Posted on 04 Nov 2014
4 min read
There are many things containing soy that I dislike:
Soy milk, Soy sauce, the Spanish, Soy Chubby Brown.
So when The Protein Works released one of their regular Facebook communiques informing me that they were releasing a soy free whey protein I was somewhat thrilled.
Now I’m not one of these paleo cunts with their hunter-gatherer paleo brownies, paleo crisps, paleo bacon double cheese, and paleo butt fucking plugs.
But I do try to base by diet around more natural, ‘clean’ ingredients.
MuscleFood has certainly helped me to affordably get more animal/dairy protein into my diet, but I still need to supplement this in order to hit around 1.5-2g of protein per kg of body weight per day (I currently weigh around 112kg so this can be difficult).
So, in a roundabout whey, here’s my review of The Protein Works groundbreaking Whey Protein 80 SF+.
If I’m not getting my lecithin from a soy source (pun totally intended), the industry standard for protein formulation, then from whence doth thou extract it?
Well the boffins at The Protein Works have decided that the sunflower seed is the ideal source.
Yes, the much maligned sunflower, the less smart, talented and successful brother of the olive in the oil stakes.
Now, however, The Protein Works are giving it some good publicity in their Whey Protein 80 SF+.
But what are the actual benefits of a soy free whey protein?
Well, soybean lecithin comes from sludge left after crude soy oil goes through a “de-gumming” process.
It is a waste product containing solvents and pesticides and has a consistency ranging from a gummy fluid to a plastic solid.
Soy lecithin has also been proven to reduce fertility, impede brain development and increase the risk of some cancers, but then if you read the Daily Mail this pretty much applies to anything.
The benefits of sunflower lecithin, which is derived from pure sunflower seeds, is as follows:
It is a natural source of phosphatidylcholine, which is vital to every cell in the body and is one of the main components of cell membrane.
It also boasts a favourable phospholipid profile over regular lecithin from soy beans.
Phospholipids are an important lipid which surround human cells and are critical to a cell’s ability to function.
Soy free protein is also great for Celiacs.
You can read more about the benefits on this page.
Per 25g serving, Whey Protein 80 SF+ looks pretty much like most other whey proteins:
|Carbs (of which sugar)||2.1g (2g)|
|Fat (of which saturates)||1.8g (1.4g)|
Nothing exciting there really, solid numbers for those looking for lean mass.
I went for the Chocolate Mint Brownie flavour (wrote Brownlie first time, hoping that isn’t a Freudian slip considering the voracity with which I guzzled this stuff down) and it was certainly very nice, even more so with milk.
My only other mint protein experience was with Myprotein’s Hurricane XS which had me gagging like Kim Kardashian on Kanye West’s wedding tackle.
Haven’t decided if the top brass at The Protein Works would be pleased with this reference considering their background.
If you read this, do let me know.
Textually it was perfect, smooth as Kim Kardashian’s wedding… erm…
I’ve even tried adding additional scoops to see if it goes lumpy, no dice.
It’s quite difficult to judge over a short period of time if a whey protein is really having a profound effect on your muscle and strength gains.
I’ve recently started doing my own programming which is essentially just barbell work with pull-ups and dips (paleo workout anyone?).
I’m feeling good in the recovery and I feel like my arms are starting to put on some size despite not touching a bicep curl or rope press down.
Who knew compounds could be so effective, eh?
From a digestive point of view I’m very pleased, absolutely no near misses, even with the volume of Double Espressos I’m consuming.
Excellent – you can pick up 2kg of Whey Protein 80 SF+ for £26.99.
This works out at just £0.34 per serving.
Certainly at the lower end of the market for a high quality product.
Whether or not the soy free element of this whey protein is really having an impact (I’m just going to assume it is), Whey Protein 80 SF+ is a high quality, first-of-its-kind product from a supplement company that actually gives a fuck about its clientele and their goals.
I would certainly give this super pure supplement a try and see if you notice any changes in your wellbeing.
Can’t fault it.
To order Whey Protein 80 SF+, or for more product information, shop here at The Protein Works website.
Don’t forget to take advantage of a The Protein Works discount code when ordering to save yourself some cash.
Have you tried Whey Protein 80 SF+?
What’s your opinion on soy free protein?
Loving The Protein Works as much as we are?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!