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No. We use an enzyme called Rennet to cause the casein portion of milk to coagulate into cheese. The liquid left over is whey. No acid whey is created in this process.

In the making of some yogurt, the yogurt cultures are added to milk and they ferment the lactose giving off lactic acid which coagulates the protein into the yogurt-like product. The liquid portion is the whey and because of the lactic acid it is dubbed “acid whey.”

Due to the difference between a nutrition facts panel for conventional food products and a supplement facts panel for supplements, we are updating our products to more accurately state our conventional food product status. Previously, the Stevia Leaf Extract sweetener had not been approved for use in a conventional food and we were required to use a supplement facts panel.

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.

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) mg per serving
Isoleucine 1020
Leucine 2219
Valine 900
Total BCAA’s 4139
Essential Amino Acids mg per serving
Lysine 1740
Threonine 1080
Methionine 363
Phenylalanine 660
Tryptophan 360
Total Essential Amino Acids 8342
Conditionally Essential Amino Acids mg per serving
Arginine 480
Histidine 303
Non-Essential Amino Acids mg per serving
Alanine 900
Aspartic Acid 2021
Cysteine 360
Glutamic Acid 3126
Glycine 303
Proline 843
Serine 720
Tyrosine 602
Total Conditional Essential/ Non-Essential Amino Acids 9658

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.

A small number of people are also allergic to milk proteins and the majority of these individuals are sensitive to casein. Designer Whey, however, does not contain any casein. Other individuals may be allergic to other milk proteins, such as lactoglobulin, which are contained in whey.

All Designer Whey products are 97% lactose free and suitable for most anyone with lactose intolerances.

All flavors of Designer Whey Protein Powders 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 grain. There is also no possibility of cross-contamination as the manufacturing facility does not mix or bottle any products that contain these grains.

All Designer Whey Protein Powders are peanut-free and do not come into contact with any peanut products during the packaging process. This includes all flavors; even Chocolate Peanut Caramel! As such, you can readily enjoy our whey protein powders without being concerned about experiencing an allergic reaction.

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

All Designer Whey products are aspartame-free. Instead, they incorporate preferred non-nutritive sweeteners Acesulfame-K, Sucralose, and/or Stevia.

Acesulfame-K, or Sunett® brand sweetener, is a calorie-free sweetener that boasts intensive sweetening power (about 200 times sweeter than sugar), high purity, and proven safety. Since the human body does not metabolize it, it passes through the digestive system unchanged. For more information on Acesulfame-K, please visit

Sucralose is a non-nutritive sweetener manufactured from regular table sugar (sucrose). Used as a zero-calorie sweetener and flavor enhancer, Sucralose is made through a patented process that makes Sucralose extremely sweet – about 600 times sweeter than sugar – and extremely stable. Sucralose is so stable that, unlike other non-nutritive sweeteners like aspartame, it will not break down or lose its sweetness when used in cooking or baking. Sucralose is also not metabolized by the body’s food-digesting enzymes, which means it has no calories! For more information, visit

Stevia is a genus of roughly 150 species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family (Asteraceae), native to subtropical and tropical South America and Central America. It is widely used as a sweetener in Japan, and as of December 2008 is available in the US as an approved sweetener using the component identified as rebaudiana A. It is non-caloric, all natural, and is said to have a sweetening potency equal to 300 times that of table sugar.

While Designer Whey is derived from 100% whey protein, its formula is designed to produce more impressive results. For instance, Designer Whey delivers a precise blend of three separate, partially pre-digested whey proteins that make up our full spectrum whey peptide blend. Peptides have been proven in clinical science to be the body’s preferred source of digestible nitrogen. Designer Whey also includes L-glutamine, B-vitamins, zinc, and magnesium, which can help boost strength and speed recovery.

Many of our pre-made products are perishable if opened and should not be kept after 72 hours in refrigeration. Further, no Designer Whey products should 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.

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 15%, which makes the container appear to be less full. All containers are weighed during packaging and Designer Protein, LLC. guarantees their accuracy.

While all filling and packaging operations are automated, scoopers are added manually by a line operator. The absence of a scooper does not impact the weight of the product in the container as it is weighed before the addition of the scoopers. In the absence of a scooper, the following substitutions may be useful:

Product Scoop Size Scoop Weight Alternative Measurement
Designer Whey 70 cc 26 g 1/4 cup or 4 Tbsp
Weight Control Products 35 cc 15 g 1/8 cup or 2 Tbsp
Aria 29.6 cc 10 g 2 Tbsp

We have found that adding the protein to water usually solves dispersion problems. It is very important to stir vigorously for 30 seconds as described on the label in order to obtain optimal consistency.

The red spots are annatto, a natural food coloring agent that is used in many foods. It is used at a very low concentration in the Designer Whey Protein Powder in French Vanilla and Vanilla Praline, but if there are some larger specks they may appear red in color.

All Designer Whey products should be stored in a cool place, but the powders do not require refrigeration. Once they have been mixed with water or milk, they should be consumed within 30 minutes. Our pre-made products do not require refrigeration until opened.

“Denaturation” can affect the biological value (i.e., bioavailability) of protein and may slow digestion and absorption. But denatured protein will still retain its full nutritional value and amino acid composition.

Designer Whey contains virtually all non-denatured protein. However, exposing it to extreme temperature may cause some denaturation. For example, heating whey to temperatures above 140? Fahrenheit (60? Celsius) or repeated freezing and thawing. This, however, does not mean that the amount of protein in the product is diminished.

Designer Whey is an excellent source of all essential and non-essential amino acids. As such, even if it is denatured, it is still a very high-quality protein source.

Our products are not organic.

All of our protein powders, bars and ready-to-drink products are certified as kosher.

Designer Whey uses Sonoco’s recycled paperboard composite cans. 90% of this container is recyclable, which is demonstrated in the image below.


• Composite cans are comprised of a recycled paperboard body. Sonoco’s composite cans are made primarily from 100% recycled Duroboard® paperboard with a minimum of 90% post-consumer recycled content. The aluminum foil serves as a moisture barrier and shelf life protection.

• Metal closures used in some containers also contain recycled materials of which at least 10% is post-consumer material.

• On average, Sonoco composite cans contain 50% recycled content, 35% of which is post-consumer recycled materials.

• The recycled use contents of Sonoco’s composite cans are among the highest acceptable use values for any food package confirmed by the Food and Drug Administration.

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The answer is going to require a little math homework but I’ll try to keep it simple. For weight loss, I find that people do best when they consume about 25-30% of their total calories from protein.

Most active women require around 1500 calories per day for weight loss.
= 1,500 calories x 25% = 375 calories from protein ÷ 4 (calories per gram of protein) = 93.75 grams of protein/day
Most active men require 1800-2000 calories per day for weight loss.
= 1,800 calories x 25% = 450 calories from protein ÷ 4 (calories per gram of protein) = 112.5 grams of protein/day

You can also calculate protein needs by weight, but this is more complicated and requires more math if you are overweight or obese. The government’s RDA (recommended daily allowance) for protein intake is 0.8 grams per kg (1 kg = 2.2 pounds), which is considered the amount sufficient to meet the needs of nearly all (97.5%) healthy men and women age 19 years and older. However most experts believe that for active individuals who are exercising regularly or attempting to build muscle, this level of protein is not adequate. The National Strength and Conditioning Association and the International Society of Sports Nutrition recommend that athletes consume 1.5 to 2.0 g/kg of body weight of protein (athletes involved in moderate training should stay at the lower end of this range) and the American Dietetic Association recommends 1.2 – 1.7 g/kg/day for individuals involved in weight training. These recommendations are based on normal weight individuals, so if you are trying to lose weight and choose to use this method for calculating daily protein requirements, you have to calculate the average of your current weight and your ideal body weight to figure out your daily protein requirements by weight.

1. Figure out your Ideal Body Weight (IBW) using this equation
Hamwi Equation
Males = 106 lbs for first 5’ of height
+ 6 lbs for each inch over 5’
Females = 100 lbs for first 5’ in height
+ 5 lbs for each inch over 5’
For small frames: deduct 10%
For large frames: add 10%

2. (Current weight + IBW) ÷ 2 = Weight to use for protein requirements
3. Divide weight for protein requirements by 2.2 to convert to Kg.
4. Multiply this weight in Kg x 1.5 g = grams of protein per day

Protein helps satisfy hunger better than carbs or fat, can help stabilize blood sugar levels, and helps protect or build muscle. Your protein intake should be evenly distributed throughout the day for optimal results in terms of losing fat and gaining muscle. I recommend that you use the designer whey scoop after your workout for best results. You can also use your scoop to make a healthy breakfast smoothie or afternoon snack (there are lots of great recipes on this site), but I don’t recommend getting all of your daily protein needs from protein powder. To get all the nutrients your body needs to function at its best, make sure that you incorporate other healthful sources of lean protein like eggs/egg whites, poultry without the skin, lean meat, fish, low fat or fat free dairy (Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, cheese) and plant based proteins like tofu, soy products, nuts, seeds, and legumes (lentils, beans, peas).

It is all about calories in and calories out.

Depending on what you add into your Designer Whey shake will determine how manycalories it provides. For example, mixing Designer Whey French Vanillainto a cup of almond milk is a delicious snack with loads of nutrients for only150 calories (one serving of Designer Whey protein powder is 100 calories andalmond milk is around 50 calories per serving – depending on the brand). If you add fruit and/or greens into your shake, the calorie count will increase.

If your shake replaces a meal, then make sure that the rest of your meals/snacks meet/do not exceed the remaining calories you want in a day.

If you are very active and exercise regularly, your body needs the extra calories and protein to recover and build muscle.

To calculate your protein needs, check out Dr. Melina’s blog on this topic.


Many of our consumers have been asking us over the years to make our entire line of protein powders natural.

Initially, only our French Vanilla and Double Chocolate protein powders were naturally sweetened and flavored with a natural sugar from a leaf-extract called Stevia. The remainder of our line used sucralose and other sugars to help bring the sweetness to the flavor of the protein powder. After months of work, we found a way to replace sucralose and other sugars with a natural sugar. When tested with consumers, all the new formulations were very well received and therefore we launched them into grocery stores. All of our protein powders, with the new packaging – as shown, are now naturally flavored and sweetened – a definite point of difference from many of the protein powders out there that use artificial flavors and sweeteners. See for yourself how good they are and let us know what you think!

Some loyal consumers have asked us to keep producing the old formulation for our original Designer Whey Chocolate protein powder. It is a unique taste that they have come to love passionately over the years. In response to our loyal fans, Designer Whey Classic Chocolate is now available exclusively through our online store.


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.

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.
How much protein do I need on a daily basis?

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.

In order to achieve significant muscle growth while using protein powders, you must lift weights on a regular basis. A recommended regimen includes training 3-4 days a week, resting prudently, avoiding overtraining, and eating right. If you stick to this program, you may see results in as little as six weeks. Continuing this regimen for 48 weeks a year, for at least 3 or 4 years, will help you attain the desired muscular definition.

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.

Glycomacropeptides are nature’s richest source of critical muscle building, anti-catabolic branched chain amino acids. They also aid dieters in weight loss by releasing a powerful hormone that suppresses appetite.

Bovine serum albumin (BSA) gets its name from the Latin name for whey, serum lactis. It is a naturally occurring minor protein/peptide found in whey protein, and therefore, in cow’s milk as well. If you currently drink cow’s milk, you are consuming BSA.

Further, BSA is one of the protein fractions that make whey protein so uniquely beneficial. It is rich in cysteine residues that are necessary for the production of glutathione, the body’s most important antioxidant. Research shows that glutathione acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells against free radicals that can cause cancer and accelerate aging. Glutathione may also help to enhance your immune system.

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

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. Consequently, cholesterol is essential to life. Furthermore, research suggests that saturated fats are twice as powerful in raising blood cholesterol levels as polyunsaturated fats are in lowering them, while dietary cholesterol has a smaller effect on blood cholesterol levels.

Whey protein has been shown to lower cholesterol levels in a number of clinical studies. Moreover, certain bioactive components in whey protein may be responsible for the cholesterol reduction.

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.

Oligofructose is a natural, soluble dietary fiber used for flavor and is derived from Chicory root (100% vegetable). Sometimes labeled as a dietary fiber, it is partially absorbed and has a caloric value less than half of starch or glucose. Studies have shown it can enhance the absorption of minerals such as calcium.

How is the soy protein in Aria made? Does it contain any harmful chemicals that can sometimes be found in some soy proteins?

The soy in ARIA is water extracted and we never use hexane-sourced soy protein, which can be harmful.

Whey protein is derived from milk (and therefore classified as an animal protein). It is a complete protein in that it contains all the essential amino acids needed to sustain all the body functions we need. When taken within 30 minutes after working out, it is the protein that the body absorbs the fastest which means that your body can start using it to replenish the proteins the muscles have used up and recover, repair and build muscle right when it needs it most.

Soy protein is derived from soybeans (and therefore classified as a plant-protein). It is an incomplete protein in that it does not contain enough of all the essential amino acids your body needs to function, but more importantly, to replenish/recover from workouts. Your body will have to find those amino acids in other ways (from food consumed or breaking down unused muscles). For example, it is low in “methionine” which helps with metabolic processes, breaks down fat, and helps the body remove heavy metals. Soy protein, on the other hand, contains hidden proteins (isoflavones) that can mimic the activity of estrogen in the body, particularly beneficial for pre and peri-menopausal conditions. Additionally, the body does not absorb soy as quick as whey, but that is not a bad thing. Soy takes a little longer to be digested so it takes more time to provide the same amount of amino acids as whey. However, the level of amino acids
is sustained over a longer period (think “slow release”) so you feel fuller longer – often used by individuals looking to manage their weight.


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.

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.

The whey protein in Designer Whey, along with its other complementary components, has produced more impressive results than any other protein supplement. Not only do we use three different sources of whey protein to provide a full spectrum of whey peptides, we also provide dairy calcium for its added benefits on fat repartitioning, B-vitamins to help convert protein into efficient energy, and magnesium and zinc to naturally increase the intensity of workout regimens. Designer Whey is a complete protein with eight essential amino acids. And thanks to advanced innovative filtration technology, it contains all the major fractions of whey as well as additional fractions with significant health benefits, including glycomacropeptides, which can aid dieters in curbing and controlling their cravings, and lactoferrin, which boosts the immune system.

Designer Whey 2Go, 12oz, 1.72lb, 4.4lb
Aria 12oz
Designer Whey Protein Shake 11 fl oz

Designer Whey 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.

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.

This depends on your genes, the details of your workout program, and your overall diet. In addition to providing your body with high-quality protein like Designer Whey, you must participate in a systematic weight-training program on a regular basis.

But this is not to say that you must work out to enjoy the benefits of Designer Whey. It is still a tasty and convenient protein supplement that can enhance your diet, regardless of whether you work out or not.

Designer Whey has been tested in several university studies and is considered by many to be the most researched protein available. In general, it has been shown to help promote muscle growth and fat loss in carefully controlled settings.

In three separate university studies, male and female athletes who supplemented their diet with Designer Whey gained on average of 18.8 lbs of lean muscle and lost an average of 5.4 lbs. of body fat after weeks of systematic training.

In a separate double-blind study, Designer Whey was compared head-to-head with regular whey protein. After just 28 days, subjects taking Designer Whey gained three times more lean mass, while doubling their fat loss compared to the regular whey group.

We are continuously participating in university and medical research to examine the proper levels of protein intake and possible health benefits for health conscious individuals. To date, these studies have shown that Designer Whey products can be enjoyed at any time of the day or night. Many people like to drink them as a mid-afternoon snack, others take them in the mornings in a smoothie or oatmeal, and still others take them before and/or after exercise.


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