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Old 10-06-2008, 10:46 PM
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Whey protein is high is vitamin and protein.

It comes in a sealed container and would probably last several years if not a decade or two if stored under optimal conditions.

I imaging you could mix it with dehydrated milk and add some water and have a decent drink.

What do you think?
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yep, thrown in some wild berries or some sort of fruit to up the carb just a bit to make it a good overall nutritional drink. Or just drink it for the protein, which will help rebuild muscle. I have added powdered milk to protein powder before and it works just fine.

The stuff stores pretty well, remember that most of that stuff will sit in warehouses for months before it is even put on a shelve at the local retailer. I don't think I have ever had any of it go "bad".
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Hows the taste? I can eat maggots out a dead cows ass,but some things are just GROSS.
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I use whey protein and have actually let 4 containers sit in my pantry for a little over a year and it was like I bought yesterday when started using it again. Good stuff.
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good stuff , i like the chocolate flavor.
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good stuff , i like the chocolate flavor.
Agreed.

I just picked up some, today
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Usually the vanilla and chocolate are good, but some of the other flavors are a bit questionable. Protein bars are also another good choice, some even taste like candy bars.
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YES! It's a very economical (per serving) source of protein and mixes great with reconstituted dry milk or even just water by itself. I highly recommend http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/opt/whey.html in the double rich chocolate flavor
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I use it almost daily. Not crazy about the taste but it's OK. I mix it into a yogurt drink almost every morning. It's great for building or maintaining muscle mass. It's an expensive item but a very useful one health wise.
Lots of bang for your buck.

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Whey protein has long been considered the "Gold Standard" of protein for serious athletes who work hard to develop and sustain a lean, strong and well-defined physique. Research studies support this belief. Athletes need more protein in their diet, often as much as twice the recommended daily allowance. The protein they choose makes a difference and here are several reasons why whey protein is a preferred choice for athletes of all types.
  • Whey protein is a naturally complete protein, meaning that it contains all of the essential amino acids required in the daily diet. It has the ideal combination of amino acids to help improve body composition and enhance athletic performance.
  • Whey protein is a rich source of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), containing the highest known levels of any natural food source. BCAAs are important for athletes since unlike the other essential amino acids, they are metabolized directly into muscle tissue and are the first ones used during periods of exercise and resistance training. Whey protein provides the body with BCAAs to replenish depleted levels and start repairing and rebuilding lean muscle tissue.
  • Whey protein is an excellent source of the essential amino acid, leucine. Leucine is important for athletes as it plays a key role in promoting muscle protein synthesis and muscle growth. Research has shown that individuals who exercise benefit from diets high in leucine and have more lean muscle tissue and less body fat compared to individuals whose diet contains lower levels of leucine. Whey protein isolate has approximately 50% more leucine than soy protein isolate.
  • Whey protein is a soluble, easy to digest protein and is efficiently absorbed into the body. It is often referred to as a "fast" protein for its ability to quickly provide nourishment to muscles.
  • Whey protein helps athletes maintain a healthy immune system by increasing the levels of glutathione in the body. Glutathione is an anti-oxidant required for a healthy immune system and exercise and resistance training may reduce glutathione levels. Whey protein helps keep athletes healthy and strong to perform their best.
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Do they make one of these that actually dissolves in cold milk?
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The bodybuilding.com store is a good place. They have their own brand called Higher Power protein powder which is a good deal.

There is a place that will custom formulate a protein powder to your exact needs, it's proteinfactory.com. They have a custom protein lab section to where you can customize what types of protein are added to the final product and you can decide how many pounds of it you want. You can also add amino acids, creatine, etc. to the powder when customizing.
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Do they make one of these that actually dissolves in cold milk?
most of the newer stuff does or you can just you a blender or a shaker.
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Yep- that Optimum dissolves real nice. I just toss it into a shaker bottle or even just a mason jar with a lid and shake the bejeezus out of it for a second or two and drink up The bodybuilding site sells shaker bottles for about $3 or so...
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Not a bad idea at all, and the stuff does taste pretty good, IMO.

A couple of other cheap, easy to store sources of protein are split peas and lentils.

But as far as it being the "perfect survival food," you also need to make some provision for having a storable source of fat to go with it. A person can get into some major trouble in the long run if they have plenty of protein but not enough fat in their diet. It's called "rabbit starvation," and was common in times past in the northcountry where people had nothing but lean meat to eat for periods of time in the winter. After awhile without fat, the body is no longer able to metabolize the nutrients in the food you are eating, and you get diarrhea, weakness and eventually, if no fat is added to the mix, death. Just something to keep in mind
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Yep- that Optimum dissolves real nice. I just toss it into a shaker bottle or even just a mason jar with a lid and shake the bejeezus out of it for a second or two and drink up The bodybuilding site sells shaker bottles for about $3 or so...

That's what I need. The stuff I am drinking now is .........chunky.
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This is a pretty good idea. I have used whey protein in the past with decent results. I mixed it with ice cream in a blender to make a shake. Two issues. If you’re going to use this as some sort of sustainment, make sure you get plain whey protein, not some sort crazy creatine mix. Not good for you overall, even worse if you are suffering from malnutrition. Otherwise, the only thing you have to worry about is keeping it dry – that’s about the only thing that would make it spoil.
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This is a pretty good idea. I have used whey protein in the past with decent results. I mixed it with ice cream in a blender to make a shake. Two issues. If you’re going to use this as some sort of sustainment, make sure you get plain whey protein, not some sort crazy creatine mix. Not good for you overall, even worse if you are suffering from malnutrition. Otherwise, the only thing you have to worry about is keeping it dry – that’s about the only thing that would make it spoil.
I included the information about the aminos and creatine for those here that might also want it for their workout supplementation. You are correct however, that for just sustainment people should just use regular whey protein.

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Hubbers mixes chocolate and strawberry together to get Jamocho flavored (Arby's resturant ice cream float flavor). We feed this to our Boxer when we go hiking, gives his body that extra umph after hiking all day.
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Hows the taste? I can eat maggots out a dead cows ass,but some things are just GROSS.
ROTFLMAO! Of all the disgusting things to eat in all the world, I do believe you chose the vilest of all. If I come across such a delicacy, no matter how hungry I am, I'll be sure to send the little critters your way cause I ain't eating no cow-butt-maggots.
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That's what I need. The stuff I am drinking now is .........chunky.
Ewwwww LOL Yeah- some brands do that. Another good way to avoid the clumping is to toss a handful of raw oats into it- they help break up the powder while you're shaking it and they add some good carbs (great for post workout)
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