Balanced nutrition to regenerate body and mind

We would like to shed light on the topics of nutrition and health at this point in order to explain how our products can contribute to a healthy diet and, more specifically, to physical and mental regeneration, but are not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle and are certainly not a cure-all.

Nutrition and health and their interplay are highly complex issues, the state of science is changing at a rapid pace and there are countless opinions, misinformation and lobbying. That is why we base the development of our products on sound scientific evidence and, in particular, the current knowledge of experts. Due to personal connections to the ETH Zurich, the Bern University of Applied Sciences HAFL, the ZHAW Wädenswil and the Agroscope Research Institute, we particularly trust in the quality of the work of scientists from the environment of these research institutions.

Diet recommendations should focus on whole diets and not on individual nutrients. A healthy diet is much more than just consuming nutrients in certain proportions. The food consumed should be as original and unprocessed as possible, regional, seasonal and ecologically responsible. They should be as diverse and balanced as possible. The social aspect of eating is also very important. Eating together, enjoying yourself and being relaxed are also part of a healthy diet. Not to be forgotten is the foundation of a healthy diet: the combination with daily physical activity.

We cannot replace qualified nutritional advice or medical support. We just want to show what our products are intended for and how they can contribute to regeneration. Our product lines are composed differently and cover different needs.

How do our products support regeneration?

The Recovery Shake Powder is, as the name suggests, suitable for recovery after an effort. This is due to a high content of whey proteins, but also a proportion of carbohydrates. It fills up your empty storage after an effort so that your body can recover optimally and quickly. It is also very suitable for a healthy snack, for example during a break on a busy day. The Recovery Shake Powder is, as the name suggests, suitable for recovery after an effort. This is due to a high content of whey proteins, but also a proportion of carbohydrates. It fills up your empty storage after an effort so that your body can recover optimally and quickly. It is also very suitable for a healthy snack, for example during a break on a busy day.

With increased activity, the strain on the human metabolism increases. This leads, for example, to the release of stress hormones and a shift in energy availability. Degradation processes take place. In the recovery phase of the body this is balanced again and there is a shift in the direction of building processes. Whey proteins help to shift the balance towards the building processes. They promote recovery, lead to better performance and promote faster regeneration. Whey proteins are useful in several ways. They contribute to the build-up of muscle protein or to the inhibition of muscle protein breakdown, they have an antioxidant effect in the case of oxidative stress and have a strengthening effect on the immune system. The increased oxidative stress as a result of intensive training leads to the increased production of free radicals, the accumulation of which delays the recovery of the muscle and thus probably reduces performance. Whey proteins have therefore become increasingly important in sports nutrition in particular.

In sport, a sufficient protein intake is important not only for strength athletes, but also for endurance athletes. In endurance sports, the loss of muscle mass must be avoided, as reduced muscle mass has detrimental effects on performance. For strength athletes, values of 1.4 to 1.8 g protein per kilogram of body weight and day are recommended, for endurance athletes from 1.2 to 1.4 g per kilogram of body weight and day. These values do not have to be achieved with consumption directly after training alone. The timing of protein intake is not critical.

In addition to proteins, what influence do carbohydrates have?

However, after intense exercise, carbohydrates should be consumed quickly. Carbohydrates are stored in our body in the form of glycogen. Our body can gain energy for muscle work from the breakdown of glycogen or through the breakdown of fat, the former being faster and thus enabling a higher intensity of effort. In contrast to fat deposits, the glycogen store is exhausted very quickly. For optimal regeneration, the glycogen store has to be filled up and there is something like a countdown for this. One can think of the uptake of glycogen as a window. A small window is open around the clock. After intensive sports, a second window opens, which is opened to the maximum immediately after the exercise and then closes again relatively quickly. After two hours at the latest, it is completely closed again. The common recommendation is to consume 1 to 1.5 g of carbohydrates per kilogram of body weight during this time. In combination with protein, the storage of carbohydrates is accelerated.

Enjoyment should not be missing in the diet. The Molke Shake is intended for this regeneration of the mind. In its development, we made the most of it in order to be able to offer a healthier pleasure product without compromising on taste. We enrich with whey proteins, reduce the total sugar content by around 50 percent compared to competing products, without adding artificial sweeteners, and ferment with yoghurt cultures to reduce the lactose content and make the shakes easier to digest.

In order to promote general well-being, we pay great attention to naturlaness and digestability in all of our products. More on these topics can be found in chapter 4.4 in our guidebook.

For further nutritional recommendations in sport, we recommend the publications of the Swiss Sports Nutrition Society http://www.ssns.ch/.

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Frequently asked questions about a balanced diet to regenerate the body and mind

If the goal is recovery from physical effort, it is best to consume the Recovery Shake Powder as a drink as soon as possible after exercising, but no later than two hours afterwards.

If you are more concerned with meeting your protein and energy needs, the time of consumption does not matter and you can consume them at any time as a supplement to a meal or as a snack – depending on when you like them best.

With the Molke Shake, the focus is even more on enjoyment and they are best suited as a small energy boost for in between, for breakfast or as a healthy dessert.

We do not add sugar to the Recovery Shake Powder. The sugar specified in the nutritional table comes naturally from the ingredients and we also add xylitol for the berries and cocoa varieties.

Xylitol, also called birch sugar, has to be declared as a sweetener, but is not an artificial sweetener, but a sugar substitute that is obtained from natural raw materials. It is just as sweet as sugar, but contains 40% fewer calories, does not cause tooth decay and does not affect blood sugar levels. It is metabolized independently of insulin.

To the Molke Shakes, we add a little raw cane sugar, in addition to the sweetness from the fruit purees and the whey. The reason is that we don’t want to compromise on taste with the Molke Shake, because we want to offer it as a (healthier) indulgent product.

We have already significantly reduced the sugar in the Molke Shake compared to other milk and yoghurt drinks, by around 50 percent, without using artificial sweeteners. The Molke Shake contains a total of 7.1% sugar, of which 5.6% raw cane sugar. Most competing products contain around 10-13% sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Artificial sweeteners such as sucralose or aspartame, but also stevia, are out of the question for us, because they are strongly suspected of having a negative effect on the intestinal flora. In addition, you get used to a stronger sweetness and have a desire for it, and they often bring an undesirable, artificial taste to the products.

Our products should be balanced and natural. We could only increase the protein content if we switched to artificial sweeteners instead of natural ingredients and would do without the fruit powder. Or by using an isolate instead of the whey protein concentrate. An isolate from Swiss whey cannot (yet) be produced in Switzerland.

In addition, a higher degree of processing would be necessary, which is not desirable from a natural point of view. In addition, we would lose valuable minerals from the whey through this process step. A higher protein content would also come at the expense of the carbohydrate content and the fiber content, which on the one hand would reduce the regeneration functionality and on the other hand reduce the digestability.