Question and Answer:
Q: I am lactose intolerant. Should I avoid Mike’s Mix, which contains whey protein concentrate? How much lactose is in your product? Should I be looking for a pure whey protein isolate instead?
A: There is no such thing as “pure” whey protein. Whey protein is offered in a concentrated form where protein concentrations vary from 40 to 81% and an isolate form which is around 90% protein. Mike’s Mix uses the highest quality whey protein concentrate (WPC), which is 81% protein. Although the isolate form has a higher protein concentration and consequently contains less lactose, I found a taste and mixing advantage in the WPC. There is also a significant price increase in the isolate form. For these reasons, I decided that the majority of my customers would be best served with the high quality WPC over an isolate or hydolysate (another form of protein) for Mike’s Mix.
There are less than 2 grams of lactose in a 100 gram serving of Mike’s Mix. Most individuals with lactose intolerance are not adversely affected by small amounts of lactose. I have had several emails from lactose intolerant customers that have had positive experiences with Mike’s Mix. However, every lactose intolerant person is unique in the amount of lactose that will cause an adverse reaction. Less than 2 grams of lactose is not a lot unless you are extremely sensitive to it. Most lactose intolerant individuals are able to drink a half cup of milk at one time without symptoms. 1 A half cup of milk has 5 to 6 grams of lactose in it which is 3X the amount in a serving of Mike’s Mix. Therefore, most lactose intolerant individuals will have no ill effects from the small amount of lactose in Mike’s Mix.
If you have found that any trace of lactose causes you problems, I would suggest trying a whey protein isolate. However, because there is still some lactose in a whey protein isolate you may ultimately want to choose a soy or egg protein. To learn more about lactose intolerance: 1
If you are interested in trying Mike’s Mix but don’t want to commit to a whole order, I would be more than happy to send you a sample. I hope this helps. If you have any more questions please feel free to ask.