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Whey protein is one of the two major groups of proteins found in milk. It is a highly digestible source of protein.
Whey proteins are used in a variety of foods, including ice cream, bread, and infant formula. Whey protein has been used in fat replacers for low-fat ice cream and as an ingredient in milk replacement products. Whey protein is also a popular dietary supplement for improving muscle strength and body composition and for the prevention of heart disease, diabetes, and age-related bone loss.
Whey protein may aid in the prevention of some hereditary conditions, such as the tendency to develop allergies. It may act as an appetite suppressant and aid in the control of blood sugar.