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GENERAL

Designer Whey products should not be consumed past their “Enjoy By” date. They have all been extensively tested to determine the length of time that they retain their flavor and nutrient properties. We guarantee their freshness and nutritional content up to this date.

All flavors of Designer Protein products are gluten-free certified! They are composed of pure whey proteins derived from cow’s milk, and do not contain any traces of gluten, wheat, corn, rye, or any other gluten containing grain.

Designer Protein products use Monk Fruit and high purity (Reb A) Stevia.  Designer Whey Lite uses a sweetener derived from sugar called sucralose at very low concentrations.

Monk Fruit is the fruit of Momordica Grosvenori, a plant cultivated in the mountains of southern Asia. Mogrosides, which are water-extracted from the Lo Han fruit, offer a pleasant, sweet taste without elevating blood sugar. Monk Fruit Mogrosides are non-caloric and are said to have the sweetening potency equal to 250 times that of table sugar.

Our products undergo special processing to improve dispersion and allow for easy mixing using only a spoon. This process reduces its bulk density (i.e., it makes the powder lighter and fluffier), increasing the volume and therefore the container size required for a given weight of product. During transportation, there is some settling of the product in the container, resulting in a volume reduction of up to 50%, which makes the container appear to be less full. All containers are weighed during packaging and Designer Protein, LLC. guarantees their accuracy.

Typically, one scoop of Designer Protein can be approximated by using a ¼ cup measure. 

We have found that adding the protein into the water usually solves dispersion problems. Adding to a shaker cup or blender will usually solve any dispersion issues.

Designer Protein products are available in supermarkets, grocery stores, and health/nutrition stores worldwide. A selection of products is also available for purchase through our online distributors (find your nearest location on our Find Us page) and on shop.designerprotein.com.

We ship our products via FedEx, and currently only ship domestically. We do not ship internationally, nor to PO or Military APO boxes. 

All Designer Protein products are peanut-free and do not come into contact with any peanut products during the packaging process. As such, you can readily enjoy our whey protein powders without being concerned about experiencing an allergic reaction.

Proteins are the basic building blocks of life. It provides your body with the amino acids it needs to grow and repair muscle tissue, along with the necessary components to keep your immune system healthy and make hormones, enzymes, skin, hair, nails, organs, and blood.

Several factors affect how much protein your body needs, including age, height, weight, metabolic rate, exercise level, stress factors, sleep patterns, and the quality and quantity of food intake.

There is no scientific evidence that high protein intake causes kidney problems, even among body builders that consume 300-500g per day for a period of months. One study looked at the effects of a high protein intake on markers of safety in 20 healthy resistance-trained males. The subjects consumed 1.3 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight daily, 3.6 times greater than the amount recommended by the RDI. After 28 days, the researchers concluded that the daily high protein intake had no untoward or negative effects on the immune system or on renal and hepatic function, nor did it induce ketosis or dehydration. Other studies included feeding animals a high-protein diet for more than half their lifetime, but showed no kidney damage.

High protein intake may be hazardous only for individuals with abnormal kidney function or kidney disease. And yet many people with kidney dysfunction actually use Designer Whey to aid their rehabilitation. It is low in phosphorus, potassium, and carbohydrates, and high in biological value, can be mixed in a small amount of fluid, and is easily consumed.

For the disease-free individual, the biggest concern with high protein intake is dehydration, because it requires a significant amount of water to metabolize protein. This effect is easily avoided by drinking eight or more cups of water per day.

All of our whey protein comes from grade-A dairies located within the United States. For more than 18 years, the makers of Designer Whey have been purchasing ingredients from America’s best whey producers.

Our quality standards require that each lot of each ingredient is compliant with our raw material specifications. This requires a certificate of analysis supplied by the raw ingredient supplier, as well as conducting our own third party analysis testing. We also visit regularly with our suppliers and ensure that they meet all quality standards mandated for our industry.

Prebiotic Vegetable Fiber is a natural, GMO-Free, soluble dietary fiber is derived from roots and or grains (100% vegetable). Labeled as a dietary fiber, it is partially absorbed and has a caloric value half of regular carbohydrates like starch or glucose. Studies have shown it can enhance the absorption of minerals such as calcium.

No, Designer Protein does not spike the protein count.  Spiking refers to the practice of adding free form amino acids into a protein product in order to cut costs and boost the total protein number but without communicating the addition to purchasers of the product.  This means you’re not getting the protein quality you paid for as stated on the label.  Designer Protein was wrongfully named in a protein spiking class action suit in late 2014 and can still be found on the internet.  However, the complaint was dropped immediately when we provided test results from two different independent labs, confirming that our protein number on the label is the true protein number and not the result of amino acid spiking.

WHEY PROTEIN QUESTIONS

Whey is the liquid component of cows’ milk, which is separated from the solid component, curd, during the cheese-making process. Natural whey contains water, protein, fat, minerals, and lactose.

Whey products are produced when the protein elements are separated through special filtering processes or by ion exchange. This process removes the lactose and fat and leaves a highly concentrated protein that is dried into a highly functional protein powder. Ion exchange isolates the protein from the lactose and fat due to its electrical charge.

The two main types of whey protein on the market are whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate. Whey concentrate ranges from 19-89% protein, typically 80%, and whey isolate contains at least 90% protein. Whey protein is a high quality, complete protein and contains all nine essential amino acids, the building blocks of healthy muscles, skin, nails, and other body tissues.

Designer Whey products are processed using the most advanced technology available. They contain both whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate to ensure that you benefit from the widest spectrum of whey peptides.

Designer Whey products contain extremely low levels of lactose (less than 3%), much lower than the levels reported to cause discomfort in people with lactose intolerance.

The lecithin in Designer Whey products is derived from GMO-FREE sunflower seeds. Designer Whey contains only 240 mg of sunflower lecithin per serving. If you are allergic to sunflower seeds, this may or may not fall into the same category of sunflower protein, which could potentially disqualify you from consuming this product. We suggest that you consult your physician to determine whether this derivative of sunflower would affect you in a negative manner.

Scientists have various methods of measuring protein quality. Biological Value (BV) is a measure of a particular protein’s effect on nitrogen balance. The protein digestibility corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS) is a measure of how well a particular protein supplies the nine essential amino acids. Whey protein digestibility corrected amino acid score is 1.14, as compared to 0.94 for beef protein, and its BV is 104, compared to 100 for eggs. In addition, whey protein empties from the stomach and is absorbed into the bloodstream from the intestine faster than other proteins. Due to whey’s quick digestion it has been called the “fast protein” and is the preferred protein to flood the body with amino acids so muscles can recover quicker. Moreover, whey protein contains especially high concentrations of the branched chain amino acids that are metabolized at high rates during exercise, most notably valine, isoleucine, and leucine.

While both are natural dairy products, milk contains roughly 3.3% protein that is comprised of 80% casein protein and 20% whey protein. In addition, milk contains lactose and fat. This is removed in skim milk. Whey protein is extracted from milk, leaving the lesser protein, casein, and eliminating most of the lactose and fat.

Full spectrum whey peptides are Designer Whey’s proprietary blend of a complete spectrum of very low, low, medium, and high molecular weight whey peptides. These peptides make up the major and minor fractions of specially prepared whey protein.

  • Beta-Lactoglobulin (55-60%) is the largest protein fraction of whey and rich in branched chain amino acids, which are necessary to fuel muscle growth.
  • Alpha-Lactalbumin (15-25%) is a low molecular weight peptide that is easily digested, promoting faster absorption and uptake into muscles.
  • Glycomacropeptides (10-20%) stimulate the release of CCK, a hormone that signals the brain of feeling full, helping to reduce your appetite.
  • Immunoglobulins (1-2%) may help to bolster the immune system.
  • Bovine Serum Albumin peptides (1-2.5%) are rich in the precursors necessary for the production of glutathione, the body’s most important antioxidant. Research has shown whey protein increases glutathione levels in the body.
  • Lactoferrin, lactoperoxidase, and lysozyme (1%) have antimicrobial properties.

Since Designer Whey products are predominately animal-sourced, they contain a small quantity of naturally occurring dietary cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fatty substance and is necessary for the synthesis of sex hormones, bile acids, and Vitamin D, and forms the structure of every cell in your body.

Biological Value (BV) is a measure of nitrogen (protein) retained for growth and/or tissue maintenance. The BV of common food protein is based upon a study, which demonstrates that whey protein had the highest biological value of all food-grade proteins at 104. For comparison, consider the BV of these other food proteins: soy (74), casein (77), and egg (100).

The glycemic index refers to how a food, usually a carbohydrate, affects your body’s blood sugar (glucose). Proteins and fats, by nature, have little effect on blood sugar response. Research shows that protein-only meals produce either a small rise in or has no effect on blood glucose.

Based on existing research, Designer Whey falls between ten and 30 on the glycemic index. The precise glucose response will vary from person to person depending upon factors like body composition, fitness level, and emotional state, as well as other foods that are consumed.

Yes. In fact, most children love the taste. Whey protein contains many of the same components found in human breast milk and is a key ingredient in a wide variety of infant formulas. In addition, whey proteins have been found to benefit infants suffering from ailments such as chronic diarrhea, allergies, and colic.

People of all ages can enjoy Designer Whey, but should first consult a physician or healthcare professional to assess your particular protein needs.

 

Designer Whey is the best protein supplement available for athletes and exercisers. Three separate university studies have proven that it increases lean muscle while decreasing body fat. On average, these studies found that Designer Whey helped slash body fat by 5.4 lbs and increased lean muscle mass by 18.8 lbs when used in conjunction with a systematic workout program.

Native Whey protein is believed to be the cleanest, least processed whey protein available.  It is micro-filtrated and ultra-filtrated at a low temperature directly from skim milk.  It maintains protein bioavailability because the whey is exposed to minimal heat (denaturation of protein occurs at high heat).  Native Whey’s milk source is never exposed to acid or cheese rennet and therefore has unique functional and compositional properties compared to regular cheese whey.  It contains an inherently high concentration of the branched chain amino acid, leucine, a trigger for protein synthesis, making it one of the most important amino acids to human physiology and performance.  It is also higher in the amino acids: tryptophan and cysteine.  Cysteine is a precursor to one of the most abundant and naturally occurring anti-oxidants in the body – glutathione. 

Designer Whey Native Whey Isolate is made from premium quality milk – non-GMO, grass fed, free of artificial growth hormones and artificial antibiotics – from farms using the best farming practices.  The skim milk is cold-filtered and avoids the cheese making process that regular whey is exposed to.  Minimal heat and minimal processing means minimal denaturation. That translates into a more bioavailable whey protein for utilization by the body.  

Designer Whey Native Whey contains no artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or preservatives.  It has no added sugar, no fillers, and is certified gluten free and kosher.

Designer Whey Native Whey Isolate is a breakthrough in whey protein science.  It contains 32g of Native Whey Isolate in every serving and a higher BCAA count than traditional isolates on the market, including whey isolate and milk protein isolates.  Native Whey is a clinically tested and clinically proven whey protein isolate with outstanding results in muscle output (power activation and endurance), and recovery (muscle power recovery and reduced fatigue). 

Native Whey has been tested in multiple clinical studies conducted by sports nutrition centers of excellence.  The clinical studies measured the performance of Native Whey Isolate in head-to-head tests against other proteins including conventional whey protein isolate, milk protein isolate, micellar casein and placebo.  Results have been published in scientific reviews.

Every serving of Designer Whey Native Whey contains 32g of clinically proven Native Whey Isolate protein, with additional free-form branched chain amino acids, and the leucine transporter, glutamine.  The result is a unique powerhouse muscle mass activator with 36g of protein nitrogen, 9.6g of BCAAs, 5.5g of Leucine and 18.1g of essential amino acids.  The BCAA ratio of 2.6:1:1 (leucine to isoleucine and valine) is key to optimal performance, strength, recovery, muscle gains and the maintenance of a lean body.  Designer Whey Native Whey Isolate is now the new clinically proven standard in whey protein.

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