For us it’s always been about animal welfare first and foremost, with living standards for cows and other farm animals being the highest under organic farming than for any other farming system.

The cows are raised outdoors on open pastures, with at least 60% of their diet being grass, with the rest coming from organic cereals and grains. Even when indoors during the winter, they are given plenty of room to move about, provided with clean dry bedding, fed hay and provided with lots of natural light. These are legal requirements under organic guidelines, which is something that can’t be said for regular commercial dairy farms.

There is also of course the more commonly known benefit of knowing that you won’t be consuming any artificial pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified organisms. That’s reason enough for most.

However, in recent tests we’ve found our whey protein to contain the lowest measurable levels of heavy metals that our lab (and all other labs we approached) could test for. While comparing these results with other protein powders we simply couldn’t find a single protein powder with lower heavy metal levels anywhere. I’m going to be bold and claim that this is almost undoubtedly thanks to the organic status of our whey protein. It’s no secret that many artificial herbicides and pesticides contain heavy metals, so if you take these away from the food, it’s no surprise the resulting whey ends up containing far less of these toxic compounds.

Add to the above the recent findings that organic dairy contains higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids, the reasons to go organic are piling up. At the end of the day, we started The Organic Protein Company out of a passion for higher welfare farming and that will always be our main motivation and indeed that’s why we continue to give 25p to Compassion in World Farming for every pack produced.