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All Protein Powders Are Not Created Equal

The word “denatured” describes a biochemical process in which proteins suffer a loss of structure. Unfortunately, this happens all too often in the supplement industry thanks to heat, chemical or other external stressors. When we talk about “denatured whey“, it means that the structure of the amino acids has been broken down by:

  • The exposure of the whey protein to high heat, chemicals or acids during processing

  • Oxidation of the amino acids

  • Agitating or spinning during the filtration and packaging processes

Essentially, all of these things lead to a breakdown of the vital amino acids that make whey protein so beneficial. The amino acids are still present, but your body cannot utilize them as efficiently as it could if they were in their natural, non-denatured state. A label may claim you’re getting 20 grams of protein… but are you, really? Some studies vary with the actual % in net amino acid utilization in denatured proteins but they are all consistently saying the same thing… there IS a loss. Some studies have shown up to an 80% net loss in bioavailability. So, instead of getting 20 grams in your high-heat processed powder… you’re really only getting 4 grams! That’s a scary thought.

With non-denatured whey protein powder you’re getting:

  • Enhanced muscle-building thanks to the easily digestible and bioavailable amino acids.

  • All 9 amino acids needed for growth and development.

  • All 20 essential & non-essential amino acids as a complete protein source.

  • Increases in muscular strength and size.

  • A boost in overall energy and health levels.

Compromised amino acids aren’t the only reason you should invest in a high quality, cold-processed protein powder. Non-denatured whey protein powder also contains high levels of cysteine in a form that is still bioactive. The cellular structures of the amino acids have NOT been altered during the processing, so you still get the glutathione-producing cysteines that your body needs to boost your immune system. Glutathione is the most powerful anti-oxidant, anti-aging compound on the planet! It’s important to keep this antioxidant running through you to aid in boosting immunity and fighting off disease and infections.

What about all of the other compounds and constituents that make up a quality protein? What happens to these things when they are sourced and processed poorly? Whey protein for example, is loaded with beta-lactoglobulin, alpha-lactalbumin, lactoferrin, and immunoglobulins – all of which can be rendered useless when the protein is denatured. These substances can benefit you in a number of ways, improving your immune function, your cardiovascular health, your response to exercise and even your hormonal levels. Depending on where the protein comes from, it may be bundled with micronutrients that you could use but aren’t getting enough of because of over-processing. Plant-based protein powders, for instance, often contain phytochemicals and other substances produced by that unique plant that could work as powerful antioxidants, support immune function, improve cardiovascular health or serve any number of other functions.

One more thing… there should NEVER be any signs of toxic heavy metals in a quality whey. And, because they aren’t added and aren’t supposed to be there, these substances won’t appear on an ingredients list. That doesn’t change the fact, however, that numerous studies have found high levels of cadmium, lead and arsenic. These highly toxic metals can make their way into whey protein supplements by means of poor processing practices for sure but are more commonly traced back to POLLUTED FARM LAND. Because it is cheaper and easier, whey is most commonly sourced from cows that are grown in polluted areas and kept in poor living conditions – increasing the risk of undesirable toxins showing up in the final product. Paint this picture in your own mind for a minute… Picture a bunch of cows free-ranging on the hills of New Zealand. These hills are extremely fertile due to the volcanic soils they carry and are home to 26 different indigenous plants that these lucky cows get to graze on all day every day. Picture sunshine, green rolling hills and happy cows! Now, contrast that image with highly commercialized farming practices where the cows are kept indoor most of the time in crowded pens, fed GMO feed and live this way all their lives. If you think the protein powders that come from these starkly contrasted images are the same… we can’t help you. THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE. The nutrient density and biochemical makeup of the grass-fed cows from New Zealand are superior. Period. 

You know us, we promise to deliver the highest quality protein on planet earth. Yes, it’s also the best tasting and is super easy on your digestive system too… but that’s another story. With EVERY batch of CSE protein you get:

  • Grass-fed whey from the rolling hills of beautiful New Zealand.

  • Cold processed from start to finish to keep ALL protein in tact and useful.

  • Lactose, casein and any caseinates removed.

  • Digestive enzymes added to aid in digestion and absorption.

  • No artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or any other fake anything!

  • 3rd party tested for heavy metals and other harmful substances.

  • Transparency in label claims. What you see is EXACTLY what you get.


Every Monday we have been GOING LIVE on Instagram AND in our private Facebook group during this Spring CSE Challenge.

Don’t miss next Monday - where we’ll be taking you through our morning workout!!! Join us at 6am MST we will be going live.

If you haven’t joined the FB group then get on it! Find us at Clean Simple Eats Challenge on FB and @cleansimpleeats on IG.


OFF BEAT BUTTERS! These specialty nut butters will have you DROOLING! We are hoping to launch our first run on April 9th! We are so excited to get these into your hands! Also, we are soooooo excited to launch our anti-inflammatory gel, SOOTHE! Soothe is a lifesaver for sore muscles and aching joints. We have been using this new formula for a few months now and WE ARE HOOKED! We can’t wait to share this secret “anti-sore” sauce with you.


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We are sooooo excited to tell you about Kid Shake, our latest addition to the CSE line!

The base proteins you’ll find in our CSE Kid Shake are the same grass fed proteins we use in our Simply Vanilla and Brownie Batter protein powders only dosed specifically for children. With the Kid Shake formula, we utilized both whey isolate and concentrate. This way, you get a quick release and an extended release delivery of amino acids. We pride ourselves in the pure and cold processing of our protein which ensures our powders are non-denatured. This method makes it easy on the digestive system and cultivates high bioavailability in each and every scoop.

While quality protein sources are essential for proper growth, we didn’t want to stop there! Cse Kid Shake is a full and complete nutritional supplement designed with the littles in mind. Check out what else we added:

  • 36 vitamins and minerals.

  • A multi-enzyme blend to aid in complete digestion and eliminate any digestive discomfort.

  • 4 billion colony forming units (CFU’s) of probiotics with nano enteric coatings so that they survive the digestive process.

  • Prebiotic fibers to help support gut health and probiotic levels.

  • A blend of plant based omega essential fatty acids.

  • No (like, NEVER!) artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors or GMO ingredients of any kind.

We know how much your kids have loved the CSE recipes on plan! We love our Littles and want them to be putting the best fuel possible into their growing bodies. With the safety, growth and development of kids in mind... CSE Kid Shake was born.

CSE Kid Shake mixes super easy without a blender and can be shaken into a regular bottle of water for on-the-go nutrition. Make sure you try out our CSE kid approved recipes on the back of each of the Creamy Vanilla and Milk Chocolate flavors!


  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 1 scoop CSE Vanilla Kid Shake

  • 1/2 frozen banana (40g)

  • 1/2 cup frozen berries

  • 1 Tbs. almond butter

  • 6-8 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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