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Whey protein that is treated in such a way to avoid the mucous forming aspect?

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I read that whey can cause mucous just as a glass of milk can. Do you know of a whey protein powder which has been treated in such a way to avoid the mucous forming aspect? Or a cheese which does not have the mucous forming factor? Do you know of a protein powder other than rice or soy?
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Posted Sun, 28 Jul 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Jay Patel 9 hours later

I am dr XXXXXXX and I will try my level best to help you.

Based from the information it seems that your question has 2 phases, one of it need information regarding protein powder with out rice or soy and second phase is whey protein which do not cause mucous.

Let me answer about the protein powder that do not have rice and soy.

Trade name is "RAW PROTEIN" - from GARDEN OF LIFE company.

here are its important points

1) Provides raw organic sprouted protein and live probiotics and enzymes
2) Excellent source of protein
3) Good for those on low carbohydrate diets
4) Good for those with gastrointestinal sensitivities to milk, whey, soy and other protein sources
5) Supports digestive health and function with live probiotics and protein-digesting enzymes.

Now about whey protein and mucous formation, according to recent studies by
Brunello Wüthrich, MD, XXXXXXX Schmid, XXXXXXX Walther, PhD and XXXXXXX Sieber, PhD

Says that whey do not cause the mucous as neither do milk, both do not involve in formation of mucous.
Further information search "journal of american college of nutrition " website.

Hope it helps. Please feel free to contact me in case of any further concern.

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Follow-up: Whey protein that is treated in such a way to avoid the mucous forming aspect? 13 hours later
I will check Garden of Life's protein powder and get back to you.

Do you know why my nose will run if I drink cow's milk if the milk does not cause mucous?

Answered by Dr. Jay Patel 28 minutes later

Garden of life " RAW PROTEIN, Contain sprouted grains, and it uses brown rice, but its better for the people having sensitivity to rice, as per the claims made by the company and many of my patients reviews, I would like you to give it a try as finding vegan product with our rice in it is difficult to find in market, their are animal protein products like "ANIMAL NITRO" which is used to body builders as protein substitute, but as far as I think you are looking for a vegan protein powder.

Now about the runny nose after drinking cow's milk in you case can be explained by a sensitivity to certain portion of milk component. You might want to try a warm milk if using the straight cold and vice versa. As every person is different and it works in different fashion trying hot / cold sometimes makes a good difference.

Hope it makes a difference. Feel free to contact me in case of further concern.

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Follow-up: Whey protein that is treated in such a way to avoid the mucous forming aspect? 26 hours later
I just ordered the protein powder. I'm hopeful as I avoid gluten, which I neglected to put in my profile.

The mucous becomes evident several hours later. It's been a while since I drank milk. I've read and heard from so many doctors say milk is mucous forming, but I hope you are right and they are wrong. Then I can have cheese.
Answered by Dr. Jay Patel 8 hours later

Welcome back, I did consider "gluten free" because most on the patients having similar issues like you does have gluten sensitivity, so the RAW PROTEIN powder do take care of it even though you didnt mentioned the gluten sensitivity.

RAW Protein POWDER doesn’t contain as follow – there are no fillers, no artificial flavors and no synthetic ingredients and it's gluten-free and dairy-free.

Now as far as the milk forming mucous here is an answer for the expert from MAYO CLINIC and it to confirms that milk on its own do not cause mucous below is the question asked and answer given

Cold symptoms: Does drinking milk increase phlegm?
I've heard that you shouldn't drink milk when you have a cold because it increases phlegm. Is this true?
from XXXXXXX M. Steckelberg, M.D.

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus that drips down the back of your throat when you have a cold. Although drinking milk may make phlegm thicker and more irritating to your throat than it would normally be, milk doesn't cause your body to make more phlegm. In fact, frozen dairy products can soothe a sore throat and provide calories when you otherwise may not eat.

Hope it helps to clarify some doubts.

THANKS, feel free to contact for any further clarifications.

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