At Bare Blends we believe that to make a truly great whey protein blend, you have to start with the highest quality protein possible.
Whey proteins can vary substantially depending on where they are produced, and the processing practices. As such, a lot of inferior whey proteins are produced around the world.
For example, there are numerous companies who produce both concentrates and isolates in the USA. We have chosen not to stock USA whey protein due to the American dairy laws concerning rBGH and GMOs. rBGH is a genetically engineered artificial hormone that can be injected into cows which causes them to produce more milk. Inferior whey proteins are also made in China through heat processing, resulting in a very cheap and impure product.
All of the above practices heavily denature protein, and as such, we will never use those products.
We look at a range of factors before deciding on which whey to use in our blends. These include the following:
- Farming practices of a region
- Grass quality
- Yearly availability
- Feed supplementation allowances
- Processing practices of the manufacturer
- Amino acid profile and nutritional qualities
The regions from which we source our proteins - France, New Zealand and Australia - have what it takes to produce the world’s best whey proteins in both taste and nutrient quality.
It’s also important to understand how ingredients vary with seasonal variations and availability, as supply can often fluctuate.
Luckily, we have the flexibility to change between our suppliers if there are variances in availability. This allows us to continue using the highest quality ingredients, and we will never settle for anything less than the best of the best.
Why we love French Native Whey Protein Isolate
Bare Blends native whey protein isolate is made in France from the highest quality fresh skimmed milk, through the use of microfiltration and ultrafiltration. This unique process gives our native WPI exceptional nutritional properties.
As the milk used is less heat and acid treated, our native whey has an excellent amino acid profile. In particular it is rich in the essential amino acid leucine, which has been clinically shown to be the most successful amino acid in muscle synthesis, and cysteine, responsible for the production of the 'master' antioxidant, glutathione.
Our unique Native WPI has the best amino acid profile we’ve come across, and it is the lowest in lactose. Furthermore, the French have impeccable dairy farming practices - with regulations against growth hormones and GMOs.
Why we love New Zealand Whey Protein Isolate and Concentrate
Sourced from the pristine grazing fields of New Zealand, our whey protein isolate is produced from fresh grass-fed dairy milk. Our NZ WPI is manufactured by cross flow micro-filtration and ultra-filtration, generating undenatured, soluble whey protein isolate with excellent nutritional value.
Our New Zealand whey protein concentrate also comes from the lush, pollution- and chemical-free grazing grounds of the South Island of New Zealand. It is made from fresh cheese whey via micro-filtration, and is considered to be the highest quality concentrate in the world.
Ideal farming conditions, fertile soil and plentiful rainfall help New Zealand pastures grow thick with lush green grass. It is one of few places in the world where cows graze on grass for most of the year, resulting in protein that is typically richer in omega-3 fats, beta-carotene, and essential nutrients.
We love sourcing protein from our neighbouring country as it means less of an environmental footprint than importing produce from other countries. New Zealand is also one of the world’s cleanest countries - with a low pollution index of 21.77. The New Zealand Government also prohibits the use of animal growth hormones. Their dairy farms are chemical free and GMO free.
Why we love Australian Whey Protein Concentrate
Our Australian whey protein concentrate is of the same high quality as our New Zealand WPC. We love using Australian whey and supporting our local farmers.
Our Australian WPC is also made from fresh cheese whey via micro-filtration, and is rapidly digested by the body, allowing fast absorption into the bloodstream and muscles. It’s naturally high in the three essential branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine), which help support muscle maintenance, lean muscle building and recovery. This makes WPC an ideal source of protein for an active lifestyle.
WPC also contains important micro-peptides such as alpha-lactalbumins, beta-lactoglobulins and immunoglobulins, all of which possess extraordinary immune system-boosting properties.
For further comparison, see our WPI vs WPC page.
Raw Cacao WPI
- Flavoured with organic raw Peruvian cacao
- Premium quality whey protein isolate
- Ideal for lean muscle building
- Promotes healthy weight management
- Boosts immune system function