In an effort to emulate my sister’s impressive success in controlling her PCOS by eliminating dairy from her diet, I’ve cut dairy out. I’m still trying to eat high-protein as best I can, but am suffering from the absence of my afternoon greek yogurt snack. Around 3 pm, especially after a salad lunch, I need something to get me to dinner. Pea and I eat between 7:30 and 9 most nights, so a meal is still a long way away at that point.
OK, I thought, no greek yogurt. It would be nice to find something proteiny to replace it with, and I’m not going to just eat jerky. Namely because jerky is seriously gross. What about protein shakes?
Most protein shakes have whey protein, isolated from dairy. I looked up how much of the hormones I’m trying to avoid make it through the protein isolation process, and found MANY on-line, non-science articles discussing the minute amounts present, including an estimated 35 mg of IGF-1 per 100 g protein powder*, an amount “not visible to the human eye”. Every article (again, pop culture articles) concluded this amount was teensy, and not something body builders needed to worry about (the demographic most often eating protein powders, shakes, and bars).
The trouble with this analysis is that hormones are not something where the weight of the amount is the important measure. Hormones are highly efficient effector molecules, and a tiny amount might represent a major imbalance. Grams of hormones would have, I can only imagine, immediate and drastic effects on human metabolism.
Moral of my story, an idle thought lead to much internet-derived irritation. Is there a term for internet rage, like road rage? Where you don’t act on it, but are suffused with fury over the idiocy of others?
* this being the exact hormone I am trying to avoid, effectively ruled out any whey isolate in my diet. Which is ok, protein shakes are also gross, though not as gross as jerky. I am open to ideas on what I can eat though!