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Consumer Reports on Protein Powder Plus Metals

Posted by Jane Akre
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 8:00 PM EST
Category: Major Medical
Tags: Protein, Whey Supplements, Protein Supplements, Consumer Reports, Heavy Metals, Lead, Mercury, Arsenic Cadmium


IMAGE SOURCE: Muscle Milk image from Amazon.com Web site

Consumer Reports, the respected guide for buying reputable products, has found traces of heavy metals in some protein supplements.

The products are popular among body builders, baby boomers, athletes, and people who want to skip meals with a high protein liquid shake.

An outside lab ran tests on 15 different protein drinks from ready-to-drink supplements to powder mixes.

All of the drinks had at least one sample with arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury, heavy metals that can have a toxic effect on the body. The ranges of the metals varied.

On the high range, some of the supplements surpassed a maximum limit recommended for daily exposure.

Among those Consumer Reports tested was EAS Myoplex Original Rich Dark Chocolate Shake – with 16.9 micrograms of arsenic (limit of 15 micrograms a day says U.S. Pharmacopeia) and exposed users to elevated levels of heavy metals when they drink three servings a day.

Other brands tested include Energy First Pro Energy Whey Protein Isolate; BSN Lean Dessert Protein Shake; Muscle Milk among others.

The human body is made up of about 16 percent protein which plays a major role in cell functioning. Many enzymes, hormones and our DNA are composed of protein.

The body cannot make nine amino acids, the building blocks of protein, so they must be found from an animal and plant diets. With an inability to make protein, the body will break itself down to meet its protein need if not enough is consumed.

Humans can source protein from eggs, meat, milk and poultry, and nuts as well as beans and soy. Men reportedly need about 56 grams per day of protein and women, about 46 grams, depending on weight and activity, though some dispute that.

Consumer Reports plans to name names in the July issue of the Consumer Report magazine which is available by subscription. #


Anonymous User
Posted by george
Sunday, June 06, 2010 8:07 AM EST

Thanks for this protein I drank 4 aday please keep me informed

Posted by Alex Rogers
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 3:39 PM EST

The report is complete b.s. and misleading as heck.

If you want the truth click on my link

Anonymous User
Posted by kathlyn fontes
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 2:50 PM EST

my husband and i got in the shape of our lives 10yrs ago at 47. we continued using the EAS powder shake and lo and behold 3yrs later i was diagnosed with a terminal 5cm glioblastoma, brain tumor.did the metal in the drink contribute to that? HMMMMya gotta wonder. Anyway, I had a miracle. God healed me. just wondering?????

Anonymous User
Posted by Rotten
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 9:36 PM EST

No, god gave you cancer. Modern medicine and/or luck healed you.

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