Is Whey Protein Powder safe?
Yes, whey protein powder is safe for most people, but may not be advisable for people with some pre-existing health conditions or lactose intolerance.
Lactose intolerance effects more than 60% of the population, so it’s no surprise that whey protein powder may cause problems for some people. However, most quality products made from whey isolate or hydrolysate are actually lactose free. The only whey protein powders that should contain lactose are those that use the cheaper and less efficient “whey concentrate”. If you are lactose intolerant you should ensure you protein powder contains only whey isolate or whey hydrolysate.
It’s also not recommended to use whey protein powder if you suffer from gout or cirrhosis of the liver. These conditions are aggravated by increased pressure on the liver or kidneys. Taking protein powder can increase pressure on these organs which is a normal process in healthy people, but undesirable if these organs are compromised.