What Is Native Whey Protein?
Nutrition & Fitness

What Is Native Whey Protein?

What Is Native Whey Protein?

Fueling your body to support an active, healthy lifestyle takes some major commitment. An integral component is cutting back on processed foods and instead cooking well-balanced meals using whole ingredients. But finding clean, minimally processed protein can be tricky. Like many other products at your typical grocery store, most protein bars and ready-to-drink shakes have added sugars and artificial ingredients you can't pronounce. Since we believe in eating clean, that would be a resounding no thank you from us.

But good news for you, there's Ascent 100% Whey Protein. Ascent 100% Whey contains a blend of whey proteins, including native whey, the least-processed whey protein available today. 

Native whey is a high-quality, clean protein that takes fewer steps to produce - all while supporting the muscle recovery you are looking for post-workout. Read on to learn what native whey is all about. 

What is native whey?

Native whey is the least-processed whey protein available. Unlike typical whey protein that comes from cheese, native whey protein is filtered directly from skim milk. Additionally, unlike whey protein that comes from a non-white cheese make, native whey is never bleached. Native whey production also skips an additional heating step, allowing for a less-processed protein that contains 17% higher levels of naturally occurring leucine, a key amino acid responsible for muscle recovery. 

How does Ascent's 100% Whey differ from other protein brands?

To start, it's important to note that not all protein brands incorporate native whey into their blends. Yet, Ascent's 100% Whey Native Whey Protein Blend stands out among the limited selection of brands that do. Our family-owned parent company has filtered proteins for over 30 years, using only high-quality ingredients. With time comes experience perfecting the craft, helping you optimize your muscle recovery post-workout. Here's what sets us apart:

  • Made with native whey - Ascent's 100% Whey is made with a whey protein blend that includes native whey, the least-processed whey protein available filtered directly from pasteurized Grade A skim milk.
  • No bleaching in our process - Ascent's 100% Whey does not go through any "bleaching" steps, which helps with amino acid availability and digestibility. 
  • Zero artificial flavors and sweeteners - You won't find any mysterious ingredients or added sugars in our protein blend, and instead of artificial sweeteners such as sucralose or aspartame, we use stevia leaf extract to slightly sweeten the formula. 
  • Higher levels of Leucine - Your body needs 1.7-2.3 grams of Leucine to trigger muscle protein synthesis - the process that helps your body recover after a workout. With 5.5 grams of BCAAs, including 2.6 grams of Leucine in each serving of Ascent's 100% Whey Protein Blend, your body will be sufficiently supported during muscle recovery. 

How do I use Ascent 100% Whey?

You can mix Ascent's 100% Whey Protein into shakes, smoothies, pancakes, baked goods, or even savory dips. The possibilities are endless with our collection of drool-worthy recipes

You'll find a variety of flavors to choose from like the tried and true classics: chocolate, vanilla, chocolate peanut butter and unflavored. Or our seasonal, limited edition flavors, like lemon sorbet and cookies & cream, will keep your protein recipes feeling fresh. 

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  1. (“Beneficial Effects of A Native Whey Supplementation | Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise”, 2017)
  2. (“Supplemental Protein in Support of Muscle Mass and Health: Advantage Whey | Journal of Food Science”, 2015)