Whey Protein Powder Information
A by-product of cheese manufacturing, whey protein is essentially protein from cow's milk. Many people -- especially bodybuilders -- take it as a dietary supplement to increase muscle mass. Whey protein is also used as an ingredient in many types of baby formula. Some people take it to control weight, prevent infections, or even prevent cancer; however, not enough scientific evidence is available at this time to suggest that it is really effective for these uses.
Though normal consumption is safe for most people, whey protein can cause side effects in some cases. Reported side effects of supplemental whey protein include but are not limited to:
- Increased stool frequency
- Loss of appetite
(For more information on whey protein powder, including how it works and why you may want to consult your healthcare provider before consuming it, click Whey Protein.)