Welcome to this post: NorCal Organic Whey Protein Review.
“Convenient, wholesome protein is one the most difficult things to incorporate into a busy and active lifestyle, but is also one the most important.
Where your food comes from is important, and what goes into making the purest whey protein available is just as important as what does not. Source Organic Whey Protein starts with the finest raw ingredients and does as little to them as possible.
We start by working with farmers who believe in the welfare and humane treatment of their animals. Our farmers’ cows are a heritage breed called Jersey cows. These cows graze year-round on fresh pasture of clover, rye, and other native grasses.
The milk they produce is naturally high in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA’s), lactoferrin and immunoglobulins. Our USDA Organic Certification is our guarantee to you that our cows have never been given hormones, antibiotics, steroids, or genetically modified feed (GMO).
For the process to convert liquid whey to a powdered form, we use industry leading techniques of cold-processed microfiltration and small batch drying to ensure the most nutrient dense protein.
Each bag is hand packed under the direction of a certified organic processor. Our packaging is done in an environmentally conscious facility. Once packed, our bags are shipped directly to you.
To meet the request of our customers who use our Source Organic Whey Instant protein, we add less than 1% organic sunflower lecithin (not soy lecithin) to allow for the protein to mix instantly in any liquid. Our Source Organic Whey Classic protein contains no lecithin and mixes best when blended in a blender.
We start with organic milk from four family owned local dairies, all within 90 miles of our whey processing facility.
The temperate climate allows cows to graze year-round on fresh pasture of clover, rye, and other native grasses.
With 100% of our milk coming from local dairies within a 90-mile radius, we greatly reduce the energy costs of transporting milk. The whey plant itself employs energy recovery systems, saving 43% on the energy required to dry the protein. Millions gallons of water per year and electricity are saved through water recirculation and electrical updates at our facilities.
Our farmers raise a heritage breed of cow know as a Jersey cow. Jersey cows have a 20% lower carbon footprint than the Holstein cow, the mostly widely used breed by dairy cow.1
(1) (J. L. Capper and R. A. Cady. A comparison of the environmental impact of Jersey compared with Holstein milk for cheese production J. Dairy Sci.95:165–176. (2012))
Jersey cows produce A2 milk, whereas Holstein cows produce A1 milk. Recent research suggests that the protein structure found in A1 milk may play a negative role in certain health issues.
Filtration and Processing
Liquid organic whey undergoes cold-processed, ultra-filtration and a short-duration, low temperature drying process, to produce a powdered organic whey protein.
Acid- and Bleach-free processing. Independent testing for impurities, including heavy metals.
Did you know?
For every 1000 lbs of whey, 10 lbs. of our organic whey protein are produced.
Our resealable packaging is free of phthalates, heavy metals, and genetically modified (GM) components.”
NorCal Organic Whey Protein Review
This brand of whey protein is one of a few different whey protein powders that I’ve been trying out and implementing into my marathon training routine. This protein by Source Organic is delicious and tastes real (because it is) unlike many other protein brands that taste chalky and fake.
I love how thorough the information on the Source website is regarding the process of making whey protein. They really give you a full picture of how they approach packaging organic whey protein. Other that some slight taste nuances between the various organic whey proteins that I’ve tried, I essentially the same overarching thoughts about all of them. All of them appear to be driven by creating a pure, healthy, organic product.
It’s hard to find protein powder that you look forward to using because it tastes so good. I am loving that I can mix this protein with anything I want–the vanilla has gone very well with any concoction I’ve come up with thus far. I like it best blended with almond milk and a few strawberries.
This is not the only whey protein on the market, obviously, but it is absolutely one of the highest quality. There are a few other lines of organic whey protein out there–I am finding that amongst those brands, most of them are comparable. These top organic whey protein brands appear passionate about producing whey protein that you can trust, which is more than what your typical store-bought protein can say for itself. By trust, I mean know that the protein is free of pesticides, GMOs, hormones and artificial junk.
Though I do not include other dairy products, I digest whey protein fine (in high-quality whey proteins, 100% of the lactose has been eliminated, thus it’s resemblance to milk is gone). Performance wise, I am on the top of the game in regards to running, lifting and requiring little recovery time. I believe that including organic whey protein in my diet has been a large part of that.
I also feel good about a brand that voices a concern for how the cows are taken care of and is against artificial hormone injection. The cows and us individuals ingesting the protein both benefit from that.
This protein is best put into a blender or a bpa-free plastic blender bottle. Stirring it with a spoon will not sufficiently break up the clumps. The higher quality whey proteins seem to be that way. The whey flavor goes well with merely any combination you can dream up. Anything that you would typically pair with milk would be a good choice.
I’d recommend this Source Organic whey protein to anyone looking for an organic, high quality whey protein powder to aid in muscle growth, maintaining lean body mass and improved recovery.