Would You Like Heavy Metal with Your Protein Powder?

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And I’m not talking about music to wake you up in the morning. I’m talking mercury, arsenic, cadmium and lead—in your protein powder. Yikes.

The fine folks over at Consumer Reports investigated 15 protein drinks and found that all of the drinks in the test contained at least one sample with one or more of the above-mentioned heavy metals. Eight of the protein supplements tested had enough lead in a single serving to require a warning label in California. Yikes again.

If you regularly use protein drinks and powders, you should read this report—especially if you’re using more than one serving a day.

Maybe have an omelet instead.

—Erin



Comments

  1. Amateras says

    Wow , that really sucks !
    I’m glad , at least, that there is a warning label, but then again, the product should not even be on the market.

    I like Pure Protein bars and Larabars….YUM !

  2. Fit Girl says

    Hey guys great post!! Lots of people don’t even think about what they are drinking if it promotes health. I tend to use non-flavoured whey protein isolate as it’s the purest form of whey and has less fat and lactose than the others. It’s definitely important to get your protein from lean meat and fish but you can’t beat a protein shake when you’re rushed. A great brekkie is 8 medium sized strawberries, 25g unflavoured whey protein isolate, 1/3 banana, and 9 walnuts or almonds, all blended in water. Thanks for keeping the education real FBGs!!!

  3. Deb says

    Now that is frightening! Thanks for spreading the word. I try to steer clear of processed foods and, like it or not, protein powder is a processed food.

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