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Are Plant-Based and Non-Meat Diets on the Rise in Your State?

To get a flavor of just how curious people across the US are about plant-based lifestyles, we used Google Trends to find out how frequently people in each state are searching for the terms 'vegan' and ‘vegetarian’, and how much this has increased or decreased over the last five years.

Are Plant-Based and Non-Meat Diets on the Rise in Your State?

When the body is sensitive or has a low-grade allergy to certain foods, there are some common symptoms to be aware of, which typically present themselves within a couple of hours. Your stomach may feel distended and you might become physically swollen or bloated. The body may also become gassy causing excessive flatulence. It may present itself through a stuffy nose or a thick throat because of increased mucous production. If you have one or more of these symptoms on a daily basis, then start paying attention to what you regularly eat. For many, that is their smoothie or workout shake.

When looking at your food consumption, particularly protein shakes, it’s important to understand the terminology, so you can make the right decisions for your health. It is common to read whey on labels and ingredient lists, but what exactly is whey?

Whey is one of two proteins found in milk. The other is casein. The two are separated by adding specific enzymes which split the milk into liquid and solid particles. The solids are the curds or casein, and the liquid is the whey. Hence, curds and whey. The liquid whey is then sent on for more processing to remove the fats, carbohydrates and water content.

This is when concentrates, isolates and hydrolysates come into play. A concentrate is the first round of processing and will contain low levels of fat, carbs and lactose. Isolates are more highly processed and contain little to no lactose or fat. Hydrolysate is more often found in protein supplements used by physicians for infant formulas and patients, as it has gone through partial hydrolysis making it extremely easy to digest. If you know you are lactose intolerant, a whey concentrate would not be a good choice, and even an isolate can cause discomfort.