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Signature Organic Whey Protein Blend

EXALT is only ever made from the best ingredients to fuel your mind and power your body. We’re pretty passionate about it. In fact, we don’t mind admitting it’s a borderline obsession of ours.

We want to be really upfront about everything that goes into each of our products and a huge part of this is giving you a deep-dive into how we create our signature protein blends. And why not? We’ve got nothing to hide.

On this page, you’ll find all sorts of information about our signature organic whey protein blend. We hope this gives you a really detailed picture of what goes into our products, but if you do have any more questions, queries or even suggestions for improvement - we’d welcome you to get in touch with our team.

Why our dietitian likes it

Ro Huntriss

The EXALT Whey Protein is a great way to increase your protein intake. I tend to use it either as a protein shake after a workout or as part of the ready-to-drink range. The three-phase release of the protein appeals to me, especially when I’m concentrating on my fitness goals. The products are all high-quality and ethically sourced, which for me is an important consideration.

Fitness expert's opinion

Mckenzi Sager

I only have five chances to eat per day in between training, seeing clients and looking after my son. So it is crucial that I maximise the nutrition coming into my body at every single meal. One of the easiest ways to do this is by using the highest quality ingredients possible, particularly when it comes to protein sources. And as one of these meals is always a shake, the EXALT whey blend is a great choice due to the combination of organic whey, egg white and casein, all of which are top quality.

No-expense-spared ingredients

Our signature triple-release protein blend is flavoured with natural no-expense-spared luxurious ingredients such as Madagascan vanilla & organic raw Cacao from the Congo. We combine this with organic whey protein, free-range egg white and milk protein (Casein) from grass-fed cow’s milk.

We add a touch of ground dates, apple fruit powder, low-GI organic unrefined coconut blossom sugar and Stevia plant extract for a little sweetness.

Combined, these ingredients deliver a natural-tasting luxurious creamy vanilla / chocolate flavour.

This unique blend of protein provides all nine essential amino acids needed to contribute to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass. As well as keeping you fuller for longer with a sustained protein release over seven hours.

why we made it

Having been thoroughly unimpressed with both the taste and the performance of other protein blends we decided the only option was to make our own. With the help of some of the EXALT team of experts, our taste consultants and our dietitian got to work, focusing on what we liked, what tasted great and took out all the freaky stuff. Our signature blend makes up the basis of all our ready to drink shakes.

What makes it special?

The power of three

Organic Whey Protein

Readily available whey protein

Free Range Egg White

Complete Essential Amino Acid Profile

Micellar Casein

Slow Release Protein

Helping to keep hunger at bay for longer

The use of these three premium protein sources strongly enhances biological value and provides your body and muscles with all the essential amino acids they need. Combining these three ingredients delivers high-quality proteins over both the short and long term.

  • Whey provides the body with nutritious and quickly available proteins quickly after consuming. This is particularly helpful after exercising to support fast, efficient muscle building.  
  • Egg white bridges the gap between the two whilst rounding out the amino acid profile and provides optimal bioavailability. 
  • Casein has a slow absorption rate and as such keeps the body supplied with protein for up to 7 hours, perfect to bridge the gap between your next meal and also supercharge your recovery after exercise.

Rebuild for longer

Exercise creates micro-tears in muscles. The harder you work, the more these tears occur. Protein helps to repair these tears, which then causes your muscles to grow bigger and stronger. The body needs roughly 20-25 grams of proteín in a sitting as a core building block. Any more than this is simply wasted which is why our signature blend slowly releases over seven hours to ensure the body is maximising it’s usage at all times.

Grass-fed Whey

Grass-fed cows are free to graze fields and eat naturally grown grass as opposed to cows raised in concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO). There are around 800 - US style mega farms in the UK. These feedlots mass feed mostly with grains of soy/corn. Most CAFOs are unsanitary, which require the cows to be injected with antibiotics to avoid sickness. Additionally, cows are often given steroids to increase beef output. Doesn’t sound very appetising, right? So while grass-fed is significantly more expensive it was the only option. Particularly when you then learn about the nutritional benefits too:

  • Increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are a powerful nutrient and have a strong anti-inflammatory capacity. There are strong research links between omega-3 intake and improved brain health, eye health, heart health and mental health.
  • Decreased levels of omega-6 fatty acids, associated with inflammatory properties.
  • Decreased levels of palmitic acid, known to increase cholesterol levels.

It's also organic

EXALT’s signature whey protein is not only grass-fed but also organic. This is unusual. Simply due to a lack of availability and the high price (which consequently lowers demand). We feel so strongly about the benefits of both factors that we would rather sacrifice some of our profit in order to make this the core of our brand.

From a nutritional perspective, both regular and organic whey contain similar levels of protein, carbohydrates, and fats, which leads some to conclude that “the difference” is not worth it. But we disagree. Organic certified dairy addresses most of the CAFO production concerns by adopting the following practices;

  • Humane treatment is paramount
  • Cows are required to have access to pasture throughout the growing season and when indoors during the winter they have plenty of room to move about, access clean dry bedding, natural light and hay to feed on
  • 30% of their total diet must come from grass. Supplemental feed must be non-GMO and organic
  • Use of antibiotics and growth hormones are prohibited

Our organic whey protein collection

Madagascan Vanilla Blend

Premium Madagascan Bourbon Vanilla powder is combined with our signature whey protein blend to create smooth, creamy and natural-tasting vanilla flavour.

Each serving contains 19.1g of protein which includes all the naturally occurring essential amino acids from the triple-release protein blend.

Organic Raw Cacao Blend

Premium raw organic Cacao from the Congo is combined with our signature whey protein blend to create wonderfully rich yet natural-tasting chocolate flavour.

Each serving contains 16.4g of protein which includes all the naturally occurring essential amino acids from the triple-release protein blend.

The science behind it

Each individual ingredient in the EXALT Whey Protein Combination has been specifically sourced to maximise performance and health outcomes. Let’s take a deep dive into the science behind these ingredients.

Protein

All three protein sources used in this product are complete, meaning they contain all nine essential amino acids (amino acids are protein building blocks, and essential amino acids are those that the body cannot make), which qualifies them as a high-quality protein. The consumption of high-quality protein is essential for optimal growth, development and health, whilst consuming too little protein can result in anaemia, physical weakness, oedema and impaired immunity [1]. Let’s find out about our three protein sources used in this product.

Whey

Whey protein is one of the highest quality dietary proteins available due to its high biological value, utilisation and digestibility scores compared to other proteins, and its essential amino acid composition [2].

Whey contains all nine essential amino acids in high concentrations, with 52% of whey protein made up of essential amino acids, 13.6% of which is leucine (known for its important role in muscle protein synthesis [3]), containing higher levels than any other protein source [4]. 

Whey has a high concentration of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) [2], known for increasing rate of protein synthesis and decreasing the rate of protein degradation in human muscle [5], and a high concentration of cysteine and methionine, precursors of glutathione which has shown to have antioxidant, anticarcinogenic and immunostimulatory properties [6].

“Cysteine and methionine are amino acids, or protein building blocks, which glutathione can be made from. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant which helps to prevent damage to cells and brings about many health benefits.”

Whey protein is rapidly absorbed which, alongside resistance training, is beneficial for muscle protein synthesis (building muscle) [7], but in addition to its muscle-building properties, whey protein contains bioactive compounds which have been linked to cardiovascular benefits, improved bone and teeth health, a proposed decreased cancer risk and immunological benefits [6], with whey protein concentrate containing higher levels of these bioactive compounds compared to whey protein isolate [8].

Egg White

Egg white digests at a moderate speed, prolonging protein muscle synthesis, has a high biological value, are another rich source of essential amino acids [2,5,10] and are a source of micronutrients including selenium and riboflavin (Vitamin B2) [11].

Egg white is lower in fat, calories and cholesterol than a whole egg so could provide benefits in terms of weight management and for those who are considered ‘high-responders’ to dietary cholesterol [12].

Casein

Similarly to whey and egg white, casein is another complete protein, and contains bioactive compounds thought to exhibit a range of physiological functions to include antihypertensive, antioxidative and immunological activities [8], in addition to being a source of calcium and phosphorus [2].

Casein provides a steady release of amino acids lasting for up to seven hours [8], providing better nitrogen retention and utilisation than other proteins [2].

Cacao

In addition to its rich, natural flavour, cacao is known for its health benefits due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and has been linked to several health benefits to include reduced risk of heart disease [13], improved insulin sensitivity and immune response [14]. Research also suggests that the polyphenols (antioxidants) in cacao can improve mood, promoting calmness and contentedness [15].

Vanilla

Vanilla is another popular flavour which also brings about its own health benefits. Vanilla has been shown to demonstrate antimicrobial properties [16] and antioxidant action [17] which helps to protect against disease and ageing.

Why we champion Closed Loop Recycling instead

Dates not only provide a natural sweetness but offer a range of nutritional benefits with research suggesting their antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties [18].

Why we champion Closed Loop Recycling instead

Apple powder is another product containing natural sweetness whilst providing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits due to its high polyphenol (antioxidant) content [19].

Why we champion Closed Loop Recycling instead

Although coconut sugar does contribute to our ‘free sugar’ intake, it has a lower glycaemic index than normal refined sugar, possibly due to its higher inulin content [20] which means the sugars are released more slowly which could help to delay hunger and promote improved satiety [21]. Due to the unrefined nature of the sugar, it retains some of the natural vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants [22].

Stevia & Erythritol

Stevia is a natural sweetener derived from a plant which contains no calories with a sweet taste that can be 50-350 times sweeter than sugar. The safety of its consumption is well established [23]. Similarly to Stevia, erythritol is another non-caloric, plant-derived sweetener known for having good digestibility without having any impact on blood glucose or insulin levels , so can be useful for anyone with diabetes or for those at risk of diabetes [24]. In addition, erythritol is also known for its antioxidant properties [25].

Swapping sugar for a sweetener enables us to reduce our free sugar and calorie intake whilst retaining the sweet taste, which is in line with Public Health England guidance [25].

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